Mathematics, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
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  • Female students and male student

Mathematics is the universal language shared between people. As a mathematics major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll engage in a broad spectrum of coursework in the mathematical sciences that will help you solve real-world problems and view math in a way that relates to your world. Whether you’re taking a Problem Solving course and collaborating with classmates to solve real world problems or analyzing the frequencies in the sound waves of your own voice, your work will move beyond the text book. This is the recommended major if you intend to go into secondary teaching, or if you desire to pursue graduate work in postsecondary teaching or mathematics.


  • Small class sizes allow for collaboration and specialized attention
  • Project and research-oriented coursework including the development of your own semester long project
  • Faculty who are experts in their field with a wide network of educating connections including the AIMS Center and the FPU School of Education
  • Coursework is cross-disciplinary and allows for flexibility within the major

Career opportunities

Common career fields for mathematics majors include statistician, computer programmer, data analyst and educator. Our graduates in both the BA and BS are well prepared for graduate-level work, including teacher credential programs and master’s level research programs.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Or Other Prerequisites

CSSE 121Introduction to Scientific Programming3
MATH 120
MATH 140
Principles of Mathematics
or Pre-Calculus
PHYS 120
PHYS 130
General Physics I
or University Physics I

Required Courses (37 Units)

MATH 210Calculus I4
MATH 220Calculus II4
MATH 230Calculus III4
MATH 320Principles of Geometry3
MATH 330Abstract Algebra3
MATH 340Number Theory3
MATH 335Linear Algebra3
MATH 350Problem Solving3
MATH 360Probability and Statistical Methods3
MATH 420Real Analysis3
MATH 480History of Mathematics3
MATH 485Senior Seminar in Mathematics1

Program director

Shawn Wirts, Ph.D.
Shawn Wirts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Mathematics B.A.


Ron Pratt, Ph.D.
Ron Pratt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Applied Mathematics B.S.

Manjula Peter Joseph, Ph.D.
Manjula Peter Joseph, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education