3410 Mathematics and Statistics

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
    • Concentration in Actuarial Science
    • Concentration in Computer Information Systems
    • Concentration in Computer Science
    • Concentration in Managerial Sciences
    • Concentration in Statistics
  • Dual Degree Programs:
    • B.S. in Mathematics (Actuarial Science concentration) with the Master of Actuarial Science
    • B.S. in Mathematics (Computer Information Systems concentration) with the Master of Science in Information Systems
    • B.S. in Mathematics (Mathematical Risk Management concentration) with the Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance (Mathematical Risk Management specialization)
  • Minor in Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
750 College of Education Building
404/413-6464
mathstat.gsu.edu

Guantao Chen, Chair
Alexandra Smirnova, Associate Chair
Michael Stewart, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Igor Belykh, Director of Undergraduate Advisement

All freshmen entering Georgia State University are required to take either the College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the assessment of the American College Testing Program (ACT). The results of the test, performance in and time of previous mathematical education, and the student’s intended major or career goals are all factors to be considered when registering for any mathematics course. In order to register for courses numbered 1111 or higher, students must make an appropriate score on the mathematics placement test (see Section 1410.10) or have other appropriate prerequisite work. Therefore, students are urged to check the prerequisites for mathematics courses, and the mathematics requirement as listed by their major department/school/institute. Refer any questions to that department/school/ institute or to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Mathematics is one of the great unifying themes in our modern culture. It is a language, a science, an art form, and a tool of tremendous power. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, in its courses for both majors and non-majors, seeks to introduce students to this vast area of knowledge and to show them how mathematics can be used to solve problems.

The B.S. degree program in mathematics prepares a student for positions in business, industry, and government; a career in the teaching of mathematics at the secondary level; or further study in mathematics or statistics leading to graduate degrees.

Five concentrations are offered within the B.S. degree in mathematics. The concentration in actuarial science prepares a student to work as an actuary. The concentration in computer information systems prepares students for work in the field of management information systems. The concentration in computer science provides education in more scientific aspects of computing. The concentration in managerial sciences provides training in management modeling, problem solving, and computer-assisted decision support/expert systems technologies. Finally, the concentration in statistics prepares students for work as applied statisticians.

Guidelines for minors in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are given after the program descriptions.

In addition to immediate employment, there are opportunities for good students to pursue further study at the graduate level in mathematics, statistics, and other fields.

In 1978, the department initiated a cooperative education program with International Business Machines, Inc. Over the years, the program has expanded to include many other firms. Hundreds of majors have benefited from a co-op experience. Majors have an opportunity for paid work experience related to their area of study. They may also make important contacts that may lead to full-time employment after graduation. The Office of Cooperative Education has been established to coordinate the university’s cooperative education programs.

Majors are asked to consider carefully the career objectives they wish to pursue after graduation. A particular career objective may suggest a special choice for the minor or concentration that would prepare one for that career. It also might suggest that a co-op experience would be useful. Faculty who serve as academic advisers for majors can discuss choices and concentrations that are available to majors.

Program Financial Information

There are no extra fees, scholarships or other expenses outside of regular Georgia State University fees applicable to a B.S. degree in mathematics, other than those associated with teacher preparation (see Sections 1605 and 1610).

Program Academic Regulations

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all mathematics courses in the core, Area F, and Area G.

Program Degree Requirements

As part of the core curriculum, students must receive credit for the three calculus courses Math 2211, Math 2212, Math 2215, and Discrete Mathematics (Math 2420). (When counting the number of semester hours in Areas A, D, and F, only 3 of the 4 credit hours of each calculus course will be counted in Area A and/or D. The fourth hour, or the “rollover hour,” will be counted in Area F.)

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.S. in Mathematics

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

  1. Required course:
    • MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3) or MATH 1113 Precalculus (3) (or a higher-level mathematics course)
  2. Required course:
    • MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4) (or a higher-level mathematics course)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

  1. Required Courses: Select the course(s) not taken in Area A or D. (7-11)
  2. Select additional courses to complete 18 hours in Area F. (7-11)

Area G: Major Courses (33)

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Required Courses (18)
  3. Mathematics Electives: Select 12 additional hours of 3000/4000-level mathematics courses, of which six hours at most may be at the 3000 level (excluding Math 3030, 3050, 3070, and 3090).
  4. Additional courses must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010.

Area H: Additional Major Courses, Concentrations, Minor, and Electives

See descriptions below as to the specifics of special programs, such as the various concentrations offered. Students earning a B.S. in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are not required to complete a minor.

Actuarial Science Concentration

An actuary is an executive who uses mathematical and statistical skills to define, analyze, and solve problems of society. Actuaries create and manage programs to reduce the adverse financial impact of the expected and unexpected events that happen to people. They are employed in business, industry, and government.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, in cooperation with the actuarial science program in the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics and a concentration in actuarial science. This program provides strong preparation in both mathematics and actuarial science. Students completing this program may request that a suitable annotation be placed on their permanent record.

