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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics (B.S.)

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Program: B.S.
Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Kettler Hall 200 ~ 260-481-6821 ~ ipfw.edu/math

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Students who complete the undergraduate mathematics major should be able to reason mathematically and be good problem solvers.  Students should understand the role mathematics has played in solving important problems in a variety of disciplines, e.g. physics, engineering, and business.

In addition:

  • students who complete the Mathematics option should understand the fundamental concepts in algebra and analysis.  They should understand the value of mathematical proofs and be able to do simple proofs.
  • students who complete the Actuarial Science option should have had sufficient preparation in calculus, linear algebra, probability, and statistics to pass the preliminary Actuarial Science examinations.
  • students who complete the Mathematics Teaching option should have mastered the fundamental concepts necessary to obtain certification to teach mathematics in the secondary schools. 

Programs leading to the Bachelor of Science help you prepare for employment in business and industry, teaching in secondary schools, or study for advanced degrees. As a mathematics major you choose one of six options: actuarial science, business, computing, mathematics, mathematics teaching, or statistics. 

To earn a B.S. with a major in mathematics, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ), the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Required course work appears below.

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

 See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses  

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

English Writing and Speaking

  • See Arts and Sciences Part A for Speaking requirement 

Foreign Language

Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 8

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses

Of the mathematics courses numbered below 261, only 165, 166, and 175 apply toward the degree; statistics courses must be numbered 490 or higher to be counted. You must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or better with at most one passing grade less than 1.5 in courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

Sciences Courses

Choose three science courses from list below - two of the courses must include a lab:

General Elective Courses

Sufficient additional credits, if necessary, to bring the total to 120

Total Credits: 120

Actuarial Science Option

This option, designed in consultation with professionals from the insurance industry, includes courses that help you prepare for a variety of positions in that field. In particular, it helps you prepare for the first of the series of examinations by the Society of Actuaries.

Business Option

This option is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in business or industry. In addition to obtaining useful mathematics and statistics tools, the student who completes this option will also receive a minor in business.

Business Minor:

Computing Option

This option helps you prepare for computer-related careers for which a strong mathematical background is advantageous. The student who completes this option will also receive a minor in computer science.

Computer Science Minor:

Mathematics Option

This option helps you prepare for graduate study in the mathematical sciences or for work in fields where a strong mathematical background is required.

Mathematics Teaching Option

This option provides the mathematical preparation necessary for teaching secondary-school mathematics in Indiana. You are encouraged to choose and complete a teaching minor.

Prior to your junior year, you must successfully complete the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before admission to the teacher education program. The Praxis II Specialty Area Exam must be completed before or during the student-teaching semester, normally in your senior year.

Information on additional requirements for teacher certification is available in the department office.

Statistics Option

This option helps you prepare for careers in business and industry and emphasizes the statistical methods used in decision making. It also provides entry-level preparation for an actuarial career.


  • A course taken as a required course cannot be counted toward the elective course. 
  • The research certificate is described under Arts and Sciences in Part 3  of this Bulletin.

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