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 concentration 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 Certification:

A completion of professional education coursework, including a semester of student teaching, prepares students for elementary or secondary teacher certification in Michigan and Ontario.

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

Free Electives or Academic Minor (32-36 credits)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

 


Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Elementary Teaching

In this program, students 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 Elementary Education section of this catalog.

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

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

For information regarding the Professional Education Sequence, Education Cognates, and Elementary Planned Program, see Elementary Education.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher.  A gpa of 2.70 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Core Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Secondary Teaching

In this program, students 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 students work extensively with computer and calculator technology as it applies to classroom teaching.

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

Graduates earn a bachelor’s degree, which includes a semester of student teaching, in order to become certified to teach.

Degree Requirements:

Mathematics Requirements (42 credits)

Complete one methods course from the following:

  • EDUC442 Secondary Math Methods 3
  • EDUC452 Directed Study Math Methods 3

Cognate

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

Teaching Minor (21-22 credits)

Professional Education Sequence and Education Cognates- see Secondary Education.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher.  A gpa of 2.70 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Core Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Actuarial and Business Applications Concentration

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).

Free Electives (11-15 credits)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


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