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College of Natural Science

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Mathematics offers degree opportunities leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Advanced, a Bachelor of Science in Computational Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science. The Bachelor of Arts degree programs require a higher level of foreign language competency, while the Bachelor of Science degree programs require science proficiency beyond that established by the college.

Graduates with the Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Science degrees find a wide range of career options in industry and teaching fields. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs prepare students for continuing study in top graduate schools or for the pursuit of careers in mathematically intensive fields. The Bachelor of Science in Computational Mathematics prepares students for either for graduate study or for careers that rely upon computational models and tools.

Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science are sought after by insurance companies, banks, investment firms, government agencies, and businesses that weigh the financial consequences of risk. Course work prepares students for the Society of Actuaries examinations as well as the Validation by Educational Experience course work necessary to become an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

A Minor in Mathematics and a Minor in Actuarial Science are also available.


Actuarial Science

Admission to the Major
To be considered for admission to the major, the student must have:

  1. a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 in all courses taken at MSU.
  2. a minimum average grade of 3.0 in MTH 132, MTH 133, and MTH 234 or equivalent for transfer students.
  3. a minimum average of 3.0 in the grades in MTH 360 and STT 441.

Students who declare the major in actuarial science are automatically reviewed at the end of every semester and are either admitted or informed of their progress. Students must be admitted to a degree-granting college at the time they have completed 56 credits. Those who do not meet the criteria may consider a major in either Mathematics or in Statistics and Probability.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Actuarial Science major is met by completing Mathematics 309 or 496.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
a. One course of at least 3 credits in biological science, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology.
b. One of the following groups of courses (8 or 10 credits):
(1) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
(2) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
(3) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
(4) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
c. One of the following groups of courses (8 credits):
(1) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
(2) PHY 193H Honors Physics I – Mechanics 4
PHY 294H Honors Physics II – Electromagnetism 4
(3) LB 273 Physics I 4
LB 274 Physics II 4
d. One of the following groups of courses (6 to 8 credits):
(1) MTH 132 Calculus I 3
MTH 133 Calculus II 4
(2) LB 118 Calculus I 4
LB 119 Calculus II 4
(3) MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
e. One of the following courses (4 credits):
LB 220 Calculus III 4
MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
f. One of the following courses (3 credits):
MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
MTH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
g. One of the following courses (1 credit):
MTH 490 Directed Studies 1
MTH 491B Teamwork Experience 1
h. All of the following courses ( 24 credits):
MTH 309 Linear Algebra I 3
MTH 360 Theory of Mathematical Interest 3
MTH 361 Financial Mathematics for Actuaries I 3
MTH 458 Financial Mathematics for Actuaries II 3
STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
STT 455 Actuarial Models I 3
STT 456 Actuarial Models II 3
STT 459 Construction and Evaluation of Actuarial Models 3
i. One of the following courses (3 credits):
MTH 457 Introduction to Financial Mathematics 3
STT 442 Probability and Statistics II: Statistics 3
j. One of the following courses (3 credits):
MTH 491A Actuarial Internship 3
MTH 496 Capstone in Mathematics (W) 3
k. All of the following courses (15 credits):
ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
FI 311 Financial Management 3
FI 321 Theory of Investments 3
l. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
CSE 131 Technical Computing and Problem Solving 3
CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4


Computational Mathematics - Bachelor of Science

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computational Mathematics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Computational Mathematics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Computational Mathematics major is met by completing Mathematics 309 or 310 and 496.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. c. (1) below.

