May 26, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Mathematics, Actuarial Science Track, BS

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About Mathematics

LR’s Mathematics program strives for academic excellence by offering rigorous courses designed to challenge the qualified and motivated student and to liberate the mind through an emphasis on quantitative and abstract reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking, and strong communication skills. The courses in Mathematics are designed to convey the logical structure of mathematics and prepare students to apply mathematical models to various areas of problem solving and analysis.

The Actuarial Science track is designed for students preparing for a career as an actuary. The course work combines a strong foundation in mathematics and statistics combined with computing, economics, and business. The Actuarial Science Track leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Due to the generous endowment established by the estate of Donald and Helen Schort, Lenoir Rhyne’s Mathematics students have access to learning resources and experiences rarely available to undergraduates. Mathematics majors have a number of opportunities to gain firsthand experience outside the classroom. Faculty and students regularly travel to both regional and national professional conferences. Here they learn about mathematics, applications, and career opportunities in the field, as well as interact with professionals and other students from other institutions. Our campus math club, Ursa Mathematica, sponsors numerous math-themed events and activities throughout the school year. In addition, our University hosts several math-related events each year, such as the North Carolina High State School Mathematics Contest, which students help to manage and organize.

Career Opportunities

A background in mathematics is extremely useful for a wide variety of career options. A major or minor in Mathematics prepares students for positions in business, industry, government, or education, or for entry into graduate programs. In fact, a recent study showed that the top 15 highest earning college degrees all have a common element: significant competency in mathematics. Many professions require mathematical proficiency-particularly in the natural and medical sciences. But in practically all cases, the study of math assists students in building logical, analytical and problem-solving skills that apply to generally any profession.

Accordingly, professional opportunities are substantial for mathematics majors: teaching at the K-12 or college levels; actuarial science, statistics and natural or social scientific research; engineering; operations management; cryptography and security operations; computing sciences; and business and finance. In essence, wherever numerical literacy is necessary in the profession, opportunities will exist for the mathematician.

Major Requirements

The Mathematics major can earn BS degree.


Students majoring in Mathematics and judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in Mathematics. To graduate ”With Honors in Mathematics,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and complete nine credits of honors course work in Mathematics, including MAT 498  and MAT 499 . In addition, they must complete an original thesis to be submitted for approval of the faculty and pass an oral defense of their research.

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

Graduation Requirements (4 hours)

General Education Requirements  

Technical Requirements (0-3 Hours)

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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