Undergraduate Programs

Info for Undergrad Programs


Math Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Melisa Hendrata
Office: ST F209
Phone: (323) 343-2167
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Please email for questions/Zoom appointment request.

Math Credential Advisor/fITEP Director: Dr. Debasree Raychaudhuri

Office: ST F203
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours:  TBA

NSS Advisement Office

Office: KH D1044
Phone: (323) 343-5284

Website: www.calstatela.edu/nssadvising
Email: [email protected]

Hours:  Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:00pm

To make an appointment, go to the website.

See/email the Undergraduate Advisor for:

  • Career advisement
  • Declaration of Major or Minor
  • GE Course Petition Approval
  • Major Course Substitution
  • Major Electives Approval
  • Minor Electives Approval

See/email the Credential Advisor for:

  • Credential related questions
  • Admission to fITEP cohort
  • CSET waiver evaluation

See the NSS Advisement Office for:

  • Graduation Check
  • Unit Overload Petition
  • Leave of Absense Petition
  • Super Senior Advisement
  • Repeat Limit Exception
  • Reinstatement Approval
  • SAP Plan for Financial Aid


BS in Math

  • Catalog description of the BS in Math degree:

Mathematics, B.S.

Program sheets (current 2022-2023 semester catalog): 

Roadmaps (current 2022-2023 semester catalog): 

ADT Roadmaps (current 2022-2023 semester catalog): 

Other pertinent information: 

Math courses prerequisite flowchart

List of approved Math upper division electives and Group IV courses

Old Catalog Descriptions of the Math major: 

Old Program Sheets: 

Old Roadmaps:

Minor in Math


Upper Division Electives

The following courses are approved upper division electives for the Minor in Math.

MATH 3200, MATH 3450, MATH 4010, MATH 4021, MATH 4030, MATH 4100, MATH 4200, MATH 4300, MATH 4460, MATH 4540, MATH 4550, MATH 4560, MATH 4570, MATH 4650, MATH 4660, MATH 4670, MATH 4680, MATH 4690, MATH 4700, MATH 4710, MATH 4720, MATH 4740, MATH 4750, MATH 4800, MATH 4840, MATH 4990

To receive a Math Minor, you are required to take MATH 2110, MATH 2120, and MATH 2130.  In addition, you must take a fourth lower division course that is either MATH 2150, MATH 2450, or MATH 2550.   Here are the possible upper division courses that you can take based on what course you took to fulfill the fourth lower division course in the minor.

  • If you took MATH 2150, then the following upper division courses are possible to take: MATH 3200, MATH 4021, MATH 4030, MATH 4740, MATH 4750 (prerequisite is MATH 4740).
  • If you took MATH 2550, then the following upper division courses are possible to take: MATH 3200, MATH 4100, MATH 4700 (if you have taken a programming course), MATH 4710 (4700 is a prereq), MATH 4720, MATH 4740, MATH 4750 (4740 is a prereq).
  • If you took both MATH 2150 and MATH 2550, then the following upper division courses are possible to take: Any of the above courses listed in the above two options, and also MATH 4800.
  • If you took MATH 2450 (or CS 2148*), then we recommend that you take MATH 3450.   After that you have many possibilities, such as MATH 4200, MATH 4300, MATH 4460, MATH 4550, MATH 4560 (prerequisite is MATH 4550), MATH 4650, MATH 4660 (prerequisite is MATH 4650), MATH 4680, MATH 4840, MATH 4690. 

*Note: CS 2148 meets the prerequisite for MATH 3450, but this will not be implemented on GET until Fall 2023. Until then, if you have taken CS 2148, you will have to ask the Mathematics Department to clear the prerequisite before registering in MATH 3450.

