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Mathematics Education - BA with a Teaching Minor

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College of Science

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Admission Requirements For This Major
In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the mathematics education program has additional requirements:

New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major. A cumulative 3.0 GPA, ACT scores of 21 composite and 20 verbal/English and 19 mathematics/quantitative and 60 credits of coursework are required for admission to the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). Students should contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) for information on additional admission criteria.

Transfer students from other institutions or other USU majors need a cumulative 3.0 GPA, ACT scores of 21 composite and 20 verbal/English and 19 mathematics/quantitative to be admitted to the major. They also need 60 credits of coursework to be admitted to the STEP. Students should contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) for information on additional admission criteria.


Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  • Two courses having CI designation (such as  ,  ,  ; and   ) will meet the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  • One course having QI designation (such as  ,  ,  ,  ; and  ,   will meet the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) adn Social Sciences (DSS)


Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Major Requirements

Major and minor requirements in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics vary from time to time. Exact requirements in effect at any given time may be found in the USU online General Catalog. All grades for MATH and STAT courses applied toward a departmental major or minor must be C- or better. Major and minor requirements in effect at the beginning of Fall Semester 2011 are given below.

College of Science Requirements

Every bachelor’s degree candidate in the College of Science must complete the following coursework or its equivalent:


In some degrees or emphases within degrees, the second semester of calculus may be replaced by STAT 3000 . The substitution will be for specific degree programs, not by student choice.

Mathematics Education Major with a Teaching Minor (73 credits, plus the number of credits required by the teaching minor)

B. Teaching Minor Content Courses (number of credits vary by minor)


Acceptance to teacher education is required prior to enrolling in SCED 3100 , SCED 3210 , SCED 4200 , or SCED 4210 . This acceptance requires an overall GPA of at least 2.75, successful completion of a speech and hearing test, writing competency test, and passing a criminal background check.

All USU teacher education candidates will be required to take and pass the content exam approved by the Utah State Office of Education in their major content area prior to student teaching.

1 Students with a science teaching minor are required to take two science teaching methods courses (i.e., SCED 3400  and SCED 4400 ), thus raising the total for pedagogy courses to 25 credits.

2 The prefix for this course, numbered 3300, depends on the teaching minor.

Mathematics Education Major with a Teaching Minor Four Year Plan (Suggested Schedule)

Please meet with your advisor to complete your specific four year plan.

Freshman Year (31 credits)

First Semester (14 credits)

Second Semester (17 credits)

  • MATH 1220 - Calculus II (QL) 4
  • College of Science course 4
  • Breadth Life Science course 3
  • Breadth American Institutions course 3
  • Education Minor course 3

Sophomore Year (30 credits)

See advisor to apply to Secondary Education

Junior Year (32 credits)

Take Praxis, see education advisor for details

Senior Year (29 credits)

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student’s major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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