Math, BS - Secondary Teaching Option

Mathematics, BS

Secondary Teaching Option

Program Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

The Department of Mathematics offers a comprehensive curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. All students begin with an introduction to the various subfields of mathematics through ten core courses and then select one of five options to tailor their program to best meet their career or advanced study goals.

Focus of Study

The secondary teaching option prepares students for teaching mathematics at the middle or high school level.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics requires the following:

  • A minimum of 46 credit hours of MATH coursework. At least 31 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher)
  • A grade of C or better in courses applied to the major
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all MATH coursework
  • No more than 60 credit hours of MATH coursework may apply to the bachelor’s degree
  • An Exit Interview with the Mathematics department is required prior to graduation
  • All Mathematics majors are required to meet with a faculty advisor in the Mathematics department during their first year as Mathematics majors

Program Coursework

General requirements for all students in the Mathematics BS program include the following:

  • Complete at least 45-49 credit hours of MATH courses depending on option selected (45 for Secondary Teaching option)
  • Complete each required MATH course with a grade of C or better
  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • Complete an exit interview with the mathematics department prior to graduation
  • Meet with a faculty advisor in the mathematics department during the first year as a mathematics major
  • Fulfill the specific requirements for the Option selected

All students are expected to take ten core courses, which allow students to become familiar with the different subfields of mathematics before choosing their focus. Core courses include:

  • MATH 1350 - Calculus I
  • MATH 1360 - Calculus II
  • MATH 2150 - Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 2350 - Calculus III
  • MATH 3110 - Theory of Numbers
  • MATH 3130 - Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 3400 - Introduction to Differential Equations
  • MATH 3410 - Introduction to Analysis
  • MATH 3810 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Secondary Teaching Option Requirements

In addition to the ten core courses, students selecting the Secondary Teaching Option must complete the following two courses (6 credit hours):

  • MATH 3210 - Introduction to Geometry
  • MATH 3480 - Functions and Modeling

Secondary teaching students must also complete 9 additional credit hours of elective MATH courses numbered 4000 or higher, including at least one of the following:

  • MATH 4140 - Modern Algebra I
  • MATH 4310 - Modern Analysis I

Finally, secondary teaching students must also complete the following courses required for the UCCSTeach Program (30 credit hours):

  • UTED 1030 - Inquiry Approaches/Lesson Plan Design for Secondary Math/Science Teaching
  • UTED 2010 - Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
  • UTED 3020 - Classroom Interactions
  • UTED 4710 - Project-Based Instruction
  • UTED 4720 - Reading in the Content Area
  • UTED 4730 - Apprentice Teaching UCCS Teach and Seminar
  • UTLS 3030 - Perspectives on Science and Math

For more information on degree requirements, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Details

To learn more about admission requirements and the application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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