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Mathematics

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Overview

Programs

Undergraduate:

*Secondary Teaching Option is available through the regular degree pro gram, the Four-Year Integrated Mathematics (FYI-Math) Teacher Credential Program, or the Junior-Year Integrated Mathematics (JYI-Math) Teacher Credential Program

Graduate:

  • M.S., Mathematics
  • Mathematics Option
  • Applied Mathematics Option
  • Mathematics for Educational Careers Option

Credential:

  • Mathematics Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential

Department Programs

The B.A. Degree in Mathematics is designed for students who plan to teach mathematics in secondary or middle schools or wish to prepare for graduate work in pure mathematics. The B.S. Degree in Mathematics is designed for students who wish to pursue occupational careers involving applied mathematics or wish to prepare for graduate work in applied mathematics. The Minor in Mathematics is designed to provide students with mathematical preparation useful for future employment opportunities.

The Mathematics Department offers an M.S. Degree Program with three distinct options. Option I concentrates on the core subjects in Mathematics. Option II emphasizes Applied Mathematics. Option III is designed for teachers and other professionals with a Baccalaureate Degree who are seeking educational careers.

The Major

Mathematicians today are engaged in a wide variety of activities. Research mathematicians create new theories and techniques. Applied mathematicians use that theory and mathematical modeling to solve problems in economics, science, medicine, engineering and management. Teachers of mathematics develop new ways to teach mathematical concepts to children and adults. University-level mathematics involves more than algorithms and computational techniques. Mathematics majors also learn to construct proofs and how to approach a real-life problem from a mathematical point of view.

Credential Information

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 the Catalog.

Careers

Math majors tend to be highly satisfied with the jobs they get after college. The pay is generally good and the work is usually strongly related to mathematics. The best 5 jobs listed in a recent Jobs Rated Almanac— software engineer, actuary, computer systems analyst, computer programmer, and mathematician—all require a very strong background in mathematics. In fact, almost every one of the top 50 jobs involves a significant amount of mathematical reasoning and knowledge.

Academic Advisement

Upon admission as a mathematics major, the student should contact the Mathematics Department for assignment of an advisor. Courses taken to fulfill elective requirements must have prior approval by the student’s advisor. Undergraduate mathematics majors must consult with their advisor each semester to be cleared for registration. For a current list of advisors, visit  www.csun.edu/math/advisors.html.

Staff

Yen Duong, Rebecca Say, Lucio Simental