Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics

Course Planning Specifics: Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics

Before coming to campus you are expected to register for your A and B term classes. It is expected that you will take three classes in both terms in most cases. You will register for C and D term classes in December.

In addition to the course recommendations below that are specific to your major, each student must complete 4 PE courses in their four years at WPI. You are welcome to add a PE course to any term. PE courses are worth 1/12 unit, unlike major subjects discussed in course recommendations which are worth 1/3 unit, and can be taken in addition to the 3 courses recommended below.

For more information on the degree requirements for your major click here.

A Term Recommendations

We suggest that all Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics Majors take the course MA 1801 – Denksport (1/12 unit). This fun and interactive course involves problem solving sessions as well as learning about different areas of mathematics and potential career options.

Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics majors generally start with courses in calculus, either the traditional sequence MA1021 – MA 1024, or the theoretical sequence MA 1033 and MA 1034.

To choose the calculus course that is right for you, please consider the following:

  1. Complete the Math Placement Exam. The Math Placement Exam will tell you which Calculus course you should start in based on your current knowledge. If you are recommended to start in MA 1020, this will be your math course for both terms.
  2. Consider if you have AP Credit:
    Students who obtain a score of “4” or “5” on the AB-level Exam will receive credit for MA 1021 and MA 1022 and should begin with MA 1023/1033 in A term followed by MA 1024/1034 in B term.
    Students who obtain a grade of “4” or “5” on the BC-level Exam will receive credit for MA 1021, MA 1022 and MA 1023 and could begin with MA 1024 in A-term then MA 2051 in B-term, OR MA 1033 in A-term followed by MA 1034 in B-term. Students who obtain BC credit for MA 1021/1022/1023 are able to receive credit for both MA 1023 and MA 1033.
  3. Students who received a 6 or 7 on the IB will receive 2/3 credit of MA 1000, and should use the math placement exam results to decide which math class to take.
  4. Consider the possibility of retroactive credit. If the Math Placement Exam recommends that you start in MA 1022 or MA 1023/1033 but you do not have AP credit, this could be a great option for you. If, in your first year, you complete MA 1022 and MA 1023/1033 on your first attempt you will receive credit for MA 1021. If, in your first year, you complete MA 1023/1033 and MA 1024/1034 on your first attempt you will receive credit for MA 1021 and MA 1022.  In determining if this is the right path for you, we strongly recommend completing the Math Placement exam and following the suggestion given to you. 

The sequence MA 1033 Theoretical Calculus III and MA 1034 Theoretical Calculus IV is an alternative to the MA 1023, MA 1024 sequence in A and B terms. The sequence is designed to give a deeper and more mathematically rigorous presentation of the relevant calculus topics. If you really enjoy math and have credit for Calculus I and II already, you should consider this sequence instead of the MA 1023-MA 1024 sequence.

For those students entering with AP credit or transfer credit for the calculus sequence, we suggest courses such as Ordinary Differential Equations (MA 2051) and Linear Algebra (MA 2071).

 

Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics majors need to take at least two Science courses during their time at WPI. For their second course in A term they could consider taking their first of those courses. 

Actuarial Mathematics majors should consider taking economics as one of their three courses in each of A (Econ 1110) and B (Econ 1110 or Econ 1120) terms.  Or, for Actuarial Majors who already have credit for MA 1021 and MA 1022 and who want to jump right in to introductory courses in their field of study, consider taking Theory of Interest I MA 2211 in A-term and Theory of Interest II MA 2212 in B-term. 

Your third course should be a GPS, Humanities and Arts, or Computer Science course. More information is available about these courses below. 

GPS stands for Great Problems Seminar is a course that is exclusively for first year students and allow students to learn about a problem in the world and work with a group on how to fix it. These courses are helpful with the transition to college as well as useful for students when preparing for projects such as IQP and MQP in junior and senior year. GPS courses run for both A and B term, so you will only need to choose one. For more information click here.

Every student at WPI must complete the Humanities and Arts (HUA) Requirement. This consists of 6 courses in HUA subjects. The subjects available for HUA are:

  • Art (AR)
  • Music (MU)
  • Drama/Theatre (EN/TH)
  • Foreign Language- Spanish (SP), German (GN), Arabic (AB), Chinese (CN)
    • For Spanish Placement Information, Please Email: Professor Angel Rivera (arivera@wpi.edu)
    • For German Placement Information, Please Email: Professor Daniel DiMassa (ddimassa@wpi.edu)
    • For Arabic Placement Information, Please Email: Professor Mohammed El Hamzaoui (melhamzaoui@wpi.edu)
    • For Chinese Placement Information, Please Email: Professor Huili Zheng (hzheng2@wpi.edu)
  • Literature (EN)
  • Writing/Rhetoric (WR, RH)
  • International Student English (ISE)
  • History (HI)
  • International Studies (INTL)
  • Philosophy (PY)
  • Religion (RE)

You should pick courses in subjects you are interested in. When you come to campus you will learn more about the HUA requirement and how you will complete it. 

Mathematical Science Majors and Actuarial Science Majors are required to take two Computer Science courses in their time at WPI. For their third course they could consider taking their first of these courses. Good options are CS 1004: Introduction to Programming for Non-Majors or CS 1101: Introduction to Programming. 

B Term Recommendations

We suggest that all Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics Majors take the course MA 1801 – Denksport (1/12 unit). This fun and interactive course involves problem solving sessions as well as learning about different areas of mathematics and potential career options.

Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics majors generally start with courses in calculus, either the traditional sequence MA1021 – MA 1024, or the theoretical sequence MA 1033 and MA 1034.

