Mathematics
Department Office
Darwin Hall 128
phone: 707 664-2368
fax: 707 664-3535
www.sonoma.edu/math
Administrative Coordinator Marybeth Hull
Department Chair
Brian Jersky
Faculty William Barnier, Sam Brannen, Sharon Cabaniss, Jean Bee Chan, Norman Feldman, Benjamin Ford, Susan Herring, Brian Jersky, Rick Luttmann, Rick Marks, Elaine McDonald, Edith Mendez, Thomas Nelson, Sunil Tiwari
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Course Programs / Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Course Programs / Sample Four-Year Program for Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics / Cooperative Master of Arts or Minor in Mathematics / Preparation for Teaching / Individual Class DescriptionsPrograms offered
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Cooperative Master of Arts in Mathematics (with San Francisco State University)
Minor in Mathematics
Preparation For Teaching
Mathematics is a rapidly growing discipline whose concepts and applications play an ever-increasing part in modern life. Mathematics has always been an essential tool in the physical sciences, and has more recently been applied extensively in such diverse areas as medical and biological research, environmental studies, management science, behavioral and social sciences, and, of course, computer science.
Our basic curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment as professional mathematicians in business, industry, government, and teaching, as well as to provide a sound background for continuation of study toward advanced degrees in mathematics, computer science, and related fields.
The B.A. program provides preparation for teaching, general application of mathematics, and graduate study in mathematics.
The B.S. degree program offers concentrations in applied mathematics, computer science and statistics. These programs prepare students for graduate study in mathematics and in a variety of other fields: computer science; statistical work in government and industry; biostatistics; actuarial work; and consultative problem solving in modern industry.
Degree Requirements | units |
General education | 51 |
Major | 45-55 |
Electives | 14-24 |
Total units needed for graduation | 120 |
Core Curriculum
MATH 161 Calculus I (3 units in GE) | 4 |
MATH 211 Calculus II | 4 |
MATH 220 Higher Mathematics: An Introduction | 3 |
MATH 241 Calculus III: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra | 4 |
MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus | 4 |
MATH 340 Real Analysis I | 4 |
Total units in core curriculum | 23 |
B.A. Program (Pure Mathematics)
Core curriculum 23
MATH 306 Number Theory or | |
MATH 308 Geometry | 3 |
MATH 320 Modern Algebra I | 4 |
MATH 322 Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 360 Complex Variables | 3 |
MATH 418 Topology or | |
MATH 420 Modern Algebra II or | |
MATH 440 Real Analysis II | 3 |
Supporting Courses
MATH 180 Computing for Math/Science or | |
CS 150 Intro to Programming (3 units in GE) | 2-4 |
PHYS 114 Intro to Physics (3 units in GE) | 4 |
Total units in B.A. program | 45-47 |
B.A. Program (Secondary Teaching)
This B.A. program satisfies state requirements for subject matter preparations in mathematics for the Single Subject Teaching Credential.
Core curriculum 23
MATH 250 Probability and Statistics | 3 |
MATH 306 Number Theory | 3 |
MATH 308 College Geometry | 3 |
MATH 310 History of Mathematics | 3 |
MATH 316 or</td> | |
MATH 416 Graph Theory and Combinatorics | 3 |
MATH 320 Modern Algebra I | 4 |
MATH 345 Probability Theory or | |
MATH 470 Mathematical Modeling | 3 |
MATH 395 Community Involvement Program | 2 |
Supporting Courses
MATH 180 Computing for Math/Science | 2 |
PHYS 114 Intro to Physics (3 units in GE) | 4 |
Total units in secondary teaching program | 53 |
Note: Students considering graduate school in mathematics are advised to choose MATH 322 as an additional course.
B.S. Program (Applied Mathematics)
This B.S. concentration prepares students for employment in industry and graduate schools in scientific fields.Core curriculum | 23 |
MATH 316 or | |
MATH 416 Graph Theory and Combinatorics | 3 |
MATH 322 Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 331 Differential Equations II | 3 |
MATH 345 Probability Theory | 3 |
MATH 352 Numerical Analysis | 3 |
MATH 360 Complex Variables or | |
MATH 431 Partial Differential Equations | 3 |
MATH 441 Operations Research | 3 |
MATH 470 Mathematical Modeling | 3 |
Supporting Courses
MATH 180 Computing for Math/Science | 2 |
PHYS 114 Intro to Physics (3 units in GE) | 4 |
Total units in applied mathematics program | 53 |
B.S. Program (Computer Science Option)
This B.S. concentration prepares students for computer industry employment and graduate schools in computer-science-related fields. Students who are interested in the mathematical foundations of computer science generally opt for this major.Core curriculum | 23 |
MATH 316 or | |
MATH 416 Graph Theory and Combinatorics | 3 |
MATH 322 Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 345 Probability Theory | 3 |
MATH 352 Numerical Analysis | 3 |
CS 110 Unix | 1 |
CS 115 Programming I | 4 |
CS 215 Programming II | 3 |
CS 315 Data Structures | 3 |
CS 415 Algorithm Analysis (3) or | |
CS 355 Database Management Systems Design (3)* or | |
CS 375 Computer Graphics (3)* or | |
CS 454 Theory of Computation* | 3 |
Supporting Course
PHYS 114 Intro to Physics | 4 |
Total units in computer science option | 53 |
B.S. Program (Statistics)
This B.S. concentration prepares students for employment in statistical or actuarial fields and for graduate study in statistics. Core curriculum 23
MATH 322 Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 345 Probability Theory | 3 |
MATH 365 Statistical Inference I | 4 |
MATH 367 Statistical Consulting (2 units, twice) | 4 |
MATH 441 Operations Research | 3 |
MATH 465 Statistical Inference II | 4 |
MATH 470 Mathematical Modeling | 3 |
Supporting Courses
MATH 181 Computing for Statistics | 2 |
PHYS 114 Intro to Physics | 4 |
