2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2022  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog

Mathematics, B.A.

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Mathematics students at Cal Poly Humboldt 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. Cal Poly Humboldt 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.


Students who are interested in a major in mathematics are encouraged take mathematics courses every year in high school, to include thorough preparation in trigonometry and advanced algebra. Courses in creative writing, art, music, and computer programming are also helpful. 

The major requirements listed below assume that an incoming student is ready to take calculus. Calculus readiness may be demonstrated by successful completion of MATH 102 or equivalent coursework, or by achieving an appropriate score on a department administered calculus readiness placement test. Students in need of a placement test should contact the mathematics department.”

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Requirements for the Major (60 Units)

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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