The Department of Mathematics is dedicated to teaching and research. Our mission is to provide an exciting place for our undergraduate and graduate students to learn and do research in mathematical sciences. The department prepares students for a wide range of career paths, ranging from academia, the insurance industry, engineering, climatology, medicine, law and business. Our students are capable of assuming leadership roles in a rapidly evolving, knowledge-based, multicultural society.
Undergraduate Mathematics majors must consult with their advisor each semester to be cleared for registration. Courses taken to fulfill elective requirements in the major and minor must have prior advisor approval. Students should contact Natalie Howe in the Department of Mathematics advising office in Bayramian Hall (BH) 402 for undergraduate advisement.
Students seeking information and advisement on graduate programs should contact the graduate coordinator.
Mathematics majors tend to be highly satisfied with employment after college. They are generally well compensated, and the work is usually strongly related to mathematics. The best five jobs listed in a recent Jobs Rated Almanac include software engineer, actuary, computer systems analyst, computer programmer and mathematician—each of which requires 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.
The Secondary Teaching option provides preparation for the student who plans to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Students in this option may enroll in a postbaccalaureate 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 simultaneously 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 Credential Office and Department of Secondary Education sections in this Catalog.
Department of Mathematics
Chair: Katherine Stevenson
Live Oak Hall (LO) 1300