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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Option in Mathematics Education (120 units)

This option is for students preparing to teach mathematics at the secondary school level. Completion of this option meets subject matter competence requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential Mathematics. Consult the department's Mathematics Education Advisor early to plan the program.


Lower Division:

Take all the following courses:

  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123.
  • MATH 233 Fundamental Concepts for Adv Math (3)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123.
  • MATH 247 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 123.

Take the following course:

  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements and upper-division standing. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • ENGL 317 Technical Communication (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, upper-division standing, and a previous composition course, i.e., ENGL 100, ENGL 102, ENGL 300, or equivalents.

Take one of the following sequences:

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite: None
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.


  • PHIL 170 Critical Reasoning (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: GE Foundation requirements Category A.1 (Written English).
  • PHIL 270 Symbolic Logic I (3)
    Prerequisite: None.


  • Eight units of a foreign language.

Upper Division:

Take all the following courses:

  • MATH 310 History of Early Mathematics (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: At least one of MATH 224 or MATH 233 or MATH 247.
  • MATH 341 Number Theory (3)
    *C or better required.
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 233.
  • MATH 355 College Geometry (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 247.
  • MATH 380 Probability and Statistics (3)
    *C or better required.
    Prerequisite: MATH 224.
  • MATH 410 History of Modern Mathematics (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 247, MATH 310 and at least three of the following: MATH 233, MATH 341, MATH 355, MATH 361A, MATH 380.
  • MATH 444 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 233 and MATH 247 and a grade of "C" or better in at least one of MATH 341 or in MATH 347.
  • STAT 381 Mathematical Statistics (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 247 and a grade of "C" or better in MATH 380.
  • MTED 301 Computer Applications in Mathematics for Teachers (3)
    Prerequisites: One year of high school geometry and one of MTED 110 or MATH 122.
  • MTED 411 Topics and Issues in Secondary School Mathematics (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 310, MATH 341, MATH 355, MATH 380, MATH 410, MATH 444; EDSS 300M or consent of the instructor.
  • EDSS 300M. Introduction to Teaching - Mathematics (3)
    Prerequisite: Advanced sophomore or junior standing.

Take one of the following courses:

  • MATH 361A Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224, and MATH 233 or MATH 247.
  • MATH 364A Ordinary Differential Equations I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224, and prerequisite or corequisite MATH 247.

Take 3 additional upper division mathematics units excluding: MATH 303, MATH 309, MATH 370A, MATH 370B, MATH 409.

Single Subject Teaching Credential Mathematics

Subject matter competence for the Single Subject Teaching Credential may be demonstrated by completion of the Option in Mathematics Education with (1) a 2.75 GPA or higher in required MATH, MTED, and STAT courses, and (2) no grade lower than a C in those courses. There are alternative means of demonstrating subject matter competence; consult with the Single Subject Mathematics Education Advisor for specific academic advisement. Note that the above demonstration of subject matter competence is required for a Teaching Credential, but is not a requirement of the BS degree.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Teaching Credential, prospective Math teachers are also required to complete 45 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

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