Mathematics: Concentration in Mathematics for Liberal Arts

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? B.A. Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Liberal Arts is designed for students who enjoy mathematics but may also seek a secondary major or minor in a related field.
When should I first meet with my major department? Meet with your advisor in the second or third week of the academic semester.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Check for updated information on who your advisor is. 
Where can I find information about major advising? Refer to
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Not applicable.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full?

Contact Goetz, the major advisor:

Take any remaining GE requirements.

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Students should be made aware the prerequisites are enforced for all courses.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
MATH 301 Exploration and Proof
MATH 325 Linear Algebra
(assuming that the calculus sequence has been completed)
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Prerequisites for MATH 301 are MATH 227 and ENG 214 with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite for MATH 325 is MATH 227 with a grade of C or better; CSC 230 or MATH 301highly recommended.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Not applicable.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, Mathematics (AS-T).

[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Freshmen majoring in the B.A. Degree program with the concentration in Liberal Arts should take:

Mathematics Pathway 2 students that are eligible for MATH 226* should take it in their first semester. Pathway 2 students not eligible for MATH 226 should take MATH 199*. Pathway 3 and 4 students should take MATH 197 in their first semester and MATH 198 in their second semester.

CSC 210* Introduction to Computer Programming or

CSC 309 Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers.

*1-unit Supplemental Instruction courses (SCI) are offered for these classes as additional support. These courses can be found in the SFSU Class Schedule ( by searching for the SCI prefix.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

For Math 226 Calculus I, successful completion of a precalculus course taken at high school with high  enough grade, college, or community college.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
Students who received at least 3 on the AP Exam in Calculus will receive 4 units of credit for Calculus I.



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