Mathematics Requirements

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Opportunities for mathematics majors have expanded greatly in recent years. Mathematics majors become actuaries, statisticians, mathematical computer scientists, applied mathematicians, operations research analysts and mathematical researchers. Mathematics is growing and changing and holds fascinating challenges for inquiring minds.

As an undergraduate mathematics major at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, you may work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Science or the College of Education and Human Services, or a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Liberal Arts. The classes in the mathematics major curriculum are small and are taught by senior faculty members. A strong support system of college and departmental advisement is available to you at SIU throughout the year.

A student planning for employment with a bachelor’s degree should consider a minor or a second major in some field in which mathematics is applied. Many students earn a double major in mathematics and computer science. All of the bachelor’s degree programs in mathematics, including the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Education and Human Services, have sufficient flexibility to allow you to prepare for alternate career possibilities.

To prepare to major in mathematics at SIU, you should have a solid high school preparation in algebra, geometry in two and three dimensions, and trigonometry, including a substantial study of functions and graphing. Students transferring to SIU after two years at a community college should have completed the calculus sequence, linear algebra and a course in a high-level computer programming language.

As a mathematics major at SIUC, you will meet with a Department of Mathematics advisor at least once each semester for planning and departmental approval of courses appropriate to your goals and interests.

A grade of C or better is required in every mathematics course used to satisfy departmental requirements. A student cannot repeat a course or its equivalent in which a grade of B or better was earned without the consent of the department. A math major is required to obtain the permission of the department for a second repeat (third attempt) of a course that is required or elective for the major.

Double majors in mathematics and related fields

Special provisions are made for students to earn a double major in mathematics and a field in which mathematics is extensively applied. The courses MATH 447, MATH 449, MATH 471, MATH 472, and MATH 475 carry credit in both mathematics and computer science. See Bachelor of Science Degree, College of Science for specific requirements in mathematics for students who also earn a major or minor in computer science.

For students pursuing a double major in math and engineering, physics, or chemistry, the mathematics requirements are MATH 150 or MATH 151, MATH 221, MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 305 and five additional mathematics courses numbered above 300, including at least three courses above 400, and including two of the three areas of algebra, analysis, probability and statistics. A mathematics department advisor must approve the courses.

Students majoring in business may obtain a second major in mathematics. The requirements are MATH 150 or MATH 151, MATH 221, MATH 250, MATH 251, and five approved mathematics courses at the 300-400 level, of which at least four are at the 400-level. Recommended courses for this program include MATH 471, MATH 472, MATH 475, MATH 483, MATH 484.

Option in Statistics

A student majoring in mathematics in the College of Science may choose to concentrate in statistics.

For this option, the 300- and 400-level course requirements include: MATH 302; either MATH 417 or MATH 421; either MATH 305 or MATH 472; one of MATH 352, MATH 450, or MATH 455; MATH 480; MATH 483; at least two of MATH 473, MATH 481, MATH 484, MATH 485 and one additional approved upper division mathematics course

