The B.A. in Mathematics prepares the student for graduate school in mathematics, or for a career in secondary teaching (in which case a geometry course should be taken) by choosing electives carefully and with two additional courses. The mainstream courses in mathematics are required, and the student has a wide choice of electives. There is a foreign language competency requirement.

Degree Requirements

A minor is not required with this major.

Preparation for the Major and Additional Coursework Required

Three semesters of Calculus (Math150,151 and 252); Math Software Workshop (Math 242); Discrete Mathematics (Math 245) and Linear Algebra (Math 254); and for a total of 21 units. Recommended: Principles of Physics (Physics 195, 195L, 196, 196L, 197, 197L).

Foreign Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one foreign language as part of the preparation for the major. Refer to the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements.”

Upper Division Writing Requirement

Passing the University Writing Examination or completing one of the approved writing courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better.


A minimum of 27 upper division units, selected with approval of the departmental adviser before starting upper division work, including Differential Equations (Math 337), Abstract Algebra (521A), Linear Algebra (Math 524), and Advanced Calculus (Math 534A). In addition, one two semester sequence providing greater depth must be selected from the range of options listed in the course catalog. Student must complete an outline for the major and file a copy signed by an adviser with the Office of the Registrar.

Mathematics Minor

The minor in mathematics consists of a minimum of 20-22 units in mathematics to include 12 upper division units, at least six of which have as prerequisite Mathematics 151; or Mathematics 252 and nine upper division units in mathematics, at least six of which have as prerequisite Mathematics 151. The courses selected will be subject to the approval of the minor adviser.

Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the major, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable. A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University.

For more information on any of the BA/BS degrees contact the Mathematics Programs Advisor:

Dr. Carmelo Interlando, GMCS 581