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Degree Requirements for Math Majors and Minors

The degree requirements given below represent recent catalogs. Every LSU student may choose any catalog published during his or her time as an LSU student, and meet the all degree requirements stated in that 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 should consult with the Office of the Dean of the College of Science to declare a mathematics major, to declare a concentration in the math major, or to change the catalog-year for determining the requirements to be met for the chosen curriculum or concentration. To declare a math minor, a 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.

Choose degree requirements for:

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, but with some restrictions imposed by the College of Science (45 hrs total):

  1. English Composition: ENGL 1001 or 1004, and ENGL 2000 (6 hrs).
  2. Analytical Reasoning: Math 1550 (or 1551) and Math 1552 (or 1553) (9 hrs).
  3. Arts: Any course from the Gen Ed Arts list (3 hrs).
  4. Humanities: 3 courses (10 hours), chosen from the Gen Ed Humanities list, as follows:
    • One foreign language course. (Students whose native language is not English should check the College of Science's rule on this, by clicking here.)
    • One course numbered 2000 or above in ENGL or HNRS.
    • One additional course, without restriction.
  5. Natural Sciences: 11 hours chosen as follows:
    1. Either:
      1. a two-semester sequence in Biology chosen from the Gen Ed Natural Sciences list, plus 2 hours of Biology lab, or
      2. 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. And:
    2. A one-semester course chosen from whichever list above (a.i or a.ii) was not used for the two-semester sequence.
  6. Social Sciences: Any two courses (at least one of which is at the 2000-level) from the Gen Ed Social Sciences list (6 hrs). (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, some requirements imposed by the College of Science, and some requirements imposed by the Math Department (58 hrs total):

  1. English Composition: ENGL 1001 and ENGL 2000 (6 hrs).
  2. Analytical Reasoning: Math 1550 (or 1551) and Math 1552 (or 1553) (9 hrs).
  3. Arts: Any course from the Gen Ed Arts list (3 hrs).
  4. Humanities: 4 courses (14 hours), chosen from the Gen Ed Humanities list, 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, by clicking here.)
    • Two courses numbered 2000 or above in ENGL or HNRS.
  5. Natural Sciences: 14 hours chosen as follows:
    1. a two-semester sequence in Biology chosen from the Gen Ed Natural Sciences list,
    2. 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")), and
    3. Two hours of lab corresponding to one of the sequences chosen above.
  6. Social Sciences: Any two courses (at least one of which is at the 2000-level) from the Gen Ed Social Sciences list (6 hrs).
    (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.)
  7. 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": Select two courses from Math 2020, 2025, or 2030.
    (Exception: Beginning with the 2016-2017 catalog, the Secondary Ed-Math Concentration requires Math 2020 and one of Math 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 or 4997 will fulfill the capstone requirement for any 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 NSF-REU program (see 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. 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. Actuarial Science Concentration (35 hrs if Math 4056 is taken in 2016 or later; 34 hrs if it is taken in prior years):

  • 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.

* Effective Fall 2016, Math 4056 changed from a 3-hour course to a 4-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 Actuarial Science Concentration requires 28 hours of free electives (unless you took Math 4056 prior to 2016, in which case this concentration requires 29). In prior catalogs, this concentration required 16 hours of free electives (unless you take Math 4056 in 2016 or later, in which case this concentration requires only 15).

For guidance for students in the Actuarial Science Concentration, see here.
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. Applied/Discrete Mathematics Concentration (21 hrs in 2015-2016 and prior catalogs; this concentration was DROPPED from the 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs):

This concentration required 28 hours of free electives.

3. Computational Mathematics Concentration (33-34 hrs):

  • Math 20654025, 4031, 4032 or 4035, 4064, 4065, 4066, and 4020 (24 hours).
  • Electives: Select 3 courses (9 hours) from Math 3355, 403640584340, 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).

4. The Mathematics Concentration has changed:

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

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

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

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 Math 4032, 4035, 4153, 4201, and even one or more of the core graduate courses: Math 7210, 7311, and 7510. For more information click here.

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

5. The Mathematics and a Second Discipline Concentration (ONLY in the 2016-2017 and subsequent catalogs):

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

This concentration requires 23 hours of free electives.

6. Mathematical Statistics Concentration (30 hrs if Math 4056 is taken in 2016 or later; 29 hrs if it is taken in prior years):

* Effective Fall 2016, Math 4056 changed from a 3-hour course to a 4-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 prior to 2016, in which case this concentration requires 34). In prior catalogs, this concentration required 21 hours of free electives (unless you take Math 4056 in 2016 or later, in which case this concentration requires only 20).

7. Secondary Education-Mathematics Concentration
(51 hours if Math 3002, 3003, and 4019 are taken in 2016-2017 or later; 1, 2, or 3 fewer hours if one or more of these three courses are taken in prior years):

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.

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 is not required; instead, a student must 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

Upper Division Requirements

At least nine semester hours at the 3000 or 4000 level, but excluding Math 3903, 3998, and 4005.

 

 

 Last updated March 30, 2016.