Mathematics (BS) - Secondary Education Concentration
Program Overview
The BS in Mathematics - Secondary Education Track provides a sound foundation in mathematics, as well as course work necessary for teaching certification at the secondary level. As a part of UTeach Columbus, this program stresses early field experiences, inquiry based lessons, and highly engaged instruction. Education coursework focuses directly on math and science classroom settings.
All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. In addition to the degree requirements, there are further requirements for teaching certification. Visit the Certification page on the CSU Center for Quality Teaching and Learning (CQTL) website for detailed information about certification requirements and the certification process.
Career Opportunities
Teaching at the secondary level, trade assistant, quantitative analyst
Program of Study
Click on the Program Map tab to view a term-by-term guide for completing the program requirements.
Core Requirements
Code | Title | Credit Hours |
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Area A Essential Skills | ||
ENGL 1101 | English Composition I (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
ENGL 1102 | English Composition II (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
MATH 1113 | Pre-Calculus | 4 |
or MATH 1131 | Calculus with Analytic Geometry I | |
Area A Total | 9 | |
Area B Institutional Options ^{1} | ||
B1: Select 3 hours of following courses: | 3 | |
Public Speaking | ||
Any Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 | ||
B2: Select 1 hour of the following courses: | 1 | |
Scholarship Across the Disciplines | ||
Introduction to Servant Leadership | ||
Perspectives 1-hour | ||
Perspectives 2-hour | ||
Area B Total | 4 | |
Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics | ||
Select one of the following humanities courses: | 3 | |
World Literature I | ||
World Literature II | ||
Comparative Arts ^{2} | ||
The Western Intellectual Tradition | ||
Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics | ||
Introduction to Philosophy | ||
Select one of the following fine arts courses: | 3 | |
Art Appreciation | ||
Comparative Arts ^{2} | ||
Music Appreciation | ||
Theatre Appreciation | ||
Introduction to the History of Art I– Prehistoric through Gothic | ||
Introduction to the History of Art II– Renaissance through Modern | ||
Area C Total | 6 | |
Area D Science/Math/Technology ^{2} | ||
D1: Select two of the following lab science courses: | 8 | |
Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System and Descriptive Astronomy Lab | ||
Understanding the Weather and Understanding the Weather Lab | ||
Principles of Biology | ||
Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab | ||
Principles of Chemistry I and Principles of Chemistry I Lab | ||
Principles of Chemistry II and Principles of Chemistry II Lab | ||
Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology | ||
Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology and Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology Lab | ||
The Fossil Record | ||
Introductory Physics I and Introductory Physics I Lab | ||
Introductory Physics II and Introductory Physics II Lab | ||
Principles of Physics I and Principles of Physics I Lab | ||
Principles of Physics II and Principles of Physics II Lab | ||
D2: Select one of the following courses | 3 | |
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I | ||
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II | ||
Area D Total | 11 | |
Area E Social Sciences | ||
HIST 2111 | U. S. History to 1865 | 3 |
or HIST 2112 | U. S. History since 1865 | |
POLS 1101 | American Government | 3 |
Select one of the following behavioral science courses: | 3 | |
Principles of Macroeconomics | ||
Principles of Microeconomics | ||
Moral Philosophy | ||
Introduction to General Psychology | ||
Introduction to Sociology | ||
Select one of the following world culture courses: | 3 | |
Cultural Anthropology | ||
Discovering Archaeology | ||
Ancient World Civilizations | ||
Language and Culture | ||
World Regional Geography | ||
World History to 1500 | ||
World History since 1500 | ||
Introduction to International Studies and Cross-Cultural Learning | ||
Understanding Non-Western Cultures | ||
Area E Total | 12 | |
Wellness Requirement | ||
KINS 1106 | Lifetime Wellness | 2 |
or PHED 1205 | Concepts of Fitness | |
Select one PEDS course | 1 | |
Wellness Total | 3 | |
Total Credit Hours | 45 |
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Note: Students whose majors require 2 lab science courses in Area D complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.
- Area B1, 3 hours;
- Area B2, 1 hour;
- Area D1, 8 hours;
- Area D2, 3 hours.
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ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.
