Undergraduate Curriculum

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers degree curricula in Mathematics and in Applied Mathematics (options in Applied Mathematics, Applied Discrete Mathematics, and Actuarial Sciences), as well as minors in Mathematics and Statistics. Majors acquire a firm foundation in mathematics preparing them for further study or for careers in mathematics or statistics and related fields. (For curricula in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, see curriculum and click on the abbreviation--found below--highlighted)

Mathematics (MATH). This curriculum provides students with a general background in mathematics preparing them for graduate studies in mathematics or careers that require mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills. It is well suited for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching mathematics in a university/college, or who desire more flexibility or emphasis in liberal arts.

Applied Mathematics (AMTH). This curriculum is for students who are preparing for graduate work in mathematics. This option is also suitable for those anticipating careers in such traditional fields as engineering, physical science, or computer science, and the allied fields of biological, behavioral, or managerial sciences.

Applied Discrete Mathematics (ADSM). This curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment in information, communications, and computer-related industries and government agencies, or to pursue graduate work in applied mathematics, computer science, or operations research.

Also, this curriculum is designed to give the student a basic background in mathematics and the fundamentals of computer science as well as intensive course work in applied discrete mathematics. The degree includes a strong interdisciplinary requirement in related fields of application, such as computer science, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, and management information systems.

Actuarial Science (ACTU). This program offers a well-balanced curriculum in applied mathematics with advanced preparation for the actuarial profession. Traditionally, the majority of actuaries work in careers associated with the insurance industry. An increasing number of actuaries work in the broader financial services sector including commercial and investment banking and retirement funds. Actuaries are also employed by corporations, as well as by state and federal governments.

Actuaries in the U.S. and Canada achieve professional status by passing a set of challenging examinations administered by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). Many prospective actuaries begin sitting for these exams while still in college. This program offers courses with syllabi that closely match those for Exams P, FM, and MLC as well as two seminars designed specifically to prepare the students to take exams P and FM. In addition, actuaries must satisfy the Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirement by earning credit for several approved college courses. Auburn University is accredited by the SOA to offer courses that satisfy the VEE requirement in Applied Statistical Methods, Corporate Finance, and Economics.

Please visit the Actuarial Program web site (coming soon) and browse beanactuary.org to find out more.

Curriculum Models

Each curriculum model requires a total of 120 semester credit hours. The freshman year is the same in all models and the core curriculum requirements are identical. In order to make it easier for students to switch from one curriculum model to another, even after completion of their sophomore year, all required courses (math and non-math) below the 4000-level are the same in all models (with the exception that ADSM requires MATH-3710, rather than MATH-3100).

For specific course requirements for all four curricula see the Auburn University Bulletin or http://www.auburn.edu/academic/cosam/departments/student-services/registration-and-planning/curriculum-models/index.htm.

Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics

  • fifteen(15) hours of courses labeled MATH or STAT at the level of 3000 or higher, with at least three courses labeled MATH, and
  • a minimum grade of C in each of these courses.

Requirements for a Minor in Statistics

  • fifteen(15) total hours of courses, which must include STAT 3600 and STAT 3610OR STAT 3010 and STAT 4020, and 9 hours from STAT 4610, STAT 4620, STAT 4630, STAT 5110 and STAT 5630, and
  • a minimum grade of C in each of these courses.

Be sure to read the University requirements for a minor in the Academic Bulletin. In particular, note that courses required for your major or the core curriculum cannot count toward the minor.

Last updated: 03/02/2012