20172018 Undergraduate Bulletin
Mathematics (B.S.)


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The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:
 Students who complete the undergraduate mathematics major should be able to reason mathematically and 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 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 (Regulations ), the College of Arts and Sciences (Colleges ), and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Required course work appears below.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements
English Writing and Speaking
 See Arts and Sciences Part A for Speaking requirement
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:
Sciences Courses
Choose three science courses from list below  two of the courses must include a lab:
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.
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 electives list below:
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 electives list below:
Notes:
 A course taken as a required course cannot be counted toward the elective course.
 The research certificate is described under Arts and Sciences in Colleges of this Bulletin.
