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Mathematics and Statistics

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Mathematics and Statistics - Undergraduate Programs

The Mathematics and Statistics Department offers four undergraduate degree programs in mathematical sciences:

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (code MATHBS01) (120 units)

The student in this program is required to take a selection of fundamental courses in algebra, statistics, and analysis. It is the most flexible program, in which the greatest number of electives may be chosen by the student. Elective upper division mathematics courses are available which meet the needs of students preparing for a variety of goals, including careers in industry and government, secondary teaching, and graduate study. Students who do not wish to complete the requirements for a declared option in applied mathematics or statistics may wish to elect courses in one or both of these areas as part of this degree program.

Requirements

Lower Division: ENGL 101 or 317; MATH 122, 123, 224, 233, 247; CECS 174; PHYS 151.

Upper Division: A minimum of 30 units of approved upper-division MATH or STAT courses selected in consultation with a major advisor, to include MATH 341 or 347, 361A, 361B, 364A, 380 (or STAT 380) and MATH 444 but not MATH 303I, 370A, 370B, or 409. To allow flexibility, only 18 of the required 30 units are specified. Students should choose the remaining 12 units after discussing career goals and interests with an advisor. For additional information and to obtain an advisor, contact the department office.

Option in Applied Mathematics (code MATHBS02) (120 units)

The student who is most interested in the applications of mathematics has a choice of two suboptions: the first concentrates on the applications in science and engineering while the second concentrates on the applications to economics and management. In both suboptions, courses are specified in the major areas of applied mathematics and in the field of application. This option prepares students for careers in business, industry or government or for graduate study.

Requirements

Suboption I: Area of application in Science and Engineering

Lower Division: ENGL 101 or 317; MATH 122, 123, 224, 247; CECS 174; PHYS 151, 152; PHYS 254 or EE 211 or CE 205.

Upper Division: MATH 323, 361A, 361B, 364A, 364B, 380 (or STAT 380), 470. A minimum of 9 units from the following: MATH 423, 461, 463, 472, 479, 485; STAT 381, 482. A minimum of 9 units from one of the following three groups:

  • A. PHYS 310, 340A, 340B, 350, 410, 422, 450;
  • B. EE 310, 370, 382, 411, 460, 482;
  • C. CE 335, 359, 437, 438, 458; MAE 371, 373

Suboption II: Area of Application in Economics and Management

Lower Division: ENGL 101 or 317; MATH 122, 123, 224, 247; CECS 174; ECON 100 and 101, or ECON 300.

Upper Division: MATH 323, 361A, 361B, 364A, 380 (or STAT 380), 485; STAT 381, 482. A minimum of 6 units from the following courses: MATH 364B, 423, 463, 470, 479; STAT 410. A minimum of 15 units from one of the following two groups:

  • A. ECON 310, 311 required; and 9 units selected from ECON 333, 410H, 411H, 420, 485, 486.
  • B. ECON 333, MGMT 410 required; and 9 units selected from MGMT 411, 412, 413, 414, 426.

Option in Statistics (code MATHBS04) (120 units)

This option provides students with a foundation in statistical methods. The courses required ensure that the student understands both how the techniques are mathematically derived and how they are applied. Statistical analysis is an essential part of any scientific investigation. It is a vital tool in monitoring the quality of products and services and in forecasting. This option prepares students for interesting and rewarding careers in industry, government, and for graduate study in statistics and other quantitative fields.

Requirements

Lower Division: ENGL 101 or 317; MATH 122, 123, 224, 247; CECS 174

Upper Division: A minimum of 34 units of upper-division MATH or STAT courses to include MATH 323 and 361A; STAT 380, 381, 410, 450 and 482, but not MATH 370A or 370B.

Option in Mathematics Education (code MATHBS03) (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 Preliminary Credential Mathematics (code165).

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Math teachers are also required to complete 44 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 (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the department's Mathematics Education Advisor early to plan their program.

