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2017-2018 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, B.A.

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The College of Arts and Sciences  undergraduate major in Mathematics has two paths - one which provides a substantial and broad background in mathematics and the other with a focus in actuarial science. The first path provides a balance between theoretical and applied study, with the general objective of providing students with a substantial and broad background in mathematics that affords opportunities to develop skills in logical thinking, problem analysis, problem solving, and computer usage that will enable students to be admitted to graduate school and to work successfully in business, industry, and government where mathematical skills are needed. The second path is an Actuarial Science concentration. It prepares students for actuarial positions in business, government and industry. Coursework in the sequence provides a foundation for the preparation needed to sit for a series of examinations developed by the professional actuarial societies. In addition to a strong knowledge base in mathematics that includes calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, coursework includes risk management, finance, economics, and investments.


Faculty Members for the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Degree Requirements, BA

Degree Requirements listed here are for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in mathematics without selecting the concentration in Actuary Science. Students must meet all Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .  For transfer students please refer to the GSU transfer guides for a listing of recommended courses.

In addition, only grades of “C” or better will be accepted for transfer for the following courses normally taken at the lower-division level: three hours of college algebra and trigonometry (as prerequisites), Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, discrete mathematics, geometry, linear algebra, and modern algebra.

General Education (37 - 41 Hours)

The following courses must be taken to meet major and general education requirements:

Required Courses: (48 hours)

Selective Hours (6)

Select 6 hours (2 courses) from the following upper-division mathematics and statistics courses:

Elective (22-27 Hours)

May include credit-hours needed to meet minor requirements.

Total - 120 Hours

Degree Requirements, Concentration in Actuarial Science

General Education Requirements (39 Hours)

Included within the 39 hours are the following courses (or equivalents - with Academic Advisor approval):

Required Courses (50 hours)

Computer Science Selective (3 Hours)

Electives (10 hours)

Total - 120 Hours

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