    Students who are in the teacher certification program are required to complete Mathematics 330 or 432 and Statistics and Probability 430.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Mathematics (28 or 29 credits):
    (1) One course of at least 3 credits in biological science, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology. At least 2 credits in laboratory in biological science, chemistry, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology. Any course noted in item (2) (c) below may count towards the 2 credit laboratory requirement.
    (2) One course from each of the following groups (8 or 10 credits):
    (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
    (b) CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
    LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
    (c) CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 3
    CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    (3) Both of the following courses (8 credits):
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II 4
    (4) One course from each of the following groups (8 credits):
    (a) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    LB 273 Physics I 4
    (b) PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    LB 274 Physics II 4
    b. First–year competency in a foreign language
    or
    For students, who have been admitted to the teacher certification program, completion of the Professional Education Courses in the Department of Teacher Education.
    c. A total of 33 to 40 credits in courses in the Department of Mathematics including:
    (1) One course from each of the following two groups (6 to 8 credits):
    (a) MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus 3
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    (b) MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 3
    LB 119 Calculus II 4
    (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 3
    LB 220 Calculus III 4
    (3) One of the following two groups (4 or 7 credits):
    (a) MTH 299 Transitions 4
    MTH 309 Linear Algebra I 3
    (b) MTH 317H Honors Linear Algebra 4
    (4) One course from each of the following groups (6 credits):
    (a) MTH 310 Abstract Algebra I and Number Theory 3
    MTH 418H Honors Algebra I 3
    (b) MTH 320 Analysis I 3
    MTH 327H Honors Introduction to Analysis 3
    (5) All of the following courses (9 credits):
    MTH 451 Numerical Analysis I 3
    MTH 481 Discrete Mathematics I 3
    MTH 496 Capstone in Mathematics (W) 3
    The completion of Mathematics 496 satisfies the capstone course requirement of the computational mathematics major.
    (6) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 452 Numerical Analysis II 3
    MTH 482 Discrete Mathematics II 3
    (7) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    MTH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
    MTH 347H Honors Ordinary Differential Equations 3
    d. At least one of the following courses (3 credits):
    Students who select Mathematics 452 or 482 may count the credits toward either requirement 3.c.(6) or 3.d. but not toward both of those requirements.
    Approval of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is required to enroll in Computer Science and Engineering 331 and 440.
    CSE 331 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
    CSE 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
    MTH 360 Theory of Mathematical Interest 3
    MTH 415 Applied Linear Algebra 3
    MTH 416 Introduction to Algebraic Coding 3
    MTH 441 Ordinary Differential Equations II 3
    MTH 452 Numerical Analysis II 3
    MTH 457 Introduction to Financial Mathematics 3
    MTH 482 Discrete Mathematics II 3
    STT 351 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 3
    STT 430 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
    STT 441 Probability and Statistics I:  Probability 3
    STT 455 Actuarial Models I 3
    STT 461 Computations in Probability and Statistics 3


Computational Mathematics - Bachelor of Arts

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computational Mathematics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Computational Mathematics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Computational Mathematics major is met by completing Mathematics 309 or 310 and 496.  Those courses are referenced in item 3.c.(1) below.

    Students who are in the teacher certification program are required to complete Mathematics 330 or 432 and Statistics and Probability 430.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Mathematics (21 credits):
    (1) One course of at least 3 credits in biological science, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology.
    (2) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    LB 273 Physics I 4
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    (3) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
    (4) Both of the following courses (8 credits):
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II 4
    b. Second–year competency in a foreign language.
    or
    For students, who have been admitted to the teacher certification program, first-year competency in a foreign language and completion of the Professional Education Courses in the Department of Teacher Education.
    c. A total of 33 to 40 credits in courses in the Department of Mathematics including:
    (1) One course from each of the following two groups (6 to 8 credits):
    (a) MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus 3
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    (b) MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 3
    LB 119 Calculus II 4
    (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 3
    LB 220 Calculus III 4
    (3) One of the following two groups (4 or 7 credits):
    (a) MTH 299 Transitions 4
    MTH 309 Linear Algebra I 3
    (b) MTH 317H Honors Linear Algebra 4
    (4) One course from each of the following groups (6 credits):
    (a) MTH 310 Abstract Algebra I and Number Theory 3
    MTH 418H Honors Algebra I 3
    (b) MTH 320 Analysis I 3
    MTH 327H Honors Introduction to Analysis 3
    (5) All of the following courses (9 credits):
    MTH 451 Numerical Analysis I 3
    MTH 481 Discrete Mathematics I 3
    MTH 496 Capstone in Mathematics (W) 3
    (6) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 452 Numerical Analysis II 3
    MTH 482 Discrete Mathematics II 3
    (7) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    MTH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
    MTH 347H Honors Ordinary Differential Equations 3
    d. At least one of the following courses (3 credits):
    Students who select Mathematics 452 or 482 may count the credits toward either requirement 3.c.(6) or 3.d. but not toward both of those requirements.
    Approval of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is required to enroll in Computer Science and Engineering 331 and 440.
    CSE 331 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
    CSE 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
    MTH 360 Theory of Mathematical Interest 3
    MTH 415 Applied Linear Algebra 3
    MTH 416 Introduction to Algebraic Coding 3
    MTH 441 Ordinary Differential Equations II 3
    MTH 452 Numerical Analysis II 3
    MTH 457 Introduction to Financial Mathematics 3
    MTH 482 Discrete Mathematics II 3
    STT 351 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 3
    STT 430 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
    STT 441 Probability and Statistics I:  Probability 3
    STT 455 Actuarial Models I 3
    STT 461 Computations in Probability and Statistics 3


