Program: B.A., Mathematics
The Secondary Teaching option provides preparation for the student planning to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Students in this option may enroll in a post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program to earn a Preliminary Single Subject Credential in Mathematics. Alternatively, students who meet the eligibility requirements can enter either the Four-Year Integrated Mathematics (FYI-Math) Teacher Credential Program or the Junior-Year Integrated Mathematics (JYI-Math) Teacher Credential Program, in which students earn both a bachelor’s degree and a Preliminary Single Subject Credential and are qualified to teach full-time upon graduation. These options have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as academic programs for the Single Subject Credential in Mathematics. For details on the Single Subject Credential program, see the Credentials and Department of Secondary Education sections in this Catalog.
A student pursuing either a B.A. or a B.S. degree may combine a second major with Mathematics. In this circumstance, upon approval of an advisor, 6 units of upper division electives may be satisfied by courses in the second major. The remaining electives must be taken in the Department of Mathematics. Under certain rare conditions, the physics requirement in the lower division core may be replaced by appropriate coursework in the second major. Prior approval must be obtained from an advisor and the department chair for this latter occurrence.
In addition to University residency requirements for a bachelor’s degree, the student must complete a minimum of 18 units of upper division Mathematics in residence at CSUN with the approval of a Mathematics advisor. Students in B.A. degree programs must fulfill the University requirement of at least 40 units of upper division coursework overall.
It is assumed that the student has a facility in mathematics normally gained by recent completion of four years of high school mathematics through trigonometry and “Mathematical Analysis.” Because of the variation in curricula at the high school level, it is necessary to obtain satisfactory scores on the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) and Entry Level Mathematics Exam (ELM)* to enter the first mathematics course in the program, MATH 150A. Without satisfactory scores, a student will need to complete additional coursework.
*Effective Fall 2018, the ELM Exam has been replaced with Multiple Measures Assessment.
1. Lower Division Core for All Programs (26-27 units)
COMP 106/L Computing in Engineering and Science and Lab (2/1)
or COMP 110/L Introduction to Algorithms and Programming and Lab (3/1)
Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA for all upper division units required in the major.
2. Upper Division Required Courses (23 units)
MATH 320 Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3)
MATH 341 Applied Statistics I (3)
MATH 360 Abstract Algebra I (3)
MATH 370 Foundations of Geometry (3)
MATH 382/L Introduction to Scientific Computing and Lab (2/1)
MATH 391 Field Experience in Schools (2)
MATH 450A Advanced Calculus I (3)
MATH 490 Capstone Course (3)
3. Upper Division Electives (9 units)
4. General Education (48 units)
Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
Basic Skills Mathematics, Basic Skills Critical Thinking and Lifelong Learning are satisfied by required courses in the major. PHYS 220A/AL partially satisfies the Natural Sciences section.
Total Units in the Major/Option: 58-59
General Education Units: 35
Additional Units: 26-27
Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120
Department of Mathematics
Chair: Rabia Djellouli
Live Oak Hall (LO) 1300
Student Learning Outcomes
Students shall be able to:
- Devise proofs of basic results concerning sets and number systems.
- Rigorously establish fundamental analytic properties and results such as limits, continuity, differentiability and integrability.
- Demonstrate facility with the objects, terminology, and concepts of linear algebra.
- Demonstrate facility with the terminology, use of symbols, and concepts of probability.
- Write simple computer programs to perform computations arising in the mathematical sciences.