Concentrations with the Major
The following list of course sequences for certain professions is given as a preliminary
guide to students with interests in these professions. Students should speak with
the Undergraduate Program Director and faculty members specializing in these areas
as early as possible for more specific information.
Actuary: The Applied Mathematics and Statistics major can be tailored to provide an excellent preparation for a career as an actuary. Dozens of Applied Math and Statistics majors now work as actuaries. It is possible for a student to pass five actuarial exams while an undergraduate at Stony Brook. For details, see Actuarial Training.
Financial Quant: AMS 301, 310, 311, 315, 316, 318, 320 and 412.
Statistician: AMS 301, 310, 311 , 315, 316, 342, 394 and 412. For more information about careers in statistics, see Statistics Careers . A Master's degree is the expected professional training for a practicing statistician. For students considering a graduate program in statistics, a strong foundation in mathematics is highly recommended, such as MAT 310 or MAT 320 courses.
Operations Researcher or Management Scientist: AMS 301, 310, 311, 341, and 342. For more information about careers in operations research, see Operations Research Careers . A Master's degree is the expected professional training for practicing operations researchers. For students considering a graduate program in operations research, a strong foundation in mathematics is highly recommended, such as MAT 310 or MAT 320 courses.
Programmer-Analyst: AMS 301, 310, 311, 325, and 341 along with appropriate computer science courses such as CSE 114 and 214.
Graduate Study in the Mathematical Sciences: The most common choice for graduate study among Applied Math and Statistics majors is a Master's degree in statistics or operations research. See the advice above regarding undergraduate coursework in statistics and operations research. Many Applied Math and Statistics majors go to professional schools-- Business, Law, Medical, or Dental-- upon graduation. See the Applied Math and Statistics Undergraduate Program Director, Professor Esther Arkin, for personal advising about graduate study.
Secondary School Mathematics Teacher: Students preparing for a career as a teacher of mathematics in the secondary schools enroll in the Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program. Students in this program can major in either Mathematics or Applied Math and Statistics. Consult Director of this program in the Mathematics Department for further information.