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
College of Science Academic Requirements 12
Biological Sciences: six hours (not University Core Curriculum courses) (Three hours included in the UCC Life Science hours) 3
Mathematics: completed with the major Physical Sciences: six hours (not University Core Curriculum courses) (Three hours included in the UCC Life Science hours) 3
Supportive Skills: a two-semester sequence in a foreign language, or three years of one foreign language in high school with no grade lower than C 6
Requirements for Major in Mathematics 42
MATH 150 or MATH 151, MATH 221, MATH 250, MATH 251 (Three hours included in UCC mathematics hours) 11
CS 202 or approved substitute 4
MATH 302 3
At least one course from each of the following groups 12
(One group may be waived for students with a minor in CS) Group A: Algebra/Discrete Math/Linear Algebra: MATH 319, MATH 349, MATH 419, MATH 421 Group B: Analysis: MATH 352, MATH 450, MATH 455 At least two, from different groups, of the following: Group C: Applied Math/Numerical Analysis: MATH 305, MATH 471, MATH 472, MATH 475 Group D: Probability/Statistics: MATH 380, MATH 480, MATH 483 Group E: Geometry: MATH 335, MATH 433
Four additional courses in mathematics numbered above MATH 299 (excluding MATH 300I, MATH 311A, MATH 311B, MATH 321, MATH 322, MATH 388, MATH 389, MATH 411, MATH 412) 12
A minimum of five 400-level math courses must be taken. Each student’s program must be approved by a mathematics department advisor. Courses taken Pass/Fail will not count toward the major.
Electives 27
Total 120
The student must work with the Advisement Office to ensure that SIUC’S 42 Senior-Hours requirement is met by appropriate choices of core, college, major and elective coursework.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
College of Liberal Arts Academic Requirements 12-15
English Composition (one of ENGL 290, ENGL 291, ENGL 390, ENGL 391, ENGL 392) 3
Foreign Language 6
International Coursework: 2 courses from the Global Studies Minor, Section A. Three hours MAY possibly be used for both International and UCC requirements 3-6
Requirements for a Major in Mathematics 1 42
MATH 150 or MATH 151, MATH 221, MATH 250, MATH 251 11
(Three hours are accounted for in UCC) CS 202 or approved substitute 4
MATH 302 3
At least one course from each of the following groups: 12
(One group may be waived for students who have a minor in Computer Science) Group A: Algebra/Discrete Math/Linear Algebra: MATH 319, MATH 349, MATH 421 Group B: Analysis: MATH 352, MATH 450, MATH 455 Group C: Applied Math/Numerical Analysis: MATH 305, MATH 471, MATH 472, MATH 475 Group D: Probability/Statistics: MATH 380, MATH 480, MATH 483
Four additional courses in mathematics numbered above MATH 299 (excluding MATH 300I, MATH 311A-B, MATH 321, MATH 322, MATH 388, MATH 389, MATH 411, MATH 412) 12
Secondary Concentration Requirements 2 6-9
6-9 hours approved by the Mathematics Department in one of the following areas: engineering, computer science, physics, economics, business & administration. A minor in any department of the College of Liberal Arts or College of Science my be substituted for this requirement.
Electives to make a total of 120 hours 15-20
Total 120
Each student’s program must include at least 5 mathematics courses at the 400 level. Courses taken Pass/Fail will not count toward the major. Mathematics majors are required to meet with a departmental advisor for approval of their courses prior to registering each semester.

1 Three hours of mathematics course work are accounted for in the 39-hour Core Curriculum requirement.

2 Secondary Concentration Requirement (Choose one of the following options) i) PHYSICS: six hrs from PHYS 205A, PHYS 205B, or 300-level courses with math prerequisites. ii) ENGINEERING: six hrs of ENGR courses with math prerequisites numbered above 222. iii) COMPUTER SCIENCE: CS 215, CS 220, and one of CS 306 or CS 311. iv) ECONOMICS: six hrs from the following, including 3 hours above the 200 level: ECON 240, ECON 241, ECON 340, ECON 341, ECON 440, ECON 441, ECON 465. v) BUSINESS: ACCT 220 & ACCT 230 plus one additional course chosen from ECON 240, ECON 241, MATH 139. vi) CHEMISTRY: CHEM 200 and CHEM 210, plus one advanced CHEM with a math prerequisite. vii) ANY MINOR in the College of Science or the College of Liberal Arts.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts may choose to specialize in Actuarial Mathematics.  Actuaries put a price on risk, and Actuaries are often ranked as a top ten job with high pay. The Actuarial program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale provides course work in Mathematics to prepare students for work as Actuaries. Students become Actuaries by taking three Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) course sequences and by passing professional examinations given by the society of Actuaries (SOA, see www.soa.org) and Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS, see www.casact.org). The professional exams cover probability, financial mathematics for investments including interest theory and financial derivatives, life contingencies: mathematics for life insurance, and loss models. More information about Actuaries and the professional exams can be found at (www.beanactuary.com).

Freshmen admitted to the program should have at least a 24 Math ACT score. Students can also enroll as Math majors and transfer to the Actuarial program after receiving a C or higher in MATH 250. The program offers preparation for four Actuarial exams and for the three VEE course sequences. Students are required to complete three VEE course sequences and are encouraged to pass Exam P/1, FM/2 and either MLC/3L or C/4.

