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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics offers undergraduate degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Studies with concentration in:

Mathematical Studies with Secondary Education Teacher Certification is also available.

General Program Requirements

All programs require completion of the mathematics core, which consists of the following courses:

  • Calculus I, II, and III (Math 150, 152, and 250)
  • Introduction to Logic and Reasoning (Math 223)
  • Linear Algebra (Math 321)
  • Introduction to Real Analysis (Math 350)
  • Computer Science 145
  • Physics 151 and 151L

All students also take Math 498 and 499 (Senior Seminar and Senior Project) and complete all general education requirements. Your academic advisor will help you to design a program of study that satisfies all degree requirements.

Actuarial Science

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According to the Society of Actuaries, the "actuary's work combines the skills of a business executive, mathematician, financial, and investment manager." It is an ideal career for those interested in studying risk, whether it is related to economics, finance, or even social issues. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 21 percent growth rate in actuarial positions through 2018, a rate substantially higher than average.

In addition to the core requirements, a B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics with a specialization in Actuarial Science requires

Differential Equations (Math 305)
Numerical analysis (Math 465)
Regression analysis (Stat 482)
Stochastic models (OR 441)
Finance 320 and 420
3 additional hours of finance electives
Theory of interest (Math 340)
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (Stat 480a and 480b)
Actuarial mathematics (Stat 486a)
Economics 111 and 112
Accounting 200 and 210
6 hours of electives selected from Stat 478, Stat 485, OR 442, or Math 466

Applied Mathematics

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Applied mathematics focuses on using mathematical theories to solve real-world problems, such as those related to structural stability, chemical interactions, or wave propagation. It encompasses the use of probability theory, numerical and data analysis, modeling, algorithm development, and simulations to explore the connections between mathematics and science and our environment. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has identified several emerging career paths for applied mathematicians, including bioinformatics, materials science, computer animation and digital imaging, finance, and climatology.

In addition to the core requirements, a B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics with a specialization in applied mathematics requires

Differential Equations (Math 305)
Complex Analysis (Math 451)
Partial Differential Equations (Math 464)

Numerical Analysis (Math 465)
Numerical Linear Algebra (Math 466)
Physics 152 and 152L
6 hours of science or engineering electives

Additionally, students take 9 hours of MATH/STAT/OR electives chosen from one of the following options:

  • Math 320 and two additional courses selected from: Math 421, 437, 450, OR 440, 441, 442, Stat 480a,b
  • Stat 380 and two additional courses selected from: Math 421, 437, 450, OR 440, 441, 442
  • Stat 480a,b and one additional course selected from: Math 421, 437, 450, OR 440
  • Math 421 and two additional courses selected from Math 437, 450, OR 440, 441, 442, Stat 480a,b

Mathematical Studies

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Sometimes called "pure" mathematics or "theoretical" mathematics, this area deals with the science of structure, order, measurements, and relationships of objects or groups of objects. Those who like to problem solve are ideally suited to study mathematics. Since mathematics plays a vital role in in the effort to understand the world and the environment for a vast array of fields, mathematics majors have many career opportunities open to them, including careers in education, finance, technology, and engineering.

In addition to the core requirements, a B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics with a specialization in mathematical science requires

Introduction to Algebraic Structures (Math 320)
Linear Algebra II (Math 421)
Complex Analysis (Math 451)
3 hours of MATH electives at the 400-level
300-level course in physics, chemistry, biology, or computer science
Abstract Algebra (Math 420)
Real Analysis (Math 450)
Either Math 435 (Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry) or 437 (Differential Geometry)
9 hours of mathematics, statistics, operations research, biology, chemistry, physics, or engineering electives

Mathematical Studies - Secondary Education Teacher Certification

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Students who desire to teach youth and who are able to generate excitement and understand of mathematics as well as impart its relevance to real-life applications are ideal candidates to major in mathematics for secondary education teacher certification. They are the largest group of mathematics majors at SIUE. The Department has developed strong relationships with local high schools and consults regularly about ways to enhance teacher training opportunities. Because math is a part of all schools' core curriculum, the outlook for students majoring in mathematical studies with secondary education certification is strong.

In addition to the core requirements, a B.A. or B.S. in Mathematical Studies with Secondary Education teacher certification requires

Teaching of Secondary Mathematics (Math 311)
Development of Modern Mathematics (Math 400)
Statistics for Applications (Stat 380)
Methods and Practical experience (CI 315a,b, CI352)
The Exceptional Child (SPE 400)
Adolescent Literacy (CI 440)
Introduction to Algebraic Structures (Math 320)
Foundations for Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry (Math 435)
Introduction to Education (CI 200)
Educational Psychology and Foundations of Multicultural Education (EPFR 315, 320)
Either Math 305 and one 400 level MATH/STAT/OR elective or two 400 level MATH/STAT/OR electives


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Statistics is an ideal profession for those interested in analysis and interpretation of data as a fundamental process in decision making. It uses the scientific application of mathematics to collect and analyze information in such a way that a conclusion can be developed. The relevance of statistics can not be understated --- it touches virtually every career field. The respected Jobs Rated Almanac ranks statistician among the top 3 jobs in America. One-third of statisticians work for federal, state, or local governments, although many independent businesses employ statisticians to analyze current market trends.

In addition to the core requirements, a B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics with a specialization in Statistics requires

12 hours of MATH/STAT/OR electives, chosen from: Stat 478, 481, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, OR 440, 441, 442, Math 465, 466, except that only one of OR 440, Math 465, Math 466 can be used to fulfill this requirement Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (Stat 480a and 480b)
Regression analysis (Stat 482)18 hours of supporting coursework (either a minor or other coursework chosen with in consultation with an advisor)

Official, current degree requirements are found in the SIUE Undergraduate Catalog. You are also welcome to contact the department at