Double Majors and Dual Degrees

Students have the option to complete a double major in mathematics with any other major at OSU. Students also have the option to complete a dual degree in mathematics and any other major at OSU. Students should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss degree requirements.

Double Major/Dual Degree Program Outside of Math Department


Students wishing to add a Math/Actuarial Science double major or dual degree should complete the Math Major Information Session. After completing this session, students will be able to declare a their double major or dual degree.

Double Major:

Students earning a double major would complete the requirements for two majors while completing one baccalaureate degree.  Students pursuing a double major should remember:

  • Students must complete at least 18 independent hours in each major.
  • Students will receive one diploma at graduation.
  • Students must complete both majors before graduating.

Dual Degree:

Students earning a dual program would complete the requirements for two distinct degrees with different major and GE requirements.  Students pursuing a dual program should remember:

  • A petition must be filed and approved to graduate with two degrees.  (See your academic advisor for more details)
  • Students may not overlap any coursework between the two majors.
    • This does not pertain to the GE requirements that most colleges share already, just courses specifically used in the majors. 
  • 151 hours are required for graduation, of which 57 must be upper division hours.
  • Students will receive two diplomas at graduation -- one for each degree.
  • Students may earn the two degrees at one time, or separately.

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Mathematics and Actuarial Science Double Major


The Department of Mathematics allows students to complete a double major with Mathematics and Actuarial Science. Starting during the 2015-2016 academic year, the Department of Mathematics will only offer one curriculum for the Math and Actuarial Science double major. Students will not have the option to double major in a specific Math Track and Actuarial Science. Students should review the requirements for the double major below.

Students that have declared a Math and Actuarial Science double major before the 2015-2016 academic year may still follow the curriculum for the Math Track they declared and the Actuarial Science major. Students should contact their academic advisor to review their specific degree requirements.

Students may review the requirements and sample schedule for the Math and Actuarial Science double major on the Math and Actuarial Science Double Major Requirements and Sample Schedule [pdf] handout.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Math 1295 Introductory Math Major Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Math 1151 Calculus I (5 cr.)
  • Math 1152 Calculus II (5 cr.)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Acct 2000 Foundations of Accounting (3 cr.)
    • Acct 2200 Introduction to Accounting (3 cr.)
  • Econ 2001.01 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • Econ 2002.01 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CSE 1222 Introduction to Computer Programming in C++ (3 cr.)
    • CSE 1223 Introduction to Computer Programming in Java (3 cr.)
    • CSE 2111 Modeling and Problem Solving with Spreadsheets and Databases (3 cr.)

Math and Actuarial Science Double Major Course Requirements:

  • Core Requirements
  • Actuarial Science Requirements
    • Math 3588 Practicum in Actuarial Science (3 cr.)
    • Math 3618Theory of Interest (3 cr.)
    • Math 5630Life Contingencies I (3 cr.)
    • Math 5631Life Contingencies II (3 cr.)
    • Math 5632Financial Economics for Actuaries (3 cr.)
    • Choose one of the following:
    • Choose one of the following sequences:
      • Math 5633Math 5634Loss Models I & II (6 cr.)
      • Econ 5410 & Econ 5420 Econometrics I & II (6 cr.)
  • Mathematics Requirements
    • Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications (3 cr.)
    • Math 3345 Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3 cr.)
    • Math 4547 Introductory Analysis I (3 cr.)
    • Math 4548 Introductory Analysis II (3 cr.)
    • Math 4580 Abstract Algebra I (3 cr.)
    • Choose any 3 Math Elective Courses at 3000 level and above:

Recommended Math Elective Courses.

Exams: 1SOA P/ CAS 1   2SOA FM/CAS 2   3SOA MLC/CAS LC   4SOA MFE/CAS 3F   5SOA C/CAS 4

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Sample 4 Year Schedule


Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection. Students should complete the corresponding actuarial exam the semester after completing the correlate course.

Year 1


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 1151 5 Math 1152 5
ARTSSCI 1100.01 1 English 1110 3
Econ 2001 or 2002 3 Econ 2001 or 2002 3
GE 3 CSE 12221223 or CSE 2111 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17

 

Year 2


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 2153 4 Math 2568 3
Math 36182 3 Math 2255 3
Acct 2000 or Acct 2200 3 Math 3345 3
GE 3 Math 45301 or Stat 42011 3-4
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15-16

Year 3


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 56303 3 Math 56313 3
Math 4547 3 Math 4548 3
Math 56324 3 Math 3588 3
Stat 4202 4 GE 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15

Year 4


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 56335 or Econ 5410 3 Math 56345 or Econ 5420 3
Math 4580 3 Math Major Elective 3
Math Major Elective 3 Math Major Elective 3
BusFin 3120 or 3220 3 GE 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15

Exams: 1SOA P/ CAS 1   2SOA FM/CAS 2   3SOA MLC/CAS LC   4SOA MFE/CAS 3F   5SOA C/CAS 4

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