Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program is designed for the student who, upon graduation, plans to pursue graduate studies in mathematics, begin a career in mathematics or closely related field, or pursue teaching. We offer three distinct concentrations. Students are encouraged to speak to a mathematics faculty advisor to select the appropriate concentration and elective courses that will best fit their career goals. 

The General Mathematics Concentration provides a deep level of study in mathematics and includes advanced topics in real analysis and algebra, which are prerequisites for many graduate programs. This concentration requires a total of 64-67 units of coursework; of those, up to 13 units may be selected from courses that count towards the University's General Education requirements in categories A3, B1 or B2, B3, B4, and the requirement for an upper-division writing-intensive course.

The Applied Mathematics Concentration combines mathematics coursework with coursework options in actuarial science, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, geography, and physics. This concentration requires a total of 67-74 units of coursework; of those, up to 16 units may be selected from courses that count towards the University's General Education requirements in categories A3, B1, B2, B3, B4, and the requirement for an upper-division writing-intensive course.

The Teaching Mathematics Concentration is recommended for prospective secondary mathematics teachers and includes courses designed to help build the specialized content knowledge necessary for successful teaching. The mathematics requirements of this concentration (including the core mathematics requirements for the B.S.) comprise a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved subject matter preparation program. Subject Matter Competence (SMC) for the Single Subject Teaching Credential may be demonstrated by completion of all lower and upper division mathematics requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Teaching Concentration with (1) a 2.7 GPA or higher, and (2) no grade lower than a C (2.0) in those courses. Students who meet this standard do not need to verify SMC through the CSET exam. Students who do NOT meet this standard may be required to take the CSET exams to verify SMC. Note that this demonstration of SMC is required for the Single Subject Teaching Credential, but is not a requirement of the B.S. degree. This concentration requires a total of 63-64 units of coursework; of those, up to 9 units count towards the University's General Education requirements in categories A3, B4, and the requirement for an upper-division writing-intensive course.

Requirements (63-74 units)

Total units required for graduation: 120

Requirements for the B.S. in Mathematics

Lower-division requirements (22-23)
MATH 2210Calculus I4
MATH 2220Calculus II4
MATH 2265Statistics with Applications3
MATH 2310Applied Linear Algebra4
MATH 2320Multivariable Calculus4
Select one of the following CSE courses:3-4
Critical Thinking Through Computer Programming
Programming Basics
Computer Science I
Upper-division requirements (15)
MATH 3100Mathematical Thinking: Communication and Proof4
MATH 3329Euclidean Geometry with Transformations3
MATH 4300Real Analysis4
MATH 4600Theory of Rings and Fields4
Note: Math 3100 satisfies the GE upper-division Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.
Concentration (26-36)
Students must complete one of the three concentrations listed below:26-36
Total Units63-74

Concentrations (26-36 Units)

General Mathematics Concentration (27-29 units)

(Program Code: MATH)

Lower-division requirements (6-8)
MATH 2270Differential Equations with Dynamical Systems I3
In addition to the lower-division CSE requirement, select one 2000-level course from the following: BIOL, CHEM, CSE, ECON, GEOG, PHIL, and PHYS, with the exception of ECON 2000, GEOG 2000, GEOG 2200, and GEOG 2201.3-5
Upper-division requirements (6)
MATH 5300Advanced Real Analysis3
MATH 5600Group Theory3
Electives (15)
Five courses (15 units) selected from the following with at least one course from each of Group A, Group B, and Group C. 15
Group A:
Number Theory
Combinatorics
Introduction to Graph Theory
Group B:
Differential Equations with Dynamical Systems II
Partial Differential Equations & Fourier Analysis
Group C:
Differential Geometry
Complex Analysis
Advanced Linear Algebra
Advanced Topics in Geometry
Introduction to Topology
Group D:
Mathematical Interest Theory
Probability Theory
Topics in History of Mathematics
Introduction to Actuarial Modeling
Linear Statistical Models
Topics in Advanced Mathematics
Mathematical Statistics
Independent Study
Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics
Total Units27-29

Applied Mathematics Concentration (30-36 units)

(Program Code: MAAM)

Lower-division requirements (9-13)
MATH 2270Differential Equations with Dynamical Systems I3
In addition to the lower-division CSE requirement, select two 2000-level courses totaling 6 units or more from the following: BIOL, CHEM, CSE, ECON, GEOG, PHIL, and PHYS with the exception of ECON 2000, GEOG 2000, GEOG 2200, and GEOG 2201.6-10
Upper-division requirements (3)
MATH 5310Advanced Linear Algebra3
Electives (18-20)
Six courses (18-20 units) selected from the following with four courses from Group A and two courses from Group B. At least three elective courses must be chosen from the 4000-level or above.18-20
Group A:
Mathematical Interest Theory
Combinatorics
Probability Theory
Introduction to Graph Theory
Differential Equations with Dynamical Systems II
Introduction to Actuarial Modeling
Linear Statistical Models
Partial Differential Equations & Fourier Analysis
Mathematical Statistics
One upper-division course from BIOL, CHEM, CSE, ECON, GEOG, or PHYS selected in consultation with an advisor
Group B:
Number Theory
Topics in History of Mathematics
Differential Geometry
Complex Analysis
Advanced Real Analysis
Topics in Advanced Mathematics
Advanced Topics in Geometry
Introduction to Topology
Group Theory
Independent Study
Total Units30-36

Teaching Mathematics Concentration (26 units)

(Program Code: MATM)

Lower-division requirements (4)
MATH 2900Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning for Teachers I4
Upper-division requirements (16)
MATH 3345Number Theory 3
MATH 3460Probability Theory3
MATH 3480Topics in History of Mathematics3
MATH 4900Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning for Teachers II4
MATH 5900Senior Seminar for Future Mathematics Educators3
Electives (6)
Two courses (6 units) selected from the following with at least one course from Group A.6
Group A:
Complex Analysis
Advanced Real Analysis
Advanced Linear Algebra
Advanced Topics in Geometry
Introduction to Topology
Mathematical Statistics
Group Theory
Group B:
Differential Equations with Dynamical Systems I
Introduction to Systems Modeling
Mathematical Interest Theory
Combinatorics
Introduction to Graph Theory
Introduction to Actuarial Modeling
Linear Statistical Models
Differential Geometry
Topics in Advanced Mathematics
Independent Study
Total Units26