Santa Clara University

Mathematics and Computer Science department

General Requirements for a Major in Mathematics

A Santa Clara University undergraduate majoring in Mathematics must fulfill the standard University and College Core Curriculum requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. (Students should always confirm university, college and departmental requirements by referring to the SCU Undergraduate Bulletin for their freshman year.) The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has specified that the science requirement of the core curriculum is fullfilled by taking Physics 31 and 32 (formerly 4 and 5) (and the corresponding labs).

Departmental Requirements for a Major in Mathematics
Lower Division Courses
  • MATH 11, 12, 13, 14 (formerly numbered 21 before Fall 2009) (Calculus I - IV)
  • MATH 22 (Differential Equations)
  • MATH 51 (Discrete Math) (Class of 2012+) (Highly recommended for those graduating before 2012.)
  • MATH 52 (Abstract Algebra)
  • MATH 53 (Linear Algebra)
  • CSCI 10 (Intro to Computer Science) or demonstrated proficiency in computer programming.
Upper Division Courses

A student majoring in mathematics must take seven upper-division courses selected from those in mathematics (i.e., courses with a MATH label) or in computer science (i.e., courses with a CSCI label), including the following:

For the class of 2015 or earlier
  • MATH 102 (Advanced Calculus)
  • MATH 103 (Adv. Linear Algebra) (Class of 2013+), MATH 111 (Abstract Algebra I) or MATH 176 (Combinatorics)
  • In addition, a mathematics major must show proficiency in programming in some higher-level computer language. This requirement is usually fulfilled by a student taking CSCI 10 (Introduction to Computer Science [C++]).
For the class of 2016 and later
  • MATH 102 (Adv. Calc.), 105 (Complex Var.), or 153 (Real Var.)
  • MATH 103 (Adv. Lin. Alg) or 111 (Abs. Alg. I)
  • a course in geometry (MATH 101, 113, or 174) or in discrete mathematics (MATH 176 or 177) or in applied mathematics (MATH 122, 125, 144, 155, 165, 166).
  • Proficiency in a computer language (as above)

For students entering before Fall 2009 (and transfer students entering during the 2009-2010 academic year), a sample four-year curriculum for a Mathematics Major can be found at this link.

For students entering between Fall 2009 and Fall 2011 (inclusive), a sample four-year curriculum for a Mathematics Major (incorporating the 2009 core curriculum) can be found at this link.

For students entering in Fall 2012 and afterwards, a sample four-year curriculum for a Mathematics Major (incorporating the 2009 core curriculum and revised requirements for the mathematics major) can be found at this link.


Departmental Requirements for a Major in Mathematics
with an Emphasis in Applied Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a program providing an emphasis in applied in applied mathematics for students who wish to prepare themselves for (1) careers in industry, or (2) graduate work in applied mathematics. The choice of program requirements was made in consultation with past graduates who have indicated the theoretical and technical needs for success "on the job."

Participation in the program is noted on the student's transcript.

All students in the program must complete the University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements for a B.S. in Mathematics, and in particular:

  1. MATH 102, 122, 123, 166, and either 103 or 176.
  2. Two courses from the following: MATH 144, 155, 165, 178, CSCI 164, or an appropriate alternative. (Other CSCI courses will not be substituted for the courses listed.)

Departmental Requirements for a Major in Mathematics
with an Emphasis in Financial Mathematics

Complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with the following specifications and additions:

  • MATH 102, 122, 123, 125, 144, 166
  • BUSN 70
  • ACTG 11, 12
  • FNCE 121, 124
Departmental Requirements for a Major in Mathematics
with an Emphasis in Mathematical Economics

Complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with the following specifications and additions:

  • MATH 102, 122, 123, 166
  • ECON 113
  • Three courses from MATH 125, ECON 170-174
Departmental Requirements for a Major in Mathematics
with an Emphasis in Mathematics Education

Complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with the following specifications and additions:

  • MATH 101, 102, 111, 122, 123 (or 8), 170, 175 (or 178)
  • EDUC 198B
  • Students are strongly recommended to complete the Urban Education minor.
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