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Academic Program Guide

FSU Teach Mathematics

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS
Limited Access: No

Contact: Dr. Alec Kercheval
Address: 208 Love Bldg, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-8701
Contact: Dr. Robin R. Smith
Address: 209 Carothers Hall, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 645-8927

Description of Major
FSU-Teach is an innovative approach to teacher education that involves collaboration between scientists, mathematicians and education faculty at Florida State University. Mathematic students in the FSU-Teach program will develop deep mathematics knowledge and the knowledge, skill, and experience needed to be an effective math teacher. The program will pay for tuition for the first two Education/Teaching courses. Work study positions with scientists, mathematicians and local schools are available. For more information, see our Web site, .

This is a double-major only program. FSU-Teach majors are first admitted into their primary, discipline-specific major and must meet the state-wide common program prerequisites for that major, in this case Mathematics. Later, students apply for admission into a secondary major within the College of Education called Secondary Science or Mathematics Teaching (SSMT). Upon graduation, students are awarded the B.S. degree with majors in Mathematics and SSMT.

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (0 hours beyond other requirements)
All of the following credits may also be used to meet either General Education or major requirements.

*COP XXXX (3) A scientific programming course designed for computer science majors
MAC X311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MAC X312 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MAC X313 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5 credits @ FSU)
MAP X302 (4) Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credits @ FSU)
*XXX XXXX (4-5) One laboratory based science courses designed for science majors, prefix BSC, CHM, PHY, or GLY
(PHY X048C or X048 & X048L suggested as it is required for the major)
SMT X043 (1) Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
SMT X053 (1) Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design

*See major requirements before selecting courses to meet these prerequisites.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Progress in this major and formal admission to FSU-Teach and Teacher Education.
FSU native and transfer students will progress to upper-division (junior) status in the College of Arts and Sciences in the same manner as other mathematics majors: an AA degree; or 52 earned credits (including at least half of the General Education requirements, to include English composition and mathematics), at least a 2.50 GPA and completion of appropriate milestones.

To be recognized as “formally admitted” into this major, students must meet the following requirements:
1) certification to upper division (or transfer admission into Mathematics as a junior);
2) completion of 18 hours of General Education requirements or an AA degree;
3) satisfactory completion of “Step 1” and “Step 2” courses;
4) a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50;
5) completion of all of the common prerequisite courses for the Mathematics major; and
6) a passing score on all four parts of the FTCE General Knowledge Test. Once these are complete, the student must apply to Educator Preparation online at .

Departmental policy on grades and progress in the major.
A grade of “C minus” or better is required in all courses to be counted toward these degrees. Upon formal admission to the major, a student must not accumulate more than 2 unsatisfactory grades (grades below a "C minus" or grades of "U") in courses required for the major, excluding State Common Program Prerequisites listed as Term 1 - 4 Milestones, taken after enrolling in FSU.

For all math majors, collateral courses include COP3014 or ISC3313, PHY2048c and STA4321. For FSU-Teach, it includes the collateral coursework with prefixes BSC, HIS, MAT, RED, SMT, or TSL. Exceptions to this policy require a petition to the department.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (81 to 82 hours)

Required courses for the Mathematics Major: (44-45 hours)

Core requirements (31 hours)
MAC 2311 (4) Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
MAC 2312 (4) Calculus with Analytical Geometry II
MAC 2313 (5) Calculus with Analytical Geometry III
MAP 2302 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
MAS 3105 (4) Applied Linear Algebra I
MGF 3301 (3) Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
STA 4321 (3) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
PHY 2088C (5) General Physics A with Lab

One of the following: (3 hours)
COP 3014 (3) Programming I
ISC 3313 (3) Introduction to Scientific Computing

Choose at least one course from each group: (12-13 hours)

MAS 3301 (3) Introduction to Modern Algebra
MAS 4302 (3) Introduction to Abstract Algebra
MAS 4203 (3) Theory of Numbers

MAA 4402 (3) Complex Variables
MAA 4224 (3) Introduction to Analysis or MAA 4226 (3) Advanced Calculus I

MTG 4212 (3) College Geometry

MAP 4103 (3) Mathematical Modeling (S/U grade only)
MAP 4176 (4) Actuarial Models
MAP 4180 (3) Game Theory and Applications
MAP 4481 (3) Mathematical Modeling in Biology

At least one elective from the following: (3 hours)
MAA 4227 (3) Advanced Calculus II
MAD 3105 (3) Discrete Mathematics II
MAP 4153 (3) Vector Calculus with Intr. to Tensors
MAP 4170 (3) Introduction to Actuarial Science
MAP 4202 (3) Optimization
MAP 4216 (3) Calculus of Variations
MAP 4341 (3) Elementary Partial Differential Equations I
MAS 4106 (3) Applied Linear Algebra II
MHF 4302 (3) Mathematical Logic
MTG 4302 (3) Elementary Topology I

Or an additional course from the Algebra, Analysis, or Modeling groups.

Required courses for the Education major: (32 hours)
SMT 1043 (1) Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
SMT 1053 (1) Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
SMT 3100 (3) Knowing and Learning
SMT 4664 (3) Project Based Instruction
SMT 4945 (6) Apprentice Teaching
SMT 4301 (3) Classroom Interactions
*HIS 3505 (3) Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
**ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods
MAT 3503 (3) Functions and Modeling
RED 4335 (3) Content Area Reading for Secondary School Teachers
TSL 4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Area

*HIS 3505 fulfills a General Education requirement for History

**ISC 3523C fulfills a General Education in science for mathematics students.

Computer Skills Competency: COP 3014 (3) Programming I or ISC 3313 (3) Introduction to Scientific Computing meets this requirement for the major.

Oral Communication Competency: Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. SMT 4664 will satisfy this requirement for the major.

Minimum Program Requirements - ­Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 0 beyond other requirements*
Major Coursework 81-82
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 beyond prerequisites/majo4
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*The 22 hours of prerequisite coursework may also be used to satisfy General Education and major requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. Students who plan to earn the B. A. degree must complete both a foreign language through the intermediate (2200 or equivalent) level and nine additional hours in the fields of history and humanities.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Middle school or high school teacher of mathematics, mathematician, research analyst.

Representative Employers: Public and private schools, research and engineering firms, government agency.

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