Teaching of Mathematics Concentration

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum


Minimum required major and supporting course work normally equates to 46-57 hours including 27-35 hours of mathematics beyond calculus, 3-4 hours of computer science, and 12 hours of supporting coursework.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study form, declaring concentration and supporting coursework, must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office except for students in the Teaching of Mathematics concentration.  Please complete this form with an advisor in the Mathematics Undergraduate Office within 1-2 semesters of completing MATH 347 or MATH 348.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction: Distinction will be awarded on the basis of selection of 400-level courses in mathematics and the grade point average. Graduation with High Distinction or Highest Distinction in Mathematics requires participation in the Program for Distinction in Mathematics or Mathematics Education.  Full details are available at the departmental website.

In order to remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their adviser or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

General education: Students must fulfill the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. In addition, students must take a speech performance course chosen from the following list:CMN 101, CMN 113, CMN 321, CMN 323 or satisfy the Composition I requirement with CMN 111 and CMN 112.

Required Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to transfer into the teaching concentration and hence must be in progress or completed at the time of application.
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
EPS 201Foundations of Education3
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP
MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III 14
Three advanced mathematics courses, including
Fundamental Mathematics
Fundamental Mathematics-ACP
Required Core Courses
MATH 416Abstract Linear Algebra 23
MATH 417Intro to Abstract Algebra3
or MATH 427 Honors Abstract Algebra
MATH 424Honors Real Analysis 33
or MATH 444 Elementary Real Analysis
or MATH 447 Real Variables
MATH 461Probability Theory 43-4
or STAT 400 Statistics and Probability I
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3-4
or CS 125 Intro to Computer Science
Approved supporting course work or any minor12
Teaching of Mathematics Courses
MATH 402Non Euclidean Geometry3
or MATH 403 Euclidean Geometry
MATH 453Elementary Theory of Numbers3
Two additional 400- or 500-level mathematics courses6
Total Hours50-53

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (Total Hours: 37 - 38 hours). Conferral of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to completion of the minor requires approval by petition to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office. While it is possible to complete this program in eight semesters, many students may require an extra semester or two.  Please note- the Secondary School Teaching Minor requires 2 groups of courses listed above under Required Prerequisite Courses (EPSY 201 and EPS 201/EPS 202).   The hours for those courses are calculated in the Minor total hours (37-38 hours), not the Teaching of Mathematics Concentration total hours (50-53 hours).


Students should have credit for MATH 220/MATH 221 and MATH 231 before enrolling in MATH 241.


Beginning in Fall 2012, students may not receive credit for both MATH 416 and either MATH 410 or MATH 415.  However, if one course is taken prior to Fall 2012, credit may be earned for both MATH 416 and either of MATH 410 or MATH 415.


If MATH 424 or MATH 447 is completed, a requirement for the Graduate Preparatory concentration has been satisfied.


 If STAT 400 is completed, a group requirement for the Operations Research concentration has been satisfied.