20142015 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]
Mathematics (B.S.)


Return to: Part 5: Program Descriptions Program Offered: B.S.
Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Kettler Hall 200 ~ 2604816821 ~ ipfw.edu/math
The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:
 Students who complete the undergraduate mathematics major should be able to reason mathematically and should be good problem solvers. Students should understand the role mathematics has played in solving important problems in a variety of disciplines, e.g. physics, engineering, and business.
In addition:
 students who complete the Mathematics option should understand the fundamental concepts in algebra and analysis. They should understand the value of mathematical proofs and should be able to do simple proofs.
 students who complete the Actuarial Science option should have had sufficient preparation in calculus, linear algebra, probability, and statistics to pass the preliminary Actuarial Science examinations.
 students who complete the Mathematics Teaching option should have mastered the fundamental concepts necessary to obtain certification to teach mathematics in the secondary schools.
Programs leading to the Bachelor of Science help you prepare for employment in business and industry, teaching in secondary schools, or study for advanced degrees. As a mathematics major you choose one of six options: actuarial science, business, computing, mathematics, mathematics teaching, or statistics.
To earn a B.S. with a major in mathematics, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ), the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Required course work appears below. 
College of Arts and Sciences Requirements
Foreign Language
Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 8 Core and Concentration (Major) Courses
Of the mathematics courses numbered below 261, only 165, 166, and 175 apply toward the degree; statistics courses must be numbered 490 or higher to be counted. You must have a gradepoint average of 2.0 or better with at most one passing grade less than 1.5 in courses used to fulfill the major requirements. Choose one of the following:
Option Courses (see below)
Sciences Courses
Three science courses from a departmentally approved list. Two of these courses must have labs included. General Elective Courses
 Sufficient additional credits, if necessary, to bring the total to 120
Actuarial Science Option
This option, designed in consultation with professionals from the insurance industry, includes courses that help you prepare for a variety of positions in that field. In particular, it helps you prepare for the first of the series of examinations by the Society of Actuaries. Additional information is available from the department.
 Credits in three electives selected from a list of courses approved by the department Credits: 9
 BUS F302 and F420 are not required, but are recommended
Business Option
This option is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in business or industry. In addition to obtaining useful mathematics and statistics tools, the student who completes this option will also receive a minor in business. Option Specific Courses Credits: 28
 Credits in courses selected from a departmentally approved list Credits: 6
Business Minor Credits: 18
Elective Course Credits: 3
Choose one from the list below: Computing Option
This option helps you prepare for computerrelated careers for which a strong mathematical background is advantageous. The student who completes this option will also receive a minor in computer science. Option Specific Courses Credits: 15
One of the following Credits: 3
One of the following Credits: 3
Two courses from a departmentally approved list. Credits: 6
Computer Science Minor Credits: 19
Required Courses:
Note: MA 17500 and CS 16000 are part of the core requirements. Two courses from a departmentally approved list. Credits: 6
Mathematics Option
This option helps you prepare for graduate study in the mathematical sciences or for work in fields where a strong mathematical background is required. Two courses from a departmentally approved list. Credits: 6
One of the following Credits: 3
Mathematics Teaching Option
This option provides the mathematical preparation necessary for teaching secondaryschool mathematics in Indiana. You are encouraged to choose and complete a teaching minor.
Prior to your junior year, you must successfully complete the PreProfessional Skills Test (PPST) before admission to the teacher education program. The Praxis II Specialty Area Exam must be completed before or during the studentteaching semester, normally in your senior year.
Information on additional requirements for teacher certification is available in the department office. Two courses from a departmentally approved list. Credits: 6
One of the following Credits: 3
Statistics Option
This option helps you prepare for careers in business and industry and emphasizes the statistical methods used in decision making. It also provides entrylevel preparation for an actuarial career. Two courses from a departmentally approved list. Credits: 6
Note
The research certificate is described under Arts and Sciences in Part 3 of this Bulletin. 