# Mathematics B.A.

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**General Education FOUNDATIONS**

**Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.**

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations | ||

F1 - Composition & Rhetoric | 3-6 | |

Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research | ||

or ENGL 103 | Accelerated Academic Writing | |

F2A/F2B - Science & Technology | 4-6 | |

F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills | 3-4 | |

F4 - Society & Connections | 3 | |

F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past | 3 | |

F6 - The Arts & Creativity | 3 | |

F7 - Global Studies & Diversity | 3 | |

F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree) | 9 | |

Total Hours | 31-37 |

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

**Degree Requirements**

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences pages.

**Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in Mathematics**

**Capstone Requirement**: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course. Mathematics majors must complete three or four hours of MATH 495.

**Writing and Communication Skills Requirement**: Mathematics Bachelor of Arts students fulfill the Writing and Communication Skills requirement by completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), and two additional**SpeakWrite Certified Courses**^{TM}**Calculation of the GPA in the Major**: A minimum GPA of 2.00 across all classes applied to the major is required. If a class is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat.

**Benchmark Expectations**: For details, go to the Mathematics admissions tab.

**Curriculum Requirements**

University Requirements | 26 | |

First-Year Seminar | ||

GEF Requirements: hours may vary depending on overlap with major | ||

ECAS B.A. Requirements | 12 | |

Fine Arts Requirement | ||

Foreign Language | ||

Global Studies & Diversity Requirement | ||

Departmental Requirements | ||

Basic Courses | 4 | |

Select one of the following: | ||

Calculus 1a with Precalculus and Calculus 1b with Precalculus | ||

Calculus 1 | ||

Foundation Courses | 21 | |

Calculus 2 | ||

Multivariable Calculus | ||

Elementary Differential Equations | ||

or MATH 378 | Discrete Mathematics | |

Introduction to the Concepts of Mathematics | ||

Introduction to Linear Algebra | ||

or MATH 441 | Applied Linear Algebra | |

Numerical and Symbolic Methods in Mathematics and Statistics | ||

or MATH 420 | Numerical Analysis 1 | |

Statistics Requirement | 3 | |

Introduction to Probability and Statistics | ||

or STAT 461 | Theory of Probability | |

Advanced Courses in Mathematics | ||

Select two from the following: | 6 | |

Introduction to Algebraic Structures | ||

Introduction to Analysis and Topology | ||

Introduction to Real Analysis 1 | ||

Complex Variables | ||

Mathematics Electives ^{*} | 6 | |

Select one option: | ||

2 Mathematics courses at 200-level and above | ||

or: | ||

1 Math course at 200-level and above, and 1 appropriate course in another discipline, with departmental approval. ^{*} | ||

Capstone Experience | 4 | |

Independent Study | ||

General Electives ^{**} | 38 | |

Number of electives may vary based on GEF overlap | ||

Total Hours | 120 |

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** | It is suggested that students select a computer science courses as part of their electives so that they can achieve programming proficiency. Programming skills are a prerequisite for MATH 420. |

## Suggested Plan of Study

First Year | |||
---|---|---|---|

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

MATH 191 | 1 | ENGL 101 (GEF 1) | 3 |

GEF 2 | 4 | Foreign Language 102 | 3 |

GEF 4 | 3 | MATH 156 (GEF 8) | 4 |

Foreign Language 101 | 3 | General Elective | 2 |

MATH 155 (GEF 3) | 4 | General Elective | 3 |

15 | 15 | ||

Second Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

ENGL 102 (GEF 1) | 3 | Foreign Language 204 | 3 |

Foreign Language 203 | 3 | MATH 261 | 4 |

MATH 251 | 4 | STAT 215 (GEF 8) | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | MATH 283 | 3 |

General Elective | 2 | General Elective | 2 |

15 | 15 | ||

Third Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

GEF 5 | 3 | ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6) | 3 |

ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Requirement (GEF 7) | 3 | MATH 222 | 3 |

MATH 343 | 3 | Advanced MATH Course 1 | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | MATH 495 (Capstone) | 1 |

General Elective | 3 | General Elective | 3 |

General Elective | 2 | ||

15 | 15 | ||

Fourth Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

GEF 8 | 3 | MATH 495 (Capstone) | 1 |

Advanced MATH Course 2 | 3 | MATH Elective 2 | 3 |

MATH Elective 1 | 3 | General Elective | 3 |

MATH 495 (Capstone) | 2 | General Elective | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | General Elective | 3 |

General Elective | 1 | General Elective | 2 |

15 | 15 | ||

Total credit hours: 120 |

**Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Actuarial Science Area of Emphasis**

A mathematics degree with an emphasis in Actuarial Science provides the student with preparation necessary for becoming an actuary and passing the first two actuary exams. Coursework includes the study of compound interest models, valuation of financial instruments, forecasting and population trend analysis.