Requirements

Lower Division: MATH 122, 123, 224, 233, 247; one of the following: ENGL 101 or 300 or 317; and one of the following sequences: PHYS 151, 152; or PHIL 170, 270; or eight units of a foreign language.

Upper Division: MATH 310, 341, 355, 361A or 364A, 410, 444; MATH/STAT 380; STAT 381; MTED 301, 411; EDSS 300M; and 3 additional upper division mathematics units excluding MATH 303I, 370A, 370B, 409.

Honors in Mathematics

Students majoring in the B.S. in Mathematics (all options) who would like an enriched academic program that includes a thesis may complete the Honors in the Major program described here. May also complete General Honors through the University Honors Program, in which case the thesis requirement may be met through the Honors in the Major.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Honors in the Major program will be determined by the Honors in the Major Advisor.

  1. Junior or senior standing with at least one year remaining before graduation.
  2. Declared major of B.S. in Mathematics or any of its options.
  3. Completion of MATH 122, 123, 224, 247, and at least two upper division MATH courses at the time of entry with grades of at least “C” in each course. Students may apply during the semester in which they expect to complete these courses.
  4. GPA’s of at least 3.500 in all courses in the major and in all upper division courses in the major at the time of application.
  5. Submission of an application describing the student’s academic background, reasons for applying, and willingness to commit to completion of the requirements, including a thesis.
  6. Letter of recommendation from a CSULB faculty member familiar with the student’s work and abilities.

Graduation Requirements

  1. GPA of at least 3.500 in all upper division courses in the major and in all courses in items 3, 4, and 5, below.
  2. Completion of all requirements for the chosen option of the B.S. in Mathematics.
  3. Completion of at least one of the following courses: MATH 347, 423, 451, 461, 463, 472, 479. These courses may be included among the upper division units for the major, in item 2, if allowed in the student’s major.
  4. Completion of at least three units of any combination of MATH 491 and/or MATH 496.
  5. Completion of 3 units of MATH 498H, Senior Thesis-Honors.
  6. It is a requirement for this Honors in the Major program that the 6 units of MATH 491, 496, and 498H be in addition to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics course requirements for the B.S.
  7. Presentation of thesis results in a public forum. This forum could be at a meeting of a scientific or professional organization or a campus or departmental forum, subject to the approval of the Honors in the Major Advisor.

Substitutions to this program must be approved by the Honors in the Major Advisor.

Minor in Mathematics (code MATHUM01)

Requirements

The Minor in Mathematics is available to any student not majoring in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
The student must complete 23 or more semester units as follows:

MATH 122, 123, 224, 247 and 9 units of upper-division MATH or STAT courses to include MATH 361A but not MATH 370A.The student may replace MATH 123 and 224 by MATH 222 and an additional 3 units of upper division MATH or STAT (excluding MATH 370A) not used to meet the above upper-division requirements.

Minor in Applied Mathematics (code MATHUM02)

Requirements

The Minor in Applied Mathematics is available to any student not majoring in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

The student must complete 27 or more semester units as follows:

Lower Division: MATH 122, 123, 224, 247

Upper Division: MATH 323, 364A or 370A, 380 (or STAT 380) and one course selected from MATH 364B, 423, 470, STAT 381, or 482. The student may replace MATH 123 and 224 by MATH 222 and an additional course from MATH 364B, 423, 470, STAT 381, 482 not used to meet the above upper division requirements.
The student may replace MATH 123 and 224 by MATH 222 and one more course from MATH 364B, 423, 470; STAT 381, 482 not used to meet the above upper division requirements.

Minor in Statistics (code MATHUM03)

Requirements

The Minor in Statistics is available to any non-Mathematics major. The student must complete 26 or more semester units by following one of two sequences:

  • Sequence One: MATH 122, 222, 247, 380 and STAT 381, and any three of the following: MATH 323, STAT 410, 450, 475, 482, 484, and/or 485.
  • Sequence Two: MATH 122, 123, 224, 247, 380 and STAT 381, and any two of the following: MATH 323, STAT 410, 450, 475, 482, 484, and/or 485.