2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Mathematics, B.S.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • demonstrate facility with analytical and algebraic concepts.
  • write proofs.
  • apply their mathematical knowledge and critical thinking to solve problems.
  • use technology to solve problems.
  • speak about their work with precision, clarity, and organization.
  • write about their work with precision, clarity, and organization.
  • identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and cite information for the task at hand.
  • collaborate effectively in teams.
  • understand and create arguments supported by quantitative evidence.
  • understand the professional, ethical, and social issues and responsibilities with the implementation and use of mathematical models and technology.

Total Lower-Division Units: 30 (22 non-FE units)

Total Non-FE Units for Degree: 58

Recommended Electives for Mathematics Tracks:

Graduate School: One semester of independent study continuing Abstract Algebra or Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Honors Project or Independent Research in Mathematics.

Industry: Complex Analysis, Mathematical Probability, and Mathematical Modeling. Additional knowledge of computer programming and software tools such as Matlab and R can be helpful in this field.

Actuary:  MTH 3083   Mathematical Probability and Statistics, MTH 3043  Discrete Mathematics, MTH 3073  Mathematical Modeling will help you prepare for actuarial exams. We recommend that you take the first exam as soon as you finish MTH 3083  . The Society of Actuaries has also approved
ECO 1001  Macroeconomics, ECO 1002  Microeconomics to meet their economics requirement (you must get at least a B in each). The Society of Actuaries has also approved the sequence: ACC 2000   ( ACC 2001  Principles of Financial Accounting I can be substituted), FIN 3035  Business Finance and FIN 3085  Intermediate Finance to meet their finance requirement. So with some work you can meet 3 of the 10 items required for becoming a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries before you graduate from college. It is also worth noting that by adding a few classes to this list, you can earn a minor in Finance. 

If you are planning on becoming an actuary, we recommend that you earn a BS in Data Science rather than a BS in Mathematics.

Teaching: PLNU has a waiver on the CSET: Mathematics exams, if a student takes a specific set of mathematics classes as part of the BS program. These include MTH 4002  Topics in Geometry, MTH 3043  Discrete Mathematics, MTH 4013  Complex Analysis and EDU 3002  Foundations of Education and Learning Theory and EDU 4004   Foundations of Special Education. Please see your advisor for further details. PLNU does offer the option of earning a BS in Mathematics and a teaching credential in four years and the details of that can be found in the description of the Blending Single Subject Teaching Credential below.

4-Year Credential Track: Single Subject Teaching Credential

Majors in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees complete a minimum of 128 units to graduate. The following majors have the option of choosing the 4-year credential track by fulfilling additional units within the undergraduate degree in fulfillment of the Single Subject California Teaching Credential.

For the 4-year credential track, the following 3000- or 4000-level credential courses are strategically added to the undergraduate degree course plan. These courses represent the required courses for the California SB2042 Single Subject Teaching Credential. Students desiring to enroll in the 4-year credential track would need to make application to the Teacher Education program before entry in the 3rd credential course, meeting all program, university and state requirements for classroom observations and tests required prior to student teaching. Students will be vetted through a screening process, which may include a faculty interview, prior to being placed in student teaching. Candidates major in the academic discipline of their choice (e.g. Kinesiology) and are co-advised by both departments throughout their undergraduate program.

Candidates may also apply to the School of Education Graduate Program to fulfill the remaining requirements toward the California Teaching Credential(s). Any 4000-level courses cross listed with the 6000-level credential courses cannot be repeated between the undergraduate and graduate programs. At the point that the requirements for the undergraduate degree are fulfilled, the candidate would apply to the Graduate School of education and complete the remaining courses required for the credential post-baccalaureate.

The following courses may be used for the credentialing purposes in the State of California. When taken prior to the posting of a baccalaureate degree, unit values may not be applied toward master’s degree courses. Other appropriate master’s degree-level courses must be substituted for unit values.


*Requires 20 hours of supervised field experience working with students in a classroom setting.

**BIO 4063  also satisfies this credential requirement.

***ART 4055  also satisfies this credential requirement.

****MUE 4054  also satisfies this credential requirement.

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