# Degree Requirements for Math Majors and Minors

**Choose your catalog year:**

The degree requirements given below represent recent catalog-years. Every LSU student may choose any catalog-year published during his or her time as an LSU student, and meet all the degree requirements stated in that year's catalog. Thus, new students may use a future catalog instead of the current one, and advanced students may use a past or a future catalog instead of the current one, as long as it is published during the student's career at LSU. A student cannot "mix" two different catalog years for any one curriculum.

A student enrolled in the College of Science may (a) declare a mathematics major (or other major), (b) declare or change a concentration in the math major, or (c) change the catalog-year for determining the requirements to be met for the chosen curriculum or concentration, by submitting to science@lsu.edu the College of Science's "Change/Declaration of Major/Minor" form. To declare a math minor, or if the student is currently enrolled in UCAC or UCFY or another college, the student should consult with his home college.

In case of any conflict between the rules stated here and those stated in the catalog, the catalog prevails.

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# I. Degree Requirements for Math Majors

## A. General Education Requirements and Lower-Division Non-math Requirements

### 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs

For these years, the lower-division non-math requirements include the University's General Education requirements (see 2020-2021 Gen Ed requirements), but with some restrictions imposed by the College of Science (45 hrs total).

- English Composition: ENGL 1001 or 1004, and ENGL 2000 (6 hrs).
- Analytical Reasoning: Math 1550 (or 1551) and Math 1552 (or 1553) (9 hrs). (Math 1530 and Math 1540, together, cover the material of Math 1550, and can replace Math 1550.)
- Arts: Any course from the Gen Ed Arts list (3 hrs). (2020-2021 Gen Ed Arts list)
- Humanities: 3 courses (10-11 hours), chosen from the Gen Ed Humanities list. (2020-2021 Gen Ed Humanities list.) These 3 courses must be chosen as follows:
- One foreign language course. (Students whose native language is not English should check the College of Science's rule on this. 2020-2021 CoS rule.)
- One course numbered 2000 or above in ENGL or HNRS (3-4 hours).
- One additional course, without restriction.

- Natural Sciences: 11 hours chosen as follows:
- Either:
- a two-semester sequence in Biology chosen from the Gen Ed Natural Sciences list, plus 2 hours of Biology lab, or
- a two-semester sequence chosen from the Gen Ed Natural Sciences list in a physical science offered by a department in the College of Science (specifically, Gen Ed courses with the rubrics ASTR, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS (but not PHSC, "Physical Science")), plus 2 hours of a corresponding lab. (2020-2021 Gen Ed Natural Sciences list.) And:

- A one-semester course chosen from whichever list above (a.i or a.ii) was not used for the two-semester sequence.

- Either:
- Social Sciences: Any two courses (at least one of which is at the 2000-level) from the Gen Ed Social Sciences list (6 hrs).

(2020-2021 Gen Ed Social Sciences list.)

(Exceptions:

For the Actuarial Science Concentration, ECON 2030 is required, and counts as the required, 2000-level Gen Ed Social Science course.

For the Secondary Ed-Mathematics Concentration, EDCI 2500 is required, and counts as the required, 2000-level Gen Ed Social Science course.)

### 2015-2016 and prior catalogs

For these years, the lower-division non-math requirements consist of the University's General Education requirements (see 2015-2016 Gen Ed requirements), some requirements imposed by the College of Science, and some requirements imposed by the Math Department (58 hrs total).

- English Composition: ENGL 1001 and ENGL 2000 (6 hrs).
- Analytical Reasoning: Math 1550 (or 1551) and Math 1552 (or 1553) (9 hrs).
- Arts: Any course from the Gen Ed Arts list (3 hrs). (2015-2016 Gen Ed Arts list.)
- Humanities: 4 courses (14-16 hours) from the Gen Ed Humanities list. (2015-2016 Gen Ed Humanities list.) These 4 courses must be chosen as follows:
- A two-semester sequence in a foreign language course. (Students whose native language is not English should check the College of Science's rule on this. 2015-2016 CoS rule.)
- Two courses numbered 2000 or above in ENGL or HNRS (6-8 hours).

- Natural Sciences: 14 hours chosen as follows:
- a two-semester sequence in Biology chosen from the Gen Ed Natural Sciences list. (2015-2016 Gen Ed Social Sciences list.)
- a two-semester sequence chosen from the Gen Ed Natural Sciences list in a physical science offered by a department in the College of Science (specifically, Gen Ed Natural Sciences courses with the rubrics ASTR, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS (but not PHSC, "Physical Science")), and
- Two hours of lab corresponding to one of the sequences chosen above.

- Social Sciences: Any two courses (at least one of which is at the 2000-level) from the Gen Ed Social Sciences list (6 hrs).

