Major in Mathematics with Mathematics Education Concentration
The Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences offers a major in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Mathematics Education. The goals of this program are to provide students with
- broad-based and coherent preparation in the various disciplines that constitute the mathematical sciences and
- the pedagogical knowledge of mathematics needed to begin a career as a middle or high school mathematics teacher.
Obtaining this degree, however, does not require that you obtain licensure to be a middle or high school mathematics teacher. This concentration also prepares students for continued study of the mathematical sciences at the graduate level.
For Students who wish to seek licensure
In addition to completing the requirements for the BS in Mathematics with Concentration in Mathematics Education, they need to complete the following requirements:
- Plan to take MTL 3620 two semesters before student teaching.
- Plan to take MTL 3630 and MTL 3638 in the semester immediately prior to student teaching.
- Plan to take the mathematics portion of PLACE prior to student teaching. An analysis of scores on the different strands will determine, along with the GPA in the major, whether you will be approved for student teaching.
- Before the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences will approve you for student teaching, you must have completed all the mathematics and computer science courses required for the major, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75.
For advising, schedule an appointment with a Mathematics Education Advisor
Advisors can also assist with formally declaring your Mathematics Major.
- Fill out the Declaration of Major/Minor Form located at https://msudenver.edu/registrar/forms/
- Print the form and get all required signatures from the appropriate faculty advisors.
- Return the form to Academic Advising in the Student Success Building, Suite 160, Counter #3.
You should declare your major/concentration at least by the time you have finished the basic core requirements (15 credit hours) and you absolutely must do this by the time you have completed 60 credit hours toward the degree.
- Complete the core mathematics courses and courses needed to satisfy the General Studies requirements as quickly as possible.
- Declare the major/concentration by the time you complete the Basic Mathematics Core.
- Plan your sequence of courses with prerequisites in mind. Note that MTH 3100 is a prerequisite for most upper-division courses.
- Note that very few upper-division mathematics courses are offered in the summer semester.
- Note that 2 or 3 credit hour linear algebra courses taken at most other colleges are not equivalent to MTH 3140. They may not be accepted and/or additional coursework may be required.
- Take no more than two upper-division mathematics courses in the same semester. To do otherwise may jeopardize your grades and content understanding.
The Advising Plan for the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department calls for students to be advised before being allowed in certain "critical path" courses for the major/minor. To enter these courses, students are required to have the signature of a department faculty advisor stating that the student is qualified to be in the course, both through background and understanding of the course purpose. In addition, the faculty advisor will use the advising session to also discuss how the course fits into the students’ long-term goal of completing a major and/or minor in Mathematical or Computer Sciences.
The "critical path" courses are:
MTH 3100 – Introduction to Mathematical Proofs and MTH 3170 – Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
- In order for courses from another institution to satisfy a requirement for the major, the content must match, not just the name of the course.
- You must meet all the requirements for the program based on all courses taken both at other institutions and at MSUDenver.
- You must complete at least eight hours of upper-division courses in your major and three hours of upper-division courses in your minor at MSUDenver.
- You must complete either a minimum of 30 semester hours of academic credit applicable to the degree at MSU Denver including the last 12 semester hours
complete a minimum of 45 semester hours applicable to the degree at MSU Denver.