Mathematics - Bachelor of Science

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Mathematics major is met by completing Mathematics 396 or 496 and Mathematics 309 or 310 or 418H.  Those courses are referenced in item 3.c. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Mathematics (20 or 21 credits):
    (1) One course of at least 3 credits in biological science, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology. At least 2 credits in laboratory in biological science, chemistry, entomology, microbiology, physics, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology.
    (2) One course from each of the following groups (8 or 10 credits):
    (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
    (b) CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
    LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
    (c) CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    (3) One course from each of the following groups (8 credits):
    (a) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    LB 273 Physics I 4
    (b) PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    LB 274 Physics II 4
    b. First–year competency in a foreign language
    or
    For students who have been admitted to the teacher certification program, completion of the Professional Education Courses in the Department of Teacher Education.
    c. A total of 36 to 43 credits in courses in the Department of Mathematics including
    (36 to 43 credits):
    (1) One course from each of the following two groups (6 to 8 credits):
    (a) MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus 3
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    (b) MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 3
    LB 119 Calculus II 4
    (2) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
    LB 220 Calculus III 4
    (3) One of the following two groups (4 or 7 credits):
    (a) MTH 299 Transitions 4
    MTH 309 Linear Algebra I 3
    (b) MTH 317H Honors Linear Algebra 4
    (4) The following course (3 credits):
    MTH 496 Capstone in Mathematics (W) 3
    The completion of Mathematics 496 fulfills the department's capstone course requirement. Students in the teacher certification program may substitute Mathematics 396 Capstone in Mathematics for Secondary Education for Mathematics 496.
    (5) A total of 27 credits in approved Mathematics courses at the 300-level or above. At least four of the approved Mathematics courses must be at the 400-level or above.  Mathematics 415 may not be used to fulfill the requirements of the major.  Students may use no more than one of  Mathematics 309, 314, 317H to satisfy this requirement. One course from a list of approved cognates available in the Department of Mathematics may be used to satisfy this requirement. Statistics and Probability 430 is required for students in the teacher certification program. Either Statistics and Probability 430 or 441 may be substituted for one 300-level mathematics course. The 300-400 level courses as referenced in item 3. c. partially satisfy this requirement.
    (6) Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    MTH 310 Abstract Algebra I and Number Theory 3
    MTH 411 Abstract Algebra II 3
    MTH 418H Honors Algebra I 3
    MTH 419H Honors Algebra II 3
    Students may not satisfy this requirement with the combination of MTH 411 and MTH 418H. 3
    (7) One course from each of the following groups of courses (6 credits):
    (a) MTH 320 Analysis I 3
    MTH 327H Honors Introduction  to Analysis 3
    (b) MTH 421 Analysis II 3
    MTH 429H Honors Real Analysis 3
    (8) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 330 Higher Geometry 3
    MTH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
    MTH 347H Honors Ordinary Differential Equations 3
    MTH 432 Axiomatic Geometry 3
    Students in the teacher certification program must take either Mathematics 330 or 432. Students not in the teacher certification program must take Mathematics 340 or 347H. Students not in the teacher certification program with prior credit in Mathematics 235 may substitute an approved 400-level Mathematics course for Mathematics 340.