(2015-2016 Gen Ed Social Sciences list.)

(Exceptions:

For the Actuarial Science Concentration, ECON 2030 is required, and counts as the required, 2000-level Gen Ed Social Science course.

For the Secondary Education-Mathematics Concentration, EDCI 2500 is required, and counts as the required, 2000-level Gen Ed Social Science course.) - Two additional humanities or social science courses (6 hrs).

(For the Secondary Education-Mathematics Concentration, PHIL 2786 is required, and counts as one of these two humanities/social science courses.)

## B. Other Lower-Division Math Requirements (12-13 hours)

- Multidimensional Calculus: Math 2057 or 2058. (The 9 hours of Calculus I and II (Math 1550 or 1551, and Math 1552 or 1553) were already counted in section A.2 above.)
- Technology Lab: Math 2060.

(Exception: The Actuarial Science and the Statistics concentrations don't require Math 2060; see section C below.) - Linear Algebra:Math 2085.

(Exception: The Computational Math Concentration allows Math 2090 (plus 2 hours of free electives) to substitute for Math 2085 and Math 2065; see section C below. This substitution is also available, on petition to the Math Department, to students who must (because of another major, for example) take Math 2090.) - "Bridge courses" (6 hours):

2019-2020 and subsequent catalogs:- Select one course from Math 2020, 2025, or 2030.

(Exception: The Actuarial Science Concentration and the Secondary Ed-Math Concentration require Math 2020 only.)

A student may substitute for Math 2020, 2025, or 2030 a 3-hour-or-more math course at the 2000-level or higher that is not otherwise required, upon passing the Department’s Mathematical Maturity Exam. - All concentrations also require one, additional, 3-hour-or-more Math course at the 2000-level or higher, not otherwise required; we recommend that this course be chosen from Math 2020, 2025, or 2030.

- Select two courses from Math 2020, 2025, or 2030.

(Exception: In the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 catalogs, the Secondary Ed-Math Concentration requires Math 2020 and one of Math 2025 or 2030.)

A math major may petition the Associate Chair of the Math Department to recommend to the College of Science that a surplus, proof-intensive, 4000-level or 7000-level math course substitute for one of the required bridge courses.

- Select one course from Math 2020, 2025, or 2030.

## C. Upper Division Math (and Sometimes Non-math) Requirements: Choose a concentration

*Capstone requirement*: All concentrations listed below require a "capstone" course. Math 4019 is the required capstone course for the Secondary Education Concentration.
Math 4020 fulfills the capstone requirement for the Computational
Math Concentration; when Math 4020 is not available, a section of 4997 that has computational content may substitute for Math 4020.
Math 4020 or 4997 will fulfill the capstone requirement for the four other concentration in the math major.
For the Mathematical Statistics Concentration and for the Actuarial Science Concentration, EXST 4087 is an alternate capstone course; if EXST 4087 is not offered, EXST 4025 may be substituted for it. A student may be released from the capstone requirement by completing any departmentally approved summer REU program (see, for example, the following partial list of REU programs) and consulting with the Associate Chair for Instruction.

Students in the Actuarial Science Concentration may be released from the capstone requirement by completing a departmentally approved summer actuarial internship, or by completing the Casualty Actuarial Society Student Central Summer Program and obtaining departmental approval.

A capstone course is to be taken at the end of the student's undergraduate career, after the student has completed several 4000-level mathematics courses or during the student's final semester.

### 1. The Actuarial Science Concentration has changed:

### 1.a. 2019-2020 and subsequent catalogs (50 hours if Math 4056* is taken in a year when it was 4 hours, viz., 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 or later; 49 hrs if it is taken for 3 hours in 2015 or prior years, or in 2019):

- ACCT 2001.
- CSC 1253, 1254, 3102, and either 3730 or 2730.
- ECON 2030 (or 2031). (The 3 hours of this course were already counted in section A.6 above.)
- FIN 3716.
- EXST 2201, 3201.
- Math 3050,† 3355, and 4056.*
- Select two courses from Math 4040, 4041, 4045, or 4046. (It is recommended to select either Math 4040 and 4041 (which is a sequence), or Math 4045 and 4046 (which is also a sequence). These sequences are offered in alternate years.)
- Select one course from Math 4020, Math 4997, or EXST 4087.‡
- EXST 4142 recommended (in semester 7) but not required.

### 1.b. 2018-2019 and prior catalogs (35 hrs if Math 4056* is taken in a year when it was 4 hours, viz., 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 or later; 34 hrs if it is taken for 3 hours in 2015 or prior years, or in 2019):

- ACCT 2001.
- ECON 2030 (or 2031). (The 3 hours of this course were already counted in section A.6 above.)
- FIN 3715.
- EXST 2201, 3201.
- Math 3355, 4050,† 4056,* 4058,** 4153.**
- select one course from Math 4020, Math 4997, or EXST 4087.‡

* In the fall of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, and subsequent falls, Math 4056 was and will be 4 hours; in the fall of 2015 and earlier falls, and in the fall of 2019, it was a 3-hour course.

