Admission Requirements

Detailed and up-to-date information on the admissions process and requirements can be found on the SDSU Office of Admissions website.

Mathematics and Applications

Research specialties of the Mathematics and Applications faculty include linear algebra and matrix theory, graph theory, differential equations, mathematical modeling, coding theory, signal processing and dynamical systems, among others.

Because of its broad scope, degrees in mathematics prepare students for many different careers and the Department of Mathematics offers a variety of such degrees and emphases to provide students with several blends and specialties according to their interests and goals. Graduates with a mathematics major have many options for either careers in applications, for further study in graduate school or for teaching.

There are several options for undergraduate degrees available to students. In addition to a BA in mathematics, students may obtain a BS with emphasis in a science, computational science, or in applied mathematics. Graduate master’s degrees are offered in mathematics, applied mathematics, dynamical systems, and mathematics of communications.

Candidates for a degree in mathematics must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of the general catalog on “Graduation Requirements.” All university graduation requirements that apply are listed in the general catalog the year the students is admitted to the university. Specific requirements to obtain a degree in mathematics are those listed in the general catalog the year a student declares a math major.

Mathematics Education

Research specialties of the Mathematics Education faculty include research on teaching and learning (at both the K-12 level and the undergraduate level), use of technology, and professional development for practicing teachers. All of the faculty are members of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), which offers regular colloquia and research seminars.

At the undergraduate level, students wishing to teach secondary school mathematics should pursue the BA degree in Mathematics in preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential. In order to become certified to teach in public schools in California, graduates with this major are required to enroll in a fifth-year credential program in mathematics.


Research specialties of the Statistics and Biostatistics faculty include biostatistics, clinical trials, environmental statistics, statistical computing, statistical education, Bayesian statistics, and spatial statistics. The division is active in the American Statistical Association San Diego Chapter and holds weekly seminars in statistics. The American Statistical Association (ASA) is a scientific and educational society to promote excellence in the application of statistical science.

The Division runs the SDSU Statistical Consulting Center which provides advice, data management, and statistical analyses to the university community and to the private sector. The Center is staffed by two co-directors who are PhD level faculty and by Master’s level graduate students in the statistics and biostatistics programs at SDSU.

There are two options for undergraduate degrees available to students. In addition to a BS in Statistics, students may obtain a BS in Statistics emphasis in Actuarial Science. Graduate master’s degrees are offered in statistics and statistics with a concentration in biostatistics.