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Mathematics: Education Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Understanding our physical world requires an understanding of mathematics. Not only a tool for engineers and physical scientists, a thorough understanding of math and its applications is critical in business, economics, and even the social sciences. Mathematics forms a foundation for all technical disciplines; a major in math prepares students for careers or graduate study in many subjects. The department offers courses in pure and applied math, probability and statistics, computational math, engineering math, and math education. A math major, paired with a carefully chosen minor, is excellent preparation for a variety of career paths. Few jobs actually call for a mathematician; jobs are more likely to have titles such as analyst or engineer.

WUE This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Students from Western states who select this major and campus may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition I 3
Second Language Semester I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calc II 3
CSC 127A Intro to Computer Science or ISTA 130 Computational thinking and doing (in Python!) 4
ENGL 102 First Year Composition II 3
Second Language Semester II 4
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MATH 215 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 223 Vector Calc 4
Introductory Chemistry or Natural Science 1 4
MATH 205 Teaching Secondary Mathematics 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
MATH 361 Statistics for Teaching 3
MATH 355 Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Introductory Chemistry or Natural Science 2 4
STCH 310 Adolescent Learning in Science and Mathematics 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
MATH 330 Topics in Geometry 3
MATH 323 Formal Mathematical Reasoning and Writing 3
LCEV 408 Methods of Teaching English to English Language Learners 3
SERP 301B Education for Secondary Students with Diverse Abilities 2
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
MATH 315 Introduction to Number Theory and Modern Algebra 3
MATH 406A Curriculum & Assessment in Secondary School Mathematics 3
LCEV 416 Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) Methods 3
LRC 435 Content Area Literacy in a Multicultural School 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
MATH 404 History of Mathematics 3
MATH 407 Synthesis of Mathematical Concepts 3
MATH 406B Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools 3
POL 210 U.S. and Arizona Constitution 3
Elective 1
8th Semester
MATH 494C Secondary Mathematics Student Teaching Practicum 12

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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