Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
BA in Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Teacher Certification
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics is designed to provide students with the foundation of a liberal arts education and a broad overview of modern mathematics and its applications, while also emphasizing the power, depth, and beauty inherent in the subject. This degree plan is specifically designed for students who intend to teach High School Mathematics. Therefore, the Urban Education Concentration is required.
The mathematical component of this plan is designed to prepare students to develop and use analytical and problem-solving skills, to master mathematical techniques required in related fields of application, and to enter the employment market with relevant and proficient mathematical tools. This degree offers many features to enhance a student’s educational experience: the choice of an approved university minor or concentration; sustained development of writing and speaking proficiency. It will help prepare students for various graduate or professional programs including mathematics and mathematics education. A student of this program, after completing the courses listed in the Mathematics Core, may then choose mathematics electives that seem most suitable to their interests. Several suggested tracks are given with recommended electives. Students are encouraged to consult their advisors for further suggestions about which electives are most suitable, based on their goals and preferences.
The degree requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours as indicated below. No grade of “D” in any course in the CMS Department may be applied toward satisfying the requirements of any degree in the department. Any course substitution must be approved by the department chair. The format of the degree is given in five sections: General Education Requirements, Mathematics Requirements, Computer Science Requirements, Urban Education Concentration, and Free Electives.