Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2020 - 2021 
    May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2020 - 2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis, B.A.

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Program Director: Shawn Wirts Ph.D.

Mathematics Major Overview

The mathematics majors provide students with an understanding of the concepts and procedures in the field of mathematics. The subjects offered at FPU range from the historical and philosophical ideas that drove the development of this field to modern day applications of mathematics using appropriate technology to model and problem solve; all are founded on the solid logical footing of mathematical theory.

Students may choose from two distinct degree programs. For the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Mathematics, students may choose an emphasis in General Mathematics , Secondary Teaching, or Pure Mathematics . For the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Mathematics, students pursue an emphasis in Applied Mathematics .


Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will communicate mathematical results and arguments clearly, both orally and in writing.
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in solving mathematical problems including mathematical modeling of real world problems and using the appropriate technological tools to solve them.
  3. Students will distinguish between computational/methodological skills and use them appropriately and effectively.
  4. Students will apply problem-solving skills and develop and demonstrate strategic views necessary to solve real world problems mathematically.
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the central role of mathematics in the sciences and articulate the relationship between mathematics and creation.


Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

Emphasis Overview

Within the B.A. in Mathematics, the Secondary Teaching emphasis gives students a sense of the human story through the study of the history, techniques, and philosophical underpinning of mathematics.  This emphasis includes coursework chosen to prepare students upon graduation to successfully transition to graduate single-subject California teacher credentialing programs to teach math at the middle or high school level.  General education and electives may be chosen to fulfill co-requisite coursework requirements in the Teacher Education Program.

The total coursework requirements include a minimum of 46 units of mathematics beyond the general education prerequisites.

General Education or Other Prerequisites

Electives (9 Units)

Select three of the following:

Teacher Education Program Information

Students who are interested in applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisors and/or contact the Regional Enrollment Office prior to (2 or more semesters before) completion of their degrees.

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program are required to complete the following in order to be considered for admission.

  • Online application
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    A written request to waive the GPA requirement can be submitted for Program Director consideration
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement documenting experience working with youth 
  • Verifications of negative TB test and Certificate of Clearance

Testing Requirements:

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required tests prior to admission to the credential program. Students must meet established testing requirements to progress into the student teaching or internship phase of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Passing results on CBEST
  • Passing results on CSET for area of credential

Required Co-Requisite Courses:

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required co-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate programs. If not completed prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, the equivalent graduate-level courses can be added to a student's academic plan for the credential program.

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