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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics and Computer Science Building
E-mail: math@math.kent.edu
Tel: 330-672-2430
Fax: 330-672-2209
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/math

Description

Mathematics provides an  excellent means for developing strong analytical and critical-thinking skills.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics emphasizes the tools most useful in science, engineering and technology applications: mathematical modeling, scientific computing and probability and statistics. The B.S. in Applied Math at KSU offers the follows four concentrations.

Applied Mathematics concentration emphasizes the classical aspects of the discipline, which are rooted in mathematical modeling and applications in the sciences. It couples well with Physics as a minor or double major.

Computational Mathematics  concentration is designed for students with interests in numerical modeling and scientific computing; it pairs well with Computer Science as a minor or double major.

Financial Mathematics  concentration prepares students for graduate programs in mathematical or computational finance or financial engineering, such as Kent State's interdisciplinary Master of Science in Financial Engineering.

The Applied Mathematics- Probability and Statistics concentration emphasizes the mathematics underlying processes that involve randomness and the mathematical tools used in the analysis of data.

Career Opportunities

A degree in mathematics opens the door to a very wide range of satisfying and lucrative career opportunities. Many of them are consistently top-ranked in annual job satisfaction surveys which take into account key components including salary, work environment, job stability, and benefits. For example, a 2009 survey by the Wall Street Journal found that the top three jobs among the 200 they surveyed were; Mathematician, Actuary and Statistician. Each of these careers begins with a mathematics degree (and several others in the top ten also pair well with a math minor or double major). 

Indeed, in our technology and information-driven society, the ability to analyze and solve quantitative problems is naturally a key factor which distinguishes the most valuable employees and highest earners. Contrary to a popular misconception (which is not shared worldwide), mathematicians develop problem-solving skills far beyond the domain of textbook problems in arithmetic and algebra—their analytical skills have always been highly valued in the business world. For this reason, mathematics-related careers tend to be less stressful and offer greater work-life balance than most other careers with comparable salaries.

The good news is that earning a degree in mathematics is not as difficult as others would have you believe. It is challenging, yes, but not more so than most science programs; and the long-term rewards speak for themselves!

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.
General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Advanced Degree Programs

Applied Mathematics (M.A. and M.S.), Business Administration: Finance (M.B.A.)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I.   DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (55 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  CS 13001 Computer Science I: Programming and Problem Solving 4
KCM MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
    12003 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
    21001 Linear Algebra with Applications 3
    22005 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 4
    32044 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
    40011 Introduction to Probability Theory and Applications 3
    40012 Introduction to Statistical Concepts 3
    41021 Theory of Matrices 3
    42031 Mathematical Models and Dynamical Systems 3
WIC   42091 Seminar: Modeling Projects** 3
    42201 Introduction to Numerical Computing I 3
    42202 Introduction to Numerical Computing II 3
KBS PHY 23101 General University Physics I 5
KBS PHY 23102 General University Physics II 5
III.  ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (49-54 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language*** 8-10
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Additional 6
  General Elective (minimum 3 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
14-15
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (15-16 credits) 
  Applied Mathematics (15)
  Computational Mathematics (16)
  Financial Mathematics (15)
  Probability and Statistics (15)
MINIMUM TOTAL 
121

 

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

*** Fulfills College General Requirement

 

Applied Mathematics Concentration

For semester-by-semester sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)* Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  MATH 42041 Advanced Calculus 3
    42045 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations 3
    42048 Introduction to Complex Variables 3
  Choose from the following: Allied Area Electives (upper division) 1-6
  BSCI 3/4xxxx Biological Science upper-division courses (1-6)  
  CHEM 3/4xxxx Chemistry upper-division courses (1-6)  
  CS 3/4xxxx Computer Science upper-division courses (1-9)  
  MATH 3/4xxxx Mathematics upper-division courses (1-6)  
  PHY 3/4xxxx Physics upper-division courses (1-6)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
15

 

 

Computational Mathematics Concentration

For semester-by-semester sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (16 credits)* Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  CS 23001 Computer Science II: Data Structures and Abstraction 4
  MATH 23022 Discrete Structures for Computer Science 3
  Choose from the following: Allied Area Electives (upper division) 9
  BSCI 3/4xxxx Biological Science upper-division courses (1-9)  
  CHEM 3/4xxxx Chemistry upper-division courses (1-9)  
  CS 3/4xxxx Computer Science upper-division courses (1-9)  
  MATH 3/4xxxx Mathematics upper-division courses (1-9)  
  PHY 3/4xxxx Physics upper-division courses (1-9)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
16

 

 

Financial Mathematics Concentration

For semester-by-semester sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)* Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ACCT 23020 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
  FIN 36053 Business Finance+ 3
  MATH 40051 Topics in Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes 3
    42045 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations 3
  Choose from the following: Allied Area Elective 1-3
  BSCI 3/4xxxx Biological Science upper-division courses (1-3)  
  CHEM 3/4xxxx Chemistry upper-division courses (1-3)  
  CS 3/4xxxx Computer Science upper-division courses (1-9)  
  MATH 3/4xxxx Mathematics upper-division courses (1-3)  
  PHY 3/4xxxx Physics upper-division courses (1-3)  
  ECON 32025 Money, Credit and Banking (3)  
    32040 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory and Applications (3)  
    32041 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy (3)  
    32050 Applied Econometrics (3)  
  FIN 36054 Intermediate Business Finance (3)  
    36059 Investments (3)  
    46054 Financial Risk Management (3)  
    46055 Options and Futures Markets (3)  
    46064 International Business Finance (3)  
    46067 Portfolio Analysis (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
15


+Majors pursuing this concentration are required to take ECON 22060 and 22061 as prerequisites for FIN 36053; these
two ECON courses can them be used to satisfy part of the Kent Core Social Sciences for a B.S. degree in the College
of Arts and Sciences.

 

 

Probability and Statistics Concentration

For semester-by-semester sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)* Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title
Credits
  MATH

 
40041

40042
Statistical Methods for Experiments (3)
or
Sampling Theory (3)
3
    40051 Topics in Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes 3
  Choose from the following: Allied Area Elective (upper division) 9
  BSCI 3/4xxxx Biological Science upper-division courses (1-9)  
  CHEM 3/4xxxx Chemistry upper-division courses (1-9)  
  CS 3/4xxxx Computer Science upper-division courses (1-9)  
  MATH 3/4xxxx Mathematics upper-division courses (1-9)  
  PHY 3/4xxxx Physics upper-division courses (1-9)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
15