Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor's Programs

The Mathematics Department at San Jose State University offers several Bachelor's degrees in mathematics.

The B. A. Mathematics (PDF) degree is our most flexible degree and is a good choice for students planning to go on to graduate school in mathematics and students that just like mathematics who don't yet have a specific career goal in mind.

The B. A. Mathematics Preparation for Secondary Teaching (PDF) is designed for aspiring high school math teachers as its curriculum encompasses subject areas which satisfy the mathematics subject matter competency required by the credential program.

The B. S. Applied Mathematics (PDF) degree is designed for students who want a career using mathematics in business, government, or industry. Students pursuing this degree must select one of three concentrations: Concentration in Economics and Actuarial Science, Concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics, or Concentration in Statistics.

The B. S. Applied Mathematics, Concentration in Economics and Actuarial Science (PDF) degree is designed for students who want to become actuaries and for students who want a program that integrates business, economics, and mathematics. Actuaries are trained to analyze risk and are typically employed by insurance companies, banks, the government, and companies that handle retirement funds.

The B. S. Applied Mathematics, Concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PDF) degree is recommended for students who wish to work in the research and development area of industry. This program also prepares a student for graduate study in applied mathematics, numerical analysis, or operations research. This program provides a solid foundation in classical applied mathematics as well as computational mathematics, which could be informally described as "how to employ mathematics on computers wisely." A graduate could seek direct employment assisting a group of scientists with the formulation and solution of problems.

The B. S. Applied Mathematics, Concentration in Statistics (PDF) degree is designed for students pursuing a career involving the collection and analysis of numerical data, the use of statistical techniques to predict population growth or economic conditions, the use of statistics to analyze medical, environmental, legal and social problems, or to help business managers make decisions and carry out quality control. The statistics concentration also provides a solid foundation for students who plan to become actuaries.

Minor Programs

  • Minor in Mathematics (PDF) A minor in mathematics is valuable to students majoring in science, computer science, engineering, business and the social sciences as it provides an understanding of important concepts that have applications in those subject areas. Students majoring in physics, computer science and engineering can use support courses in their major toward a math minor. Many students in those programs choose to complete a math minor.
  • Minor in Mathematics for K-8 Teachers (PDF) This minor is designed for prospective elementary school teachers. Completion of the required courses will strengthen the ability to teach mathematics at the K-8th grade level.

Change of Major

Students who are interested in changing their major to math should see an advisor for consultation. Please fill out this form http://sites.google.com/site/mathadvisingsjsu/home/contact-us and request to see an advisor. After you have talked to an advisor, you need to fill out the change of major form found at the registrar's website and get department approval from Dr. Blockus.

Please note, the requirements to change your major to math are as follows:

  1. A C- or better in Calculus I (Math 30 or Math 30P) or AP credit for Calculus I;
  2. A C- or better in Discrete Math (Math 42);
  3. A 2.0 GPA or higher in all mathematics courses taken, Precalculus (Math 19) and above.

All transfer students or students wanting to change their major to a BA Math or BS Applied Math degree who have 60+ units will be required to have completed Math 30, 31, 32, and 42 with a grade of C- or better in each course (where Math 32 and 42 could be replaced with any other approved upper division course such as Math 129A, 133A, 161A etc.).  These students will also be required to have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in all math courses taken, Precalculus (Math 19) and above.