Students must receive credit for the calculus courses Math 2211, 2212, and 2215 and for Math 2420, CSc 2010, CSc 2310, Econ 2105 and Econ 2106 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Mathematics Requirements (24)
  3. Actuarial Science Requirements (15)
  4. Required Economics Courses (6) (if not completed in Area F)
  5. Additional courses must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010. (9)

Computer Information Systems Concentration

In cooperation with the Department of Computer Information Systems, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics and a concentration in computer information systems. This program provides strong preparation in both mathematics and computer information systems. Students completing this concentration may request that a suitable annotation be placed on their permanent record. They are eligible to receive a certificate signed by the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must receive credit for the calculus courses Math 2211, 2212, and 2215 and for Math 2420, CSc 2010, and CIS 2010 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Mathematics Requirements (15)
  3. Select one additional upper-level mathematics course (exclusive of Math 3030, 3050, 3070, and 3090). (3)
  4. Computer Science Requirements (12-15)
    • CSC 2310 Principles of Computer Programming I (3)
    • CSC 3210 Computer Organization and Programming (3)
    • CSC 3410 Data Structures-CTW (3)
    • Select one of the following:
  5. Computer Information Systems Requirements (12)
    • CIS 3210 End User Applications Programming (3)
    • CIS 3300 Systems Analysis (3)
    • CIS 3310 Systems Design (3)
    • Select one additional CIS course, preapproved by the director of undergraduate advisement. (3)
  6. Additional courses must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010. (8-9)

Computer Science Concentration

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a concentration in computer science. This program provides strong preparation in both mathematics and computer science. Students completing this program may request that a suitable annotation be placed on their permanent record.

Students must receive credit for the calculus courses Math 2211, 2212, and 2215 and for Math 2420, CSc 2010, and CSc 2310 in core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Mathematics Requirements (15)
  3. Select one additional upper-level mathematics course (exclusive of Math 3030, 3050, 3070, and 3090). (3)
  4. Computer Science Requirements (16)
    • CSC 3210 Computer Organization and Programming (3)
    • CSC 3410 Data Structures-CTW (3)
    • CSC 4520 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (4)
    • CSC 4610 Numerical Analysis I (3)
    • CSC 4620 Numerical Analysis II (3)
  5. Additional Computer Science Courses (6-8)
    Select two additional upper-level computer science courses with at least one selected from the following:

  6. Additional courses must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010. (6-8)

Managerial Sciences Concentration

In cooperation with the Department of Managerial Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics and a concentration in managerial sciences. In the managerial sciences, students receive training in management modeling, problem solving, and computer-assisted decision support/expert systems technologies. They learn to apply these skills to the functional areas of administration to increase managerial effectiveness and productivity. Managerial sciences training leads to such careers as management consultants; logistics specialists; quality assurance analysts; data analysts/statisticians; and decision support/expert systems builders. Students completing this program may request that a suitable annotation be placed on their permanent record. Students must receive credit for the calculus courses Math 2211, 2212, and 2215 and for Math 2420, CSc 2010, and CSc 2310 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Mathematics Requirements (12)
  3. Statistics Requirements: Select a two-course sequence. (6)
    • MATH 4751 Mathematical Statistics I (3) and
    • MATH 4752 Mathematical Statistics II (3) or
    • MATH 4547 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3) and
    • MATH 4548 Methods of Regression and Analysis of Variance (3)
  4. Two additional courses in mathematics and/or computer science (6-7) (exclusive of Math 3030, 3050, 3070, and 3090), including one of the following:
  5. Managerial Sciences Requirements (15)*
    • MGS 3100 Business Analysis (3)
    • MGS 4000 Managerial Decision Making (3)
    • MGS 4020 Introduction to Business Intelligence (3)
    • MGS 4110 Analysis of Business Data (3)
    • MGS 4120 Optimal Resource Allocation (3)
  6. Managerial Sciences Electives: Select one course. (3)
  7. Additional courses must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010. (11-12)

*Students must have satisfied the statistics requirements before enrolling in any Mgs courses.

Statistics Concentration

Statisticians give advice on the statistical design of experiments, conduct surveys, and analyze data. They use computers, often writing their own programs. They collaborate with specialists in fields such as biology, health sciences, medicine, economics, marketing, psychology, and sociology as well as in business and industry. They are employed in business, industry, and government. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a concentration in statistics. Students in this program should select additional courses from a field to which statistics can be applied. Such a selection is called a related field and must be pre-approved by a departmental adviser. Examples of seven related fields are shown in section 4. Students must receive credit for the calculus courses Math 2211, 2212, and 2215 and Math 2420, for CSc 2010, and CSc 2310 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Mathematics and Statistics Requirements. (21)
  3. Select one course. (3-4)
    • MATH 4544 Biostatistics (3)*
    • MATH 4547 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3)*
    • MATH 4767 Statistical Computing (3)
    • CSC 4830 System Simulation (4)
    • *At most, one semester of Math 4544 and 4547 may be counted in this program.
  4. Select one course. (3)
    • MATH 4211 Optimization (3)
    • MATH 4610 Numerical Analysis I (3)
    • Any one of the courses not taken in group 2 (3)
  5. Related Field Courses: Select 12 hours of course work in a field other than mathematics. (12) Related field courses must be pre-approved by a faculty adviser and must include at least nine hours of upper-division course work. Examples of related fields are: Actuarial Science, Biology, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Economics, Managerial Sciences, and Marketing.
  6. Additional courses must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010. (14-15)

Minor in Mathematics

Students choosing to minor in mathematics should complete Math 2212, 2215, and nine hours of additional mathematics courses at the 3000 level or above. There are some restrictions, and course selections must be approved by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Students are urged to consult with members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to determine which courses would be most useful in their major field.

Dual Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs

The department offers the following dual degree programs in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business:

  • B.S. in Mathematics (Actuarial Science concentration) with the Master of Actuarial Science
  • B.S. in Mathematics (Computer Information Systems concentration) with the Master of Science in Information Systems
  • B.S. in Mathematics (Mathematical Risk Management concentration) with the Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance (Mathematical Risk Management specialization)

These dual degree opportunities enable qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by participating departments and colleges to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.