**Actuarial Science Emphasis Requirements:**

**Mathematics B.A. requirement:**Students intending to graduate with a B.A. in Mathematics with an Actuarial Science emphasis posted to the transcript must meet the requirements of the mathematics major B.A. degree, including a minimum of 20 hours of upper division courses.**Mathematics B.S. requirement:**Students intending to graduate with a B.S. in Mathematics with an Actuarial Science emphasis posted to the transcript must meet the requirements of the mathematics major B.S. degree, including a minimum of 20 hours of upper division courses.**Capstone Requirement:**Students completing an Actuarial Science Area of Emphasis will focus their capstone on pricing models, premium analysis, and other aspects of financial mathematics.

### Curriculum requirements

MATH 363 | Mathematical Foundations of Actuarial Science | 3 |

MATH 364 | Mathematics of Compound Interest | 3 |

MATH 441 | Applied Linear Algebra | 3 |

STAT 461 | Theory of Probability | 3 |

Total Hours | 12 |

## Suggested Plan of Study for the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with an Area of Emphasis in Actuarial Science

First Year | |||
---|---|---|---|

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

MATH 191 | 1 | ENGL 101 (GEF 1) | 3 |

GEF 2 | 4 | Foreign Language 102 | 3 |

GEF 4 | 3 | MATH 156 (GEF 8) | 4 |

Foreign Language 101 | 3 | General Elective | 2 |

MATH 155 (GEF 3) | 4 | GEF 8 | 3 |

15 | 15 | ||

Second Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

ENGL 102 (GEF 1) | 3 | Foreign Language 204 | 3 |

Foreign Language 203 | 3 | MATH 261 | 4 |

MATH 251 | 4 | MATH 283 | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | STAT 461 | 3 |

General Elective | 2 | General Elective | 2 |

15 | 15 | ||

Third Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

GEF 5 | 3 | ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6) | 3 |

ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement (GEF 7) | 3 | MATH 363 (Mathematics of Actuarial Science) | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | MATH 441 | 3 |

MATH 222 | 3 | MATH 495 (Capstone) | 1 |

Advanced Math Elective | 3 | General Elective | 3 |

General Elective | 2 | ||

15 | 15 | ||

Fourth Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

GEF 8 | 3 | MATH 495 (Capstone) | 1 |

MATH 364 | 3 | MATH Elective 2 | 3 |

MATH 495 (Capstone) | 2 | General Elective | 3 |

MATH Elective 1 | 3 | General Elective | 3 |

Advanced Math Elective | 3 | General Elective | 3 |

General Elective | 1 | General Elective | 2 |

15 | 15 | ||

Total credit hours: 120 |

## Suggested Plan of Study for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with an Area of Emphasis in Actuarial Science

First Year | |||
---|---|---|---|

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

MATH 191 | 1 | ENGL 101 (GEF 1) | 3 |

GEF 2 (B.S. First Area 1) | 4 | GEF 6 | 3 |

GEF 4 | 3 | B.S. First Area 2 (GEF 8) | 4 |

GEF 5 | 3 | MATH 156 (GEF 8; B.S. Second Area 1) | 4 |

MATH 155 (GEF 3) | 4 | General Elective | 1 |

15 | 15 | ||

Second Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

B.S. Third Area 1 (GEF 8) | 3 | ENGL 102 (GEF 1) | 3 |

ECAS International Requirement (GEF 7) | 4 | MATH 261 | 4 |

MATH 251 | 4 | MATH 283 | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | STAT 461 | 3 |

General Elective | 1 | General Elective | 2 |

15 | 15 | ||

Third Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

B.S. Third Area 2 | 4 | MATH 222 | 3 |

Advanced MATH Elective | 3 | MATH 363 | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | MATH 441 | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | MATH 495 | 1 |

General Elective | 2 | General Elective | 2 |

General Elective | 3 | ||

15 | 15 | ||

Fourth Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

MATH 364 | 3 | MATH 495 | 1 |

MATH 451 | 3 | General Elective | 3 |

MATH 495 | 3 | General Elective | 3 |

General Elective | 3 | General Elective | 4 |

General Elective | 3 | General Elective | 4 |

15 | 15 | ||

Total credit hours: 120 |