Mathematics, B.S.

Mission

A Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics provides a strong foundational core for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in pure or applied mathematics; to pursue a career in applied mathematics (e.g., statistics, computer science, operations research, and actuarial mathematics) immediately after obtaining a B.S.; or to teach mathematics in middle school and high school. The courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements are taught viewing mathematics as part of God's creation, and there is a concentrated effort to integrate faith and learning.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and the mathematics major in one of the concentrations. All mathematics concentrations must include 24 upper-division credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the abilities to think abstractly, problem solve, and prove theorems (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate the abilities to problem solve, apply mathematical theory to practical situations, and use math-related technology (ULO 1).
  3. Develop mathematical content mastery, according to their concentration, for graduate work, high school teaching, or employment in industry (ULO 1).
  4. Develop a pattern of personal integrity and the ability to articulate the implications of a biblical worldview concerning mathematics (ULO 2 and 3).
  5. After diverse interactions with faculty and students, the student should exhibit the abilities to problem-solve in groups, and successfully communicate mathematical ideas (ULO 1).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
The Core Curriculum (GE) requirement for a foreign language for those following a mathematics major may be met by two years of high school language or the first 4 credits of a college language. The science/mathematics requirement may be met by 3 credits of science.
Program Courses
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics must complete the mathematics program courses and one of the concentrations.
MATH 105Calculus I4
MATH 106Calculus II4
MATH 204Introduction to Abstract Math3
MATH 205Calculus III4
MATH 291Linear Algebra3
MATH 305Introduction to Real Analysis I3
MATH 315Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 370Readings in Mathematics 12
CSCI 105Introduction to Computer Science3
Students who plan to pursure graduate studies should take at least two of the following courses regardless of the area of concentration:
Introduction to Real Analysis II
Abstract Algebra II
Research Seminar
Total Credits29
1

 MATH 370 must be taken twice (2 credits total).

Concentrations

Actuarial Science (62 Credits)

Students who wish to pursue actuarial science, business analytics, or related fields should choose this concentration.

In addition to the program courses above, this concentration must complete the following:

Concentration Courses
BUSN 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
BUSN 202Principles of Microeconomics3
BUSN 211Principles of Accounting I3
BUSN 212Principles of Accounting II3
BUSN 370Business Finance3
MATH 190Business Statistics3
MATH 331Probability3
MATH 332Statistics3
MATH 333Operations Research3
MATH 335Ordinary Differential Equations3
Select one course (3 credits) at the 300 or 400 level in Math3
Total Credits33

Pure Mathematics (47 Credits)

This concentration allows the student flexibility in the selection of upper-division courses. A faculty advisor will aid the student in making these choices. Students planning to pursue mathematics in graduate school will find this concentration particularly appropriate.

In addition to the program courses above, this concentration must complete the following:

Concentration Courses
Select 6 courses at the 300 or 400 level in Math18
Total Credits18

Applied Mathematics (47 Credits)

Students who are interested in preparing for careers in business or industry should choose this concentration. Courses introduce a variety of areas of applied mathematics.

In addition to the program courses above, this concentration must complete the following.

Concentration Courses
MATH 321Numerical Analysis3
MATH 331Probability3
MATH 332Statistics3
MATH 333Operations Research3
MATH 335Ordinary Differential Equations3
or MATH 440 Complex Variables
Select one course at the 300 or 400 level in Math3
Total Credits18

Computer Science (53 Credits)

This concentration allows a mathematics major the opportunity to focus on the more mathematical aspects of computer science.

In addition to the program courses above, this concentration must complete the following.

Concentration Courses
Select at least two courses from the following:6
Numerical Analysis
Probability
Statistics
Operations Research
The following courses are also required:
CSCI 106Data Structures3
CSCI 220Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming3
CSCI 400Theory of Algorithms3
Select three courses at the 300 or 400 level in Math or Computer Science9
Total Credits24

Mathematics: Secondary Instruction (65 Credits)

Students who wish to prepare to teach mathematics at the secondary level should select this concentration to work toward a preliminary single-subject credential.

The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor.

In addition to the program courses above, this concentration must complete the following.

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Course
Behavioral Science
Introduction to Psychology
Concentration Courses
MATH 331Probability3
MATH 341Classical Geometry3
MATH 415Number Theory and the History of Mathematics3
MATH 318Biostatistics3
or MATH 332 Statistics
Select two courses at the 300 or 400 level in Math6
Education Courses
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
LEDU 436Secondary Curriculum3
LEDU 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
Student teaching (12 credits) may be completed at the graduate level and is not required for undergraduate graduation:
Secondary Student Teaching I
Secondary Student Teaching II
Total Credits36