2018-2019 Catalog

Mathematics

Mathematics Program Learning Outcomes 

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Mathematics

Bachelor of Science

Degree Roadmaps

Mathematics Option

Mathematics Education Option

Minor

Subject Matter Teaching Preparation

See Mathematics Education Option

Introductory Mathematics: Subject Matter Authorization

Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics

Middle School Mathematics Option

High School Mathematics Option

Faculty

Matthew Jones, Department Chair
Frederic Brulois, George Jennings, Wai Yan Pong, Serban Raianu, Kristen Stagg, Alexander Stanoyevitch, Yi Wang, Carolyn Yarnall

Department Office: NSM A-124, (310) 243-3378       Website: math.csudh.edu              

Center for Science and Mathematics Education        NSM A-115, (310) 243-2203

Emeritus Faculty

Jacqueline Barab, Chi-lung Chang, William Gould, Garry Hart, Jackson Henry, Eunice Krinsky, Frank Miles, John Wilkins

Program Description

Mathematics is about number operations and algebra, motion and change (calculus and differential equations), logical analysis, scientific visualization, structure and geometry, the prediction of random events (probability), the extraction of useful information from large sets of data (statistics), the discovery of the best ways to do things (optimization). It is abstract and theoretical, and intensely down-to-earth and practical, all at the same time.
The mathematics major and minor prepare students for exciting and rewarding work in industry, for careers in teaching, and for advanced post-baccalaureate study. Our calculus, differential equations, analysis, and probability and statistics courses enable science students to analyze data and predict outcomes in static and dynamic situations. Our foundations, discrete math, and algebra courses give students the tools they need for rigorous logical and structural analysis and a deep conceptual understanding of quantitative situations. Our mathematics education courses prepare students to be outstanding teacher leaders with a deep knowledge of mathematics and the best practices in teaching. Our general education courses give the general student the mathematical background she or he needs to function in life as an educated and informed citizen in an increasingly quantitative and data-driven world.
The Mathematics Department makes every effort to offer its courses at times that are convenient for students. Courses in the mathematics option of the major are generally offered in the morning. Courses in the mathematics education option of the major are generally offered at night to accommodate the needs of working students.
For additional information, please visit our website http://math.csudh.edu.

Academic Advising

Students are welcome to see a math advisor at any time when faculty are available. All full-time math faculty serve as advisors. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, please call the math department office (310) 243-3378 or drop by NSM A-124 during regular business hours. The math department requires majors to meet with an advisor at least once each semester.

Preparation

High School students should complete Algebra II, a year of geometry and trigonometry. A mathematics course should be taken in the senior year. Transfer students should complete three semesters of calculus and one additional course if possible.

Career Opportunities

A degree in mathematics is a key that opens the door to a world of opportunity. Students who major in mathematics are able to pursue a diverse range of careers. They are sought out by profit and non-profit institutions for their ability to use reasoning and logic and for their ability to solve problems. Many are interested in passing their learning on to future generations through teaching. Others seek advanced degrees in mathematics or other sciences and pursue cutting-edge research. Some will pursue degrees in business or economics, where the ability to work with numbers can be a great advantage. Those with mathematical training have gone on to careers as business executives at major software companies, as analysts for stock trading companies, as actuaries and risk management experts for insurance companies and the healthcare industry, as scientists and data analysts in engineering and biotech firms, as software designers and programmers, and a whole host of other careers.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may graduate with Honors in Mathematics provided that the following criteria are met:

1.   A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;

2.   A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;

3.   Recommendation by the faculty of the Mathematics Department.