Mathematics BS

Total Units Required: 120

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Mathematics is the language for understanding patterns and developing abstractions. It is the science of number, structure, shape, and change. Practitioners learn to think analytically and critically, and to formulate and solve problems. The role of mathematics is vital and growing, providing solutions to problems in a wide range of disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science, and economics. As a result, employment opportunities in the mathematical sciences are expected to continue to expand.

The option in general mathematics. This option prepares students to assume attractive and challenging positions in industry and government (e.g. data scientist, software engineer, or financial analyst) or to pursue graduate work in mathematics or a related field. Students develop strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills. A degree in mathematics is preparation for solving mathematical problems in the sciences, engineering, business, finance, and health care. Combined with a California Single Subject Credential in Mathematics, a BS in General Mathematics prepares students to teach at the high school level. Alternatively, combined with a master’s degree, a BS in General Mathematics prepares students to teach at the community college level.

The option in applied mathematics. This option prepares students to assume attractive and challenging positions in industry and government, or to pursue graduate work in pure or applied mathematics. A degree in applied mathematics is preparation for solving mathematical problems in the sciences, engineering, business, finance, and health care.

The option in mathematics education. This option fulfills all requirements for the Single Subject Preparation Program in Mathematics for those students wishing to pursue a California single subject credential in mathematics. Students first complete the BS in mathematics education, then they enroll in a one-year postbaccalaureate credential program. Graduates of the credential program are qualified to teach high school in California and other states with reciprocity agreements. 

The mathematics education option also prepares students to pursue graduate degrees in mathematics education. 

The option in mathematics education-credential path. Students wishing to obtain a degree and a high school teaching credential should choose this option, which allows students to earn both a degree and credential in four years.

The option in statistics. This is a modern program balanced between theoretical and applied statistics. Statistics graduates are well prepared to pursue a higher degree in statistics or data science. Statisticians offer essential insight in determining which data and conclusions are trustworthy. They can find many career opportunities in cutting-edge research in applied fields such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, business, insurance, and other actuarial applications, quality control, and the social sciences.

The option in foundational mathematics education. This option fulfills all requirements for the Single Subject Preparation Program in Mathematics for those students wishing to pursue a California single subject credential in mathematics. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate degrees in mathematics education.