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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the nature of mathematical proof and be able to write clear and concise proofs.
  2. Develop the ability to read, understand, and use basic definitions in linear and abstract algebra and real analysis, and be able to prove simple consequences of these definitions.
  3. Be able to use standard mathematical techniques to solve elementary problems.
  4. Be able to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  5. Be able to write simple computer programs to perform mathematical computations.
  6. Gain experience exploring open-ended problems, learn to make conjectures, and gather evidence to support or refute these conjectures.
  7. Develop the ability to read and to learn mathematics independently.
  8. Learn about applications of mathematics in other fields and gain experience in mathematical modeling.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MATH 141Calculus I (B1) 14
MATH 142Calculus II (B1) 14
MATH 143Calculus III4
MATH 202Orientation to Mathematics Major1
MATH 206Linear Algebra I4
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 242Differential Equations I4
MATH 248Methods of Proof in Mathematics4
MATH 306Linear Algebra II4
MATH 412Introduction to Analysis I4
MATH 459Senior Seminar4
or MATH 460 Applied Math Senior Seminar
MATH 461Senior Project I2
MATH 462Senior Project II2
MATH 481Abstract Algebra I4
PHYS 141General Physics IA4
Select from the following: 14
General Physics II (B3 & B4)
General Physics III (B3 & B4)
General Curriculum in BS Mathematics or Concentration 248/56/52/52
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives 215/7/11/11
Total units180

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.


General Curriculum/Applied Concentration/Pure Concentration/Mathematics Teaching Concentration.

General Curriculum in BS Mathematics or Concentrations (select one)

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Major/Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course 1
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units60

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.