BA in Mathematics
This major is designed for students who are Interested in pursuing a career in teaching mathematics at the secondary (i.e., high school) level. With the help of their advisor students may carefully design a schedule to complete the California Preliminary Single Subject 2042 Teaching Credential in mathematics during their four years at LMU. This major program has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Furthermore, a program may be designed that allows a student to complete the mathematics degree, credential, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics at LMU in five years including two summer sessions.
Please consider the following document for assistance in creating your four-year plan: How to complete the preliminary credential and student teaching in four years.
Students must complete the corresponding Bachelor of Arts University Core requirements as defined by the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering; students will choose the proper sequence of University Core courses in consultation with their advisor.
Mathematics majors and minors are not permitted to enroll in any mathematics course without a minimum grade of C (2.0) in that course's prerequisite. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each course in the lower division major requirements. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) is required in the upper division major requirements for graduation.
MATH 131, 132, 190, 191, 234, 245, 248, 250, 282; one science course chosen from BIOL 101, 102; CHEM 110, 112, 114; PHYS 101, 201 and CMSI 185, 281. The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics degrees require an additional science course chosen from the courses listed above; a second CMSI or PHYS course also may be counted towards the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics (please see upper division requirements below). In addition, those pursuing a credential will need to complete MATH 293 .
Upper Division Requirements (11 courses)
MATH 321, 331, 357, 360, 490, 493 or 497, 550, one additional 3-unit upper division MATH elective (excluding MATH 301, 302) chosen in consultation with his/her advisor; EDUC 488; and two 3-unit EDUC courses chosen from the list of requirements for the preliminary single subject secondary credential or one such EDUC course and one course from BIOL 101, 102, 201, 202; CHEM 114, 220; PHYS 101, 201; or CMSI 185, 281, 282.
Students are encouraged to enrich their program of study with selected electives from the following areas:
Students are encouraged to take a course in the issues of business.
Students are expected to become proficient in computer skills. Courses or workshops may be taken to help students develop existing skills.
Students are encouraged to study foreign languages to the intermediate level. LMU offers Chinese, French, German, Greek (Modern and Classical), Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, and Tagalog on a regular basis.
Students are encourages to select elective courses that deal with international and/or global issues. Consult the bulletin listings.
A semester of international study abroad is also recommended.
Typical Plan of Study
Below is a template of an 8-semester plan for a math major who wishes to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts degree and the requirements for a preliminary teaching credential. It outlines the typical sequence of courses, assuming a hypothetical student enters LMU as a first-year student and has no AP or prior University credit for courses.
MATH 131: Calculus I (4)
MATH 190: Workshop I (1)
ENGL 110: College Writing (3)
HIST 100: University Core (3)
PSYCH 100 1 : University Core (3)
Core Requirement (3)
TOTAL: 17 units
MATH 132: Calculus II (4)
MATH 191: Workshop II (1)
PHYS 101: Science Req (4)
PHIL 160:University Core (3)
ENGL 160: University Core (3)
TOTAL: 15 units
MATH 234: Calculus III (4)
MATH 248: Intro to Methods of Proof(3)
COMM 100: University Core (3)
Critical Art: University Core (3)
Creative Art: University Core (3)
TOTAL: 16 units
MATH 245: Differential Equations (3)
MATH 250: Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 282: Elem. Numerical Methods (3)
EDUC 414: Education Req (3)
EDUC 400 2 : University Core (3)
HIST 162*: University Core (3)
MATH 293**: Field Experience (0)
TOTAL: 18 units
MATH 321: Real Variables I (3)
MATH 360: Intro to Prob & Stat (3)
EDUC 425: Education req (or 2nd sci)(3/4)
THEO 1XX: University Core (3)
PHIL 3XX: University Core(3)
Core or Elective (3)
TOTAL: 15/16 units
MATH 331: Elements of Group The (3)
MATH 490: History of Math (3)
MATH 3XX: Math elective (3)
EDUC 440: Elective (3)
THEO 3XX: University Core (3)
EDUC 401 1 : University Core
TOTAL: 18 units
MATH 357: Complex Var (3)
MATH 493 or 497: Seminar for Educators/Thesis (3)
MATH 550: Geometry (3)
EDUC 488: Elective(3)
TOTAL: 15 units
EDUC 428: Elective (3)
EDUC 412***: Elective, Student Teaching (9)
TOTAL: 12 units
1. EDUC 401 can be substituted for an upper division psych class.
2. EDUC 400 can be substituted for AMCS 100 to be paired with PSYCH 100 to satisfy the 6 units of social science requirement.
* HIST 162 satisfies both the U.S. Constitution requirement for the preliminary teaching credential and 3 units of the history core requirement. POLS 135 satisfies both the U.S. Constitution requirement for preliminary teaching credential and 3 units of the social science core requirement.
** This course is required for the student who wishes to get a secondary teaching credential.
*** For the student who is working on the teaching credential, these units can be used for the student teaching.
A joint effort of the Department of Mathematics and the School of Education, the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics provides advanced education for secondary teachers. More information can be found at the LMU MAT webpage .