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Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree explores advanced mathematical theory and analytical methods, while sharpening the student’s critical-thinking skills for solving complex science and technology problems. You will study advanced models for real-world data modeling projects and be taught how to analyze and effectively communicate mathematical theory. Our online math degree is designed for working professionals seeking to excel in multiple areas including computer programming, finance, education, logistics, management, engineering, space studies, and more. This flexible degree is also ideal in preparing you for post-graduate education or the rigors of teaching.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Note: Some courses in this degree program have specific math prerequisite requirements. Please review the course catalog for prerequisite details.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply calculus, statistics, and analytical methods to investigate and solve problems.
  • Use critical thinking skills in assessing and evaluating problems.
  • Formulate mathematical models.
  • Apply mathematical models to solve problems or provide insights into complex issues.
  • Implement qualitative and quantitative methods from the mathematical domains.
  • Synthesize mathematical knowledge to solve problems in science and technology.
  • Communicate mathematics verbally and in writing.

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Degree at a Glance


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Applied Mathematics

Offers an overview of how to investigate and solve problems through advanced mathematical theory and analysis. Explores qualitative and quantitative methods of mathematical knowledge. Looks at communicating the theories, methods, and results of advanced analyses verbally or in writing.


Real Analysis


Linear Optimization


Mathematics History and Development


Graph Theory




Principles of Applied Mathematics


Measurement Theory


Operations Research

Examines how advanced analysis and operations research is used in the investigation and solution of scientific and technological problems. Covers why critical thinking, problem assessment and evaluation, and the formulation of operational models is essential for solving problems or gaining insights. Teaches how to communicate operations research.


Linear Optimization


Multivariate Statistics


Mathematics History and Development


Inventory Models and Systems


Design of Experiments


Operational Simulation


Game Theory and Decision Models



Explores the relationship of advanced statistics, analysis, and critical thinking to assessing, investigating, and solving problems in science and technology. Teaches how to formulate and implement mathematical and statistical models for either problem solving or providing insights into complicated issues. Examines the use of qualitative and quantitative mathematics, synthesis of mathematical knowledge, and communication of statistical analyses.


Linear Regression I


Non Parametric Statistics


Multivariate Statistics


Mathematics History and Development


Design of Experiments


Linear Regression II


Stochastic Processes


Data Science

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Obtain required data and pre-process it for use in data analyses.
  • Understand and use a wide variety of specific data types within the broad classifications of both continuous and categorical data.
  • Determine the best tools, techniques and/or methods to use in conducting a data analysis.
  • Conduct data analyses using a wide variety of tools and methods, modifying those tools and methods as appropriate to achieve increased efficiency in processing and increased effectiveness of the results.
  • Communicate information visually by “telling the story” in the data and in the results of the analyses.
  • Understand the implications of designing, developing, and implementing new technologies such as analytics and AI.


Functional Methods and Coding


Analytical Methods I


Introduction to Data Science


Analytical Methods II


Intermediate Data Science


Machine Learning I


Advanced Data Science

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or

Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour:

$285 | $250 with military grant*

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*To minimize out-of-pocket costs, active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a master's-level book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for master's-level courses to active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

University Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The university book grant is estimated to save full-time students $1,200 per year.*

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

This program resides in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) where more than 57 degree and certificate programs are available for students to find their area of interest ranging from space studies to environmental studies to IT and cybersecurity. American Public University is one of the few online colleges where you can work fully online to earn science and math bachelor’s degrees. Two of our bachelor’s programs (Natural Science and BSEE) are set up with full lab kits that are mailed to you to use at home. You won’t sacrifice hands-on experience with our online science programs! In addition, many of our STEM professors work to innovate their classroom, including Danny Welsch who uses video for you to learn from his virtual field trips.

The APU STEM program directors work with industry advisory councils to ensure that our students are prepared for the real world. APU also works with industry certifying bodies to ensure that our courseware meets the requirements of agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) and the DoD Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM).

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math webpage to learn more about the school and to find a program that’s right for you