Department of Mathematics

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The Department of Mathematics offers three baccalaureate degrees. These degrees are designed for students who

  • enjoy mathematics for its own sake;
  • will eventually seek professional opportunities in business, teaching, or government;
  • plan to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, and other applied scientific fields.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Mathematics is a liberal arts program that provides a flexible course of study for students with three concentrations designed to meet different career objectives.

  • Concentration in Mathematics for Liberal Arts. This 42-unit program is ideal for liberal arts students seeking a solid background in mathematics.
  • Concentration in Mathematics for Teaching. This is a 45-unit course of study for students pursuing a single-subject mathematics credential in secondary education. Students in this concentration receive credit for early field experience, as well as a capstone course designed to link contemporary mathematics to the high-school curriculum.
  • Concentration in Mathematics for Advanced Studies. This is a 48-unit program designed to prepare students for technical careers or graduate studies in mathematics.

The Bachelor of Sciences degree program in Applied Mathematics follows the primary aim of applied mathematics: to elucidate scientific concepts and to describe and predict phenomena through the use of mathematics. The applied mathematician is at once a mathematical specialist and a systems analyst whose task is to confront complex real-world problems with mathematical analysis. In business and industry the applied mathematician has opportunities to utilize both background and training in solving problems of a practical nature. To do so, one must know the mathematical theories involved and have an appreciation for the specific science or technology that provides the source of the problem.

The Bachelor of Sciences degree program in Statistics is an interdisciplinary program offered for students who intend to pursue an advanced degree, or who are planning careers as statisticians in industry, business, government, or scientific research. Statistics is basic to quantitative research in the biological, physical, and social sciences. Because its methods are based on mathematics, it requires a thorough understanding of mathematical methods as well as an appreciation of scientific methods, computation, and practical problems.

For roadmaps of the different undergraduate programs in mathematics, see the Registrar's webpage.

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