Lake Superior State University

Mathematics: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


Mathematics:

Many who major in the field of mathematics combine those studies with education courses and obtain employment as teachers. People with mathematics degrees are found in a broad range of occupations where quantitative skills are needed; one of the largest employers of mathematics is the National Security Agency. Often a minor field of study (such as computer science) provides the supporting credential for entry-level jobs.

Actuarial and Business Applications:

The actuarial and business applications option combines mathematical knowledge with quantitative business applications. The result is a very marketable degree that provides many exciting career opportunities for graduates. A student should be prepared to take the first actuarial examination in the spring of his/her junior year and the second examination the following spring. A student choosing this emphasis will complete a minor in accounting-finance.

Teaching degrees — A completion of a fifth-year internship and graduate course work qualifies you for elementary or secondary teacher certification in Michigan and Ontario, as well as reciprocity with several other states.

Graduate school — An undergraduate mathematics major with emphasis on abstraction, together with an analytical approach to problem solving, continues to provide strong preparation for graduate work in diverse fields — especially when combined with a minor in the related field.

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Science Mathematics

Departmental Requirements: (55 credits)

Choose any two (2) of the following (6 credits)

  • CSCI103 Survey of Computer Science 3
  • CSCI105 Intro. to Computer Programming 3 CSCI121 Principles of Programming 3

Other Requirements (4 credits)

  • PHYS231 Applied Physics for Engineers and Scientists I 4

General Education (29-33 credits)

Free Electives or Academic Minor (32-36 credits)

Total Credits: 124

Free elective and general education requirements must be completed so that at least 124 semester credits have been earned.

 


Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Elementary Teaching

Total Program Requirements Plus Distributed Electives (95 credits)

In this program, you will complete a teaching major in mathematics and a planned program in the other three academic areas essential to elementary school teaching: language arts, natural science and social science. The planned program is explained in the School of Education section of this catalog.

The program also includes general education requirements and a professional education component. Students take the first two teacher education courses (EDUC150 and EDUC250) and then apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program.

You earn a bachelor’s degree including internship with accompanying graduate course work in order to become certified to teach.

Degree Requirements:

Mathematics Requirements (37 hours)

  • CSCI103 Survey of Computer Science 3
  • CSCI105 Intro. to Computer Programming 3
  • MATH103 Number Systems and Problem Solving 4
  • MATH104 Geometry & Measurement 4
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • MATH152 Calculus II 4
  • MATH215 Fundamental Concepts of Math 3
  • MATH305 Computational Linear Algebra 3
  • MATH308 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
    or
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • MATH321 History of Mathematics 3
  • MATH325 College Geometry 3

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Elementary Teaching.

Free elective and general education requirements must be completed so that at least 124 semester credits have been earned.

 

Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Secondary Teaching

In this program, you will complete a major in mathematics tailored to the needs of a secondary teacher and a minor in a “teachable field.” Computer science courses are included and during your methods classes, you will work extensively with computer and calculator technology as it applies to classroom teaching.

This program also includes general education requirements, and professional component. Students take the first two teacher education courses (EDUC150 and EDUC250) and then apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program.

You earn a bachelor’s degree including a teaching internship with accompanying graduate course work in order to become certified to teach.

Degree Requirements:

Mathematics Requirements (42 credits)

Cognate

  • CSCI105 Intro. to Computer Programming 3
    or
  • CSCI121 Prin. of Computer Programming 3

Teaching Minor (21-22 credits)

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Elementary Teaching.

General Education (30-34 credits)

The remainder of the 124 credits for graduation are gained through the general education requirements and electives.

Total Credits: 124

 

Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Actuarial and Business Applications

Departmental Requirements: (52 credits)

Choose any two (2) of the following (6 credits)

  • CSCI103 Survey of Computer Science 3
  • CSCI105 Intro. to Computer Programming 3
  • CSCI121 Principles of Programming 3

Other Requirements (7 credits)

A student choosing this emphasis will complete a minor in accounting-finance (24 credits).

General Education (33-37 credits)
Free Electives (11-15 credits)

Total Credits 124

Elective credits and general education requirements must be completed so that at least 124 semester credits have been earned.


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.