Major/Minor Program Information
The Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department offers a liberal arts major, leading to a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in mathematics from the College of Letters and Sciences; or a teaching major, leading to a bachelor of science in education from the College of Education.
Each emphasis of the major requires 37-39 units in mathematics consisting of 7 core courses and an additional 3-4 specialized courses in the student's area of concentration. Both BA and BS degree choices provide students with a strong background for advanced study at the graduate level.
In addition, the department offers several minors/emphases for students who would like a stronger background in mathematics to complement their chosen major.
The Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences offers several distinct emphases for a degree in mathematics:
- BA/BS PURE MATHEMATICS
Student interested in pursuing graduate work in mathematics or combining their mathematics major with a second major or emphasis in music, art, or language would be interested in the PURE MATHEMATICS emphasis.
- BA/BS MATHEMATICS STATISTICS
A student interested in a career as a statistician, an actuary, a demographer, or a specialist in marketing, quality control, or economics would be interested in the MATHEMATICS STATISTICS emphasis.
- BA/BS COMPUTER MATHEMATICS
A student interested in the mathematical basis for computer science would be interested in the COMPUTER MATHEMATICS emphasis.
- BA/BS APPLIED MATHEMATICS
A student interested in using the tools of mathematics to solve applied problems common in the sciences, engineering, and social sciences might be interested in the APPLIED MATHEMATICS emphasis.
- BSE MATHEMATICS FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION
A student interested in a career as a mathematics educator at the secondary school level would be interested in the MATHEMATICS FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION emphasis.
Mathematics Minor (22 units)
- Math 253, Math 254, Math 255, and Math 280
- Select six elective math units in courses numbered 300 or higher except Math 375
Actuarial Mathematics Minor (24 units)
- Select one course from COMPSCI 172, COMPSCI 174, and COMPSCI 347
- ACCOUNT 244, ACCOUNT 249, COMPSCI 181, ECON 201, ECON 202, FNBSLW 446, FNBSLW 464
- Unique requirement: MATH 255, MATH 280, MATH 441
Mathematics: Secondary Education Emphasis (24 units)
- Math 253, Math 254, Math 280, Math 342, Math 353
- Select one course from Math 355 or Math 452
Mathematics: Elementary Education Emphasis (23 units)
- Math 152, Math 231, Math 352, Math 370, Math 375, Math 415, Math 416