BACHELOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The department offers four bachelors degrees. In statistics, the Bachelor of Science degree stresses both the theoretical and the applied sides of the subject and is one of the few undergraduate statistics programs in the country. In addition to extensive course work in statistics, the student is exposed to computer science, ethics (relevant to decisions that statisticians must make on the job), and advanced writing (obviously a useful skill). Concentrated study (16 credits) in some field to which statistics can be applied, such as computer science, engineering, a science, economics, psychology, or another subject of the student's interest, is also required. In mathematics, we offer a basic Bachelor of Arts degree and a more rigorous Bachelor of Science degree. (There is no universal meaning assigned to these names, which date back hundreds of years. Different schools use them to mean different things, such as whether one has studied a foreign language. In our department we have chosen to offer an expanded program under the B.S. label, one requiring two additional mathematical sciences courses, one additional computer science course, and a more in-depth study of a field to which mathematics can be applied.) We also offer a Bachelor of Science degree in actuarial science, in cooperation with the School of Business Administration.
Many students, both current undergraduates and those who already hold a bachelor's degree in some subject (not necessarily mathematics), wish to pursue a program leading to secondary teaching certification in mathematics. Further information on this program (OU STEP) is given below.
Please go to the following links for the requirements for each degree:
- The B. A. degree in mathematics
- The (more rigorous) B. S. degree in mathematics
- The B. S. degree in applied statistics
- The B. S. degree in actuarial science
See also this Web page about the degree in actuarial science.
Internships are sometimes available for students pursuing actuarial science. For example, the Southfield, Michigan, office of the major professional services company Towers Watson
has a small number of summer internships
. Other leads might include Blue Cross Blue Shield, MEEMIC, Delta Dental, and some insurance companies in Lansing. These positions are quite competitive and pay well. Summer internship positions are posted in October, and phone interviews are conducted in October and November for the following summer. A student who intends to apply for one should get started in September. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the field, such as by having attempted an actuarial exam, or, even better, having passed one or two of the exams. The Be an Actuary
website has additional information about internships and getting employment in this area. A recent article
explains how hot this field is.
- The degree in mathematics with secondary certification
For all degrees, a 2.0 grade or higher must be earned in each required course. There are additional University and College requirements. Consult the catalog and the department adviser for details. Click here
for checklists for these degrees, showing each required course in a box, with prerequisites indicated by arrows.
Click here for some sample schedules for students in the various programs, assuming a student enters in Fall 2010. Subsequent years should be similar. Students should work with a departmental adviser and advisers in the Arts and Sciences Advising Office in planning the details of their schedules. The "fifth year" applies only to STEP students.
Last updated: September 23, 2014. Send additions or corrections (or other comments) to Professor Grossman.