Mathematics | LSU Majors


You like to decipher the world around you through numbers, geometry, and topology.

About Mathematics

If you’re a natural-born “mathlete,” a degree in mathematics can lead to a career in many exciting areas, including actuarial science, mathematics, statistics, and secondary education. You can also pursue a graduate degree or professional degree in fields such as law and business. 

Concentrations Available

Actuarial Science

About two-thirds of all actuaries work for life, health, and property/casualty insurance companies. Actuarial responsibilities in these fields generally include making sure that companies properly define and carefully evaluate the insurance risk, charge a fair price to assume the risk, and have an efficient system to pay claims and expenses as they occur while operating profitably as a business.

Computational Mathematics

In this area of concentration, your course work will focus on the mathematics behind numerical procedures and computer algorithms. It is recommended for students interested in careers grappling with tomorrow’s large-scale numerical problems.

Mathematical Statistics

This field of study emphasizes mathematical analysis, probability, and some practical statistics courses to prepare you for graduate school in statistics or a career in practical statistics. Through this program, which was developed in cooperation with the Department of Experimental Statistics, you may obtain a minor in experimental statistics by taking a proper choice of required electives and one additional class.

Secondary Education

This area of concentration allows you to pursue an undergraduate degree in mathematics and earn a secondary teaching certificate at the same time though the LSU GeauxTeach Math & Science program.

Possible Careers

  • Actuary
  • Computational mathematician
  • Grades 6-12 teacher (with proper certification)
  • Insurance company executive
  • Logician
  • Risk management specialist
  • School administrator
  • Special education teacher
  • Statistician
  • Theoretical mathematics researcher

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 credit hours in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.5 LSU and cumulative GPA (2.5 GPA for transfer)
  • grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1001
  • grade of "C" or better in all math and science courses
  • grade of "C" or better in any of the following: Math 1022, Math 1023, Math 1550, or Math 1551

Senior College

College of Science


B.S., Bachelor of Science

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math:  High Intensity
  • Business & Economics:  Medium Intensity
  • Electives:  Medium Intensity

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