COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE

Mathematics & Statistics

Program Highlights

The Louisiana Tech Mathematics & Statistics degree program begins with an integrated freshman and sophomore curriculum which exposes students to mathematics’ connections to the sciences. This exposure can help a student decide on a minor in the sciences, but minors are not limited to the sciences. Minors of mathematics graduates include aviation, biology, business administration, computer science, English, finance, and physics. For students interested in engineering, we offer an engineering concentration instead of a minor, and for students who want to focus solely on mathematics, we offer a concentration in mathematics and statistics. Because mathematics is so closely related to engineering and the sciences, it is not uncommon for mathematics majors to earn a degree in one of these fields in addition to their mathematics degree. The flexibility of mathematics is reflected in the curriculum, which, aside from fundamental classes in Linear Algebra, Logic and Set Theory, Abstract Algebra, and Analysis, consists entirely of electives; students can tailor their curriculum to their interests.

Job Opportunities

  • Actuarial science (risk assessment)
  • Data science
  • Information technology, computing
  • Business, management, consulting
  • Teaching at the elementary or secondary school level

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Minors

Students who wish to obtain a more intensive degree program with a concentration in statistics-mathematics-engineering are not required to declare a minor if they earn credit for 21 semester credit hours of mathematics, statistics, or engineering courses which are approved by the student’s advisor. Note: No course may count toward the required mathematics and statistics courses in the mathematics curriculum and also the statistics-mathematics-engineering concentration.

Minor in Actuarial Science

What Is Actuarial Science

Actuaries manage and reduce risk, working in a range of fields, including positions in industrial and government jobs, that analyze the potential for undesirable events to occur and plan for those events. Actuaries are in high demand and, currently, earn a median income of $100,000.

As part of the Actuarial Science minor, students will take courses that will prepare them to complete the first two professional exams and will be prepared to begin their careers as actuaries upon graduation.

What Are the Course Requirements

The minor in Actuarial Science requires 18 credit hours to complete.

Actuarial Science Minor

Course
Course Name
# Hours
Corresponding Actuary Test
Mathematics and Industrial Engineering Pre-Requisite
MATH 240 Mathematics for Engineering and Science 3
MATH 241 Calculus I 3
MATH 242 Calculus II 3
MATH 243 Calculus III 3
MATH 244 Calculus IV 3
INEN 300 Engineering Economics 2 Exam 3F/MFE—Models for Financial Economics
Statistics
STAT 405 Statistical Methods 3 Exam 1/P—Probability
MATH 490 (STAT 506) Regression Analysis 3 Exam LC—Models for Life Contingencies
MATH 490 (STAT 520) Theory of Probability 3 Exam 1/P—Probability
MATH 490 (STAT 521) Theory of Statistics 3 Exam ST—Models for Stochastic Processes and Statistics
Business-Oriented Classes
INEN 301 Industrial Cost Analysis 3 Exam 3F/MFE—Models for Financial Economics
MATH 315 Financial Mathematics 3 Exam 2/FM—Financial Mathematics
Total # of Hours Required (beyond pre-requisite courses):  18

NOTE: For Mathematics majors who wish to minor in Actual Science, MATH 315, STAT 405, and nine hours of MATH 490 used for the Actuarial Science minor cannot be counted towards their major requirements; a 300-level or above mathematics course needs to be used in place of INEN 301 to fulfill the major requirement.

Who Do I Contact for More Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Dave Meng at dmeng@latech.edu.

Minor in Mathematics

Students in other departments who wish to minor in mathematics are required to take Math 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245 and an additional 9 semester hours earned in statistics courses or mathematics courses numerically above Math 300 and Statistics 200 (other than STAT 402). No more than 6 semester hours may be in statistics. All courses applied toward the minor must be completed with the grade of “C” or higher.

Research and Consulting

Research

The faculty conducts research in Numerical Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Differential Equations, Algebra, Topology, Discrete Mathematics and Mathematics Education. Some of this research is being funded by the National Science Foundation, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and other funding agencies.

Some of the faculty members also advise graduate students in the Computational Analysis and Modeling program, an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Computational Analysis and Modeling.

Statistical Consulting Lab

The Statistical Consulting Lab provides programs, departments and organizations help in analyzing statistical information. Check back for more information.