Our department shares the university's mission of providing a superior, student-centered education. Of the many activities we pursue, from scholarship and research to community outreach, we never lose sight of the fact that teaching undergraduate mathematics is the most important thing we do

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Education in mathematics assists you in developing, to your fullest potential, mathematical reasoning, communication, and problem-solving skills. If you choose to major in mathematics, you are provided opportunities to develop strong problem-solving skills that use quantitative methods and appropriate technology. You will learn the strengths, limitations, and wide applicability of mathematical modeling in a variety of disciplines. You will develop an appreciation for the discipline and esthetics of mathematics, effectiveness in problem solving, and an appropriate understanding of theory.

The actuarial science major provides you with the necessary background coursework for a career as an actuary. Actuaries are professionals who assemble and analyze data to estimate the probability and likely cost of an event such as death, sickness, injury, disability, or loss of property. It is consistently one of the most secure and highest-paying professions available, even during tough economic times. Pacific is one of only five schools in California to offer an undergraduate program in actuary science.

This program offers an opportunity for you to develop the skills expected of entry-level actuaries, equipping you with the tools to help companies and businesses to better anticipate and manage risk. The program also prepares students for the first five professional actuarial credentialing exams (Exam P, Exam FM, Exam IFM, Exam LTAM, or Exam STAM).

I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What Is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) If you are a transfer student with 16 or more transfer units, you will need to complete two additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society

o IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior

o IB. U.S. Studies

o IC. Global Studies

  • Human Heritage

o IIA. Literature, Letters and Language

o IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns

o IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts

  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought

o IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences

o IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought

o IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science

Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Quantitative analysis

Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

III. Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.).

IV. Major Requirements
Minimum 46 units and 13 courses, including:

  • MATH 051 Calculus I
  • MATH 053 Calculus II
  • MATH 055 Calculus III
  • MATH 057 Applied Differential Equations I
  • MATH 121 Financial Mathematics I
  • MATH 131 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
  • MATH 075 Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 145 Applied Linear Algebra
  • COMP 051 Introduction to Computer Science
  • Two of the following math electives (minimum 3 units per course)
    • MATH 037 Introduction to Statistics and Probability
    • MATH 122 Financial Mathematics II
    • MATH 124 Models of Financial Mathematics II
    • MATH 125 Actuarial Models I
    • MATH 126 Actuarial Models II
    • MATH 127 Models of Life Contingencies I
    • MATH 128 Models of Life Contingencies II
    • MATH 130 Topics in Applied Statistics
    • MATH 132 Probability and Mathematical Statistics II
    • MATH 133 Topics in Applied Statistics II
  • Two of the following math science electives (minimum 3 units per course)
    • BUSI 104 Operation Management
    • BUSI 105 Financial Management
    • BUSI 123 Investment Analysis
    • BUSI 125 Intermediate Financial Management
    • BUSI 188 Data Analysis
    • ECON 160 Mathematical Economics
    • ECON 161 Computer Applications in Economics
    • ECON 190 Econometrics
    • COMP 047 Discrete Math for Computer Science
    • COMP 137 Parallel Computing
    • COMP 147 Computing Theory
    • COMP 151 Artificial Intelligence


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Department of Mathematics

Classroom Building 106
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton CA 95211