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Academic Program Guide

FSU -Teach Mathematics

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Mathematics Academic Program Specialist
Address: 205 Love Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: .
Contact: Dr. Robin R. Smith
Address: 209 Carothers Hall, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4482
Phone: (850) 645-8927

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

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 prerequisite 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/FSU-Teach and SSMT.

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

Prerequisite Coursework

State of Florida Common Program Prerequisites
The state of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program.

Prerequisite Coursework:
All of the following credits may also be used to meet either General Education or major requirements.

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)
*BSC X010/X010L or BSC X010C or CHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C or GLY X010/X010L or GLY X010C or PHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C; (4-5);
One laboratory- based science courses designed for science majors
(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.

** Transfer students will be able to take SMT x043 and SMT x053 when admitted to FSU.

A “C” grade or better in all coursework is required for admission.

Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

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” prerequisite courses;
4) a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50;
5) completion of all of the common prerequisite courses for the Mathematics major.

It is strongly suggested that students take and earn a passing score on all four parts of the FTCE General Knowledge Test before applying to Educator Preparation. Otherwise, once 1-5 above are complete, the student must apply to Educator Preparation online at

Requirement for Progression to and Continuation in the Upper-Division Major:
A final 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 COP 3014 or ISC 3313, PHY 2048C and STA 3032. For FSU-Teach, it also includes the collateral coursework with prefixes ISC, HIS, MAT, RED, SMT, and TSL. Must also maintain at least a 2.5 GPA on all attempted college-level coursework. Exceptions to this policy require a petition to the department.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (81 hours)

Required courses for the Mathematics Major: (49 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 or MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics I
STA 3032 (3) Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists or STA 4322 (3) Mathematical Statistics (requires STA 4321)
PHY 2048C (5) General Physics A with Lab

Geometry: (3 hours)
MTG 4212 (3) College Geometry

Modeling: (3 hours)
MAP 4103 (3) Mathematical Modeling (S/U grade only) or MAP 4481 (3) Mathematical Modeling in Biology

Three additional courses chosen from any of the following:

Pure Math Options

MAA 4402 (3) Complex Variables
MAA 4224 (3) Introduction to Analysis
MAS 4302 (3) Introduction to Abstract Algebra
MAS 4203 (3) Theory of Numbers
MHF 4302 (3) Mathematical Logic
MTG 4302 (3) Elementary Topology I

Applied Math Options

MAD 3105 (3) Discrete Mathematics II
MAD 3703 (3) Numerical Analysis I
MAD 4300 (3) Graph Theory and Networks
MAP 4180 (3) Game Theory and Applications
MAP 4341 (3) Elementary Partial Differential Equations I
MAS 4106 (3) Applied Linear Algebra II

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 4301 (3) Classroom Interactions
*SMT 4664 (3) Project Based Instruction
ISC 3402 (3) Historical, Social, and Critical Perspectives of Disciplinary Engagement in STEM
**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
SMT 4930 (1-4) Apprentice Teaching Seminar
SMT 4945 (56) Apprentice Teaching

*Courses will also satisfy the following general education areas and graduation requirements:

ISC 3402 fulfills a General Education requirement for History and Upper Division Writing.

**ISC 3523C fulfills a General Education requirement for natural science and natural science lab.

***TSL4324 is a Formative Experience course.

Digital Literacy:
COP 3014 (3) Programming I or ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods meets this requirement for the major.

Oral Communication Competency:
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. SMT 4664 (3) Project Based Instruction 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)
Digital Literacy 0 beyond prerequisites/major
Oral Competency 0 beyond prerequisites/major
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*The 26 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: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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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