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FYI— Four Year Integrated Program

The Major

Mathematicians today are engaged in a wide variety of activities. Research mathematicians create new theories and techniques. Applied mathematicians use that theory and mathematical modeling to solve problems in economics, science, medicine, engineering, and management. Teachers of mathematics develop new ways to teach mathematical concepts to children and adults.

University-level mathematics involves more than algorithms and computational techniques. Mathematics majors also learn to construct proofs and how to approach a real life problem from a mathematical point of view.


Math majors tend to be highly satisfied with the jobs they get after college. The pay is generally good and the work is usually strongly related to mathematics. The best five jobs listed in a recent Jobs Rated Almanac - software engineer, actuary, computer systems analyst, computer programmer, and mathematician - all require a very strong background in mathematics. In fact, almost every one of the top fifty jobs involves a significant amount of mathematical reasoning and knowledge.

The Bachelor of Science in mathematics is designed for students who (a) wish to pursue occupational careers involving applied mathematics; or (b) wish to prepare for graduate work in applied mathematics.

For more information on the program, see the 2002-2004 University Catalog.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

It is assumed that the student has a facility in mathematics normally gained by recent completion of four years of high school mathematics through trigonometry and "Mathematical Analysis." Because of the variation in curriculum at the high school level it is necessary to obtain a satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Test to enter the first course in the program. Without a satisfactory score a student may have to complete additional courses.

It may be possible for a student wishing to emphasize mathematical applications in a field outside the natural sciences to replace the physics requirement in the Lower Division Core by course work involving significant mathematical applications in that field. This may only be done with the approval of an applied mathematics advisor and the department chair.

Residency Requirement

In addition to University residence requirements for a bachelor's degree, the student must complete a minimum of 18 units of upper division mathematics in residence at Cal State Northridge with the approval of a mathematics advisor.

Course Requirement

The student must complete the following course requirements and must have at least a 2.0 grade point average for all upper division units required in the major.

Lower Division Required Courses (31-32 Units)

MATH 150A Mathematical Analysis I (5)

MATH 150B Mathematical Analysis II (5)

MATH 150AL OR 150BL Calculus Computer Lab (1)

MATH 250 Mathematical Analysis III (3)

MATH 262 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)

COMP 106/106L Computing in Engineering and Science (3)
110/110L Introduction to Algorithms and Programming (4)

PHYS 220A Mechanics (3)

PHYS 220AL Mechanics Laboratory (1)

PHYS 220B Electricity and Magnetism (3)

PHYS 220BL Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory (1)

PHIL 230 Symbolic Logic I (3)

Upper Division Required Courses (24 Units)

MATH 320 Foundations of Higher Math (3)

MATH 340 Introductory Probability (3)

MATH 350 Advanced Calculus I (3)

MATH 351 Differential Equations (3)

MATH 440A Mathematical Statistics I (3)

MATH 440B Mathematical Statistics II (3)

MATH 462 Advanced Linear Algebra (3)

MATH 483 Mathematical Modeling (3)

Upper Division Electives (9 units)

Recommended courses include:

SOM 465, 467, 591
MATH 380, 481AB, 482, 540, 542
PSY 420
COMP 426, 431, 595D
MKT 346

All classes taken outside the Mathematics Department must have the approval of a statistics advisor prior to enrollment.

NOTE: Some of these courses have prerequisites in the department concerned. These prerequisites may be waived for students who have completed Math 340 and 440A (check with the instructor). Early completion of Math 340 and 440A is recommended, and courses outside the mathematics department are encouraged. Students will need excellent knowledge of the calculus core and Math 340 in order to pass the first actuarial examination; Math 440A and 440B are also helpful.

Total Units in Option 2 (64-65 Units)

General Education (37 Units)

Subsection A.2, Critical Reasoning, is satisfied by PHIL 230.

Subsection A.3, Mathematics, is satisfied by Math 150A.

Section B, Natural Sciences, is partially satisfied by the lower division Physics courses required in the major.

Section E, Applied Arts and Sciences, is satisfied by either Comp 110/110L or Comp 106/106L.

Title 5 (6 Units)

Additional Units (12-13 Units)

Total Units Required for the BS Degree: 120