Pitt-Johnstown Mathematics BS Option


The Department of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown currently offers two options in its Mathematics major.

The Applied Option is a typical degree in mathematics with an added minor from within the natural sciences. Many undergraduate Mathematics and Computer Science majors choose to pursue a dual major in both areas.

The Actuarial Option is primarily designed for those students that wish to pursue employment in the actuarial sciences but those graduates can easily pursue any of the directions mentioned on the Applied Option page. Actuaries study risk analysis.  For more information on a career in actuarial mathematics, visit the Society of Actuaries.

The main course of study for Mathematics majors in both options includes a core of fundamental courses in the discipline as well as related technology component.  Upon completion of the core courses, the two options differ only in that the Applied Option requires a minor from a related area within the natural sciences (currently there are minors offered in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Psychology), while the Actuarial Option replaces that minor with a concentration of courses in Business and Economics.  A minor in Mathematics is also offered.

Core courses include Calculus I, II and III, Discrete Mathematics, Introduction to Theoretical Mathematics, Technical Speaking in Mathematics, Introduction to Probability and Statistics I and II, Mathematics Seminar 1 (technology), Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Perspectives in Computer Science, and ADAH Programming.

An example of a first-year plan:

Fall Term

Math 02x1 Calculus (I, II or III depending on placement and any transfer credits) - 4 credits
Math 0401 Discrete Math - 3 credits
CS 0100 Perspectives in CS - 3 credits
General Studies - 6 credits

Spring Term

Math 02x1 Calculus (II or III depending on fall schedule) - 4 credits
Math 1012 Intro to Theoretical Math - 3 credits
CS 0410-0411 Intro to CS Programming w/Lab - 4 credits
Bus 0115 or Econ 105 (or 0115) - 3 credits
General Studies - 3 credits