Foundational Mathematics, BS

Foundational mathematics is CBU’s response to California’s urgent need for math teachers. 

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Program Intro

With a degree in foundational mathematics from CBU (and a California single-subject teaching credential), students will be qualified to teach all math courses up to, but not including, calculus and AP statistics. 

40 Units

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16 Required Major Courses
100 % Christian Faculty and Staff

Why Study Foundational Mathematics at CBU?

Foundational mathematics combines the classical study of mathematics with courses in education theory and methods. Those who enjoy logic puzzles, studying shapes, solving problems and learning how to be a caring and intuitive math teacher will find a perfect fit in CBU’s foundational mathematics program. Graduates will be exempt from the first two parts of the CSET in mathematics and will have completed the prerequisites for a teaching credential.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

MAT 126: Mathematical Concepts and Applications

This course will include instruction in the following areas covering the K-8 California Standards: critical thinking, sets, systems of numeration, number theory, the real number system, two- and three-dimensional geometry, representational systems, methods for determining measurement, statistics, data analysis, and probability.

MAT 353: Probability and Statistics

A calculus based course covering discrete and continuous distributions, expectations, the normal distribution, the central limit theorem, the binomial distribution, and various topics in statistical theory such as point estimation, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.

EDU 452: The Exceptional Child in Middle and High School Settings

The nature, determinants, adjustments, and problems of persons with intellectual gifts, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, health problems, and emotional problems will be studied in conjunction with appropriate educational interventions in the general education Middle and High School classroom setting.

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Linn Carothers, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Office Phone: 951-343-4961
Office Location: James Building, 472

Robert Willett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department Chair, Mathematical Sciences

Office Location: James 475


Career Possibilities

Foundational mathematics majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher

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