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Western Carolina University    
  Jul 22, 2017
ARCHIVED 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, B.S.

Total number of hours for the program: 120.

Liberal Studies Hours: 42

Liberal Studies Program Requirements 

Major Requirements

The major requires 44 hours as follows. Only grades of C (2.0) or higher in required mathematics core courses will satisfy requirements in the major. The following courses are required:

Additional Required Course, 2 hours

Math Electives Categories

Actuarial Science Concentration:

The actuarial science concentration includes courses that prepare students for professional examinations Exam P and Exam FM jointly adminstered by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS).  The concentration also includes coursework that meets learning objectives for Validiation by Educational Experience (VEE) in Applied Statistical Methods, Corporate Finance and Economics.

Applied Concentration:

Required 12 hours:

Two additional courses from the math electives with at least one of these courses in the Computing/Modeling category and:

To complete the program:

A second major or a minor in one of the following areas of application: biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, geology, physics, or a program approved by the mathematics and computer science department head.

Traditional Mathematics Concentration:

Required 18 hours:

Twelve additional hours:  one course from each of the three non-Algebra/Discrete math electives categories, and one additional course from any of the four math elective categories, MATH 400 History of Mathematics, or other math courses approved by the mathematics and computer science department head and:

To complete the program:

A second major, a minor, or a program approved by the mathematics and computer science department head.

Mathematics Education Concentration:

Admissions to the Mathematics Education Program

Students seeking admission to the Mathematics Education Program must decalare their major and meet the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Additional information is available at

Admission to the Professional Education Sequence

Students in Professional Education must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and are subject to all of the teacher education requirements. EDCI 201 is the only course in the professional education sequence that may be taken prior to admission to teacher education.

Continuation in the Mathematics Education Program

To continue in the program, students must meet the continuation requirements of the Teacher Education Program. Additional information on these requirements is available at In addition to these requirements, a student enrolled in the B.S. in Mathematics with the Mathematics Education Concentration must also be enrolled in the B.S. Ed. Mathematics. If hours taken in the major also meet Liberal Studies requirements, more hours may need to be completed in order to meet the 120 total hours needed.

General Electives (4 hours)

Additional Information all Concentrations:

Students must complete all liberal studies requirements and general electives as needed to reach the total of 120 hours. At least 30 hours taken at WCU must be at the junior-senior level to meet one of the general university degree requirements. Visit the department’s website at to view the 8 semester curriculum guide.

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