Mathematics and Statistics Department

BA - Mathematics, Preparation for Teaching

This major is designed for students interested in teaching mathematics in high school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Mathematics. The BA- Mathematics Preparation for Teaching is approved as subject matter preparation for a single subject credential by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Individuals who do not wish to complete one of the degree programs, or individuals seeking a single subject credential in subject areas not listed must pass all portions of the appropriate Commission-approved subject matter examination(s).

Minimum grade point average (GPA) criteria is required for verification of subject matter competency. Completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

33 upper division units of mathematics 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.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses in the Preparation and Required in the Major must be completed with a grade of "C- or better", and the following Preparation for the Major course with a grade of "C or better": MATH 100W

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
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.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
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
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major13-15
MATH 100W. Technical Writing WorkshopZ3
PHYS 50 and one of PHYS 51, PHYS 52.8
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
Requirements of the Major46-49
Lower Division Courses13-16
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
MATH 030PL. Calculus I with PrecalculusB46
Upper Division Core18
MATH 104. History of Mathematics3
MATH 108. Introduction to Abstract Mathematics and Proofs3
MATH 115. Modern Geometry and Transformations3
MATH 128A. Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 131A. Introduction to Analysis3
Additional Requirements15
MATH 161A. Applied Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 161B. Applied Probability and Statistics II3
Complete one course from:
MATH 126. Theory of Numbers3
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
Complete one course from:
MATH 134. Ord. Diff. Eqns and Dynamical Systems3
MATH 142. Introduction to Combinatorics3
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 143M. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 170. Mathematical Modeling for the Life Sciences3
MATH 177. Linear and Non-Linear Optimization3
MATH 178. Mathematical Modeling3
University Electives9-14

Total Units:120

Note: MATH 102 is required in order to meet the subject matter requirement for a teaching credential.