General Information of Undergraduate Program in Mathematics and Statistics

Why Mathematics?
Mathematics ranks in the top ten of highest starting salaries for someone with a bachelor’s degree, and mathematician was ranked recently as one of the best jobs in America.
Mathematics is used in biology, chemistry, physics, economics, engineering, medicine, space exploration and many more fields. Click here to read the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) report on Mathematics in Industry.
People who have studied mathematics know how to construct logical arguments, spot fallacies in widely accepted arguments, make useful models of real-world situations, learn new things quickly, and find a common structure in seemingly disparate phenomena. This skill set is very attractive to admissions committees of professional schools such as law, business and medicine. A major in mathematics can lead to many satisfying careers including teaching and research.

Who is qualified?
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.

What is Mathematics?
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.

Career Opportunities in Mathematics?
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.