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Mathematics and Statistics Department

BS - Applied Mathematics, Concentration in Economics and Actuarial Science

This program is designed for students who want to become actuaries and for students who want a program that integrates business, economics, and mathematics. Actuaries are trained to analyze risk and are typically employed by insurance companies, banks, the government, and companies that handle retirement funds.

33 upper division units of mathematics are required for this degree. If upper division requirements are fulfilled using transferred lower division courses, then additional upper division math courses will need to be taken to obtain the required number of upper division units.

A grade of "C-" or better is required for courses being used to meet any requirement in this major, including courses in preparation for the major

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements42
Of the 51 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major22-24
ECON 001A. Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics4
ECON 001B. Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsD14
ECON 101. Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 102. Macroeconomic Analysis3
BUS2 190. Quantitative Business Analysis3
MATH 100W. Technical Writing WorkshopZ3
Complete one course from:
MATH 050. Scientific Computing I2
MATH 109. Mathematical Software3
MATH 167. Programming in SAS3
CS 046A. Introduction to Programming4
CS 049C. Programming in C3
CS 049J. Programming in Java3
Requirement of the Major46-49
Lower Division Requirements13-15
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 042. Discrete Mathematics3
Complete one course from:
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 030P. Calculus I with PrecalculusB45
Upper Division Requirements18
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 133A. Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 161A. Applied Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 161B. Applied Probability and Statistics II3
MATH 163. Probability Theory3
MATH 178. Mathematical Modeling3
Complete one course from:
MATH 177. Linear and Non-Linear Optimization3
ISE 170. Operation Research3
Upper Division Electives9-10
Complete nine to ten units from:
BUS1 170. Fundamentals of Finance3
BUS1 172A. Investment Analysis3
BUS1 172B. Portfolio Management3
ECON 103. Introduction to Econometrics4
ECON 104. Mathematical Methods for Economics3
ECON 106. Managerial Economics3
ECON 138. Business and Economic Forecasting3
ECON 139. Principles of Investments3
ISE 167. System Simulation3
MATH 131A. Introduction to Analysis3
MATH 132. Advanced Calculus3
University Electives3-8

Total Units:120