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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 336Combinatorial Math4
MATH 412Introduction to Analysis I4
Select from the following: 34
Senior Project Seminar
Senior Project Applied Seminar
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
MATH 481Abstract Algebra I4
CSC/CPE 101Fundamentals of Computer Science4
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 244/56/48/48
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives 215/3/11/11
Total units180

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 BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
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
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area DSociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units60