Mathematics - B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Mathematical Sciences
233 Mathematics and Computer Science Building
Kent Campus
330-672-2430
math@math.kent.edu
www.kent.edu/math


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics comprises core areas in algebra (number systems, equations, discrete structures), analysis (functions, limits, continuous processes), geometry (space, shape, form) and associated generalizations and abstractions. The B.S. degree program is recommended for students interested in a flexible option of careers or graduate study in mathematics. Coupled with the Education minor, the program can lead to Ohio teacher licensure.

The Mathematics major includes the following optional concentration:

  • The Actuarial Mathematics optional concentration prepares students for the actuarial profession, the discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus
  • Stark Campus (not Actuarial Mathematics concentration)

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Reason in mathematical arguments at a level appropriate to the discipline, including using precise definitions, articulating assumptions and reasoning logically to conclusions.
  2. Engage effectively in problem solving, including exploring examples, devising and testing conjectures and assessing the correctness of solutions.
  3. Approach mathematical problems creatively, including trying multiple approaches and modifying problems when necessary to make them more tractable.
  4. Communicate mathematics clearly both orally and in writing.
  5. Understand and appreciate connections among different subdisciplines of mathematics.
  6. Understand and appreciate connections between mathematics and other disciplines.
  7. Be aware of and understand a broad range of mathematical subdisciplines.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) (min C grade)5
MATH 12003ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II (min C grade)5
MATH 21001LINEAR ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS (min C grade)3
MATH 22005ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS III (min C grade)4
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)8
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)16
Concentration
Choose from the following:57
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 8 credit hours of foreign language.1

  • Minimum Elementary I and II of the same language
1

 All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond the Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP),  the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional Information) . When students complete the requirement with fewer than 8 credit hours and two courses, they will complete the remaining hours with general electives.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring a Concentration

[AS-BS-MATH]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
MATH 41001INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ALGEBRA I (ELR) (WIC) 13
MATH 41002INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ALGEBRA II (ELR) (WIC) 13
MATH 41021THEORY OF MATRICES (min C grade)3
MATH 42001INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS I (ELR) (WIC) 13
MATH 42002INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS II (ELR) (WIC) 13
PHY 23101GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I (KBS) (KLAB) 5
Mathematics and Computer Science Upper-Division Electives (MATH or CS 40000 level)9
Computer Programming Elective, choose from the following:3-4
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
COMPUTER SCIENCE I: PROGRAMMING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
COMPUTER SCIENCE IA: PROCEDURAL PROGRAMMING
and COMPUTER SCIENCE IB: OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING (min C grade in both)
Allied Area Electives, choose from the following: 218
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
INTERMEDIATE LOGIC
METALOGIC
Biological Science Upper-Division Courses (BSCI 30000 or 40000 level)
Chemistry Upper-Division Courses (CHEM 30000 or 40000 level)
Computer Science Upper-Division Courses (CS 30000 or 40000 level)
Economics Upper-Division Courses (ECON 30000 or 40000 level)
Geology Upper-Division Courses (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level)
Mathematics Upper-Division Courses (MATH 30000 or 40000 level)
Management and Information Systems Upper-Division Courses (MIS 30000 or 40000 level)
Physics Upper-Division Courses (PHY 30000 or 40000 level)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences1
Kent Core Additional3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:57
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive course requirement.

2

Students must select Allied Area Electives with approval from the major advisor.

Actuarial Mathematics Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-MATH-AMAT]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
CS 10061INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 3
or DSCI 15310 COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND PROGRAMMING
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 13
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 13
ECON 32050APPLIED ECONOMETRICS I (ELR) 13
FIN 36053BUSINESS FINANCE 13
FIN 36059INTERMEDIATE INVESTMENTS 13
MATH 30055MATHEMATICAL THEORY OF INTEREST 3
MATH 40011INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY THEORY AND APPLICATIONS 3
MATH 40012INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL CONCEPTS 3
MATH 40055ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS I (ELR) (WIC) 24
MATH 40056ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS II 4
MATH 40059STOCHASTIC ACTUARIAL MODELS 3
Allied Area Electives, choose from the following: 39
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
INTERMEDIATE LOGIC
METALOGIC
Accounting Upper-DivisionCourses (ACCT 30000 or 40000 level) 4
Business Management Technology (BMRT) Courses 4
Biological Science Upper-Division Courses (BSCI 30000 or 40000 level)
Business ( BUS) Courses 4
Chemistry Upper-Division Courses (CHEM 30000 or 40000 level)
Computer Science Upper-Division Courses (CS 30000 or 40000 level)
Economics Upper-Division Courses (ECON 30000 or 40000 level) 4
Finance Upper-Division Courses (FIN 30000 or 40000 level)
Geology Upper-Division Courses (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level)
Mathematics Upper-Division Courses (MATH 30000 or 40000 level)
Management and Information Systems Upper-Division Courses (MIS 30000 or 40000 level)
Physics Upper-Division Courses (PHY 30000 or 40000 level)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Basic Sciences6
General Elective1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:57
1

These courses fulfill the Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements jointly sponsored by the Society of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society and Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive course requirement.

3

Students must select Allied Area Electives with approval from the major advisor.

4

Course may satisfy the professional achievement requirements (e.g., for Fellow status) set by the Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society.

Roadmaps

Mathematics Major (no Concentration)

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Computer Programming Elective 3-4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
!MATH 12003 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II 5
!PHY 23101 GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I (KBS) (KLAB) 5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
!MATH 21001 LINEAR ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS 3
!MATH 22005 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS III 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
!MATH 41021 THEORY OF MATRICES 3
Allied Area Electives 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!MATH 41001 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ALGEBRA I (ELR) (WIC) 3
Allied Area Elective 3
Foreign Language 4
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
!MATH 41002 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ALGEBRA II (ELR) (WIC) 3
Allied Area Electives 6
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
!MATH 42001 INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS I (ELR) (WIC) 3
Allied Area Elective 3
Mathematics or Computer Science Upper-Division Elective (MATH or CS 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 1
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Eight
!MATH 42002 INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS II (ELR) (WIC) 3
Mathematics or Computer Science Upper-Division Elective (MATH or CS 40000 level) 6
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Actuarial Mathematics Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!CS 10061
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
or COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND PROGRAMMING
3
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!MATH 12003 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II 5
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
!MATH 21001 LINEAR ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS 3
!MATH 22005 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS III 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
FIN 36053 BUSINESS FINANCE 3
!MATH 30055 MATHEMATICAL THEORY OF INTEREST 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!FIN 36059 INTERMEDIATE INVESTMENTS 3
MATH 40011 INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY THEORY AND APPLICATIONS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Allied Area Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!MATH 40012 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL CONCEPTS 3
Allied Area Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!ECON 32050 APPLIED ECONOMETRICS I (ELR) 3
!MATH 40055 ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS I (ELR) (WIC) 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
!MATH 40056 ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS II 4
!MATH 40059 STOCHASTIC ACTUARIAL MODELS 3
Allied Area Elective 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120