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  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
Semester Catalog 2017-2018

Mathematics, B.S.


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The Bachelor of Science degree curriculum is designed to prepare students for positions in business, industry, or government, as well as for teaching mathematics in middle or high schools or graduate work in mathematics. (See Undergraduate Studies: General Information , especially the General Education section for information on requirements beyond those in the major.)

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics is 120-135 units, of which 81-105 units are in the major depending on the option selected.

The table below explains specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives in all four options.
 

Table A: Unit distribution for all four options


  Option I
(Applied Mathematics Option)
Option II (General Mathematics Option) Option III (Integrated Teaching Option) Option IV
(Traditional Teaching Option)
 
Lower division GE 30 30 30 30
Upper division GE 9 9 0 9
Lower division major core 33 33 33 33
Upper division major core 7 7 7 7
Option-specific required math courses 22 16 23 23
Option-specific education courses N/A N/A 39 N/A
Option-specific elective courses (elective science courses, related area courses or upper-division math/CS electives) 19 25 3 18
Total units 120 120 135 120

 

Requirements for the Major (81-105 units)


 A. Major Core Requirements (40 units)

B. Options Requirements


In addition to the major core requirements students must select one of the following options.

    I. Applied Mathematics Option
    II.  General Mathematics Option
    III.  Integrated Teaching Option
    IV. Traditional Teaching Option

I. Applied Mathematics Option (41 units)


This option prepares students for graduate work in applied mathematics or work in industry.

Students in this option should choose one upper-division (UD) General Education (GE) course from each category, with at least one course that has the Writing-Intensive (WI) designation.  (Consult the section in the catalog on General Education requirements for a detailed description of the UD GE categories.) 
 

Electives in Related Areas (5-7 units)


Select 5-7 units of courses in natural science, engineering, statistics, economics, or other areas from the list of approved related area courses.  This list is available on the Math Department website.

If you took CS 2012 for the Group IV required course, then select 7 units of related area elective courses.

If you took PHYS 2200, BIOL 1200, or CHEM 1100 for the Group IV required course, then select 5 units of related area elective courses.

Upper Division Electives (9 units)


Select three upper division courses in mathematics or computer science from the list of approved upper division courses.  This list is available on the Math Department website.

II. General Mathematics Option (41 units)


This option incorporates both pure and applied math courses to prepare students for graduate work in mathematics.

Students in this option should choose one upper-division (UD) General Education (GE) course from each category, with at least one course that has the Writing-Intensive (WI) designation.  (Consult the section in the catalog on General Education requirements for a detailed description of the UD GE categories.) 
 

Electives in Related Areas (8-10 units)


Select 8-10 units in courses in natural science, engineering, statistics, economics, or other areas from the list of approved related area courses.  This list is available on the Math Department website.

If you took CS 2012 for the Group IV required course, then select 10 units of related area elective courses.

If you took PHYS 2200, BIOL 1200, or CHEM 1100 for the Group IV required course, then select 8 units of related area elective courses.

Upper Division Electives (12 units)


Select an additional 12 units in mathematics or computer science from the list of approved upper division elective courses. This list is available on the Math Department website.

Teaching Options


In order to obtain a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics, students must complete 1) subject matter certification requirements and 2) teacher education coursework requirements.

             Option III (Integrated Teaching Option) satisfies  BOTH subject matter certification requirements and teacher education coursework requirements, including student teaching.

              Option IV (Traditional Teaching Option) satisfies ONLY subject matter certification requirements. Consequently, students in Option III graduate with a degree in mathematics that is subject matter certified and a preliminary credential that allows them to teach single subject mathematics, whereas students in Option IV graduate with a degree in mathematics that is subject matter certified, but with no preliminary credential.
 

Note:

Students in the teaching options must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses in the major. The WI (Writing Intensive) requirement is satisfied within the major for both teaching options.

 

III. Integrated Teaching Option (65 units)


Option III satisfies BOTH subject matter certification requirements and required teacher education coursework including student teaching. The students in this option are required to submit their credential application package to the Charter College of Education during their enrollment in Math 3950 and need to be admitted in the credential program before taking the capstone course Math 4901. Math 3950 must be completed prior to taking any 4000 level courses. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 units of coursework is required for admission in the credential program. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all professional education courses.

The UD GE requirement, the UD civic learning requirement and one diversity requirement are all addressed within the option.

Electives in Related Areas (3 units)


Select 3 units of courses in natural science, engineering, or computer science from the list of approved related area courses.  This list is available on the Math Department website.

Required Courses in Professional Education (39 units)


IV. Traditional Teaching Option (41 units)


Option IV satisfies the subject matter certification requirement for a single subject credential, but does not offer the preliminary credential. Students should consult the Charter College of Education for credential admission requirements at least two semesters prior to graduation.

Electives in Related Areas (7-9 units)


Select 7-9 units in courses in natural science, engineering, statistics, economics, or other areas from the list of approved related area courses. This list is available on the Math Department website.

If you took CS 2012 for the Group I required course, then select 9 units of related area elective courses.

If you took PHYS 2200, BIOL 1200, or CHEM 1100 for the Group I required course, then select 7 units of related area elective courses.

Upper Division Electives (6 units)


Select two upper division courses in mathematics or computer science from the list of approved upper division elective courses. This list is available on the Math Department website.

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