Mathematics is the language and main instrument of science and technology. It is concerned with a wide range of diverse areas, from developing mathematical techniques to model real world applications, to designing efficient methods for calculating solutions of those problems, to creating new branches of mathematics and theories for as yet unsolved problems. Some students find mathematics stimulating because of its many and varied applications, while others are fascinated and attracted by the beauty of its intrinsic order, structure and form.

Because of its broad scope, degrees in mathematics can prepare students for many different careers. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide variety of such degrees and emphases to provide students with several blends and specialties according to their interests and goals.

Program Overview

At SDSU, prospective mathematics majors have their choice of three programs: the Bachelor of Arts degree program in liberal arts and sciences, the Bachelor of Arts degree program in liberal arts and sciences in preparation for the single subject teaching credential, or the Bachelor of Science degree in applied arts and sciences.

The Bachelor of Science degree allows students with a strong interest in the mathematical aspects of a particular science to include courses in that science toward their major. Students choose from four areas of emphasis: applied mathematics, computational science, or science. Students take upper-division courses focusing on their selected emphasis, although they may choose a mix of courses from all areas. A mathematics minor is also available. The course work provides a good background for employment or graduate work in applied mathematics or in that science.

The Bachelor of Arts in mathematics prepares the student for graduate school in mathematics, for a career in secondary teaching, or for a variety of other jobs. There is a foreign language competency requirement. Students interested in secondary teaching are required to take certain core courses, an upper division geometry course and two electives. The Bachelor of Arts degree in preparation for a teaching credential includes mainstream courses in mathematics, as well as specialized courses for prospective secondary teachers.

Special Features

  • The Department participates in joint Ph.D. programs in Mathematics Education with University of California-San Diego and Computational Sciences and Statistics with Claremont Graduate University.
  • The Department offers 5 graduate programs in mathematics and applications: Master of Arts in Mathematics, Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, Master of Communication Mathematics, Master of Computational Science, and Master of Science in Dynamical Systems.
  • The Department's Mathematics Education program is among the very best in the nation.
  • The Mathematics Club has been created by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to enhance the interaction between students and faculty and develop closer ties to local industry.
  • Currently 20 of our 28 professors in the department are supported by external research grants, including 9 grants from National Science Foundation and 2 grants from National Institute of Health. In 2002, National Science Foundation ranked SDSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics 40th in the nation in R&D spending.

Career Opportunities

Some areas of employment for mathematics graduates include accounting, advertising, agriculture-and-conservation, banking, communications, economics, education, finance, government, insurance, intelligent systems, manufacturing, marketing, mathematical programming, medical services, merchandising, operations research, transportation, and utilities.

To further explore career options in this field, visit Career Services Website for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Mathematics program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.