2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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 math 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 Coordinators

Dr. Bismark Oduro and Dr. Olaniyi Iyiola


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
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 215  Statistics  OR  MAT 225  Business Statistics (recommended)
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy
PHI 311  Formal Logic
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
CHE 101  General Chemistry I  OR  PHY 101  College Physics I
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • Any General Education Course
  • MAT 303  Geometry
  • MAT 290  Technology for Math (recommended)
Required Major Courses 30
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 3
MAT 351  Abstract Algebra I 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
MAT 382  Calculus IV 3
MAT 400  Mathematical Modeling 3
MAT 406  Differential Equations 3
MAT 461  Statistical Analysis I 3
Related Electives 12
MAT Category I (select one):
  • MAT 451  Abstract Algebra II
  • MAT 481  Real Analysis I
  • MAT 474  Complex Analysis
MAT Category II (select two):
  • MAT 345  Cryptography I
  • MAT 441  Linear Algebra II
  • MAT 462  Statistical Analysis II
  • CSC 424  Numerical Analysis
MAT Category III (select one):
  • MAT 419  Math Internship
  • PHY 341  Math Methods of Physics
  • MAT 304  History of Math
  • MAT 468  Field Experience in Math
  • CSC 475  Theory of Languages**
  • MAT 496  Senior Research Project
Approved Minor 21
Free Electives 18
Undergraduate Electives 6
Graduate Credits from the PSM in Applied Math Program*** 12
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any MAT Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): MAT 400 Mathematical Modeling AND MAT 461 Statistical Analysis I
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): CHE 101 General Chemistry I OR PHY 101 College Physics I

* MAT 195 may be substituted for MAT 272 if the student is completing a Computer Science minor.

** This course 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 accelerated program must have completed at least 9 credits of Calculus, Linear Algebra I and Statistics prior to beginning PSM courses. The following PSM programs will be applied toward undergraduate credits:

  • PSA 611  Optimization and Operations Research I
  • PSM 645  Applied Cryptography  OR  PSM Elective
  • PSM 760  Leadership and Professional Development
  • PSM Elective

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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