Majors and Minors


Mathematicians use math theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and computer technology to solve problems in various fields, including basic sciences, engineering, computer science, economics, business, finance, and social sciences. The study of math is divided into pure (theoretical) mathematics, which involves discovering new mathematical principles and relationships, and applied mathematics, which involves the use of existing mathematics and the development of new mathematical principles and relationships to solve practical problems. Statistics is a category in applied mathematics that involves data analysis.


Advances in technology have led to an increased demand for workers with knowledge of mathematics. Math graduates work in a broad range of positions in business, education and government. The most common areas of employment for mathematicians are in computer science and software development, engineering, operations research, actuarial analysis, financial analysis, statistics and teaching. The federal government employs many mathematicians. Bachelor graduates work in entry-level jobs in government, as software developers and programmers (with computer science experience), as actuarial analysts (with actuarial concentration), as budget and financial analysts, as secondary teachers (licensure required), and other areas. A master’s degree in math/statistics or a related field is required for research associates, statisticians, and operations research positions, which involve finding solutions in organizations for managing money, materials, inventory, scheduling, pricing, facilities, people, and other issues. A doctoral (Ph.D.) degree is required for high-level research positions in industry, government and medical facilities, in which math modeling/statistics is needed for solutions to complex problems. A Ph.D. is also required for university faculty positions, which involve teaching and directing research.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Mathematics major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).


The math requirements for the B.S. and B.A. degrees are identical; the programs differ only in the number of science credits. Students who wish to concentrate in the sciences should pursue a B.S. degree. The following tracks are available in both degrees.

General Track: Offers flexibility in choosing courses in the mathematics major.

Actuarial Track: Involves the assembling and analysis of data to estimate probability and risk, used in the insurance industry.

Applied Mathematics Track: Involves the use of existing mathematics and the development of new mathematical principles and relationships to solve practical problems.

Pure Mathematics Track: Involves the development of new principles and previously unknown relationships between existing principles of mathematics.

Statistics Track: Involves the application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation of numerical data.

Second Major for Computer Science Students Track: Contact a CIS advisor and a Mathematics advisor for further information.

Secondary Teacher Licensure Track: Available within both the B.S. and B.A. programs for students interested in high school teaching. Contact the mathematics advisor for the math/science course requirements and the Education Student Service Center for the education course requirements.

An Honors Program is available for students and includes a special topics seminar and honors project in place of the traditional senior seminar. Engaged learning experiences (for all programs) include research with nationally recognized Cleveland State University faculty, project presentation by students at math conferences, and co-op and internships. Most courses are taught by doctoral faculty.

General Education Requirements: All degree-seeking students are required to meet general education requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that courses chosen satisfy these requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor. A comprehensive description of the requirements is found at

For more information, contact:
Department of Mathematics
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1515
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4680


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