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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, B.S. Secondary Education Concentration

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Advisement for the major is available from the Mathematical Sciences  Department

Mathematics, B.S. Secondary Education Concentration Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

All majors complete a mathematics core then complete their major in one of six concentrations: traditional, applied, actuarial science, computational mathematical sciences, statistics or teacher certification.

By proper choice of electives, it is possible to complete both the traditional and the applied concentrations without additional credit hours (see the department for advisement).

  • All required mathematics and computer science courses, including prerequisite courses, must be completed with grades of C or better.

  • Some concentrations may accept the nontraditional courses MATH 380 /COSC 380 , COSC 390 , COSC 495 , but in no case may more than one or the repetition of one count toward the requirements for the major in mathematics.

  • Transfer students are required to complete at least 12 credits of approved upper-division MATH/COSC courses at SU.

  • Math courses taken before declaring the mathematics major should be evaluated by an advisor before proceeding with course selection.


Three units of high school mathematics (including Algebra II and geometry) or college algebra is a prerequisite for all other math courses. Students may not receive credit for math courses which are prerequisites for or equivalent to math courses for which they have already received native or transfer credit. No course may be taken until all prerequisite courses have been completed with grades of C or better.

Departmental Honors

To qualify for departmental honors, a student must meet all of the following criteria:


  • The student must qualify for institutional honors (cum laude or better).

  • The student must complete at least 18 hours of upper-division courses in mathematics and/or computer science at Salisbury University.

  • The student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 in all upper-level courses in mathematics and/or computer science taken at Salisbury University.


  • The student must assemble an Honors Advisory Committee consisting of an advisor and two additional faculty members. This committee must be approved by the department chair. The advisor must be on the faculty of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

  • The student must write an honors thesis. This thesis must consist of original research in a subject area approved by the thesis committee.

  • The student must give a presentation of his/her research to the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

  • The student must be approved for departmental honors by an absolute majority of the Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty. (An “absolute majority” requires that the number of “yes” votes minus the number of “no” votes is not less than half of the total number of faculty voting, counting abstentions.) The faculty will make this decision based on both the student’s written thesis and the student’s research presentation.

Contact the Mathematical Sciences   Department for additional information.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IIIB (Social Science), IVB (Non Lab Science), IVC (Mathematics)

Mathematics Core (6 Courses)

Education Requirements

Pre-Professional Education Requirements

Foundations (With Grades of C or Better)

Competency Tests

Show satisfactory results on Praxis Core, SAT or ACT examinations as defined by the Maryland State Department of Education (see education advisor regarding passing scores) OR have a minimum cumulative SU GPA of 3.0.*

*Note: students who enter the professional teaching program with a 3.0 GPA in lieu of basic skills test scores must also graduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to obtain their teacher certification in the State of Maryland. See education advisor for approval to take this option.  

Professional Program Admission Requirements

In order to enroll in professional education program courses, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete an application for formal admission to the professional program. Obtain written approval of the application from both content and education advisors.
  • Complete a minimum of 56 college credits with a minimum of 2.50 GPA, including transfer credits.
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major, including transfer credits.
  • Complete all pre-professional requirements.
  • Complete four courses in the major field.

Professional Education Requirements

Methods (With Grades of C or Better)

Internship and Seminar - 14 Hours

Candidates must meet the following requirements for internship:

  • Complete the written application for internship.
  • Complete a minimum of 90 credits including methods and at least 8 courses of the academic major (secondary and K-12 programs).
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.50 including transfer credit.
  • Have a minimum GPA of at least 2.75 in the academic major courses, including transfer credit, as defined by the academic department.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in professional education courses with no grade below C. Students may repeat education courses only once.
  • Obtain verification of completion of requirements from the coordinator of clinical practice.

Praxis II and edTPA (must be taken before graduation)

  • Praxis II Content Knowledge (date):

  • edTPA (date):

Graduation Requirement

Official scores on all certification examinations required by the State of Maryland must be sent from the testing company to Salisbury University as a requirement for graduation. Scores on the edTPA must be among those sent to the University before graduation. 

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