3410 Mathematics and Statistics

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
    • Concentration in Actuarial Science
    • Concentration in Applied Mathematics
    • 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

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.

Six 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. The concentration in statistics prepares students for work as applied statisticians. The concentration in applied mathematics provides background in core areas of applied mathematics, computational mathematics, and statistics.  Finally, in addition to the undergraduate concentrations, the department offers dual degrees that give students a seamless path from a B.S. in mathematics to business graduate degrees in actuarial science, information systems, and mathematical risk management.

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).

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Program Academic Regulations

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

B.S. in Mathematics

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).

Area A:

  • Required course: MATH 1112, MATH 1113, or higher level MATH must be taken in Area A. A section of MATH 1113 Precalculus that is designated specifically for this major is recommended (see GoSolar listing to identify appropriate sections).

Area D:

  • Required course: MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4) (or a higher-level mathematics course)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2):
    • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each four hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.
  2. Required Courses (1-2 of the following should be taken in Area A and/or D) (10-14):
  3. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I (3)
    • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II (3)
    • BIOL 2107K Principles of Biology I (3) and BIOL 2107L Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2108K Principles of Biology II (3) and BIOL 2108L Principles of Biology II Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1211K Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • [Chem 1212IK] Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • CHEM 2400 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    • CIS 2010 Introduction to Information Systems (3)
    • CSC 1301 Principles of Computer Science I (4)
    • CSC 1302 Principles of Computer Science II (4)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • MATH 2652 Differential Equations (4)
    • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2)
    • PHYS 2211K Principles of Physics I (3) and PHYS 2211L Principles of Physics I Lab (1)
    • PHYS 2212K Principles of Physics II (3) and PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics II Lab (1)
    • RSCH 1203 Research Strategies and Technology (1)
    • World language at the 1002, 2001, or 2002 level (3)
  • All courses above ending in K are commonly offered as separate lecture and lab (L) courses by GSU’s Perimeter College. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.
  • Students with MATH 2211 (4) in Area A2 and MATH 2212 (4) in Area D will have MATH 2215 (4), MATH 2420 (3), MATH 2641 (3), and two extra hours from Areas A2 and D in the required portion of Area F, for subtotals of 12 hours of required courses and 6 hours of additional courses. Students with MATH 1112 (3) in Area A2 and MATH 2211 (4) in Area D will have MATH 2212 (4), MATH 2215 (4), MATH 2420 (3), MATH 2641 (3), and one extra hour from Area D in the required portion of Area F, for subtotals of 15 hours of required courses and 3 hours of additional courses. Any credit hours exceeding 18 earned to complete the Area F requirements will count toward elective hours.

Area G: Major Courses (39)

  1. Required course to fulfill CTW requirement (3):
    • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics-CTW (3)
  2. Required Courses (21):
  3. Mathematics Electives (15):
    Select 15 additional hours of 3000- or 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 (42-48)

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 CSC 1301, CSC 1302, ECON 2105 and ECON 2106 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required course to fulfill CTW requirement (3):
    • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics-CTW (3)
  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)

Applied Mathematics Concentration (39-43)

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics and concentration in applied mathematics. The program provides a broad background in core areas of applied mathematics, including differential equations, modeling, computational mathematics, numerical methods, and statistics.

Students must receive credit for CSC 1301 and CSC 1302 in the Area F or as electives.

  1. Required course to fulfill CTW requirement (3)
    • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics-CTW (3)
  2. Mathematics Requirements (24-28):
  3. Choose two courses from the following list (6)
    • MATH 4275 Applied Dynamical Systems (3)
    • MATH 4548 Methods of Regression and Analysis of Variance (3)
    • MATH 4620 Numerical Analysis II (3)
  4. Select 6 additional hours of 3000/4000-level mathematics courses, of which 3 hours at most may be at the 3000 level (excluding MATH 3030, MATH 3050, MATH 3070, and MATH 3090).
  5. Additional courses must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, excluding KH 1010.

Computer Information Systems Concentration (42-43)

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 CSC 1301, CSC 1302, and CIS 2010 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required course to fulfill CTW requirement (3):
    • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics-CTW (3)
  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 (9-10):
    • CSC 2720 Data Structures (3)
    • CSC 3210 Computer Organization and Programming (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 studies. (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 (43-45)

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 CSC 1301, and CSC 1302 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required course to fulfill CTW requirement (3):
    • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics-CTW (3)
  2. Mathematics Requirements (18):
  3. Select one additional upper-level mathematics course (exclusive of Math 3030, 3050, 3070, and 3090). (3)
  4. Computer Science Requirements (16):
  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 (45)

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 CSC 1301 and CSC 1302 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required course to fulfill CTW requirement (3):
    • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics-CTW (3)
  2. Mathematics Requirements (15):
  3. Statistics Requirements (6):
    Select one of the following two-course sequences.

    • MATH 4751 Mathematical Statistics I (3) and MATH 4752 Mathematical Statistics II (3)
    • MATH 4547 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3) and MATH 4548 Methods of Regression and Analysis of Variance (3)
  4. Select one additional courses in mathematics and/or computer science (6-7) (exclusive of Math 3030, 3050, 3070, and 3090).
  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 (3):
    Select one course.

  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 (42)

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 5. Students must receive credit CSC 1301 and CSC 1302 in the core curriculum Areas A-F or as electives.

  1. Required course to fulfill CTW requirement (3):
    • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics-CTW (3)
  2. Mathematics and Statistics Requirements (21):
  3. Select one course (3):
    • MATH 4544 Biostatistics (3)*
    • MATH 4547 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3)*
      *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 (12):
    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.

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitution for the other formerly required CTW course. Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at
cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/senior-advisement-90-credit-hours/.

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/.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.