Mathematical Sciences, B.S.

Program Code: MASC_BS

Entrance to Major

Entry to the Mathematical Sciences major requires that the student has completed with a grade of C or higher: MATH 140, MATH 141. A 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average is required.

The Mathematical Sciences Secondary Education Option prepares students to meet the requirements, as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to be certified for the Instructional I Certificate in Mathematics at the secondary level.

Students admitted to the program must have the appropriate clearances. These include FBI fingerprint check, Act 151 child abuse history clearance, and Act 34 criminal record check.

Students thinking seriously about entering the education program should plan their freshman and sophomore years carefully. Semesters 5 through 8 are very structured.

Entry to the Mathematical Sciences Secondary Education option requires the following additional requirements:

  1. a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0
  2. completion of ENGL 15 or ENGL 30H and three credits of literature from approved list with a C or higher grade
  3. Satisfaction of any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for the major

Selective Retention

Following entrance to the major, students in the Mathematical Sciences Secondary Education option will be evaluated for retention in the program based on:

  1. maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. completion of required courses with a C or higher grade;
  3. an acceptable or above rating on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.

To be eligible to student teach, students must:

  1. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. complete all required Content and Education Courses with a C or higher grade;
  3. satisfy any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for entrance to major;
  4. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.

In order to successfully complete the Secondary Education Mathematics Program, students must:

  1. complete EDUC 490 with a grade of C or higher;
  2. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  3. complete all required Content and Education Courses with a C or higher grade;
  4. pass the Penn State Harrisburg Mathematics Content Exam with an 80% or higher
  5. complete a presentation portfolio; and
  6. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences, a minimum of 120 credits is required; for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences with the Secondary Education option, a minimum of 121 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 83-96

9-18 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses. In addition, the Secondary Education option includes 6 credits of GH courses and 3 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 311WConcepts of Discrete Mathematics3-4
MATH 430Linear Algebra and Discrete Models I3
MATH 401Introduction to Analysis I3
Requirements for the Option
Select an option63-75

Requirements for the Option

General Mathematical Sciences Option (64-65 credits)
Prescribed Courses
CMPSC 121Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2-3
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
MATH 318Elementary Probability3
MATH 435Basic Abstract Algebra3
MATH 475YHistory of Mathematics3
STAT 301Statistical Analysis I Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 455Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
Additional Courses
MATH 412Fourier Series and Partial Differential Equations3
or MATH 425 Introduction to Operations Research
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits of 200 level or above courses6
Select 18 credits of 300-400 level Mathematics courses in consultation with an academic adviser. Up to 6 of these credits may be replaced by any 300 or greater level CMPSC courses (except CMPSC 360), CMPSC 221 or CMPSC 122.18
Select 9 credits of 300-400 level courses in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests9
Secondary Education in Mathematical Sciences Option (74-75 credits)
Prescribed Courses
HDFS 239Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CI 280Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners Keystone/General Education Course3
CMPSC 121Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course3
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
EDUC 313Field Observation2
EDUC 314Learning Theory and Instructional Procedures3
EDUC 315YSocial and Cultural Factors in Education3
EDUC 417Teaching Secondary Mathematics3
EDUC 458Behavior Management Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 459Strategies for Effective Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 490Student Teaching12
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2-3
MATH 250Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 427Foundations of Geometry3
MATH 435Basic Abstract Algebra3
MATH 475YHistory of Mathematics3
STAT 301Statistical Analysis I Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 412Fourier Series and Partial Differential Equations3
or MATH 425 Introduction to Operations Research
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of 100-400 level courses3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of literature (GH) from department list3
Select 3 credits of 300-400 level courses in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, or Education3

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Have the ability to construct a written mathematical proofs supporting the work they do.
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the logical structure of a direct proof, a proof of the contrapositive statement, a proof by contradiction, and a proof by induction.
  2. Be effective communicators, with an ability to communicate mathematical ideas.
    1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly both orally and in writing.
  3. Effectively be able to reason both qualitatively and abstractly.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of axioms, definitions, and major theorems of a given mathematical topic and the ability to reason therefrom.
  4. Understand mathematical methods computationally and analytically to solve problems in the workplace.
    1. Demonstrate the ability to use and understand the results of standard computational algorithms.
  5. Understand how to model real world phenomena mathematically.
    1. Demonstrate the ability to model real world phenomena mathematically.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

Ronald A. Walker
Associate Program Chair
Olmsted Building, W255K
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6673
raw40@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

General Option: Mathematical Sciences, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 1003
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*#†4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 14.5 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPSC 1213ENGL 202C3
MATH 2304MATH 2202
General Education Course3MATH 2514
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 14.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 311W*3-4MATH 455*3
MATH 3183STAT 3013
MATH 430*3200-level General Elective3
200-400-level General Elective3300-400-level Mathematics3
300-400-level Mathematics3300-400-level Mathematics3
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 412 or 4253MATH 401*3
MATH 4353300-400-level Mathematics3
MATH 475Y3300-400-level Mathematics3
300-400-level Mathematics3300-400-level General Elective3
300-400-level General Elective3300-400-level General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 120-121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Secondary Education Option: Mathematical Sciences, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 1003
MATH 140*#†4MATH 1414
General Education Course3HDFS 2393
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 14.5 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPSC 1213CI 280*†3
EDPSY 143ENGL 202C3
MATH 2304MATH 220*2
Select English Literature*#†3MATH 250*3
General Education Course3100-400 level support course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 313*2EDUC 315Y*3
EDUC 314*3EDUC 458*3
MATH 311W*3-4MATH 401*3
MATH 430*3MATH 427*3
300-400 level support course in Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, or Statistics*3STAT 301*3
General Education Course3 
 17-18 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 417*3EDUC 490*12
EDUC 459*3 
MATH 412 or 425*3 
MATH 435*3 
MATH 475Y*3 
 15 12
Total Credits 121-122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

Students must complete, with a grade of "C" or higher, six (6) credit of college level mathematics, three (3) credits of college level English literature and three (3) credits of college level English composition. Students must also complete MATH 140 and MATH 141 for entrance to Secondary Education Option of Mathematical Sciences. 

Career Paths

The Mathematical Sciences program is designed to prepare students for employment in business, industry, and government. The various options and concentrations within the program provide preparation for careers in actuarial science, management science/operations research, secondary education, or statistics. The secondary education option prepares students to teach middle school and high school mathematics and has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Careers

According to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations that require at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics is expected to grow faster than employment in other sectors of the American labor market. Computer-related occupations are predicted to grow at a rate of more than 100 percent. The demand for secondary math school teachers is projected to increase by 22 percent. Insurance, securities, real estate, and business service occupations are projected to add more than 100,000 jobs, yielding an employment growth rate of 17 percent.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The mathematical sciences general option provides the broad mathematical background requisite for postgraduate studies in mathematical sciences, statistics, or related disciplines. Advanced study will lead to increased opportunities formed within higher education, business, and industry.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The mathematics secondary education program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY
Olmsted Building, W255
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6081
jmb84@psu.edu

https://harrisburg.psu.edu/science-engineering-technology/computer-science-and-mathematics/bachelor-science-mathematical-sciences