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B.S. Mathematics - Programs of Study

All Mathematics majors complete a set of eight classes in our Mathematics Major Core shown below:

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
  • MATH 1920 - Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
  • MATH 2110 - Calculus III
  • MATH 3010 - Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
  • MATH 3450 - Linear Algebra
  • MATH 4240 - Probability
  • MATH 4450 - Mathematical Models
  • MATH 4810 - Senior Seminar

In addition to the core classes, students choose between one of four options for their concentration that determines the remaining requirements for their major: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics, or Actuarial Science.  See below the description of each concentration for a list of additional required courses and a 4-year plan to help you design your schedule to complete a Math Major. Click on any of our majors or concentrations for further information.  

Mathematics Major

Mathematics provides elegant and effective tools for solving problems in virtually every area of human endeavor, from the sciences to business and economics to the social sciences and is especially appealing to students who like to solve problems. The purpose of the Mathematics option is to give students an understanding of the structure of mathematics, to stimulate their interest in research, and to prepare them for later work. Students can use their background in mathematics as an entry to other fields such as physics, computer science, software engineering, economics, business, finance, medicine or law.  Our major also fully prepares our majors for further study in Master's of Ph.D. programs in mathematics or other related fields.  We invite you to join us in exploring the fascinating world of mathematics and its applications.  Students can select between a pure or applied math option if they choose a mathematics major without one of the following concentrations.

Required courses: 

  • MATH 3120 - Differential Equations I
  • MATH 3130 - Differential Equations II
  • Complete one of the following tracks

Pure Mathematics Track: MATH 4500 - Modern Algebra, MATH 4710 - Real Analysis, and three other approved upper level math courses

Applied Mathematics Track: MATH 4460 - Applied Mathematics, MATH 4670 - Numerical Analysis, STAT 4250 - Mathematical Statistics, and two other approved upper level math courses


Mathematics Education Concentration

The Mathematics Education concentration leads to a secondary certification in mathematics. The secondary certification licensure is designed for individuals desiring to teach mathematics in grades 7-12 in both middle and high school settings, although additional coursework in education is also required.  School systems are always in need of graduates with strong mathematical backgrounds to teach and inspire our next generation of doctors, scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.  

Required courses: 

  • MATH 3000 - Discrete Mathematics
  • STAT 3250 - Statistical Methods
  • MATH 3630 - College Geometry
  • MATH 4010 - History of Math
  • MATH 4110 - Number Theory 
  • MATH 4200 - Math Pedagogy for Middle School
  • MATH 4400 - Teaching Secondary Math
  • MATH 4500 - Modern Algebra
  • Seven education courses to complete the Professional Education Minor
  • One 12-hour semester consisting of student teaching and a seminar


Statistics Concentration

Statistics is the the science of gathering and analyzing data. Statisticians are employed all over the world in many capacities: to determine effectiveness and safety of new medicines for pharmaceutical companies; to control quality in manufacturing processes; to determine policy premiums and estimate probable payoffs for insurance companies; to analyze consumer demand; to plan and develop services for various segments of society by government agencies. For more information on careers in statistics, please visit the website for the American Statistical Association:

Although there are jobs for statisticians with undergraduate degrees, a number of employers require an advanced degree. The statistics concentration at Austin Peay provides excellent preparation for work at the Master's level; our graduates have gone to graduate school in statistics or taken actuary exams.

Required Courses:

  • STAT 3250 - Statistical Methods
  • STAT 4120 - Regression Analysis
  • STAT 4130 - Experimental Design
  • STAT 4250 - Mathematical Statistics
  • Two other approved upper level statistics/mathematics courses


Actuarial Science Concentration

Actuarial science is the use of mathematics and statistics to study and manage risk, focusing on ways to evaluate the probabilities of future events occurring and finding ways to decrease the chances of or reduce the impact of negative events.  Actuaries combine their skills in math, stats, finance, and economics to solve problems involving risk working in the insurance industry, for the government, and for banks and other financial entities.  Our Actuarial Science concentration prepares for a career as an actuary, which is consistently ranked as a top job in terms of salary, work environment, and employment outlook, along with many other careers in finance and insurance.

Required Courses:

  • MATH 4130 - Financial Mathematics
  • MATH 4140 - Financial Derivatives
  • STAT 3250 - Statistical Methods
  • STAT 4120 - Regression Analysis
  • STAT 4140 - Time Series Analysis
  • STAT 4250 - Mathematical Statistics
  • ECON 2010 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2010 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 3010 - Principles of Finance
  • Four other approved upper level statistics/mathematics courses


Minor in Mathematics

Mathematics plays increasingly important roles in many fields including economics, biology, medicine, manufacturing, and logistics just to name a few. Many graduate programs in these areas encourage or expect applicants to be competent in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. An eighteen hour minor in mathematics can accomplish this requirement in most cases.

Required Courses:

  • MATH 1910--Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
  • MATH 1920--Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
  • MATH 2110--Calculus

 Also required are six hours of approved upper division mathematics electives.


Applied Statistics Minor

Statistics is vital to every modern industry including forensic science, agriculture, engineering, medicine, business, finance, healthcare administration- statisticians play in everyone’s backyard!  General knowledge of even some basic statistical tools make you competitive in the job market, and using these tools can actually be fun!  Job prospects are very good for those with statistical sense, and statisticians with graduate degrees command very good starting salaries.  Regardless of your major, a statistics minor can be attractive on a resume and very useful on the job.

Required Courses:

  • MATH 1810--Elements of Calculus   or
  • MATH 1910--Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
  • STAT 3250--Statistical Methods
  • STAT 4120--Regression Analysis
  • STAT 4130--Experimental Design 

Select at least 2 courses from the following:

  • MATH or STAT 4240--Probability
  • STAT 4250--Mathematical Statistics
  • MATH or STAT 4260--Stochastic Processes
  • STAT 4270--Nonparametric Statistics
  • BIOL 3000--Biological Methods
  • BIOL 4100/4101--Biostatistics and lab
  • CHEM 3210/3211--Quantitative Analysis and lab
  • DSCI 3530--Statistical Quality Control
  • EDUC 4270--Classroom Evaluation and Assessment
  • ENGT 3650--Statistical Quality Control
  • GEOG or GEOL 3060/3061--Quantitative Geosciences and lab
  • SW 3770--Research Methods
  • MKT 4450--Marketing Research
  • POLS 3760--Methods of Research
  • PSY 3290-- Introduction to Psychological Measurement
  • QM 3110--Statistics for Business and Economics
  • SOC 3770--Social Statistics


Course Descriptions

You can find the list of math courses and their descriptions here.