Feb 27, 2024
The mathematics major offers students a wide range of courses leading to opportunities in education, statistics, finance, actuarial science, operations research, computer and information science, engineering, and many other applied and theoretical fields.
Required Courses (Bachelor of Arts):
Actuarial Studies Concentration (optional)
Actuaries have interesting and highly rated careers in the insurance and risk management industry. To become an SOA (Society of Actuaries) certified actuary, one must pass a number of actuarial examinations over a number of years and earn validated educational experiences (VEE) in economics, corporate finance, and applied statistics. This program is designed to prepare students for the actuarial exam on probability (P) and to earn VEE credit in economics, corporate finance, and the regression analysis portion of the applied statistics requirement.
In place of the four additional elective mathematics courses noted above, students pursing the actuarial studies concentration complete the following:
* must be completed at Dominican University
Students pursing the actuarial studies concentration are urged to complete an internship and to add a minor in business administration or economics.
- Students are required to complete a course with a service learning component or MATH 299.
- Successful completion of departmental exit examinations.
- A minimum of 18 semester hours in mathematics must be completed at Dominican University.
Please consult your mathematics advisor for specific recommendations for elective mathematics courses based on area of specialization or career interest. Students should also consider working on an independent research project or participating in a research experience for undergraduates.
Bachelor of Science option
Mathematics majors seeking a Bachelor of Science degree must complete an additional course in computer science, natural science, biology, chemistry, or physics.
Teacher Licensure: Secondary Mathematics
Students who wish to teach mathematics in grades 9 through 12 complete a major in mathematics and complete the School of Education’s Teacher Education Program for a secondary licensure.
Additional Mathematics Education Requirements
Teacher Education Program
- Professional education courses including EDUC 403 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Secondary Schools
- The State of Illinois mathematics content test
- At least 100 hours of field experience
- Teacher Performance Assessment (completed during student teaching)
- Student teaching in a secondary mathematics classroom
For more information about 6-12 licensure, see the School of Education section of this bulletin.