Prospective Math and Actuarial Majors

Mathematics is a tool for understanding our world and trying to solve its problems. Mathematical models are used in such diverse areas as determining the shape of aircraft’s wings for maximum lift, analyzing disease spread and control, and simulating network flows for efficient transportation systems. Mathematics also requires imagination, necessitating abstract and formalized thought on the one hand and creativity and intuition on the other. All people, in every trade and profession, use mathematics in their personal and professional lives. Thus, almost all university students will take formal courses to acquire the use of mathematical tools.

Department of Mathematics at OSU


The mathematics major introduces students to the areas of real and complex analysis, number theory, abstract algebra, logic, and other fields. Mathematics study can be designed to support different career goals, such as employment in business and industry, pre-professional education, or preparation for graduate school.

High School and Transfers Pursuing Mathematics at OSU


All high school students aspiring to college should take the strongest college preparatory program their school offers, including precalculus (analysis). They should also include Advanced Placement math courses if offered in their high school and take the Calculus Advanced Placement Examination, if possible. Note that while taking a probability and statistics class may be beneficial for natural science and social science classes in college, it does not maintain the algebraic skills necessary to pursue further study of mathematics and should not substitute for taking precalculus or AP calculus in the senior year of high school. 

Students and parents interested in visiting The Ohio State University can schedule a tour with Undergraduate Admissions and can also schedule a sit down with the Math Advisors to learn about a specific math department major or track. Students interested in meeting with a Math Advisor in the Department of Mathematics to learn more about a particular major should schedule a prospective student visit.

For the Math Advisor to provide a more personalized plan, high school students visiting are encouraged to bring a list of AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment classes they have or will have completed before attending OSU. Transfer students are encouraged to bring unofficial transcripts for the same purpose.

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Current OSU Students Pursuing Mathematics at OSU


Students currently attending OSU wishing to switch their major to Mathematics or Actuarial Science need to complete an information session before adding the major. Students will need to complete the Math Major Information Session to add a math major, or the Actuarial Science Major Information Session to add the actuarial science major or the math and actuarial science double major.

Request to be added to the Math Major or Actuarial Science Major Information Session in Carmen.

Students should work through these Carmen courses at their own pace to learn about the Department of Mathematics and the programs offered. After reviewing all of the sections, and completing the quizzes and surveys the Carmen course will automatically recognize you have completed the course.After completing the Carmen course, students can make an appointment with an Academic Advisor in the Department of Mathematics. During this appointment students will have the opportunity to ask further questions about the major as well as declare if desired.

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