To choose the calculus course that is right for you, please consider the following:

  1. Complete the Math Placement Exam. The Math Placement Exam will tell you which Calculus course you should start in based on your current knowledge. If you are recommended to start in MA 1020, this will be your math course for both terms.
  2. Consider if you have AP Credit:
    Students who obtain a score of “4” or “5” on the AB-level Exam will receive credit for MA 1021 and MA 1022 and should begin with MA 1023/1033 in A term followed by MA 1024/1034 in B term.
    Students who obtain a grade of “4” or “5” on the BC-level Exam will receive credit for MA 1021, MA 1022 and MA 1023 and could begin with MA 1024 in A-term then MA 2051 in B-term, OR MA 1033 in A-term followed by MA 1034 in B-term. Students who obtain BC credit for MA 1021/1022/1023 are able to receive credit for both MA 1023 and MA 1033.
  3. Students who received a 6 or 7 on the IB will receive 2/3 credit of MA 1000, and should use the math placement exam results to decide which math class to take.
  4. Consider the possibility of retroactive credit. If the Math Placement Exam recommends that you start in MA 1022 or MA 1023/1033 but you do not have AP credit, this could be a great option for you. If, in your first year, you complete MA 1022 and MA 1023/1033 on your first attempt you will receive credit for MA 1021. If, in your first year, you complete MA 1023/1033 and MA 1024/1034 on your first attempt you will receive credit for MA 1021 and MA 1022.  In determining if this is the right path for you, we strongly recommend completing the Math Placement exam and following the suggestion given to you. 

The sequence MA 1033 Theoretical Calculus III and MA 1034 Theoretical Calculus IV is an alternative to the MA 1023, MA 1024 sequence in A and B terms. The sequence is designed to give a deeper and more mathematically rigorous presentation of the relevant calculus topics. If you really enjoy math and have credit for Calculus I and II already, you should consider this sequence instead of the MA 1023-MA 1024 sequence.

For those students entering with AP credit or transfer credit for the calculus sequence, we suggest courses such as Ordinary Differential Equations (MA 2051) and Linear Algebra (MA 2071).

 

Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics majors need to take at least two Science courses during their time at WPI. For their second course in B term they could consider taking their first or second of those courses dependent upon their  A term schedule. 

Actuarial Mathematics majors should consider taking economics as one of their three courses in each of A (Econ 1110) and B (Econ 1110 or Econ 1120) terms.  Or, for Actuarial Majors who already have credit for MA 1021 and MA 1022 and who want to jump right in to introductory courses in their field of study, consider taking Theory of Interest I MA 2211 in A-term and Theory of Interest II MA 2212 in B-term. 

Your third course should be a GPS, Humanities and Arts, or Computer Science course. More information is available about these courses below. 

GPS stands for Great Problems Seminar is a course that is exclusively for first year students and allow students to learn about a problem in the world and work with a group on how to fix it. These courses are helpful with the transition to college as well as useful for students when preparing for projects such as IQP and MQP in junior and senior year. GPS courses run for both A and B term, so you will only need to choose one. For more information click here.

Every student at WPI must complete the Humanities and Arts (HUA) Requirement. This consists of 6 courses in HUA subjects. The subjects available for HUA are:

  • Art (AR)
  • Music (MU)
  • Drama/Theatre (EN/TH)
  • Foreign Language- Spanish (SP), German (GN), Arabic (AB), Chinese (CN)
    • For Spanish Placement Information, Please Email: Professor Angel Rivera (arivera@wpi.edu)
    • For German Placement Information, Please Email: Professor Daniel DiMassa (ddimassa@wpi.edu)
    • For Arabic Placement Information, Please Email: Professor Mohammed El Hamzaoui (melhamzaoui@wpi.edu)
    • For Chinese Placement Information, Please Email: Professor Huili Zheng (hzheng2@wpi.edu)
  • Literature (EN)
  • Writing/Rhetoric (WR, RH)
  • International Student English (ISE)
  • History (HI)
  • International Studies (INTL)
  • Philosophy (PY)
  • Religion (RE)

You should pick courses in subjects you are interested in. When you come to campus you will learn more about the HUA requirement and how you will complete it. 

Mathematical Science Majors and Actuarial Science Majors are required to take two Computer Science courses in their time at WPI. For their third course they could consider taking their first of these courses. Good options are CS 1004: Introduction to Programming for Non-Majors or CS 1101: Introduction to Programming. 

Once you go through the above recommendations, please be sure to review Registration Information so you know how to register on June 22, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST.

Registration Information

To begin to plan your schedule for next fall, you should use the WPI Planner. This resource can assist you in searching for available courses before building out a saved schedule in Workday, WPI's course registration software.

PRE-REGISTRATION PREP

  • Watch the 10 min. overview video
  • Login to Workday
  • Use Find Course Sections to build at least one Saved Schedule for A-Term, B-Term, and if you're taking any 10 or 14 week classes, Fall Semester (instructions)

JUNE 22, 4PM ET: REGISTER

  • Login to Workday

  • Open a browser tab or window for A-Term, B-Term, and Fall Semester (if you have any 10 or 14 week classes) and View My Saved Schedules for each

  • [Optional] Open tabs for alternate course sections from other Saved Schedules or search results

  • When registration opens, click Start Registration, then click Register (instructions)

  • Open View My Courses, scroll right to Drop or Swap (instructions)

  • Waitlisted? If a spot opens, a notification will be sent to your WPI email asking you to login to Workday and take action