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 & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

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

Curriculum Requirements

University Requirements26
First Year Seminar
GEF Requirements: hours may vary depending on overlap with major
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Fine Arts Requirement
Foreign Language
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
Departmental Requirements
Basic Courses4
Select one of the following:
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
Foundation Courses21
Calculus 2
Multivariable Calculus
Elementary Differential Equations
Discrete Mathematics
Introduction to the Concepts of Mathematics
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Applied Linear Algebra
Numerical and Symbolic Methods in Mathematics and Statistics
Numerical Analysis 1
Statistics Requirement3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
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 discpline, with departmental approval. *
Capstone Experience4
Independent Study
General Electives **38
Number of electives may vary based on GEF overlap
Total Hours120
*

Except for MATH 231, MATH 490, and MATH 493.

**

 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
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 24Foreign Language 1023
GEF 43MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
Foreign Language 1013General Elective2
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4General Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3Foreign Language 2043
Foreign Language 2033MATH 2614
MATH 2514STAT 215 (GEF 8)3
General Elective3MATH 2833
General Elective2General Elective2
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 53ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3MATH 2223
MATH 3433Advanced MATH Course 13
General Elective3MATH 495 (Capstone)1
General Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective2
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 83MATH 495 (Capstone)1
Advanced MATH Course 23MATH Elective 23
MATH Elective 13General Elective3
MATH 495 (Capstone)2General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective1General Elective2
 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 363Mathematical Foundations of Actuarial Science3
MATH 364Mathematics of Compound Interest3
MATH 441Applied Linear Algebra3
STAT 461Theory of Probability3
Total Hours12

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

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 24Foreign Language 1023
GEF 43MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
Foreign Language 1013General Elective2
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4GEF 83
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3Foreign Language 2043
Foreign Language 2033MATH 2614
MATH 2514MATH 2833
General Elective3STAT 4613
General Elective2General Elective2
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 53ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement (GEF 7) 3MATH 363 (Mathematics of Actuarial Science)3
General Elective3MATH 4413
MATH 2223MATH 495 (Capstone)1
Advanced Math Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective2
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 83MATH 495 (Capstone)1
MATH 3643MATH Elective 23
MATH 495 (Capstone)2General Elective3
MATH Elective 13General Elective3
Advanced Math Elective3General Elective3
General Elective1General Elective2
 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
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 2 (B.S. First Area 1)4GEF 63
GEF 43B.S. First Area 2 (GEF 8)4
GEF 53MATH 156 (GEF 8; B.S. Second Area 1)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4General Elective1
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
B.S. Third Area 1 (GEF 8)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ECAS International Requirement (GEF 7)4MATH 2614
MATH 2514MATH 2833
General Elective3STAT 4613
General Elective 1General Elective2
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
B.S. Third Area 24MATH 2223
Advanced MATH Elective3MATH 3633
General Elective3MATH 4413
General Elective3MATH 4951
General Elective2General Elective2
 General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 3643MATH 4951
MATH 4513General Elective3
MATH 4953General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective4
General Elective3General Elective4
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120