Undergraduate Programs


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.

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). Those 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).

BS Applied Mathematics, Concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics

This 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.

The concentration in applied and computational mathematics 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. There is a great need in local and national technical industries for people with sufficiently strong mathematical knowledge to participate on such teams. For example, modern techniques for solving partial differential equations are very sophisticated; the best method in a given situation depends on the properties of the model. Once a numerical approximation has been formulated, the techniques to solve that, and the commercial software available to do it, again require informed decisions.

BS Applied Mathematics, Concentration in Economics and Actuarial Science

This program 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.

BS Applied Mathematics, Concentration in Statistics

This degree program is recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in statistics. This program also prepares a student for graduate study in probability and statistics.

The concentration in statistics is appropriate 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.

Mathematics Minors

For all Questions Regarding Math Minors, Please Refer to Prof.  Marilyn Blockus

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.