Mathematics - General Math Option, B.S.
Department of Mathematics
Rajee Amarasinghe, Chair
Peters Business Building, Room 381
Degrees and Programs Offered
BS in Mathematics - General Math Option, B.S.
BS in Mathematics - Pure Math Option, B.S.
BS in Mathematics - Applied Math Option, B.S.
BS in Mathematics - Statistics Option, B.S.
BS in Mathematics - Teaching Option, B.S.
BS in Mathematics - Integrated Credential Option, B.S.
CRED in Single Subject Credential - Mathematics
MA in Mathematics, M.A.
MA in Mathematics - Teaching Option, M.A.
MN in Mathematics, Minor
Mathematics and related subjects play important dual roles in our culture. On the one hand, mathematics is a study in its own right; on the other hand, it is an indispensable tool for expressing and understanding ideas in the sciences, engineering, and an increasing number of other fields. As a consequence, employment opportunities for mathematicians have been expanding in recent years. The courses offered by the department are designed to develop skills in, and an appreciation and understanding of, both roles.
Because there are so many different areas in which a trained mathematician can find employment or continue studies, the department offers a large number of electives within the mathematics major. By selecting appropriate courses, students have considerable flexibility to accommodate their individual interests. Students should consult with a department adviser for specific recommendations as to which electives are suited to their career paths.
Electives in applied mathematics prepare students to assume positions in technical industries or government employment, or to continue advanced studies in the applied area.
Electives in pre-college teaching in mathematics provide students with the necessary background for obtaining a California Secondary Teaching Credential in mathematics. In order to complete the credential requirements, a fifth year of education courses, classroom observation, and practice teaching is needed. At the present time, there is an increasing demand for well-trained people in this area.
Electives in pure mathematics prepare students for the pursuit of graduate studies leading to advanced degrees and employment at the college or university level, or research in industries.
Electives in statistics and probability provide a foundation for students planning to work as statisticians for industry or government agencies. They also can enhance employment opportunities in the bioscience and health-related fields. Statistics courses (in addition to MATH 75 [or 75A and B], 76, and 77) are essential for the first two Actuarial Examinations offered by the Society of Actuaries.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
General Mathematics Option
The requirement for entrance to the major and minor programs is completion of two years of algebra as well as courses in geometry and trigonometry, or a sequence of courses containing their equivalents, such as MATH 4R and 5. It is strongly recommended that such study be completed before entrance to the university.
Option specific electives (16-21 units)
Five mathematics courses, upper-division or graduate, minimum of 3 units per course, excluding MATH 100, 133, 134, 137, 138, 139 (see note 1) (15- 20 units)
MATH 191T (1 unit)
2. General Education requirements (49 units) (see notes 2 and 3)
3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.
The Culminating Experience for this option can be any of the Culminating Experiences
from the other options.
Major Advising Notes
- Students choosing this option will be able to select their MATH electives
freely, as long as this decision is consistent with the Culminating Experience
they choose to have. Special conditions apply for graduate courses; see department advisor.
- PHYS 4AL is not required for the math major. If students wish to include PHYS 4A as a General Education Breadth course, they must also take PHYS 4AL.
- Three units of MATH 75 (or MATH 75A) also will satisfy the G.E. Foundation B4 requirement.
- See Mathematics Road Map at http://www.fresnostate.edu/degreeroadmap/
Advising Requirements. It is strongly recommended, to all math majors, to have an advising session at least once a semester. See the department chair for assignment to an advisor.
Grade Requirements. All courses required as prerequisites for a mathematics course must be completed with a grade of C or better before registration will be permitted. All courses taken to fulfill major or minor requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.
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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.
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A degree in mathematics can open the door to a huge range of amazing careers. After all, math is involved in just about every job in some way, and it's particularly essential in the in-demand fields of science, technology, and engineering. Math majors tend to have well-developed skills in logical thinking and problem solving. They are experts at analyzing data and creating models to extract meaningful conclusions. They can identify patterns and use quantitative data to construct solutions. That's why the kind of jobs you can get with a math degree are so diverse. You could pursue careers in areas like insurance, banking, education, logistics, and more.
Math skills are clearly important in many careers, most notably the science, technology,
and engineering professions. But such skills also feature prominently in some careers
that may not seem like a natural end point for someone with a math degree. Video game
developer and computer animator are just two examples of less-obvious jobs that actually
use calculus, for instance.
What You Can Do
Teach, pursue advanced degree, or work in finance-related fields, business, government, and industry; actuarial work.
A major in mathematics is a springboard to a wide range of rewarding careers. Whether you focus on theoretical mathematics, applied math or statistics, the analytical and quantitative skills you develop in a math program are valuable assets that many employers need. Take a look at some of the types of organizations that hire math majors:
- Government agencies and academic research institutes
- Engineering firms
- Biomedical and health services companies
- Insurance agencies
- Real estate firms
- Medical device manufacturers
- Airlines and other transportation service providers
- Financial institutions
What You Can Earn
The list below is meant to inspire your career exploration, but don't think you're limited to these suggestions. Many jobs that don't specifically mention math degrees are available to graduates with these skills, so don't sell yourself short. You likely have more options than you realize. It should be noted that several careers in the mathematical sciences also require a master’s or doctoral degree.
High school math teacher: median salary - $58, 030
Data analyst: median salary - $57,261
Insurance underwriter: median salary - $67,680
Purchasing agent: median salary - $63,300
Market researcher: median salary - $62,560
Cost estimator: median salary - $61,790
Accountant: median salary - $68,150
Energy analyst: median salary - $58,224
Financial planner: median salary - $90,530
Investment analyst: median salary - $81,760
Actuary: median salary - $100,610
Statistician: median salary - $80,500
Mathematician: median salary - $105,810
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics.
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
- Discrete Structures
- Theory of Numbers
- Graph Theory
- Topics in Applied Mathematics
- Linear Algebra and Abstract Algebra
- History of Mathematics
- Applied Complex Analysis
- Differential Geometry
- Mathematical Statistics
- Applied Probability
What You Can Learn
The use of mathematics in the modern world. The language and problems of mathematics, including set theory, symbolic logic, types of proofs. Techniques of data analysis and mathematical modeling. How calculus can be used to solve problems in science and engineering. Developing skills in logical thinking and problem solving.
About the College
The College of Science and Mathematics provides professional training at the undergraduate and graduate levels to serve as a foundation for a career in science or mathematics, to provide pre-professional training in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other professions or for continued study at the graduate level.
College Contact Info
The office of the Dean is located in Science II, Room 301.
Telephone: (559) 278-3936
Department Contact Information
Department of Mathematics
Peters Business Building
Phone: (559) 278-2992 | Fax: (559) 278-2872
Department of Mathematics
5245 North Backer Avenue M/S PB108
Fresno, California 93740-8001