B.A. in Mathematics to PSM in Applied Math

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics degree hones students' analytical and problem-solving skills while building their understanding of mathematical theories and applications. Qualified undergraduate students in the math program may be eligible to participate in the accelerated B.A.-to-PSM program, which enables them to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's degree in Mathematics and (thereafter) a master's degree in Applied Math. 

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Applied Mathematics is designed to help develop skills in big data analysis and mathematics for a variety of STEM-related occupations for business, government and commercial applications.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Melissa Sovak


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.A.-to-PSM program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 41
CHE 101  General Chemistry I  OR  PHY 101  College Physics I 4
ENG 101  Composition I 3
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Course 3
Fine Arts Course 3
Health and Wellness Course 3
MAT 215  Statistics  OR  MAT 225  Business Statistics
MAT 290  Technology for Math (Recommended) 3
MAT 303  Geometry (Recommended) 3
PHI 311  Formal Logic 3
Public Speaking Course 3
Social Science Course 3
Technological Literacy Course 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Any General Education Course 3
Required Major Courses 42
MAT 272  Discrete Mathematics  OR  MAT 331  Intro to Mathematical Proofs I 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
MAT 341  Linear Algebra I
MAT 351  Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
MAT 382  Calculus IV 3
MAT 400  Mathematics Modeling 3
MAT 406  Differential Equations 3
MAT 461  Statistical Analysis 3
Category I (select one) 3
MAT 451  Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT 474  Complex Analysis  3
MAT 481  Real Analysis I 3
Category II (select two) 6
CSC 424  Numerical Analysis 3
MAT 345  Cryptography I 3
MAT 441  Linear Algebra II 3
MAT 462  Statistical Analysis II 3
Category III (select one) 3
CSC 475  Theory of Languages 3
MAT 304  History of Math 3
MAT 419  Math Internship  3
MAT 468  Field Experience in Math 3
MAT 495  Senior Research Project 3
PHY 341  Math Methods of Physics 3
Approved Minor 21
Free Electives
Undergraduate Credits 6
Graduate Credits from the PSM in Applied Mathematics Program* 12
Total 120

Program Notes

  • MAT 195 can be substituted for MAT 272 if the student is completing a Computer Science minor.
  • CSC 475 requires a pre-requisite of CSC 216 and is suggested if the student is completing a Computer Science minor.
  • Students who enter the B.A. in Math to PSM in Applied Math must have completed at least 9 credits of calculus, Linear Algebra I and Statistics prior to beginning PSM courses.

* PSA 611, PSM 645 (or PSM elective), PSM 760 and one PSM elective will be applied toward undergraduate credits.

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at: https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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