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Mathematics Majors
Mathematics, B.A., B.S.

Mathematics Major Requirements
Students planning to major in mathematics may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree. A mathematics major should be prepared to enroll in Mathematics 140, Calculus I, or a higher course during the first semester at Millikin. Mathematics 087, 091, 098, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, and 120 do not count toward a major or minor.

All majors are required to successfully complete the common foundation courses comprised of five mathematics courses:

  • MA140 Calculus I
  • MA240 Calculus II
  • MA208 Discrete Mathematics
  • MA303 Linear Algebra
  • MA304 Probability and Mathematical Statistics

The department may waive one or more of the foundation course requirements for students with advanced high school mathematics preparation.

Mathematics Major Options
There are three options for students interested in a mathematics major.

  •  Mathematics
  •  Mathematics with emphasis in Actuarial Science
  • Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification

     

    Mathematics Minor

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    Why Do Math?
    Students interested in immediate employment or graduate study in pure or applied mathematics should elect this option. In addition to the foundation requirements, students must take;

    • MA305 Differential Equations
    • MA313 Numerical Analysis
    • MA340 Calculus III
    • MA403 Abstract Algebra
    • MA440 Advanced Calculus
    • MA499 Senior Seminar
    • Two courses selected from:
      • MA301 College Geometry
      • MA308 Theory of Computation
      • MA314 Advanced Mathematics Statistics
      • MA320 History of Mathematics
      • MA420 Mathematical Logic
      • MA472 Internship
      • MA491,492,493,494 Independent Study

    In addition, a mathematics major must take a minimum of 15 credit hours in a discipline to which mathematics is applied. Students' areas of application will be made in consultation with their academic advisors. 

    Minor in Mathematics
    A minor in  mathematics is an excellent complement to majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, computer science, and business. To receive a minor in mathematics a student must successfully complete the following course of study.

    • MA140 Calculus I
    • MA208 Discrete Mathematics
    • MA240 Calculus II
    • MA303 Linear Algebra
    • At least two (2) other mathematics courses numbered 300 or higher.  

     Mathematics Major with Emphasis in Actuarial Science
    Becoming an actuary

    The actuarial science option is identified by the Society of Actuaries' website as a introductory undergraduate actuarial science program. Additionally, some courses in this track have been approved by the Society of Actuaries to earn Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) credit. Students interested in becoming an actuary should elect this option. In addition to the foundation requirements, students must take  

    • MA215 Introduction to Actuarial Science
    • MA220 Statistical Methods*
    • MA225 Time Series*
    • MA313 Numerical Analysis
    • MA314 Advanced Mathematical Statistics
    • MA340 Calculus III
    • MA499 Senior Seminar
    • EC100 Macroeconomics*
    • EC110 Microeconomics*

    These courses are highly recommended:

    • AC230 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • AC240 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
    • MK300 Introduction to Marketing
    • FI340 Introduction to Financial Management*
    • FI352 Investments


    *The following courses have been approved by the Society of Actuaries for VEE at Millikin University:

    VEE Economics - EC100 and EC110
    VEE Applied Statistical Methods (regression component) – MA220
    VEE Applied Statistical Methods - MA225
    VEE Corporate Finance – FI340

    Students who have completed this option and taken the highly recommended courses will be prepared to take the first two Actuarial Examinations (1/P and 2/FM) of the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries. Students who also complete any two of the courses FI354, FI365, FI361, EC310, EC312 or EC322 will earn a minor in Finance from the Tabor School of Business.

    Mathematics Major with Secondary Education Certification
    The secondary mathematics education program is nationally recognized by NCATE. Students interested in teacher certification should elect this option. In addition to the foundation requirements, students must take

    • MA301 College Geometry
    • MA320 History of Mathematics
    • MA403 Abstract Algebra
    • MA425 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Grades 6 through 12
    • MA471 Internship in Methods of Teaching Mathematics
    • Two (2) courses selected from:
      • MA305 Differential Equations
      • MA313 Numerical Analysis
      • MA314 Advanced Mathematics Statistics
      • MA340 Calculus III
      • MA420 Mathematical Logic
      • MA440 Advnaced Calculus
      • MA491 Independent Study

    Teacher certification also requires specific coursework in education and other areas. See the School of Education section for details. In addition to courses required by the School of Education for secondary certification, ED440 and ED450 are required for a middle school endorsement. Students should consider preparation in a second teaching field to increase the breadth of their knowledge and the probability of finding a teaching position upon graduation. Past experience indicates that biological, physical or general sciences, or physical education (coaching) combinations with mathematics are sought by schools.

    Mathematics Concentration for Elementary Education Majors
    Elementary education majors may earn a concentration in mathematics by taking a total of 15 credit hours in mathematics, excluding MA100 and MA106, six of which must be from 300-level or above courses.

    For more information about majoring in mathematics at Millikin University, please call Dr. Miller at 217.424.6215.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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