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Mathematics Major and Minor

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Our mathematics program is designed to prepare students for careers in both teaching and industry. Students who complete mathematics major or minor programs have historically been viewed by employers as being well prepared for jobs that require problem solving and creative thinking skills.

Mathematics Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: This degree provides students with broad exposure to disciplines in mathematics. Many of our students in this major enroll in either graduate programs in the mathematical sciences or professional schools (like law and medicine). Our two minors are popular among students majoring in both science and non-science disciplines.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education: This degree prepares students for a career in secondary education (grades 9-12) as mathematics educators.

Minors in Mathematics 

  • Minor in Mathematics: The mathematics minor provides students with a foundation in both abstract reasoning and computation fluency. Students completing a math minor have strong problem solving and critical thinking skills. A minor in mathematics is excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue law school, computer science, elementary education, economics, and many other careers that depend on an ability to think and communicate logically and clearly.
  • Minor in Applied Mathematics: The applied mathematics minor is an excellent complement to such majors as economics, business, computer science, chemistry, physics, biology and sports medicine. It is designed to give students a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and a more robust set of quantitative reasoning skills, which are increasingly important in the fields of business and the physical sciences.

Beyond Classes

Natural Science Division Seminar Series

Our Division hosts a seminar series for our undergraduate majors and minors, as well as the greater Pepperdine community.

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Marine Biology at Pepperdine University

Seaver College offers a range of courses in marine biology. Our Malibu location is within five minutes of a variety of marine habitats in the Pacific Ocean, such as rocky intertidal and lagoonal sites. Laboratory facilities include marine aquaria, and equipment for physiological, ecological, and molecular research on marine organisms.

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Recommended International Study

The experiences of a summer study program and overseas travel provide an essential dimension of a unique liberal arts education. For students in the Natural Science Division, we often recommend summer study abroad experiences for scheduling reasons.

Our international programs are designed to provide all students—regardless of major—the opportunity to study, live, and travel overseas without interrupting other studies or postponing a career. This offers students a unique opportunity to gain both an academic and a personal understanding of other cultures, institutions, and languages. Learn more and check out the Summer Special Interest Programs, such as the 2014 Fiji Medical and Service Mission trip.

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Math Tutoring

The math department offers free tutoring for MATH 103, 104, 140, 141, 150, 151, and 250. Tutoring sessions are held Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings in RAC 138 from 7 to 9 PM.

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Secondary Teaching Credential

Students who plan to teach science in secondary schools should complete the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree and a California Teaching Credential.

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