† Beginning in fall 2019, Math 3050 replaced Math 4050.

‡ EXST 4087 is a projects or advanced topics course. A minor in applied statistics (EXST) requires 18 hours in EXST (including, in addition to the above concentration requirements, also EXST 4050; and, if EXST 4087 is not offered, replace it by EXST 4025. Interested Actuarial Science concentrators should contact the EXST department.

** MACTSC students using the 2018-2019 catalog or prior catalogs may request permission to let any one of the new Math 4040, 4041, 4045, or 4046 sub for Math Math 4058 or 4153.

In the 2019-2020 and subsequent catalogs, the Actuarial Science Concentration requires 13 hours of free electives (unless you took Math 4056* when it was a 3-hour course, in which case this concentration requires 14 hours of free electives). In the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 catalogs, the Actuarial Science Concentration required 28 hours of free electives (unless you took Math 4056* when it was a 3-hour course, in which case this concentration requires 29). In prior catalogs, this concentration required 15 hours of free electives (unless you took Math 4056* when it was a 3-hour course, in which case this concentration requires 16).

Professor Smolinsky has guidance for students in the Actuarial Science Concentration.

Due to recent additions to the Interest Theory Actuarial exam, it is highly recommended that students take FIN 4850. (There is an additional prerequisite to this course.)

A list of LSU courses approved by the Society of Actuaries for VEE credit is available at the Society of Actuaries website (there search for "VEE").

### 2. Computational Mathematics Concentration (33-34 hrs):

- Math 2065,¹ 4025, 4031, 4032 or 4035, 4064, 4065, 4066, and 4020 (24 hours).
- Electives: Select 3 courses (9 hours) from Math 3355, 4036, 4058, 4340, CSC 4356 (= ME 4573), CSC 4357 (= ME 4583), PHYS 4412, ME 4823, EE 3160, EE 4160, or upper-division courses in engineering and science that have a strong computational component with the approval of the mathematics department.

¹ Students may choose to take Math 2090 instead and waive Math 2065 as well as the core requirement of Math 2085. The two-hour difference will be added to free electives.

In the 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs, the Computational Math Concentration requires 29 hours of free electives (unless you take Math 2090 instead of Math 2085 and 2065, in which case this concentration requires 31 hours). In prior catalogs, this concentration required 16 hours of free electives (unless you took Math 2090 instead of Math 2085 and 2065, in which case this concentration required 18 hours).

### 3. Mathematics Concentration:

### 3.a. 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs (30 hours):

- Math 4200, 4031, and 4039.
- Math 4032, 4035, or 4036.
- Math 4153 or 4201.
- Electives: Select four courses from Math 2065, 2070, 3355, 4024, 4025, 4027, 4032, 4035, 4036, 4056, 4058, 4065, 4066, 4153, 4158, 4171, 4172, 4181, 4201, 4325, 4340, 4345, 4700, 4997, and 4999.
- Capstone: Math 4020 or 4997 (but see the above text about REUs).

In the 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs, the Math Concentration requires 32 hours of free electives.

### 3.b. 2015-2016 and prior catalogs (21 hours):

- Math 4200, 4031, and either 4032 or 4035 (9 hours).
- Electives: Select three courses from Math 3355, 4027, 4032, 4035, 4036, 4039, 4065, 4153, 4158, 4171, 4172, 4181, 4201, 4325, 4340, 4345, 4700, 4997, and 4999.
- Capstone: Math 4020 or 4997 (but see the above text about REUs).

In 2015-2016 and prior catalogs, this concentration required 28 hours of free electives.

Students planning on graduate study in mathematics are urged to take , 4035, 4153, 4201, and even one or more of the core graduate courses: Math 7210, 7311, and 7510.

At most six credit hours in this concentration may be from Math 4020, 4997 or 4999.

### 4. The Mathematics and a Second Discipline Concentration (only in the 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs):

- Math 4031 or 4036.
- Math 4023 or 4200.
- Electives: Select three courses from Math 3355, 4024, 4025, 4027, 4032, 4035, 4036, 4039, 4058, 4064, 4065, 4066, 4153, 4158, 4171, 4172, 4181, 4201, 4325, 4340, 4345, 4700, 4997, and 4999.
- 21 credit hours from another discipline. 12 of these must be at the 3000 or 4000 level, and 6 of the 12 must be at the 4000 level. Courses should form a coherent sequence in one department. Selection of the second discipline courses should be completed and approved by the department and dean's office by the end of the sophomore year.
- Capstone: Math 4020 or 4997 (but see the above text about REUs).

