## Advice to Students

### Introduction

You might be surprised to find that there are 250 students majoring in mathematics at

### Math Careers

Although you may not have decided

### Which Option in the Major?

Which of the five areas (teaching, grad school, engineering, computer science, and statistics) you choose might help determine the option in the mathematics major that suits you best. Secondary teachers would probably want the single subject waiver program; those interested in grad school would probably choose the pure major (maybe not if they already know the area of mathematics they want to emphasize in grad school); those interested in engineering would probably want the emphasis in applied mathematics and statistics; those interested in statistics would probably want the emphasis in applied math and statistics.

### Advising

Advisors are faculty members who are knowledgeable about the program you have chosen in mathematics. It is important that you pay your advisor a visit during your first semester at

### Schedule Planning

Although the mathematics major requires relatively few upper division units, they are quite challenging. Try to avoid taking too many classes in a semester, as this will more likely result in extra semesters in the university because of grades that are not in line with your potential.

The most difficult courses are probably the upper division core courses: Math 108 (Intro to Formal Math), Math 110AB (Modern Algebra), and Math 13OAB (Advanced Calculus). It is important that you plan to put in a great deal of effort on these courses, because they are demanding, and because if you can do well in these courses, then you have achieved the mathematical sophistication to do well in other courses with comparatively little effort. Do not take Math 110A and Math 130A in the same semester. Students who attempt this are rarely successful.

Notice that the prerequisites for courses

### Campus Employment

There are numerous opportunities for employment on campus for budding mathematicians. The math department hires students as graders, grading the homework assignments from lower division mathematics courses. The mathematics department hires students to work as tutors for the Intermediate Algebra class (Math 9), which is taught in multimedia format (Up to 40 students per class). The Learning Skills Center teaches the remedial mathematics classes on campus

There are other jobs on campus for math tutors, in programs such as AMP, CAMP, EOP, or MEP. These are programs aimed at supporting minority students in various majors. There are also opportunities for private tutoring. Oftentimes high school students will call the department seeking tutors, or students in lower division math classes need a tutor on a regular basis. We give all of these requests to the Math Society, which maintains a database of tutors. So if you are interested in tutoring privately, contact the Math Society.

### In Summary

We suggest that you become aggressive consumers of education. Find out about courses and instructors. Ask what courses are going to be offered next year. Ask for a specific course to be offered at a specific time, if you need it. Tell the department how it can better serve your needs. Join the Math Society. Help this to be a better department for future students.