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FAQ

Do you have any special admission requirements, beyond what is standard for all students?
There are no special admission requirements for math majors other than an enjoyment of mathematics and a willingness to work hard to develop a deep understanding of mathematics.

Are there scholarships available through your department? If so, how do I apply?
See our Scholarships page for information about departmental scholarships.

Are there any extra fees associated with classes or labs offered by your department?
Lab fees are charged in a small number of courses that employ expensive special purpose software, and College of Engineering fees are charged on some other math courses. For a complete description of the tuition and fee cost of each major at SDSU, see the Tuition and Fees by Major page.

When will I know who my advisor is? How often do we meet during the course of the school year?
You will know who your advisor is when you arrive at New Student Orientation the summer before your freshman year. How often you meet is in part up to you, but you must meet a minimum of once per semester. In addition, all math majors take a special class from the Math/Stat Department Head during the fall semester that provides information about the department and math careers. From this point on, the Department Head will be in regular communication with you about these and other topics.

What kinds of tutoring are available? Are there costs associated with tutoring?
The department provides free walk-in tutoring for all freshman level classes in the Math Help Center, which is open dozens of hours every week including weekends. Note that we also employ qualified math majors to work as tutors in the Math Help Center and in other settings.

What kind of opportunities are there for student involvement, including clubs and organizations, within your department?
See our Student Organization page for information about our two student clubs.

Will I have the opportunity to work with a faculty researcher?
Yes. Many students are engaged in active research with faculty. Some of them participate in our NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Others work on research that originates during their post-junior year internships. In addition, all senior math majors work one-on-one with a faculty member for a semester to research and write a paper. Although this does not have to involve original research, it often does.

What kinds of internships or work experiences are available through your department?
An internship is not required, but it is a great idea! Math majors most often complete internships after their junior years.In recent years they have interned with a wide variety of financial organizations, with NASA and national laboratories like Argonne National Labs, with corporations like Daktronics and Disney and in summer research programs like our REU and SIBS. Of course, all math majors specializing in mathematics education spend a semester student teaching, which is the equivalent of an internship. Math majors are also employed by the department as tutors in a variety of settings.

What are your graduation options?
All students in our program graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. This includes those preparing to be K12 mathematics teachers, who are Mathematics majors as opposed to being Education majors. Students may concentrate their programs in Computational Science, Financial Engineering, Mathematics Education, or Statistics. For more information on these concentrations, see our Undergraduate Program page and the various sub-heading pages associated with it.

What kind of career opportunities exist for those that graduate from your programs?
Our graduates are prepared for outstanding careers in a wide variety of fields. See our Career Opportunities page for examples.