Specialization in Actuarial Mathematics Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
To include MATH 150 or MATH 151, ECON 240, MATH 300I and FL.
College of Liberal Arts Academic Requirements 12-15
English Composition (one of ENGL 290, ENGL 291, ENGL 390, ENGL 391, ENGL 392) 3
One approved writing intensive course (MATH 302) (accounted for in the major)
Foreign Language 6
International Coursework: 2 courses from the Global Studies Minor, Section A.
Three hours MAY possibly be used for both International and UCC requirements. 3-6
Requirements for Actuarial Specialization 47
(MATH 150), MATH 221, MATH 250, MATH 251 (Three hours included in UCC mathematics hours) 11
CS 202 4
MATH 302 and MATH 483 7
At least one course from each of the following groups 9
Group A: Algebra/Discrete Math/Linear Algebra: MATH 319, MATH 349, MATH 421
Group B: Analysis: MATH 352, MATH 450, MATH 455
Group C: Applied Math/Numerical Analysis: MATH 305, MATH 471, MATH 472, MATH 475
MATH 400, MATH 474, and MATH 484 10
Either MATH 401 and MATH 402 or MATH 403 and MATH 404 6
Additional courses required for VEE examinations:
ECON 240 (if not already included in Core) and ECON 241 6
FIN 330 and FIN 361 6
Accounting courses required as prerequisites for FIN 330
ACCT 220, ACCT 230 9
Electives if needed to make a total of 120 hours 4-7
Total 120

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements to include ENGL 101 & ENGL 102, PSYC 102, MATH 300I, EDUC 311, EDUC 314 39
Requirements for major in Mathematics 46
Content Courses 40
MATH 150 or MATH 151, MATH 221, MATH 250, and MATH 251 or MATH 305 (Three hours included in UCC mathematics hours) 11
CS 202 or approved substitute 4
MATH 302, MATH 319, MATH 335, MATH 349, MATH 352, MATH 433, MATH 483 19
At least two additional approved 400-level mathematics courses excluding MATH 411, MATH 412 6
Methods Course, MATH 311A, MATH 311B 6
Professional Education and Licensure Requirements 24
EDUC 301, EDUC 302, EDUC 303, EDUC 308, EDUC 313, EDUC 319, EDUC 401A Other requirements for licensure CI 360 3
Electives to make 120 hours 8
Total 120

Admission into the Teacher Education Program requires a 2.5 average in MATH 150 or MATH 151, MATH 221, MATH 250; and MATH 251 or MATH 305 in addition to College of Education and Human Services requirements for admission to the TEP.

Retention in the Teacher Education Program and approval for student teaching requires a 2.75 average in the major and departmental approval.

Mathematics majors are required to meet with a departmental advisor for approval of their courses prior to registering each semester.

Concentration in Mathematics for Elementary Education

Consult with College of Education and Human Services and with Mathematics advisors about the latest requirements.

Mathematics Minor

A non-teaching minor consists of MATH 150 or MATH 151 and 12 hours of mathematics courses at the 200 level or above, including at least three hours at the 400 level (excluding MATH 220, MATH 257, MATH 282, MATH 300I, MATH 311A, MATH 311B, MATH 321, MATH 322, MATH 388, MATH 389, MATH 411, MATH 412). All courses used for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better. The 400-level mathematics courses must be taken at SIU Carbondale.

The departmental advisor must approve the student’s minor program.

Additional Educator Endorsements in Mathematics

Students pursuing a teaching license in another discipline and interested in adding an endorsement in mathematics should see a mathematics department advisor to obtain a list of specific requirements.

Honors

MATH 395 and MATH 495 are used for individual honors work for upper level undergraduates in mathematics. Concurrent participation in the University Honors Program is encouraged.

Placement

In addition to having taken the prerequisite mathematics courses, students are required to present a satisfactory placement score as a condition for registration in mathematics courses. Contact the Department of Mathematics for current information regarding placement.