The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a flexible major program designed to serve a variety of needs and interests. A student may develop an academic program to prepare oneself for employment in industry, government, and education.
Students are urged to select electives to prepare for graduate study either in mathematics or a quantitative discipline in the sciences, engineering, economics or business. To this end, courses at the 500-level are available as part of the Graduate Program.
The Department recommends that each student use electives to develop depth in a discipline other than mathematics. Transfer students should complete as many calculus courses as possible before attending Cal Poly Pomona. Physics courses to be transferred should require calculus concurrently or as a prerequisite.
A high school student planning to major mathematics should complete one year of physics, one year of chemistry, and four years of mathematics, including thorough preparation in trigonometry and algebra.
Students majoring in mathematics and who have at least a 3.0 GPA may join the honorary society Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) as well as the local chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Additional information can be obtained from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Prospective Majors in Mathematics or Statistics
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers bachelor's degrees with sub-plans/options in Secondary Teacher Preparation/Pure Math and Applied Mathematics/Statistics. Each option shares a collection of required core courses, required support courses, general education courses, and various optional courses. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses in order to receive a degree. Requirements for the optional courses depend on the chosen sub-plan/option. See the University Catalog for more information, including additional requirements.
Prospective Minors in Mathematics or Statistics
Students majoring in a discipline other than mathematics are encouraged to pursue a minor in mathematics or statistics. See the University Catalog for more information on each minor, including full descriptions of requirements.
Requirements and Suggestions for Graduation
To prepare to graduate, consult the Registrar's web page with information on Applying for Graduation. Note that the deadline to apply for graduation is typically early in the quarter in which a student expects to graduate.