Subject Matter Waiver Programs

Full Math Waiver & Foundational level math (FLM) waiver

To become a math teacher, you need a BA/BS degree (with subject matter competency as required for teachers) and a teaching credential. To show subject matter competency, you can either

  1. pass the CSET exam, OR
  2. complete a BA/BS degree program that has the CSET waiver (e.g., Integrated Teaching or Traditional Teaching) embedded in it, OR
  3. complete a degree in Mathematics (e.g., Applied or General Mathematics, Integrated or Traditional Teaching on our campus), OR
  4. complete the list of CTC approved CSET waiver courses.

By the new CCTC rule (July 2021), you can also do a mix and match of passing CSET and waiver courses, however, we currently do NOT offer that option.

For descriptions of the 2 subject matter waiver programs we offer, and the lists of courses, see our Full and Foundational Level Math Subject Matter Waivers. All waiver courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Must I formally apply for a CSET waiver evaluation?

Yes, all waiver applicants need to still formally apply for waiver (see process below) AFTER they complete ALL waiver courses.

Who can apply for a math CSET waiver evaluation at Cal State LA?

Per Math Deparment and CCOE policy, students can apply for CSET waiver evaluation as long as they are enrolled in Cal State LA math credential program AND have completed math courses at a CSU campus without a waiver program.
Here is the process for requesting a CSET waiver evaluation:

STEP I Go to http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/ccoe/oss/elementary-subject-matter-esm-preparation-programs. You may scroll to the bottom right hand side of the page and there you will find the Subject Matter Waiver Program instructions for reference.

STEP II In addition, you may submit your payment for the evaluation online through Cash Net - https://commerce.cashnet.com/csulapay. Feel free to modify the amount on the CCOE option. [EXEMPTION: Present CCOE math credential students do NOT need to pay]

STEP III Once you have completed the subject matter waiver fee form and submitted your online payment, you may scan and email both the form and verification of payment to math credential advisor Dr. Raychaudhuri for an evaluation ([email protected]) with .cc to Edith Torres at CCOE ([email protected]). Depending on your required course completion status, you may get a "Completed" or "Incomplete" waiver. Note that while Math Department does the formal waiver evaluation, CCOE writes the formal waiver letter.

Note: If you get an "incomplete" waiver, you need to complete the courses and email Dr. Raychaudhuri so your waiver is updated to a "Completed".

Credit for AP and other exams

If you have taken an AP Calculus, CLEP, or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, you may get credit for some calculus courses if you scored high enough.

AP Exams Passing score Earns credit for Semester units GE
Calculus AB 3 MATH 2110 (Calculus I) 4 B4
Calculus BC 3

MATH 2110 (Calculus I) and MATH 2120 (Calculus II)

8 B4
AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore 3

MATH 2110 (Calculus I)

4 B4
AP Statistics 3 MATH 1090 (Reasoning with Statistics) 3 B4


CLEP Exams Passing score Earns credit for Semester units GE
Calculus 50 MATH 2110 (Calculus I) 4 B4
College Algebra 50 MATH 1020 (College Algebra) 3 B4
College Mathematics 50 MATH 1000 (Introduction to College Mathematics) 3 B4
Precalculus 50 MATH 1040 (Precalculus) 6 B4


International Baccalaureate Exam Passing score Earns credit for Semester units GE
IB Mathematics HL 4 MATH 2110 (Calculus I) and MATH 2120 (Calculus II)  8 B4

Please see the course catalog for the most up-to-date information.

Program Learning Outcomes

BS Mathematics

  1. Use techniques of differentiation and integration (in one or more variables).
  2. Find local and absolute extrema of functions of one or more variables.
  3. Sketch graphs of functions of one variable and identify basic functions from their graphs (one or two variables).
  4. Solve systems of linear equations with the use of matrices and their inverses.
  5. Recognize and work with basic algebraic structures (groups, vector spaces, homomorphisms).
  6. Give direct proofs, proofs by contradiction, and proofs by induction.
  7. Formulate definitions and theorems.
  8. Write a simple computer program.
  9. Use mathematics to model and solve problems in other areas.
  10. Gain competency in other areas of mathematics (which ones and how many depends on the selected option).
  11. Demonstrate basic competency in both oral and written communication.