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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

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 Licensure  is also available.

General Program Requirements

 All programs offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics require completion of the mathematics core, which consists of the following courses:

  • Calculus I, II, and III (Math 150, 152, and 250)
  • Iintroduction to Programming and Problem Solving (Math 165)
  • Introduction to Logic and Reasoning (Math 223)
  • Linear Algebra (Math 321)
  • Introduction to Real Analysis (Math 350)
  • Differential Equations (Math 305)
  • Statistics For Applications (Stat 380)
  • Completion of Physics 151 and 151L (with grades of C or better) also are required for all programs

These courses total 39 hours, of which 13 hours are applicable to general education requirements. (Mathematics 150 meets the quantitative reasoning requirement, Physics 151 satisfies four hours of the breadth area requirements, Physics 151L satisfies the laboratory requirement, and Statistics 380 satisfies the information and communication in society breadth area and the second lab experience requirement.)

All seniors are required to take MATH 498 and 499 (senior seminar and senior project), which carry two credits each. MATH 499 is graded satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Passing this course is required for graduation. The student is required to consult with a member of the mathematics/statistics faculty to prepare a proposal for a culminating project. The undergraduate program committee must approve all proposals. The completed project is evaluated by a project evaluation committee and includes both the documentation and an oral presentation by the student. Members of the faculty are invited to attend the oral presentation.

Actuarial Science

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 24 percent growth rate in actuarial positions through 2030, 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

  • Numerical analysis (Math 465)
  • Regression analysis (Stat 482)
  • Stochastic models (OR 441)
  • Financial Management (Fin 320)
  • Theory of interest (Math 340)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (Stat 480a and 480b)
  • Actuarial mathematics (Stat 486a)
  • Economics 111 and 112
  • Accounting 200
  • 6 hours of electives selected from Stat 478, Stat 485, Stat 489, or (OR 442 or OR 442)
  • 9 hours of computer management and information systems or finance electives

Applied Mathematics

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

  • Complex Analysis (Math 451)
  • Partial Differential Equations (Math 464)
  • Applied Numerical Analysis (Math 462)
  • Introduction to Computing I, II and III (CS 140, 150, 240)
  • 15 hours of MATH, STAT or OR electives

Pure 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 pure 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 pure mathematics requires

  • Introduction to Algebraic Structures (Math 320)
  • Linear Algebra II (Math 421)
  • Abstract Algebra (Math 420) or Complex Analysis (Math 451)
  • Real Analysis (Math 450)
  • Either Math 435 (Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry)
  • 6 hours of MATH electives at the 400-level
  • 12 hours of mathematics, statistics, operations research, courses from the School of Engineering, biology, chemistry, or physics at the 200 level or above

Mathematical Studies — Secondary Education Teacher Licensure

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 licensure is strong.

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

  • Teaching of Secondary Mathematics 1 and 2 (Math 311, 411)
  • Introduction to Algebraic Structures (Math 320)
  • Development of Modern Mathematics (Math 400)
  • Foundations for Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry (Math 435)
  • Field Experience II, III, IV (CIED 302, 303, 304)
  • Planning for Diverse Learners (CIED 310)
  • Differentiated Instruction (CIED 311)
  • Language and Communication (CIED 312)
  • Introduction to Assessment (CIED 313)
  • Learning Environments (CIED 314)
  • Digital Learning and Communication (IT 300)
  • The Exceptional Child (SPE 400)
  • Adolescent Content Literacy (CIED 323)
  • 9-12 Senior Seminar (CIED 456)
  • 9-12 Student Teaching - Math (CIED 455N)


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

  • 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)
  • 12 hours of MATH, STAT, or OR electives (any four courses chosen from STAT 478, 481, 483, 484, 485, 486A, 488, 489; OR 440, 441, 442; MATH 462, except that only one of OR 440, MATH 462, may be counted toward this requirement).

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

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