Major Requirements
Code | Title | Credit Hours |
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Core Requirements | ||
Complete the core requirements for this program | 45 | |
Core Total | 45 | |
Area F Courses Related to Major | ||
Select the following course (the extra credit is counted in Area G): | 3 | |
Computer Science I | ||
1 Math credit from the following (Area A or D): | 1 | |
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I | ||
4 Math credits for the following or 1 credit from Area D: | 1-4 | |
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II | ||
MATH 2115 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 2135 | Calculus with Analytic Geometry 3 | 4 |
STAT 1401 | Elementary Statistics | 3 |
Guided Elective ^{1} | 0-3 | |
Area F Total | 18 | |
Area G Program Requirements | ||
1 credit from the following (Area F): | 1 | |
Computer Science I | ||
1 credit if taken for Area A Math: | 0-1 | |
Pre-Calculus | ||
MATH 3154 | Introduction to Mathematical Proofs I | 3 |
MATH 3155 | Introduction to Mathematical Proofs II | 3 |
MATH 3175 | Introduction to Probability | 3 |
MATH 4795 | Senior Seminar in Mathematics | 3 |
MATH 5111U | Introduction to Abstract Algebra I | 3 |
MATH 5135U | College Geometry | 3 |
MATH 5151U | Introduction to Real Analysis I | 3 |
MATH 5175U | Mathematical Statistics | 3 |
MATH 5185U | History of Mathematics | 3 |
UTeach Columbus Teaching Option: ^{2} | ||
SPED 4115 | Teaching Math and Science to Exceptional Learners (Students must earn a grade of B or better in order to be certified to teach in the state of Georgia.) | 2 |
UTCH 1201 | Step I: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching | 1 |
UTCH 1202 | Step II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design | 1 |
UTCH 2105 | Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science | 3 |
UTCH 2215 | Research Methods | 3 |
UTCH 3115 | Functions and Modeling for Secondary Mathematics Teachers | 3 |
UTCH 3205 | Classroom Interactions | 3 |
UTCH 4205 | Project-Based Instruction | 3 |
UTCH 4485 | Student Teaching | 9 |
UTCH 4795 | Student Teaching Seminar | 1 |
Select one of the following: ^{3} | 0-3 | |
Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics | ||
or UTCH 2203 | Step III: Technological and Pedagogical Content Knowledge | |
Area G Total | 57-61 | |
Area H Program Electives | ||
Select any MATH or STAT courses at the 3000 level or higher | 0-3 | |
Area H Total | 0-3 | |
Total Credit Hours | 123-124 |
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Guided elective will be selected from among freshman and sophomore level courses in science, business, and education based upon student interests and career goals and requiring the approval of a faculty advisor and the Mathematics Department Chair.
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Only two attempts allowed for each of the following courses.
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If ITDS 2125 Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics is not taken in Area C.
Program Map
First Year | ||
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Fall | Credit Hours | |
MATH 1113 | Pre-Calculus (minimum grade of C) | 4 |
(Apply 3 credits to Area A and 1 credit to Area G.) |
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ENGL 1101 | English Composition I (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
Area B1 | COMM 1110 Public Speaking or Foreign Language | 3 |
UTCH 1201 | Step I: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (minimum grade of C) | 1 |
AREA C | Fine Arts | 3 |
Area B2 | ITDS 1779 (2), LEAD 1705 (2), PERS 1506 (1; may be repeated with different topic), PERS 1507 (2) | 1 |
Credit Hours | 15 | |
Spring | ||
MATH 1131 | Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (minimum grade of C) | 4 |
(Apply 3 credits to Area D and 1 credit to Area F.) |
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ENGL 1102 | English Composition II (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
UTCH 1202 | Step II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (minimum grade of C) | 1 |
AREA D | Lab Science | 4 |
CPSC 1301K | Computer Science I (minimum grade of C) | 4 |
(Apply 3 credits to Area F and 1 credit to Area G.) |
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Credit Hours | 16 | |
Second Year | ||
Fall | ||
MATH 1132 | Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (minimum grade of C) ^{1} | 4 |
MATH 2115 | Introduction to Linear Algebra (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
MATH 3154 | Introduction to Mathematical Proofs I (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
UTCH 2105 | Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
AREA E | World Cultures | 3 |
Credit Hours | 16 | |
Spring | ||
STAT 1401 | Elementary Statistics (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
MATH 3175 | Introduction to Probability (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
MATH 3155 | Introduction to Mathematical Proofs II (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
UTCH 3115 | Functions and Modeling for Secondary Mathematics Teachers (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
POLS 1101 | American Government | 3 |
Credit Hours | 15 | |
Third Year | ||
Fall | ||
MATH 2135 | Calculus with Analytic Geometry 3 (minimum grade of C) | 4 |
MATH 5135U | College Geometry (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
AREA H | Math Elective | 2-3 |
AREA E | Behavioral Science | 3 |
