LSU College of Science
LSU
Mathematics

October 2018

(Draft ballot.)

Ballot: "A. Changes to the Actuarial Science Concentration."
Issue: "A.1. Actuarial Science Concentration."

Shall we adopt Larry Smolinsky's proposal for the Actuarial Science Concentration:

https://www.math.lsu.edu/~smolinsk/posts/ActuarialScience2018.pdf

, as recommended by the Undergraduate Studies Committee?
(If this proposal is rejected, then the proposal in B below won't make sense and won't be necessary.)

 Ballot: "B. Changes (corresponding to A above) to the Mathematical Statistics Concentration."
Issue: "B.1. Mathematical Statistics Concentration."

For the Mathematical Statistics Concentration, shall we replace the
current requirement of "two of Math 4035, Math 4153, or Math 4058"
with "Math 4058 and one of Math 4035, Math 4153, Math 4040, or Math 4045,"
as recommended by the Undergraduate Studies Committee?
(For catalog descriptions of Math 4040 and Math 4045, see the link in Ballot A above.)

Ballot: "C. Changes to the 'bridge' courses (Math 2020, 2025, and 2030)."
Issue: "C.1. Changes to the 'bridge' courses."

Shall we adopt the recommendation of this summer's ad hoc committee on bridge courses
together with the Undergraduate Studies Committee's interpretation thereof,
that the 3 freed and unspecified required hours be met by any math course
numbered 2000 or higher not already being used to satisfy other requirements,
as endorsed by the Undergraduate Studies Committee?
(Recall, the ad hoc committee on bridge courses was formed at the April 30
math faculty meeting, where we had a long discussion of bridge courses.)

Ballot: "D. Changing prereq to Math 4158."
Issue: "D.1.
Changing prereq to Math 4158."
Shall we change the Math 4158 prereq from "Math 2057 or 2058"
to any bridge course (viz., "Math 2020, 2025, or 2030, or consent of instructor"),
as recommended by the Undergrad Studies Committee?
Math 2057/2058 (Calc III) doesn't prepare students for proof-intensive, 4000-level math courses
(such as Math 4158, "Foundations of Mathematics"), while bridge courses do.
The Undergrad Studies Ciommittee also proposes allowing "consent of instructor," since occasionally
Math 4158 attracts worthy students from engineering, computer science, or even philosophy
(who are not required to take a bridge course), and we don't want to turn away such students.

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I am concerned by the fact

I am concerned by the fact that Ballot A involves the creation of 3 new undergraduate classes that are only of interest to the actuarial concentration. At a time when our teaching resources are stretched, I think that this issue should be discussed in afaculty meeting.

 

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