Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Chair or Program Director: 

Michael C. Ackerman, Ph.D., Chair
Pasteur Hall 006I, Phone 502.272.8125,


Michael J. Bankhead, MSc; William E. Fenton, Ph.D.; Anne M. Raymond, Ph.D.; Ryan K. Therkelsen, Ph.D.; Susan C. White, Ph.D.; Daylene Zielinski, Ph.D.

Mathematics is much more than a collection of methods for solving problems or a set of recipes for analyzing quantitative situations. Mathematics is a powerful mode of inquiry that uses careful logical analysis to reveal and understand relationships between number, functions, shapes, and sets. It has been called the science of patterns. Mathematics is also a creative endeavor and great theorems are its works of art. Our programs strive to actively engage students with this dual nature of mathematics, presenting the power of its methods and revealing the beauty of the underlying theory.

A student who majors in mathematics will find herself/himself in demand after graduation. The reasoning skills developed by the study of mathematics are prized by employers from nearly all walks of business and government, and the supply of people with quantitative training continues to be below the demand. Opportunities for continued study also abound. Graduate programs in economics, law, meteorology, operations research, and mathematics welcome our graduates.

Mission of the Mathematics Department

The Department of Mathematics supports the mission of Bellarmine University by striving to develop in our students the “intellectual” and “professional competencies for successful living, work, leadership and service to others.”

  1. To enhance the quantitative reasoning skills of undergraduate students by educating them in the use of graphical and symbolic representations to understand quantitative relationships.
  2. To educate undergraduate majors in the primary content and methods of mathematics, as preparation for careers and for graduate study.
  3. To have departmental faculty who are actively engaged in the mathematics profession through scholarly activity.
  4. To participate in the activities of academic citizenship in the college, university, and the broader mathematical community.
  5. Upon completion of the undergraduate program in mathematics or actuarial science, the successful student will:
    • exhibit skills in problem solving.
    • exhibit the ability to communicate mathematical ideas.
    • demonstrate a reasonable proficiency at understanding and creating mathematical proofs.
    • demonstrate an awareness of a broad variety of applications, both in and out of mathematics.
    • demonstrate reasonable proficiency with major topics from important subfields of mathematics.
    • (B.S. in Actuarial Science only) demonstrate application of mathematical principles in an actuarial context.

The Mathematics major is designed to fulfill these goals. The intent is to prepare a student for a career that uses her/his mathematical abilities, or for further study at the graduate level. Students majoring in Mathematics are encouraged to complete a minor in an area in which Mathematics is applied, such as Computer Science or Economics.

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