There is a great need for teachers of mathematics in K-12 education, and Pepperdine seeks to provide schools with highly qualified teachers. At the secondary school level, Pepperdine requires teachers to major in mathematics to get a credential in teaching mathematics.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education, a student must pass the following:

Lower-division Courses (11 units)
Offered once or twice a year

MATH 130Colloquium in Mathematics (spring)1 unit
Math 151Calculus II4 units
Math 250Calculus III4 units

Choose one of the following (5-7 units):
PHYS 210Physics I5 units
CHEM 120General Chemistry I3 units
CHEM 120LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1 unit
CHEM 121General Chemistry II3 units

Sophomore upper-division courses (8 units)
Offered once a year

MATH 320Transition to Abstract Math4 units
MATH 260Linear Algebra4 units

Junior/Senior upper-division courses (4 units)
Offered once every 2 years

Math370Real Analysis I4 units

Select three additional upper-division courses (10-12 units)
Offered once every 2 years
Others may be available occasionally

Math 316Biostatistics3 units
Math 325Mathematics for Secondary Education4 units
Math 335Combinatorics4 units
Math 340Differential Equations4 units
Math 350Probability4 units
Math 355Complex Variables4 units
Math 380Algebraic Structures I4 units
Math 450Mathematical Statistics4 units

Required Teacher Education classes (20 units)
EDUC 351Child Development4 units
EDUC 561The Teaching-Learning Process4 units
EDUC 562The School and Society4 units
EDUC 564SReading and Language Arts in Content Areas--Single Subject4 units
EDUC 570Methods of Content Area Instruction in English for Cross-Cultural Settings4 units

In order to earn a California teaching credential, students will be required to pass the CSET Single-Subject Mathematics Exam and complete their student teaching requirement (EDUC 566, EDUC 581, EDUC 582, EDUC 583). Students should refer to teh Teacher Education Professional Sequence Requirements listed in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division for more information.

Recommended schedule for first two years:


1stCalculus ICalculus II
Comp. Sci. 105

2ndCalculus IIITrans. to Abstr. Math
Linear Algebra

Or if entering with AP Calculus credit:

1stCalculus IICalculus III
Comp. Sci. 105

2ndPhysics ITrans. to Abstr. Math
Linear AlgebraPhysics II

Note that Math 320: Transitions to Abstract Mathematics, is a prerequisite for all upper-division courses. Since upper-division courses are offered every other year, students will generally need to take some in their Junior, and some in their Senior year. For this reason, it is extremely important for mathematics majors to take Math 320 during the Spring of their sophomore year if they hope to graduate in four years.