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Your program

As a Mathematics student at CI, you will enjoy small class sizes, easy access to professors, and a solid foundation in Mathematics and Statistics. You will develop critical thinking, mathematical, computational and technological skills that enable you to analyze and propose solutions to real-world problems in many areas, including information sciences, statistics, finance, imaging, artificial intelligence, modeling and other technology-based fields.

Our M.S. in Mathematics program is interdisciplinary and innovative in nature, and offers a flexible schedule with highly qualified faculty. It is designed to address the global need for people with advanced mathematical, computational, and computer skills throughout the industry, high-tech, and educational systems. Students will acquire a strong background in mathematics and computer software, as well as the skills to conduct independent applied research or develop independent projects.

Your future

You will be prepared for teaching, graduate studies (in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education, or the mathematical sciences) or for employment in high-tech and biotech industries. Mathematics graduates offer strong analytical and quantitative skills that are sought by a wide range of employers.

Top careers include:




Computer software designer



Computer graphics Engineer

Financial analyst

Mathematics Teacher


120 units

Summary of Units:

Lower Division Major Requirements 34
Upper Division Major Requirements 20
Upper Division Major Electives Requirement 9
Concentration Requirements 9
Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements 48
Total Units 120

Lower Division Requirements - 34-35 units

MATH 150 - Calculus I Units: 4

MATH 151 - Calculus II Units: 4

MATH 230 - Logic and Mathematical Reasoning (Cross-listed as PHIL 230) Units: 3

MATH 240 - Linear Algebra Units: 3

MATH 250 - Calculus III Units: 3

PHYS 200 - General Physics I Units: 4

Select one of the following:

PHYS 201 - General Physics II Units: 4 and

one additional science course Units: 3-4


One two-semester science sequence Units: 7-8

Select one of the following:

COMP 105 - Computer Programming Introduction Units: 3

COMP 150 - Object-Oriented Programming Units: 4

Select an additional Computer Science course:

COMP 150 - Object-Oriented Programming Units: 4

or above or

COMP 102 - Web Development Units: 3

Upper Division Requirements - 20 units

MATH 300 - Discrete Mathematics Units: 3

MATH 331 - History of Mathematics Units: 3

MATH 350 - Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems Units: 3

MATH 351 - Real Analysis Units: 3

MATH 352 - Probability and Statistics Units: 3

MATH 451 - Complex Analysis Units: 3

MATH 499 - Senior Colloquium Units: 1


Electives in Major - 9-13 units


Courses used for the concentrations cannot be counted as elective.

Students planning on teaching math have to choose MATH 492 for field experience requirement. Other courses recommended for teaching careers are marked with T.

MATH 318 - Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers Units: 3 T

MATH 330 - Mathematics and Fine Arts Units: 3 T

MATH 345 - Digital Image Processing (Cross-listed as COMP 345, PHYS 345) Units: 3

MATH 354 - Analysis of Algorithms Units: 3

MATH 393 - Abstract Algebra I Units: 3 T

MATH 429 - Operations Research Units: 3

MATH 430 - Research Design and Data Analysis Units: 3

MATH 437 - Mathematics for Games, Simulations, and Robotics Units: 3

MATH 438 - Philosophy of Mathematics (Cross-listed as PHIL 438) Units: 3

MATH 445 - Image Analysis and Pattern Recognition (Cross-listed as PHYS 445, COMP 445)Units: 3

MATH 448 - Scientific Computing Units: 3

MATH 450 - Partial Differential Equations and Mathematical Physics Units: 3

MATH 452 - Computational Bioinformatics (Cross-listed as COMP 452) Units: 4

MATH 480 - Differential and Riemannian Geometry Units: 3

MATH 482 - Number Theory and Cryptography Units: 3 T

MATH 484 - Algebraic Geometry and Coding Theory Units: 3

MATH 490 - Topics in Modern Mathematics Units: 3

MATH 492 - Internship Units: 1-3 T

(Required for teachers)

MATH 494 - Independent Research Units: 1-3

MATH 497 - Directed Studies Units: 3

MATH 499 - Senior Colloquium Units: 1

Concentration - 6-10 units

By the sophomore year, in order to plan their electives, students should decide on one of the concentrations and take all courses listed in that section.

Choice of other concentrations or individualized concentrations is possible upon approval of the mathematics advisor.

Cognitive Science - 9 units

MATH 430 - Research Design and Data Analysis Units: 3

PSY 318 - Learning, Cognition and Perception Units: 4

Upper Division Psychology Course  Units:  3

Interdisciplinary GE Course outside major - 3 units

Select one interdisciplinary GE Course 3 units


COMP 447 - Societal Issues in Computing Units: 3

COMP 449 - Human-Computer Interaction (Cross-listed as PSY 449) Units: 3

PHYS 434 - Introduction to Biomedical Imaging (Cross-listed as BIOL 434, HLTH 434) Units:4

Program requirements

To graduate, students must complete 120 units minimum (40 units must be upper division) including all General Education (GE) and Graduation Requirements .  The following areas must be included:

Additional Lower Division A-E (GE) Requirements not met within the major

Nine units of Upper Division Upper Division Interdisciplinary GE (UDIGE), courses are numbered 330-349 and 430-449. Six units may be within the major, 3 units must be outside the major (C or better grade)

Multicultural Requirement (C or better grade)

Language Requirement (C or better grade)

American Institutions Requirement

Free electives as needed to meet minimum units for graduation

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