## Mathematics: Bachelor of Science

### Program Description

**Mathematics:**

Many who major in the field of mathematics combine those studies with education courses and obtain employment as teachers. People with mathematics degrees are found in a broad range of occupations where quantitative skills are needed; one of the largest employers of mathematics is the National Security Agency. Often a minor field of study (such as computer science) provides the supporting credential for entry-level jobs.

**Actuarial and Business Applications:**

The actuarial and business applications concentration combines mathematical knowledge with quantitative business applications. The result is a very marketable degree that provides many exciting career opportunities for graduates. A student should be prepared to take the first actuarial examination in the spring of his/her junior year and the second examination the following spring. A student choosing this emphasis will complete a minor in accounting-finance.

**Teaching Certification: **

A completion of professional education coursework, including a semester of student teaching, prepares students for elementary or secondary teacher certification in Michigan and Ontario.

**Graduate School:**

An undergraduate mathematics major with emphasis on abstraction, together with an analytical approach to problem solving, continues to provide strong preparation for graduate work in diverse fields — especially when combined with a minor in the related field.

#### Program Learning Outcomes (BS Mathematics):

Develop and clearly express mathematical concepts in written and oral communication. (*Communication*)

Use computing, gather evidence, discover patterns, create models, experiment with data, and solve theoretical or applied problems. (*Problem Solving*)

Use symbolic, analytical and quantitative skills and formal mathematical tools and techniques to analyze problems, synthesize solutions, and write proofs. (*Analysis*)

Apply mathematical methodologies and adhere to ethical and professional standards in their senior capstone project. (*Professional Responsibility*)

#### Program Learning Outcomes (BS Mathematics, Elementary Teaching):

Use mathematical processes, axiomatic systems, computing, algorithms, and logical reasoning to solve problems and communicate mathematical ideas. (*Mathematical Processes and Number Concepts*)

Describe, analyze and generalize patterns, algebraic relationships and functions using the tools of algebra and calculus. (*Patterns, Algebraic Relationships and Functions*)

Apply geometric principles in Euclidean, analytic, transformational and vector geometry to analyze geometric objects, form conjectures, solve problems and prove theorems. (*Measurement and Geometry*)

Organize, analyze and interpret data, sets and relations using the tools of statistics, probability and discrete mathematics. (*Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability, and Discrete Mathematics*)

Make instructional choices that reflect the integrated nature of mathematical concepts and mathematical practices within and among the mathematical domains. (*Instructional Choices*)

#### Program Learning Outcomes (BS Mathematics, Secondary Teaching)

Use mathematical processes, axiomatic systems, computing, algorithms, and logical reasoning to solve problems and communicate mathematical ideas. (*Mathematical Processes and Number Concepts*)

Describe, analyze, and generalize patterns, algebraic relationships and functions using the tools of algebra and calculus. (*Patterns, Algebraic Relationships, and Functions*)

Apply geometric principles in Euclidean, analytic, transformational and vector geometry to analyze geometric objects, form conjectures, solve problems and prove theorems. (*Measurement and Geometry*)

Organize, analyze and interpret data, sets and relations using the tools of statistics, probability and discrete mathematics. (*Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability, and Discrete Mathematics*)

**Available degrees **(see specific degree requirements further down the page):

- Bachelor of Science Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Elementary Teaching
- Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Secondary Teaching
- Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Actuarial and Business Applications Concentration

### Degree Requirements

**Bachelor of Science Mathematics**

**Departmental Requirements: (55 credits)**

- MATH151 Calculus I 4
- MATH152 Calculus II 4
- MATH251 Calculus III 4
- MATH215 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics 3
- MATH216 Discrete Mathematics and Problem Solving 3
- MATH305 Linear Algebra 3
- MATH308 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
- MATH309 Applied Statistics 4
- MATH310 Differential Equations 3
- MATH341 Abstract Algebra I 3
- MATH351 Graph Theory 3
- MATH401 Mathematical Modeling 3
- MATH411 Advanced Calculus 3
- MATH490 Research Topics in Mathematics 3
- Additional MATH course numbered above MATH216 3-4

**Other Requirements (14 credits)**

- CSCI103 Survey of Computer Science 3
- CSCI105 Intro to Computer Programming 3
- CSCI121 Principles of Programming 4
- PHYS231 Applied Physics for Engineers and Scientists I 4

**Free Electives or Academic Minor (32-36 credits)**

**General Education: **All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

**A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.**

Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Elementary Teaching

In this program, students will complete a teaching major in mathematics and a planned program in the other three academic areas essential to elementary school teaching: language arts, natural science and social science. The planned program is explained in the Elementary Education section of this catalog.

The program also includes general education requirements and a professional education sequence. Students complete their initial teacher education courses in their sophomore year, and then apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program.

**Degree Requirements:**

**Mathematics Requirements (37 credits)**

- CSCI105 Intro. to Computer Programming 3
- CSCI106 Web Page Design and Development 3
- MATH103 Number Systems and Problem Solving 4
- MATH104 Geometry & Measurement 4
- MATH151 Calculus I 4
- MATH152 Calculus II 4
- MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
- MATH215 Fundamental Concepts of Math 3
- MATH305 Linear Algebra 3
- MATH321 History of Mathematics 3
- MATH325 College Geometry 3

**For information regarding the Professional Education Sequence and Elementary Planned Program, see Elementary Education.**

**General Education: **All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

**A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher. A gpa of 2.70 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.**

**Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Secondary Teaching**

In this program, students will complete a major in mathematics tailored to the needs of a secondary teacher. Computer science courses are included, and students work extensively with computer and calculator technology as it applies to classroom teaching.

This program also includes general education requirements and a professional education sequence. Students complete their initial teacher education courses in their sophomore year and then apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Graduates earn a bachelor’s degree, which includes a semester of student teaching, in order to become certified to teach.

**Degree Requirements:**

**Mathematics Requirements (42 credits)**

- MATH151 Calculus I 4
- MATH152 Calculus II 4
- MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
- MATH215 Fundamental Concepts of Math 3
- MATH216 Discrete Mathematics and Problem Solving 3
- MATH251 Calculus III 4
- MATH305 Linear Algebra 3
- MATH310 Differential Equations 3
- MATH321 History of Mathematics 3
- MATH325 College Geometry 3
- MATH341 Abstract Algebra I 3
- MATH401 Mathematical Modeling 3

**Complete one methods course from the following:**

**Cognate**

**Professional Education Sequence and Education Cognates- ****see Secondary Education.**** **

**General Education: **All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

**A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher. A gpa of 2.70 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.**

**Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Actuarial and Business Applications Concentration**

**Departmental Requirements: (52 credits)**

- MATH151 Calculus I 4
- MATH152 Calculus II 4
- MATH251 Calculus III 4
- MATH215 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics 3
- MATH216 Discrete Mathematics and Problem Solving 3
- MATH305 Linear Algebra 3
- MATH308 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
- MATH309 Applied Statistics 4
- MATH310 Differential Equations 3
- MATH341 Abstract Algebra I 3
- MATH351 Graph Theory 3
- MATH401 Mathematical Modeling 3
- MATH411 Advanced Calculus 3
- MATH490 Research Topics in Mathematics 3

**Cognates (17 credits)**

- CSCI103 Survey of Computer Science 3
- CSCI105 Intro. to Computer Programming 3
- CSCI121 Principles of Programming 4
- ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
- FINC341 Managerial Finance 4

A student choosing this emphasis will complete a minor in accounting-finance (24 credits).

**Free Electives (11-15 credits)**

**General Education: **All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

**A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.**

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