Mathematics - Bachelor of Arts

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Mathematics major is met by completing Mathematics 396 or 496 and Mathematics 309 or 310 or 418H.  Those courses are referenced in items 3. c. (1) and 3. c. (3) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Mathematics (13 credits):
    (1) One course of at least 3 credits in biological science, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or  integrative biology. At least 2 credits in laboratory in biological science, chemistry, entomology, microbiology, physics, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology.
    (2) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    LB 273 Physics I 4
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    (3) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
    b. Second–year competency in a foreign language
    or
    For students who have been admitted to the teacher certification program, first–year competency in a foreign language and completion of the Professional Education Courses in the Department of Teacher Education.
    c. A total of 36 to 43 credits in courses in the Department of Mathematics  including
    (36 to 43 credits):
    (1) One course from each of the following two groups (6 to 8 credits):
    (a) MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus 3
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    (b) MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 3
    LB 119 Calculus II 4
    (2) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
    LB 220 Calculus III 4
    (3) One of the following two groups (4 or 7 credits):
    (a) MTH 299 Transitions 4
    MTH 309 Linear Algebra I 3
    (b) MTH 317H Honors Linear Algebra 4
    (4) The following course (3 credits):
    MTH 496 Capstone in Mathematics (W) 3
    The completion of Mathematics 496 fulfills the department's capstone course requirement. Students in the teacher certification program may substitute Mathematics 396 Capstone in Mathematics for Secondary Education for Mathematics 496.
    (5) A total of 27 credits in approved Mathematics courses at the 300–level or above. At least 4 of the approved Mathematics courses must be at the 400–level or above.  Mathematics 415 may not be used to fulfill the requirements of the major.  Students may use no more than one of MTH 309, 314, 317H to satisfy this requirement. One course from a list of approved cognates available in the Department of Mathematics may be used to satisfy this requirement. Statistics and Probability 430 is required for students in the teacher certification program. Either Statistics and Probability 430 or 441 may be substituted for one 300-level mathematics course. The 300-400 level courses referenced in item 3. c. partially satisfy this requirement.
    (6) Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    MTH 310 Abstract Algebra I and Number Theory 3
    MTH 411 Abstract Algebra II 3
    MTH 418H Honors Algebra I 3
    MTH 419H Honors Algebra II 3
    Students may not satisfy this requirement with the combination of MTH 411 and MTH 418H.
    (7) One course from each of the following groups of courses (6 credits):
    (a) MTH 320 Analysis I 3
    MTH 327H Honors Introduction to Analysis 3
    (b) MTH 421 Analysis II 3
    MTH 429H Honors Real Analysis 3
    (8) One of  the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 330 Higher Geometry 3
    MTH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
    MTH 347H Honors Ordinary Differential Equations 3
    MTH 432 Axiomatic Geometry 3
    Students in the teacher certification program must take either Mathematics 330 or 432. Students not in the teacher certification program must take Mathematics 340 or 347H. Students not in the teacher certification program with prior credit in Mathematics 235 may substitute an approved 400-level Mathematics course for Mathematics 340.


