Department of Mathematics

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The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Mathematics at SFSU 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.

These three Concentrations are built around a common 27-unit core of Calculus, Linear Algebra, Exploration & Proof, Modern Algebra, and Real Analysis.

The lists below refers to the Mathematics BA for Bulletin years 2007-2008 and later. For the Mathematics BA for Bulletin years 2006-2007 and earlier click here.

Required Core Courses

Course Title Units
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
MATH 227 Calculus II 4
MATH 228 Calculus III 4
CSC 210
CSC 309
MATH 309
Introduction to Computer Programming or
Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers or
Computation in Mathematics
MATH 301 Exploration and Proof 3
MATH 325 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 335 Modern Algebra 3
MATH 370 Real Analysis I 3

Concentration in Mathematics for Liberal Arts (42 Units)

Course Title Units
Core courses 27
MATH 300 History of Mathematics 3
Four elective courses above MATH 300 except MATH 375, 475, 565, 575, 576, 577, and 578. 12

Concentration in Mathematics for Teaching (45 Units)

Course Title Units
Core courses 27
MATH 300 History of Mathematics 3
MATH 310 Elementary Number Theory 3
MATH 374 Probability and Statistics with Computing 3
MATH 350 Geometry 3
MATH 375 Field Study for Secondary Teachers 3
MATH 475 Capstone Course for Secondary Teachers of Mathematics 3

Concentration in Mathematics for Advanced Studies (48 Units)

Course Title Units
Core courses 27
MATH 440 Probability and Statistics I 3
MATH 310
MATH 376
Elementary Number Theory or
Ordinary Differential Equations I
MATH 380 Introduction to Functions of a Complex Variable 3
MATH 435 Modern Algebra II 3
MATH 470
MATH 471
Real Analysis II - Several Variables or
Fourier Analysis and Wavelets
Two elective courses MATH 400 or above except MATH 475, 565, 575, 576, 577, and 578. 6

Complementary Studies for Mathematics Majors

Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Concentrations in Liberal Arts, Teaching, or Advanced Studies must complete 12 complementary units, within a coherent group of courses with a prefix other than MATH, and not cross-listed with MATH. Complementary Studies units for the MATH major may come from:

(1) Courses offered by other departments in the College of Science & Engineering (CoSE), or

(2) The following courses outside of the College of Science and Engineering:

  • DS 312 Data Analysis with Computer Applications
  • DS 408 Computer Simulation
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 301 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 302 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 615 Mathematical Econometrics
  • ECON 630 Econometric Theory
  • ECON 725 Applied Data Analysis in Economics
  • FIN 350 Business Finance
  • ISYS 363 Information Systems for Management
  • ISYS 463 Information Systems for Analysis and Design
  • PHIL 205 Formal Logic
  • PHIL 350 Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 351 Philosophy of Risk
  • PHIL 694 Philosophical Workshop
  • PHIL 695 Advanced Logic Workshop

Transfer students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill Complementary Studies requirements for their major only if these courses are included in the minimum units required for the major (and therefore do not have to do so for the math major).

Students can discuss potential substitutions with their advisor. All complementary studies courses must be approved by the Mathematics Department undergraduate advisors.

CR/NC grades are not acceptable in courses required for the mathematics major or minor program.

If you have any questions regarding the Mathematics BA, please contact Dr. David Ellis. For questions regarding the Mathematics BA Concentration for Teaching, please contact Dr. Eric Hsu.

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