At most six credit hours in this concentration may be from Math 4020, 4997 or 4999.

This concentration requires 23 hours of free electives.

### 5. The Mathematical Statistics Concentration has changed:

### 5.a. 2019-2020 and subsequent catalogs (30 hours if Math 4056* is taken in a year when it was 4 hours, viz., 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 or later; 29 hrs if it is taken for 3 hours in 2015 or prior years, or in 2019):

- Math 3355, 4031, 4056,* and 4058.
- EXST 2201, 3201, and 4012.
- Select one course from Math 4035, 4040, 4045, or 4153.
- Select one of Math 4020, Math 4997, or
**EXST 4087.†**

### 5.b. 2018-2019 and prior catalogs (30 hours if Math 4056* is taken in a year when it was 4 hours, viz., 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 or later; 29 hrs if it is taken for 3 hours in 2015 or prior years, or in 2019):

- Math 3355, 4031, and 4056.*
- EXST 2201, 3201, and 4012.
- Select two courses from Math 4035, 4058, and 4153.
- Select one of Math 4020, Math 4997, or
**EXST 4087.†**

* In the fall of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, and subsequent falls, Math 4056 was and will be 4 hours; in the fall of 2015 and earlier falls, and in the fall of 2019, it was a 3-hour course.

**† **EXST 4087 is a projects or advanced topics course. A minor in applied statistics (EXST) requires 18 hours in EXST (including, in addition to the above concentration requirements, also EXST 4050; and, if EXST 4087 is not offered, replace it by EXST 4025; and if EXST 4012 is not offered, replace it by EXST 3999). Interested Math Stat concentration majors should contact the EXST department.

In the 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs, the Mathematical Statistics Concentration requires 33 hours of free electives (unless you took Math 4056* when it was a 3-hour course, in which case this concentration requires 34 hours of free electives). In prior catalogs, this concentration required 20 hours of free electives (unless you took Math 4056* when it was a 3-hour course, in which case this concentration required 21).

### 6. Secondary Education-Mathematics Concentration (51 hours):

This concentration is part of the Geaux Teach--Math and Sciences Program. Students will obtain a degree in mathematics and, upon completing this concentration and meeting any additional requirements of the Louisiana Department of Education, will be eligible for certification in the state of Louisiana as teachers in grades 6-12.

Students interested in this concentration should obtain course advising in the Cain Center.

- Math/Science GeauxTeach courses: SCI* 2010, SCI* 2011, Math 3002, 3003, and 4019.
- EDCI 2500, 3550, 4500, 3136, 4006.
- PHIL 2786.†
- BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 4005.
- Math 3355, 4005, 4031, and 4700.‡
- One of the following: Math 4200, 4023, or 4181.

* SCI 2010 and 2011 were called "BASC 2010 and 2011" in the 2018-2019 and earlier catalogs. Each of those courses is 1 hour. SCI 2012 (introduced in the 2020-2021 catalog) is a one-semester, two-hour course that is equivalent to SCI 2010 + 2011.

† PHIL 2786 last offered spring 2019; replace it with any 4000-level math course not otherwise required.

EDCI 2500 will count as the required, 2000-level General Education Social Science course.

For the 2015-2016 and prior catalogs, PHIL 2786 counts as one of the then-required social science/humanities courses.

Students should plan their course work so that the last semester of the senior year can accommodate the 12 hrs. that are required to be taken concurrently (EDCI 4006 and 3136).

In the 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs, the Secondary Education-Mathematics Concentration requires 14 hours of free electives (unless you took Math 3002, 3003, and/or 4019 prior to 2016-2017, in which case this concentration requires 1, 2, or 3 additional hours). In prior catalogs, this concentration required 7 hours of free electives (unless you take Math 3002, 3003, or 4019 in 2016-2017 or later, in which case this concentration requires 1, 2, or 3 fewer hours).*

‡ Exception: In the 2015-2016 and earlier catalogs, Math 4700 was not required; instead, a student had to take any course from the following list: Math 4024, 4027, 4032, 4036, 4039, 4056, 4065, 4153, 4158, 4171, 4172, 4201, 4325, 4340, 4345, 4700, 4999.

# II. Math Minor Requirements

## Lower Division Requirements

**Calculus:**Math 1550 or 1551, Math 1552 or 1553, Math 2057 or 2058. (Math 1530 and 1540, together, cover the material of Math 1550, and can replace Math 1550.)**Linear Algebra:**Math 2085 or 2086 or 2070 or 2090.

## Upper Division Requirements

At least nine semester hours at the 3000 or 4000 level, but excluding Math 3903 and 4005.

Last updated March 25, 2021.