Mathematics, Advanced - Bachelor of Arts

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics, Advanced

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Advanced.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Mathematics, Advanced major is met by completing Mathematics 418H and 496.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement. Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Mathematics (12 or 13 credits):
    (1) One course of at least 3 credits in biological science, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology.
    (2) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
    (3) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 193H Honors Physics I – Mechanics 4
    LB 273 Physics I 4
    (4) A minimum of  2 credits in laboratory courses in biological science, chemistry, entomology, microbiology, physics, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology.
    b. Second-year competency in a foreign language
    or
    For students who have been admitted to the teacher certification program, completion of the Professional Education Courses in the Department of Teacher Education and first-year competency in a foreign language.
    c. A total of 34 to 37 credits in courses in the Department of Mathematics including:
    (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    (2) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
    LB 119 Calculus II 4
    (3) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
    LB 220 Calculus III 4
    (4) All of the following courses (25 credits):
    MTH 317H Honors Linear Algebra 4
    MTH 327H Honors Introduction to Analysis 3
    MTH 347H Honors Ordinary Differential Equations 3
    MTH 418H Honors Algebra I 3
    MTH 419H Honors Algebra II 3
    MTH 428H Honors Complex Analysis 3
    MTH 429H Honors Real Analysis 3
    MTH 496 Capstone in Mathematics (W) 3
    The completion of Mathematics 496 fulfills the department’s capstone course requirement.
    d. A minimum of 12 credits in electives. Two courses must be selected from group (1) and two courses from group (2). Any MTH course at the 800-level or above may also satisfy the requirement from group (1). Any MTH course at the 400-level or above may also satisfy the requirement from group (2). Students in the teacher certification program must take MTH 432 to fulfill part of this elective requirement and may not use STT 430 towards fulfillment of this requirement. Any other substitutions must be approved by an advisor for the Mathematics, Advanced program.
    (1) Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    MTH 416 Introduction to Algebraic Coding 3
    MTH 417 Topics in Number Theory 3
    MTH 441 Ordinary Differential Equations II 3
    MTH 442 Partial Differential Equations 3
    MTH 451 Numerical Analysis I 3
    MTH 452 Numerical Analysis II 3
    MTH 461 Metric and Topological Spaces 3
    MTH 481 Discrete Mathematics I 3
    MTH 482 Discrete Mathematics II 3
    MTH 492H Undergraduate Thesis (W) 3
    (2) Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):
    CMSE 820 Mathematical Foundations of Data Science 3
    CMSE 821 Numerical Methods for Differential Equations 3
    CMSE 823 Numerical Linear Algebra 3
    CSE 425 Introduction to Computer Security 3
    CSE 450 Translation of Programming Languages 3
    CSE 460 Computability and Formal Language Theory 3
    CSE 472 Computer Graphics 3
    CSE 802 Pattern Recognition and Analysis 3
    CSE 803 Computer Vision 3
    CSE 814 Formal Methods in Software Development 3
    CSE 830 Design and Theory of Algorithms 3
    CSE 835 Algorithmic Graph Theory 3
    CSE 847 Machine Learning 3
    CSE 860 Foundations of Computing 3
    CSE 881 Data Mining 3
    EC 820A Econometrics IA 3
    EC 820B Econometrics IB 3
    PHL 432 Logic and its Metatheory 4
    PHY 410 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
    PHY 415 Methods of Theoretical Physics 4
    PHY 422 Classical Mechanics II 3
    PHY 471 Quantum Physics I 3
    PHY 472 Quantum Physics II 3
    PHY 480 Computational Physics 3
    PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
    PHY 482 Electricity and Magnetism II 3
    STT 861 Theory of Probability and Statistics I 3
    STT 862 Theory of Probability and Statistics II 3
    STT 881 Theory of Probability I 3
    STT 882 Theory of Probability II 3
    STT 886 Stochastic Processes and Applications 3

