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Mathematics and Statistics Department

BA - Mathematics

The BA - Mathematics is recommended for students who enjoy problem solving and would like to apply problem solving skills along with communication and analyzing skills in a future career. This degree also provides an excellent background for graduate work in mathematics and other disciplines including law and medicine as well as engineering and science.

33 upper division units of mathematics and computer science are required for this degree. If upper division requirements are satisfied using transferred lower division courses, then additional upper division math courses will need to be taken to obtain the required number of upper division units.

A grade of "C-" or better is required for courses being used to meet any requirement in this major, including courses in preparation for the major.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements50
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major12-15
MATH 100W. Technical Writing WorkshopZ3
Complete one course from:
MATH 050. Scientific Computing I2
MATH 109. Mathematical Software3
MATH 167. Programming in SAS3
CS 046A. Introduction to Programming4
CS 049C. Programming in C3
CS 049J. Programming in Java3
PHYS 50 and one of PHYS 51, PHYS 52, or MATH 161A (or with prior approval, 6 units of upper division mathematics-related courses from other departments may be substituted).7-8
Requirements of the Major46-48
Core Courses13-15
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 042. Discrete Mathematics3
Complete one course from:
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 030P. Calculus I with PrecalculusB45
Upper Division Core18
MATH 108. Introduction to Abstract Mathematics and Proofs3
MATH 128A. Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 131A. Introduction to Analysis3
Complete one course from:
MATH 112. Vector Calculus3
MATH 113. Differential Geometry3
MATH 115. Modern Geometry and Transformations3
MATH 138. Complex Variables3
Complete one course from:
MATH 128B. Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 129B. Linear Algebra II3
MATH 131B. Introduction to Real Variables3
MATH 175. Introduction to Topology3
Additional Upper Division Requirements15
Complete five courses (not counted above) from:
MATH 104. History of Mathematics3
MATH 109. Mathematical Software3
MATH 112. Vector Calculus3
MATH 113. Differential Geometry3
MATH 115. Modern Geometry and Transformations3
MATH 126. Theory of Numbers3
MATH 128B. Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 129B. Linear Algebra II3
MATH 131B. Introduction to Real Variables3
MATH 132. Advanced Calculus3
MATH 133B. Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 134. Ord. Diff. Eqns and Dynamical Systems3
MATH 138. Complex Variables3
MATH 142. Introduction to Combinatorics3
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 143M. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 161A. Applied Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 161B. Applied Probability and Statistics II3
MATH 162. Statistics for Bioinformatics3
MATH 163. Probability Theory3
MATH 164. Mathematical Statistics3
MATH 171. Foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science3
MATH 175. Introduction to Topology3
MATH 177. Linear and Non-Linear Optimization3
MATH 178. Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 179. Introduction to Graph Theory3
MATH 180. Individual Studies1-4
MATH 180H. Individual Studies for Honors3
Requires prior approval
MATH 203. Applied Mathematics, Computation, and Statistics Projects3
University Electives7-12

Total Units:120