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Department of Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics

The requirement for entrance to the major program is completion of two years of algebra as well as courses in geometry and trigonometry, or a sequence of courses containing their equivalents, such as MATH 4R and 5. It is strongly recommended that such study be completed before entrance to the university.

Major requirements (48-54 units)

Core curriculum (30 units)

MATH 75 (or 75A and B), 76, 77, 81 (15 units)

MATH 111 (3 units)

MATH 151, 152 (8 units)

MATH 171 (4 units)

Elective curriculum (18-24 units)

Six mathematics courses, upper-division or graduate (see note 1), minimum of 3 units per course, excluding MATH 100, 102, 133, 134, 137, 138, and 139.

Additional requirements (7 units)

CSCI 40 (4 units)

PHYS 4A (see note 2) (3 units)

General Education (51 units) (see note 3)

Electives and remaining degree requirements (8-14 units)

Total (120 units)

Advising Notes

  1. Special conditions apply for graduate courses; see a department adviser.
  2. PHYS 4AL is not required for the math major. If students wish to use PHYS 4A as a General Education Breadth course, they must also take PHYS 4AL.
  3. MATH 75 (and 75A) satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement within General Education Foundation courses. It also satisfies the requirement within General Education Core courses, for students under 1998-1999 or earlier catalogs.
  4. See Mathematics Road Map.


It is strongly recommended, to all math majors, to have an advising session at least once a semester. See the department chair for assignment to an adviser.

Grade Requirements

All courses required as prerequisites for a mathematics course must be completed with a grade of C or better before registration will be permitted. All courses taken to fulfill major or minor requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.