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Mathematics Major (Secondary) (B.S.E.)

The Department of Mathematics offers programs of study with a major or minor in mathematical sciences, a major or minor for secondary-level teacher certification in mathematics, and a major for grades 4-8 certification in mathematics.

For students taking mathematics courses, the department is committed to teaching the fundamental skills and techniques of mathematics, developing mathematics as a mode of thought, and encouraging attitudes, habits, and ideals inherent in the study of mathematics, including the desire to pursue further study.


  1. Candidates with a major in secondary education will create and synthesize lessons in a comprehensive unit plan.
  2. Candidates with a major in secondary education will demonstrate mastery of the required standards in the TEA clinical teaching domains.
  3. Candidates with a major in a secondary education field will demonstrate competency of the required standards related to pedagogy and professional responsibility as specified by the Texas Education Agency. 
  4. Graduates with a major in mathematics (B.S.E.) will exhibit mastery of the content in their field by assessing appropriate methods to solve problems and by developing proofs of mathematical statements.
  5. Graduates with a major in mathematics (B.S.E.) will be able to discriminate among various calculus techniques and be able to apply them to problems requiring differential, integral, and multivariate calculus.
  6. Graduates with a major in mathematics (B.S.E.) will be able to evaluate various mathematical techniques learned in applied mathematics courses and solve problems related to those applied mathematics courses.
  7. Graduates with a major in mathematics (B.S.E.) will demonstrate the ability to construct mathematically rigorous and logically correct proofs.

The mathematics major, in accordance with a recommendation of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), has been designed to reflect a more applied orientation demanded for today’s career opportunities. To provide this more versatile curriculum, the major is designated as “mathematical sciences.” The course requirements for the major in mathematical sciences provide preparation for industrial positions, graduate study in mathematics, and a variety of other career options.


Mathematics Major (Secondary) General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements  - 42 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Communication 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours
History 1301 and 1302 - 6 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Science - PHYS 1401 - 4 hours
Mathematics 1342 - 3 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, arts, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Christian Ministry 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
Professional Development (See Professional Development Requirements in the Teacher Education section) -  24 hours
Departmental Requirements for Mathematics Majors:
Mathematics for Secondary Level Certification:
One course in science or computer science, approved by the advisor
Departmental Recommendations for Mathematics Majors:
Mathematics for Secondary Level Certification:
PHYS 1402 General Physics II (This course could be used to meet the
“Departmental Requirements” listed above)
Major area of study (see below) - 36-43 hours
Minor (see below) - 18-25 hours
A minor is optional (minimum of 18 hours) - 18 hours
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

Mathematics, Plan I (Secondary) Major Requirements

Mathematics for Secondary Level Certification B.S.E.
Completion of fifty-four to fifty-five (54-55) semester hours:
EDUC 3314 Educational Assessment
EDUC3320 Emergent Bilingual Learners
MATH 1425 Precalculus
MATH 2401 Calculus I
MATH 2402 Calculus II
MATH 3300 Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning
MATH 3325 Using Technology to Teac Mathematics
MATH 3308 Linear Algebra
MATH 4100 Content Review and Test Preparation
MATH 4200 Capstone Course in Mathematics
MATH 4302 College Geometry
MATH 4303 Probability and Statistics
MATH 4305 Abstract Algebra
MATH 4308 High School Math from an Advanced Perspective
Two courses from the following:
MATH 3306 Differential Equations
MATH 3403 Calculus III
MATH 4307 Real Analysis
MATH 4304 History of Mathematics

Semester by Semester Plans

Catalog Year 2023-2024
Catalog Year 2022-2023
Catalog Year 2020-2021
Catalog Year 2019-2020

Course Rotations

Four Year Course Rotations