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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 (B4) 14
MATH 142Calculus II (GE Electives) 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 334Combinatorial Math (Upper-Division B) 14
MATH 412Introduction to Analysis I4
Select from the following: 24
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 I4
Select from the following: 14
General Physics II (B1 & B3)
General Physics III (B1 & B3)
General Curriculum in BS Mathematics or Concentration 344/56/48/48
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives 3,419/7/15/15
Total units180

General Curriculum in BS Mathematics or Concentrations (select one)

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 56 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Major) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units56