2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    Aug 16, 2022  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, B.A.

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Mathematics students at HSU find an active and supportive atmosphere that provides preparation for mathematics-related careers and mentorship for graduate studies. The department offers a variety of scholarships, need-based and merit-based, for mathematics majors at every level and including transfer students. Students have access to several campus computer labs including one dedicated to mathematical applications. There are many activities outside the classroom including: a weekly Mathematics Colloquium series; the endowed Kieval Mathematics Lecture every semester; a variety of competitions, from our local Integration Bee to the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling; and a very active Mathematics Club. Mathematics is challenging, rewarding, and fun.

Mathematics majors may enter the workforce in a wide variety of positions. Potential careers include: mathematics consultant, statistician, computer programmer, actuary, mathematician, analyst (systems analyst, statistics methods analyst, financial investment analyst, economic analyst…), teacher, demographer.

Courses in calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, computer programming, analysis and statistics comprise the program’s core. Humboldt State offers several computer laboratories with a variety of computers, including mainframe, mini, and microcomputers.

An active Math Club meets weekly and sponsors various activities and talks. A special scholarship fund for outstanding mathematics students was established by professor emeritus Harry S. Kieval. Several other scholarship opportunities are available to Mathematics majors.


Take mathematics courses every year in high school. Creative writing, art, music, and computer programming are also helpful.

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units.  For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements ”.

Requirements for the Major (48 units)

A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses in the major (all concentrations).

Lower Division Core Courses (22 Units)

The following core courses are required for all majors.

Program Learning Outcomes

It is expected that each graduate of this program will be able to:

  • reason mathematically and statistically
  • solve complex problems using mathematics and statistics
  • communicate mathematical and statistical ideas
  • evaluate mathematical and statistical work

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