ITDS 2125 | Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics ^{2} | 3 |
Credit Hours | 15-16 | |
Spring | ||
MATH 5185U | History of Mathematics (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
MATH 5111U | Introduction to Abstract Algebra I (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
UTCH 2215 | Research Methods (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
UTCH 3205 | Classroom Interactions (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
AREA D | Lab Science | 4 |
Credit Hours | 16 | |
Fourth Year | ||
Fall | ||
MATH 4795 | Senior Seminar in Mathematics (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
MATH 5151U | Introduction to Real Analysis I (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
MATH 5175U | Mathematical Statistics (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
UTCH 4205 | Project-Based Instruction (minimum grade of C) | 3 |
KINS 1106 or PHED 1205 |
Lifetime Wellness or Concepts of Fitness |
2 |
PEDS | 1 | |
HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 |
U. S. History to 1865 or U. S. History since 1865 |
3 |
Credit Hours | 18 | |
Spring | ||
UTCH 4485 | Student Teaching (minimum grade of C) | 9 |
UTCH 4795 | Student Teaching Seminar (minimum grade of C) | 1 |
SPED 4115 | Teaching Math and Science to Exceptional Learners (minimum grade of C; see note below) | 2 |
There is a recent rule change for certification from the GaPSC. As of July 1, 2019, students must make a B or higher in the Exceptional Children's course. The course could be any of the following depending on your major: SPED 2256, EDCI 6228, KINS 4245, SPED 4115, PHED 6219 This rule change will not affect your graduation but you cannot become a certified educator with the state of Georgia until you receive the grade of B or higher in this course. |
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Credit Hours | 12 | |
Total Credit Hours | 123-124 |
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If MATH 1132 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II is used in Area D, the one extra hour will count in Area F.
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If ITDS 2125 Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics is applied to Area G, then choose another course for Area C and take that it in another semester.
Additional Notes
This program map illustrates appropriate coursework for completing a degree within four years, provided that course grades allow for earned credit. Please consult with your advisor to determine when courses can be switched out with others and taken in a different semester or sequence than illustrated since not all courses are taught every semester.
- This map is for illustrative purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract on the part of CSU since degree requirements or course offerings could change. As always, check with your advisor.
- Students must complete "Area A " (ENGL 1101 English Composition I, ENGL 1102 English Composition II, and MATH 1001 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning or higher) prior to reaching 30 hours and earn a "C" or higher in ENGL 1101 and 1102.
- As of Fall 2013, all undergraduate students are required each semester to meet the 2.0 institutional GPA standard for satisfactory academic progress.
Admission Requirements
During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program make formal application to the teacher education program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of full-time course work. For a list of current admission requirements, go to https://cqtl.columbusstate.edu/teacher-education
Additional Program Requirements
Students must complete all courses related to major with a C or better unless otherwise approved.
For teacher certification, students must obtain a minimum overall and CSU grade point average of 2.5.
Students must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education. For a list of current requirements, go to https://cqtl.columbusstate.edu/teacher-education.php
Students must meet all requirements for admission to Student Teaching. For a list of current requirements, go to https://cqtl.columbusstate.edu/student-teaching.php.
To be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the GACE Mathematics Test I and Test II (for additional information on the GACE, go to https://gace.ets.org/).
Program Learning Outcomes
- an understanding of calculus and an ability to use calculus in applications
- knowledge of algebraic structures
- knowledge of the real numbers, functions, the topological properties of R, differentiation, and integration
- knowledge of and the ability to apply probability density functions
- Knowledge of appropriate mathematical models
- The ability to think critically
- The ability to understand mathematical arguments and to construct mathematical proofs
- The ability to use computational devices and software in problem solving situations
- communication skills to acquire, develop, and convey mathematical knowledge
- Demonstrate proficiency in planning instruction based on standards and knowledge of students
- Demonstrate proficiency in using a wide range of instructional strategies and differentiating instruction to help all students learn
- Demonstrate proficiencies related to assessing learning and teaching and using assessment data to adapt instruction for improved student learning
- Display values, commitments, dispositions, and habits associated with effective and professional teaching