The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 48-49 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

Major Core Program: 24 units

6 courses required:

MATH 120 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
MATH 121 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 120.
MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 330 Methods of Proof 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 335 Elementary Linear Algebra 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 420 Advanced Calculus 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, MATH 220, MATH 330, upper-division standing.

The MATH 120, MATH 121, MATH 220 sequence should be started as early as possible, provided the student has the necessary background. MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or their equivalents) are required pre-calculus courses for MATH 120.

Some upper-division courses require only MATH 120 or MATH 121 as a prerequisite. Refer to catalog course listings when choosing courses.

Enrollment in any mathematics course requires a grade of C- or higher in all prerequisite courses or their transfer equivalents

Computer Literacy Requirement: Either a score of 4 or higher on the Educational Testing Service CSI 1 Examination, or a passing grade in one of the following classes or its transfer equivalent.

1 course selected from:

CSCI 110 Intro to Applications Prog 3.0 FS
CSCI 111 Programming and Algorithms I 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: At least one year of high school algebra and strong computer skills or CSCI 101.
CSCI 144 Introduction to UNIX Operating 3.0 FS
MATH 150 Introduction to SAS 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 105, faculty permission.
MATH 230 Introduction to Mathematica 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 121.

Major Option Course Requirements: 24-25 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

The General Option in Mathematics: 25 units

2 courses required:

MATH 260 Elem Differential Equations 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 350 Intro to Probability/Stat 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 121.

1 course selected from:

MATH 346 College Geometry 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330.
MATH 426 Projective Geometry 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330.
MATH 427 Convexity 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330.
MATH 428 Differential Geometry 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330.
MATH 429 Transformational Geometry 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330.
MATH 437 Topology 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330.

1 course selected from:

MATH 435 Linear Algebra 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330, MATH 335.
MATH 449 Modern Algebra 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330, MATH 335.

1 course selected from:

MATH 421 Advanced Calculus 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 420.
MATH 465 Intro to Complex Variables 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 220.

9 units selected from:

Any upper-division Mathematics (MATH) courses except MATH 302, MATH 304, MATH 305, MATH 310, MATH 311, MATH 314, MATH 341, MATH 342, and MATH 441.

The Option in Applied Mathematics: 25 units

6 courses required:

MATH 260 Elem Differential Equations 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 350 Intro to Probability/Stat 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 360 Ordinary Differen Equations 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 260.
MATH 361 Boundary Value/Partial Dif Eqs 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 260.
MATH 461 Numerical Analysis 3.0 S1
Prerequisites: MATH 260 (may be taken concurrently), MATH 335, completion of the computer literacy requirement. MATH 460 is not a prerequisite for MATH 461.
MATH 465 Intro to Complex Variables 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 220.

1 course selected from:

MATH 472 Intro Chaotic Dynamical Sys 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: MATH 260; MATH 360 and MATH 335 are recommended.
MATH 475 Calculus of Variations 3.0 F1
Prerequisites: MATH 260; MATH 361 is recommended.
MATH 480 Mathematical Modeling 3.0 S1
Prerequisites: MATH 260, MATH 335.

1 course selected from:

MATH 351 Intro to Probability/Stat 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 350.
MATH 421 Advanced Calculus 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 420.
MATH 435 Linear Algebra 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330, MATH 335.
MATH 460 Numerical Analysis 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 335, completion of the computer literacy requirement.
MATH 472 Intro Chaotic Dynamical Sys 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: MATH 260; MATH 360 and MATH 335 are recommended.
MATH 475 Calculus of Variations 3.0 F1
Prerequisites: MATH 260; MATH 361 is recommended.
MATH 480 Mathematical Modeling 3.0 S1
Prerequisites: MATH 260, MATH 335.

The Option in Mathematics Education: 24-25 units

The following program, together with the major core program, fulfills all requirements for the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Mathematics.

7 courses required:

MATH 305 Conceptual Statistics 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 109 (may be taken concurrently).
MATH 333 History of Mathematics 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 220 and at least one upper-division mathematics course. MATH 330 is recommended.
MATH 337 Intro to Theory of Numbers 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 121, MATH 330.
MATH 341 Math Topics for the Credential 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 344 Combinatorial Math/Graph Theor 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 121, MATH 330.
MATH 346 College Geometry 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330.
MATH 449 Modern Algebra 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330, MATH 335.

1 course selected from:

MATH 260 Elem Differential Equations 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121.

Or any upper-division Mathematics (MATH) courses except MATH 302, MATH 304, MATH 310,and MATH 311.

Additional requirements:

A portfolio of upper-division mathematics work is required and will be evaluated by a department committee as part of an exit interview. A 15-hour mathematics field experience is required. A presentation on mathematics is required. This requirement can be met by successful completion of MATH 342 or by making a presentation to the Math Seminar. All course work choices, work on the portfolio, and the choice of field experience should be made after consulting an advisor.

Subject matter preparation requirements are governed by federal and state legislative action and approval of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Requirements may change between catalogs. Please consult with your departmental credential advisor for current information.

The Option in Statistics: 24 units

6 courses required:

MATH 350 Intro to Probability/Stat 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 121.
MATH 351 Intro to Probability/Stat 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: MATH 350.
MATH 355 Applied Probability 3.0 S1
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 350.
MATH 356 Experimental Design 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 105 or MATH 350 or MATH 315.
MATH 435 Linear Algebra 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330, MATH 335.
MATH 450 Mathematical Statistics 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 220, MATH 330, MATH 351.

1 course selected from:

MATH 456 Experimental Design II 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: MATH 356.
MATH 457 Multiple Regression 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: MATH 350 (or MATH 105 with faculty permission), MATH 335, MATH 150 (may be taken concurrently).
MATH 458 Sampling Methods 3.0 S2
Prerequisites: One course chosen from MATH 105, MATH 305, MATH 350, or MATH 315.

3 units selected from:

Any upper-division mathematics (MATH) courses except MATH 302, MATH 304, MATH 310, MATH 311, MATH 314, MATH 315, MATH 341, MATH 342, and MATH 441.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Enrollment in any mathematics course requires a grade of C- or higher in all prerequisite courses or their transfer equivalents.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

A student may complete more than one option in the major. Only courses specifically required by both options may be double counted.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

Honors in Mathematics

Well-qualified Mathematics majors are encouraged to apply for Honors in Mathematics. The program is open to junior and senior Mathematics majors who have completed 9 upper-division units (or a total of 24 units) in mathematics, including MATH 420 with a grade of B or better, and have a grade point average among the top 5% of junior-senior mathematics majors. Please visit the department office in HOLT 181 for further information.