B.A. in Mathematics

The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics is designed to provide students with a broad spectrum of coursework in the mathematical sciences. It is intended to give students a sense of the human story and the philosophical underpinning of mathematics. This is the recommended major for those students intending to go into secondary teaching, but is not intended to be limited to these students alone. There are more elective options for a B.A. and more room for the students to incorporate a minor field of study.


General Education or Other Prerequisites (11 Units)

  • CS-121 Introduction to Scientific Programming (3)
  • MATH-120 Principles of Mathematics (4)
  • or MATH-140 Pre-Calculus (4)
  • PHYS-120L General Physics I (4)
  • or PHYS-130L University Physics I (4)

Required Mathematics Courses (27 Units)

  • MATH-210 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH-220 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH-230 Calculus III (4)
  • MATH-330 Abstract Algebra (3)
  • MATH-335 Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH-350 Problem Solving (3)
  • MATH-360 Probability and Statistical Methods (3)
  • MATH-420 Real Analysis (3)

Electives (18 Units)

Select six of the following courses:

  • MATH-320 Principles of Geometry (3)
  • MATH-325 Introduction to Topology (3)
  • MATH-340 Number Theory (3)
  • MATH-345 Numerical Analysis (3)
  • MATH-357/MGT-368 Operations Research (3)
  • MATH-365 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH-370 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MATH-375 Introduction to Game Theory (3)
  • MATH-454 Complex Analysis (3)
  • MATH-480 History of Mathematics (3)

Additional Requirements for Teacher Education Candidates

To Enter a Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following requirements in addition to the specific course requirements outlined above to enter a teacher education program and become credentialed to teach in a California public school:

  • Pass the CSET Examination to demonstrate the subject matter competence required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to be a teacher.

To Enter the Fresno Pacific University Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following requirements to enter the teacher education program at FPU:

  1. Earn a 2.75 overall grade-point average in their college coursework.
  2. Earn a 3.0 grade-point average in the secondary teaching emphasis of their major.

To Complete the Fresno Pacific University Teacher Education Program

Students must complete the following courses (with a grade of C or better) in order to complete the teacher education program at FPU and receive a teaching credential. Students are advised, but not required, to take these courses as undergraduates.

  • LANG-340 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • PS-120 American Politics and Society (4)
  • or HIST-150 American Civilization (4)
  • PSY-355 Adolescent Development (3)

It is recommended that students complete one of the following courses, as well:

  • HIST-420 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3)
  • SOC-310 Cultural Communities of California (3)

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