Total units in statistics | 53 |
Sample Four-Year Program for Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Freshman Year: 29 units
Fall Semester (15 units) | Spring Semester (14 units) |
Math 161 (GE) (4) | Math 211 (4) |
GE (3) | PHYS 114 (GE) (4) |
Engl 101 (3) | MATH 180 (2) |
GE (3) | GE (3) |
Freshman Seminar (2) | Math 175 (elective) (1) |
Sophomore Year: 29 units
Fall Semester (13 units) | Spring Semester (16 units) |
MATH 241 (4) | Math 261 (4) |
Math 220 (3) | Math 322 (3) |
GE (3) | GE (3) |
GE (3) | GE (3) |
GE (3) |
Fall Semester (16 units) | Spring Semester (16 units) |
Math 308 or Elective (3) | Math 340 (4) |
Math 320 (4) | Elective or MATH 306 (3) |
GE (3) | GE (3) |
GE (3) | UD GE (3) |
UD GE (3) | GE (3) |
Fall Semester (16 units) | Spring Semester (14 units) |
Math 418 or 440 or Elective (3) | Math 360 (3) |
UD GE (3) | Math 420 or Elective (3) |
Elective (3) | Elective (4) |
Elective (3) | Elective (4) |
Elective (4) | |
Total semester units: | 120 |
Cooperative Master of Arts in Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics participates in a cooperative Master of Arts in Mathematics with San Francisco State University. Through this program, students who have been accepted into the masterŐs degree program at San Francisco State may complete up to 12 units of course work in residence at Sonoma State University. Students interested in this cooperative program should contact the chair of the Mathematics Department for further information.Minor in Mathematics
Twenty units of mathematics are required. These must include MATH 161 (or its equivalent) and at least 6 units of upper-division mathematics courses, not including MATH 300, MATH 395, or MATH 399. Approval of the Mathematics Department should be obtained by the junior year in order to plan the minor properly.Actuarial Science Career Preparation
Students interested in a career in Actuarial Science can prepare to take the first two actuarial examinations by taking the following courses:
1. For Actuarial Exam 1: MATH 161, MATH 211, MATH 222, or MATH 241, MATH 261, MATH 345, and MATH 365.
2. For Actuarial Exam 2: ECON 201A, ECON 201B, ECON 304, MATH 303, ECON 305, and BUS 470.
Preparation for Teaching Secondary
The B.A. program for secondary teaching is designed for students planning to teach mathematics in middle, junior high, and high schools. This program is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and satisfies the subject matter competence requirement for a Single Subject Teaching Credential. (An alternative route for demonstrating subject matter competence is passage of a battery of commercial exams.) Most students complete the B.A. program, then a one-year teaching credential program to earn the Single Subject Credential.
An Integrated Program for mathematics and a teaching credential is now available to freshmen. Students in this program take coursework in education along with mathematics and General Education throughout their undergraduate years, eventually graduating with both a B.A. and a teaching credential simultaneously. The Integrated Program requires formal application to SSUŐs Single Subject Program prior to the junior year.
A student interested in any of the secondary teaching options should consult the Mathematics DepartmentŐs education advisor.
Elementary
The Mathematics Department also offers course work for students planning to each in elementary schools or preschools. The minimal college-level mathematics preparation recommended for elementary teachers is two courses: MATH 150 and MATH 300. Particular subject matter preparation programs for elementary teachers may have additional requirements or may offer the option of a mathematics concentration; consult advisors in these programs for further details.Supplementary
Students planning to earn either the Multiple Subject (elementary), Single Subject (secondary), or Special Education credential may further emphasize mathematics in their teaching preparation by completing course work leading to a supplementary authorization in mathematics. This addition to the credential qualifies the holder to teach in mathematics-only classes up through ninth-grade-level math. The supplementary authorization can also be combined with a mathematics minor. Interested students should consult the Mathematics DepartmentŐs education advisor.Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Requirement
Unless exempted, the Entry-Level Mathematics Examination must be taken within the past two years before enrollment in any general education course or developmental mathematics course (MATH 35 or 45). The ELM results will place the student in the appropriate level of mathematics course. Note that if placement in the developmental mathematics sequence is necessary, satisfactory completion of MATH 45 is required for placement in MATH 103, 104, 105, 107, 111, 131, 141, 150, and 165. Please consult the Schedule of Classes or phone the Office of Testing Services for times and places of examination. The examination will be given in conjunction with the English Placement Test. For additional information, please see the Admissions section of this catalog.Grading Policy in the Mathematics Department
Nonmajors
All mathematics courses except MATH 35, 45, 103, 104, 105, 107, 111, 131, 141, 150, 161, and 165 are available in the Cr/NC grading mode to non-mathematics majors.All Students
MATH 175, 295, 330, 395, and 499 are available only as Cr/NC.Mathematics Majors
A mathematics major must take all mathematics courses in the traditional grading mode, with the exceptions of courses offered only in the Cr/NC modes: MATH 107W, 161W, 175, 211W, 295, 330, 395, and 499, and any course taken as credit by challenge examination (please see more information on this in the Admissions section of this catalog). However, a maximum of 6 units total credit in MATH 330, 375, 395, and 499 may be applied toward any mathematics degree. Majors are advised to take PHIL 102 for the GE category A3 (Critical Thinking).