Mathematics, Advanced - Bachelor of Science

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, Advanced

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Advanced.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Mathematics, Advanced major is met by completing Mathematics 418H and 496.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement. Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Mathematics (17 to 21 credits):
    (1) One course of at least 3 credits in biological science, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology.
    (2) One of the following groups of courses (8 or 10 credits):
    (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    (b) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    (c) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
    CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    (d) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
    LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
    LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    (3) One of the following groups of courses (6 or 8 credits):
    (a) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    (b) PHY 193H Honors Physics I – Mechanics 4
    PHY 294H Honors Physics II – Electromagnetism 4
    (c) LB 273 Physics I 4
    LB 274 Physics II 4
    (4) A minimum of  2 credits in laboratory courses in biological science, chemistry, entomology, microbiology, physics, physiology, plant biology, or integrative biology.
    b. First-year competency in a foreign language
    or
    For students who have been admitted to the teacher certification program, completion of the Professional Education Courses in the Department of Teacher Education.
    c. A total of 34 to 37 credits in courses in the Department of Mathematics including:
    (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    (2) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
    LB 119 Calculus II 4
    (3) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
    LB 220 Calculus III 4
    (4) All of the following courses (25 credits):
    MTH 317H Honors Linear Algebra 4
    MTH 327H Honors Introduction to Analysis 3
    MTH 347H Honors Ordinary Differential Equations 3
    MTH 418H Honors Algebra I 3
    MTH 419H Honors Algebra II 3
    MTH 428H Honors Complex Analysis 3
    MTH 429H Honors Real Analysis 3
    MTH 496 Capstone in Mathematics (W) 3
    The completion of Mathematics 496 fulfills the department’s capstone course requirement.
    d. A minimum of 12 credits in electives. Two courses must be selected from group (1) and two courses from group (2). Any MTH course at the 800-level or above may also satisfy the requirement from group (1). Any MTH course at the 400-level or above may also satisfy the requirement from group (2). Students in the teacher certification program must take MTH 432 to fulfill part of this elective requirement and may not use STT 430 towards fulfillment of this requirement. Any other substitutions must be approved by an advisor for the Mathematics, Advanced program.
    (1) Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    MTH 416 Introduction to Algebraic Coding 3
    MTH 417 Topics in Number Theory 3
    MTH 441 Ordinary Differential Equations II 3
    MTH 442 Partial Differential Equations 3
    MTH 451 Numerical Analysis I 3
    MTH 452 Numerical Analysis II 3
    MTH 461 Metric and Topological Spaces 3
    MTH 481 Discrete Mathematics I 3
    MTH 482 Discrete Mathematics II 3
    MTH 492H Undergraduate Thesis (W) 3
    (2) Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):
    CMSE 820 Mathematical Foundations of Data Science 3
    CMSE 821 Numerical Methods for Differential Equations 3
    CMSE 823 Numerical Linear Algebra 3
    CSE 425 Introduction to Computer Security 3
    CSE 450 Translation of Programming Languages 3
    CSE 460 Computability and Formal Language Theory 3
    CSE 472 Computer Graphics 3
    CSE 802 Pattern Recognition and Analysis 3
    CSE 803 Computer Vision 3
    CSE 814 Formal Methods in Software Development 3
    CSE 830 Design and Theory of Algorithms 3
    CSE 835 Algorithmic Graph Theory 3
    CSE 847 Machine Learning 3
    CSE 860 Foundations of Computing 3
    CSE 881 Data Mining 3
    EC 820A Econometrics IA 3
    EC 820B Econometrics IB 3
    PHL 432 Logic and its Metatheory 4
    PHY 410 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
    PHY 415 Methods of Theoretical Physics 4
    PHY 422 Classical Mechanics II 3
    PHY 471 Quantum Physics I 3
    PHY 472 Quantum Physics II 3
    PHY 480 Computational Physics 3
    PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
    PHY 482 Electricity and Magnetism II 3
    STT 861 Theory of Probability and Statistics I 3
    STT 862 Theory of Probability and Statistics II 3
    STT 881 Theory of Probability I 3
    STT 882 Theory of Probability II 3
    STT 886 Stochastic Processes and Applications 3

Minor in Mathematics

The Minor in Mathematics, which is administered by the Department of Mathematics, will broaden students’ understanding and application of mathematical concepts to their chosen field of study.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Mathematics.

Requirements for the Minor in Mathematics

Complete the following (21 to 28 credits):

               
1. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  LB 118 Calculus I     4
  MTH 132 Calculus I     3
  MTH 152H Honors Calculus I   3
2. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  LB 119 Calculus II     4
  MTH 133 Calculus II     4
  MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 3
3. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  LB 220 Calculus III     4
  MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
  MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 3
4. One of the following groups of courses (3 to 7 credits):  
  (a) MTH 299 Transitions 4
    MTH 309 Linear Algebra I 3
  (b) MTH 317H Advanced Linear Algebra 3
5. All of the following courses (9 credits):  
  MTH 310 Abstract Algebra I and Number Theory 3
  MTH 320 Analysis I     3
  One 400-level mathematics course approved by the student's advisor 3

 

 

 

 

 


Minor in Actuarial Science

The Minor in Actuarial Science, which is administered by the Department of Mathematics within the College of Natural Science, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in any bachelor’s degree program at Michigan State University. This minor complements a number of major fields such as mathematics, statistics and probability, finance, and economics. It is intended to prepare students for work in insurance companies, banks, investment firms, government work, hospitals and business firms where there is a need to weigh the financial consequences of risk. The Minor in Actuarial Science prepares students for two of the examinations of the Society of Actuaries (SOA): Exam P/1 and Exam FM/2. With the approval of the department that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Minor in Actuarial Science

The student must complete all of the following courses (21 credits):

1. All of the following courses (18 credits):
FI 311 Financial Management 3
FI 321 Theory of Investments 3
MTH 360 Theory of Mathematical Interest 3
MTH 361 Financial Mathematics for Actuaries I 3
STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
STT 455 Actuarial Models I 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
MTH 457 Introduction to Financial Mathematics 3
STT 442 Probability and Statistics II: Statistics 3