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Mathematics, Education Option, B.S.

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Program of Study

Mathematics offers to the undergraduate and graduate students a rich mix of pure and modern applied courses. Common to these offerings are the power, beauty, and utility of mathematical thought. Mathematics is a living, vital subject with a long, distinguished tradition. A student who selects the mathematics major will develop the ability to explore, conjecture, and reason logically, as well as the ability to effectively use a variety of mathematical methods to solve problems.

Career Opportunities

Mathematics majors can pursue a career in the teaching of mathematics at the college, high school, or middle school levels. Students who complete the Education option as well as the portfolio requirement of the Single-Subject Matter Preparation program  will meet all academic requirements for admission to the Cal State San Marcos credential program, administered by the School of Education. Note that any student is eligible for an SSMP waiver by meeting all of the requirements of the SSMP program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics will be able to:

  1. Apply the core concepts of algebra and analysis.
  2. Explain mathematical ideas, written and verbally, in a clear and organized way.
  3. Develop and write mathematical proofs.
  4. Apply mathematical algorithms and use appropriate technology for the solution of mathematical problems and analysis of real world models.
  5. Recognize the interdependency of different areas of mathematics, as well as connections between mathematics and other disciplines.


High school students are encouraged to take four years of English, four years of mathematics, including trigonometry, one year of biological science, and one year of physical science. Courses in calculus, physics, and computer programming are recommended. Experience in clear, concise, careful writing is valuable for success in all courses.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of sixteen (16) lower-division units in mathematics may be applied toward the lower-division calculus requirement for the mathematics major. These units must be for courses that appropriately match the descriptions for MATH 160 , MATH 162 , MATH 260 , and MATH 264 .

Lower-division coursework may be transferred toward the non-mathematics supporting course requirement provided it is for courses that appropriately match the descriptions in this catalog for the CSUSM courses listed as satisfying this requirement. The Office of Admissions should be consulted to ascertain the campus’ articulation agreements with the local community colleges.

Special Conditions for the Bachelor of Science and Minor in Mathematics

All courses counted toward the major, including Preparation for the Major courses, and the minor must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. No more than a total of three (3) units of either MATH 498 or MATH 499 may be applied. No more than three (3) units of MATH 495  may be applied. For the major, a minimum of twenty-one (21) upper-division units in mathematics must be completed at Cal State San Marcos. For the minor, a minimum of nine (9) upper-division units in mathematics must be completed at Cal State San Marcos.

Mathematics Education

This option is for students who wish to seek training in mathematics as well as pursue a career as a high school mathematics instructor. Completion of this option, together with the portfolio requirement, fulfills the requirements of the Single Subject Waiver.

General Education (48 Units)

Core Courses for the Major (33 Units)

Non-Mathematics Supporting Course Requirements (8 Units)

Mathematics Education Option Requirements (32 Units)

Upper-Division Option Requirements (15 Units)

Electives (6 Units)

Minimum Total (120 Units)

Students must take a sufficient number of elective units to bring the total number of units to a minimum of 120.

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