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

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
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
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major24-26
ECON 001A. Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics4
ECON 001B. Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsD14
ECON 101. Microeconomic Analysis4
ECON 102. Macroeconomic Analysis4
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
Requirements of the Major46-52
Lower Division Requirements13-16
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
MATH 030PL. Calculus I with PrecalculusB46
Upper Division Requirements24
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 134. Ord. Diff. Eqns and Dynamical Systems3
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 Electives9-12
Complete nine to twelve 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 Economics4
ECON 106. Managerial Economics4
ECON 138. Business and Economic Forecasting4
ECON 139. Principles of Investments4
ISE 167. System Simulation3
MATH 131A. Introduction to Analysis3
MATH 132. Advanced Calculus3
Only one of MATH 131A or MATH 132 may be taken
University Electives0-5

Total Units:120