Today’s employers recognize that a degree in mathematics equals real-world problem solving skills. Plus, the average starting salary for those with a math degree is one of the highest in the nation. These facts add up to one conclusion—a degree in math from LHU can provide you with exponential opportunities.

What You'll Study

Traditional Track

The traditional track for a B.S. in Mathematics is designed to incorporate both pure and applied mathematics within a strong liberal arts framework and to prepare you for work in business, industry, government, or for graduate work in the mathematical sciences.

Topics covered include:

  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Elements of Linear Algebra
  • Real Analysis I


Student Learning Outcomes

Actuarial Track

*This major is no longer accepting new applications

Actuarial science applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries. Actuaries must demonstrate their qualifications by passing a series of professional examinations of the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries. Using their broad knowledge of statistics, finance, and business, actuaries help design insurance policies, pension plans, and other financial strategies in a manner which will help ensure that the plans are maintained on a sound financial basis.

Topics covered include:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Actuarial Mathematics



Mathematics Minor

*This major is no longer accepting new applications

You may wish to enhance your skills in quantitative aspects of the chosen major. A minor in mathematics can be selected to achieve this goal. Topics covered include:

  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra




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Program Highlights

  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
  • Math Club: The math department is home to an active Math Club. Each year, the club volunteers at the Children’s Festival held on LHU’s campus. In addition, its yearly activities include trips to math conferences where the topics range from the mathematics behind magic to constructing puzzles.
  • LHU SMART Center: The SMART Center serves as a resource for education majors (science, mathematics, elementary education), and mathematics and science majors. The purpose of the center is to provide a facility for students, faculty, and teachers to collaborate on research projects and on the improvement of the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. The center is equipped with:
    • Computers
    • Mathematical software (Minitab, Mathematica, Geometer Sketchpad)
    • Teaching manipulatives (attribute blocks, geoboards, base-10 blocks, geometric solids, mathematics puzzles and games)
    • Textbooks for lesson plans and unit plans
    • Smart board
  • Internships: Students in BS Actuarial Science are required to complete two credit hours of internship or independent research projects during the final semester.
  • Careers: A degree in math will prepare you for work in business, industry, government, the actuarial profession, or graduate work. Our recent graduates have gone to work or pursued graduate studies in places like:
    • Keane group
    • All State Insurance
    • University of Pittsburg
    • University of Michigan
    • Western Michigan University

  • Facilities:  Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.

Want to Know More?

Department of Mathematics

Dr. Richard Mikula
422 Robinson Learning Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2272

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