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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.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses in the Preparation and Required in the Major must be completed with a grade of "C- or better", and the following Preparation for the Major course with a grade of "C or better": MATH 100W

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
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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 167R. Statistical Programming with R3
CS 046A. Introduction to Programming4
CS 049C. Programming in C3
CS 049J. Programming in Java3
Requirements of the Major46-49
Lower Division Requirements13
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 030P or MATH 030PL may be used instead of MATH 030.
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 042. Discrete Mathematics3
Upper Division Requirements27-28
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 150. Theory of Interest3
MATH 161A. Applied Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 161B. Applied Probability and Statistics II3
MATH 163. Probability Theory3
MATH 164. Mathematical Statistics3
MATH 178. Mathematical Modeling3
Complete one course from:
CS 046B. Introduction to Data Structures4
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 143M. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
Complete one course from:
MATH 177. Linear and Non-Linear Optimization3
ISE 170. Operation Research3
Upper Division Electives6-8
Complete six to eight units from:
BUS1 170. Fundamentals of Finance3
BUS1 172A. Investment Analysis3
BUS1 172B. Portfolio Management3
BUS1 173A. Financial Management: Theory and Policy3
ECON 103. Intro 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
MATH 134. Ord. Diff. Eqns and Dynamical Systems3
University Electives1-6

Total Units:120