Mathematics - General Math Option, B.S.


Department of Mathematics

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements Mathematics - General Math

The requirement for entrance to the major and minor programs 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 3 and 5. It is strongly recommended that such study be completed before entrance to the university.

1. Major requirements (57-63 units)
Core curriculum (34-35 units)
MATH 75 (or MATH 75A and MATH 75B), MATH 76MATH 77, MATH 81 (15 units)
MATH 101 or MATH 107 (3-4 units)
MATH 111 (4 units)
MATH 151MATH 152 (8 units)
MATH 171 (4 units)

Option specific electives (16-21 units)
Five mathematics courses, upper-division or graduate, minimum of 3 units per course, excluding MATH 100, MATH 102, MATH 133, MATH 134, MATH 137, MATH 138, and MATH 139 (see note 1) (15- 20 units)
One of the courses MATH 193A, MATH 193B, MATH 193C or MATH 193D, as long as it agrees with the chosen Culminating Experience (see note 1) (1 unit)

Additional requirements (7 units)
CSCI 40 (4 units), PHYS 4A (see note 2) (3 units)

2. General Education requirements (48 units) (see notes 2 and 3)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

The Culminating Experience for this option can be any of the Culminating Experiences
from the other options in the B.S. in Mathematics (as listed below), as long as students have the required prerequisites:

  • MATH 193A + MATH 198 (in Applied Mathematics) or
  • MATH 193B + MATH 198 (in Pure Mathematics) or MATH 193C or
  • MATH 149S. Students choosing this Culminating Experience may take any of the MATH 193A, 193B, 193C or 193D seminars, assuming that they have the prerequisites.

Advising Notes

  1. Students choosing this option will be able to select their MATH electives freely, as long as this decision is consistent with the Culminating Experience they choose to have. Special conditions apply for graduate courses. Students in this option using MATH 149S as their Culminating Experience can take any of the 1-unit seminars MATH 193A, 193B, 193C or 193D (assuming they have the prerequisites); see department advisor.
  2. PHYS 4AL is not required for the math major. If students wish to include PHYS 4A as a General Education Breadth course, they must also take PHYS 4AL.
  3. Three units of MATH 75 (or MATH 75A) also will satisfy the G.E. Foundation B4 requirement.
  4. See Mathematics Road Map at
  5. Advising Requirements. 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 advisor.
  6. 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.


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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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A degree in mathematics can open the door to a huge range of amazing careers. After all, math is involved in just about every job in some way, and it's particularly essential in the in-demand fields of science, technology, and engineering. Math majors tend to have well-developed skills in logical thinking and problem solving. They are experts at analyzing data and creating models to extract meaningful conclusions. They can identify patterns and use quantitative data to construct solutions. That's why the kind of jobs you can get with a math degree are so diverse. You could pursue careers in areas like insurance, banking, education, logistics, and more.

Math skills are clearly important in many careers, most notably the science, technology, and engineering professions. But such skills also feature prominently in some careers that may not seem like a natural end point for someone with a math degree. Video game developer and computer animator are just two examples of less-obvious jobs that actually use calculus, for instance.

What You Can Do

Teach, pursue advanced degree, or work in finance-related fields, business, government, and industry; actuarial work.

A major in mathematics is a springboard to a wide range of rewarding careers. Whether you focus on theoretical mathematics, applied math or statistics, the analytical and quantitative skills you develop in a math program are valuable assets that many employers need. Take a look at some of the types of organizations that hire math majors:

  • Government agencies and academic research institutes
  • Engineering firms
  • Biomedical and health services companies
  • Insurance agencies
  • Real estate firms
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Airlines and other transportation service providers
  • Financial institutions


What You Can Earn

The list below is meant to inspire your career exploration, but don't think you're limited to these suggestions. Many jobs that don't specifically mention math degrees are available to graduates with these skills, so don't sell yourself short. You likely have more options than you realize. It should be noted that several careers in the mathematical sciences also require a master’s or doctoral degree.

High school math teacher: median salary - $58, 030
Data analyst: median salary - $57,261
Insurance underwriter: median salary - $67,680
Purchasing agent: median salary - $63,300
Market researcher: median salary - $62,560
Cost estimator: median salary - $61,790
Accountant: median salary - $68,150
Energy analyst: median salary - $58,224
Financial planner: median salary - $90,530
Investment analyst: median salary - $81,760
Actuary: median salary - $100,610
Statistician: median salary - $80,500
Mathematician: median salary - $105,810

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
  • Discrete Structures
  • Theory of Numbers
  • Graph Theory
  • Topics in Applied Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra and Abstract Algebra
  • History of Mathematics
  • Applied Complex Analysis
  • Differential Geometry
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Applied Probability


What You Can Learn

The use of mathematics in the modern world. The language and problems of mathematics, including set theory, symbolic logic, types of proofs. Techniques of data analysis and mathematical modeling. How calculus can be used to solve problems in science and engineering. Developing skills in logical thinking and problem solving.

About the College

The College of Science and Mathematics provides professional training at the undergraduate and graduate levels to serve as a foundation for a career in science or mathematics, to provide pre-professional training in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other professions or for continued study at the graduate level.

College Contact Info

The office of the Dean is located in Science II, Room 301.
Telephone: (559) 278-3936

Department Contact Information

Office Location:

Department of Mathematics
Peters Business Building
Room: 381

Phone: (559) 278-2992 | Fax: (559) 278-2872


Department of Mathematics
5245 North Backer Avenue M/S PB108
Fresno, California 93740-8001