following is a draft web page template
recommended by the intersegmental math faculty at
the statewide IMPAC Conference, May 6, 2006.
web page is for use by UC or CSU Math Departments in designing a campus specific web page
with information specific to the
concerns of prospective
transfer students planning to major in a math department related area.
California State University, Anywhere or
University of California, Anywhere
(insert your university name and any logo's)
Advice to Prospective Students
Preparing to Transfer with a Mathematics Related Major
Include any preface you would
like about your university and./ or your mathematics department and
As soon as you recognize you want to transfer and major in a
Mathematics related subject you should work closely with the math
faculty and counselors at your college to design a program that will
transfer to ( insert your university name).
You can use the Assist website (http://assist.org/)
to find mathematics courses at your college that are equivalent to the
mathematics major lower division courses at (insert your university
soon as possible talk to an
adviser at the (insert your university name here) Math Department.
Call (xxx) xxx-xxxx, or else e-mail us by clicking here.
(edit this link to give an appropriate e-mail address).
Click here to see our requirements for
transfer in Mathematics. (edit this link to give an appropriate url for
your page of major requirements- or include those here or later on this
Click here to see descriptions of
our courses. (edit this link to give an appropriate url for your course
In preparing to transfer, you should take as many lower division
mathematics course requirements for the math major as possible. This
may require careful selection of general education courses, taking only
the minimum number of General Education courses to fulfill requirements.
Mathematical maturity is usually connected to the capability to read
and write mathematical proofs. You need to develop this ability for
work in many upper division courses in mathematics. So you need to
develop familiarity with proofs in your work prior to trasnfer.
Some places you can develop this familiarity:
- courses in discrete mathematics or linear algebra
- a logic and proof course if your college has one
- a "bridge" course at a CSU or UC if you can take one
concurrently with your work at your college or during a summer session.
It's best for you to complete the full scientific/engineering style
calculus sequence (usually 3 semesters or 4-5 quarters) prior to
transfer to (insert your University name). If this is not possible then
you should take at least one full year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) of
calculus. If you split calculus between your college and the
university, you may miss some important concepts. Having only one
term of calculus may result in some duplication and a less than optimal
transfer of credit for the woork you have completed prioir to transfer.
(edit this to your own specific suggestion)
Geometry and Proofs
You should be familiar with geometric concepts and proofs, at least at
the level of high school geometry. You may gain this familiarity as
part of these courses:
- A high school level geometry course
- Analytic geometry in calculus
- Geometric aspects of a linear algebra course
Courses besides Calculus
(edit these topics to match your own advice. You may add other
courses here as well.)
Linear Algebra (Modify this to suit your own recommendation)
You are encouraged/required to take a course in linear algebra before
transfer. At the university this will be a prerequisite for many
advanced courses. See our requirements for the math major for more
details, and discuss it when you talk to us or e-mail us.
Differential Equations (Modify this to suit your own
You are encouraged to take a course in differential equations before
you transfer.Because our required differential equations course is an
upper division course, you will not be given upper division credit fo a
differential equations course taken at a community college. However we
will use your college course to waive our requirement of a differential
equations course, giving you another upper division elective course you
will need to satisfy the unit requirements of upper divsion work in
mathematics. See our requirements for the math major for more details,
and discuss it when you talk to us or e-mail us.
Computer programming (Modify this to suit your own
You should consider taking a computer course that develops competency
in a programming language as well as construction of algorithms before
Statistics (Modify this to suit your own recommendation)
See our requirements for the math major, and discuss statistics with us
when you contact us.
Try to take a full year of a course for science majors that uses
mathematics (like physics, chemistry, or economics) before you
transfer. However you should consider holding off on a calculus based
physics course until you have completed a year of calculus.
Courses that use mathematics (Modify this to suit your own
Alternative: The mathematics major at (insert your university
name here) requires that you take one semester/ one year of a
calculus based physics course.
If possible you should take this before transfer.However you may wish
to consider holding off on a calculus based physics course until you
have completed a year of calculus.<>
Other Courses (Add here this to suit your own
Include information here about
CSU LDTP or UC Major Transfer Preparation programs.