Mathematics - Pure Math Option, B.S.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Pure 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 3 and 5. It is strongly recommended that such study be completed before entrance to the university.
Option specific electives (16-18 units)
MATH 107 or MATH 114 (3 units)
MATH 128 or MATH 172 (3-4 units)
MATH 161 or MATH 165 (3 units)
MATH 191T (1 unit)
MATH 198 (3 units)
MATH elective (see note 1) (3-4 units)
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 the Pure Mathematics Option consists of the following:
- A Junior Seminar (MATH 191T) in Pure Mathematics in the spring semester of the year prior to graduation, and
- A Senior Project (MATH 198) in Pure Mathematics, which will include a report and a presentation in the Junior Seminar in the spring semester of student's graduating year.
Major Advising Notes
- One 3-4 unit mathematics course, upper division or graduate, excluding
MATH 100, 133, 134, 137, 138, 139. 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
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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
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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