Mathematics/Computer Science with Teaching, B.S.

The B.S. with Teaching in Mathematics and Computer Science is part of Temple's innovative "TUteach" teacher-training program. The B.S. with Teaching provides broad training in Mathematics and Computer Science, and prepares students for a career in secondary school teaching. The education courses in the B.S. with Teaching include supervised teaching in school district classrooms and emphasize inquiry-based approaches to learning. Students in the B.S. with Teaching degree program become eligible for a Pennsylvania teacher certification when they complete all the requirements for the degree that include theoretical and practical courses in education specifically designed for science and mathematics majors. In order to be recommended for Pennsylvania teacher certification, students must graduate with:

  1. a B.S. with Teaching degree
  2. a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and
  3. earn passing scores on the state-required SAT/PAPA and Praxis II tests.

Students are encouraged to stay on track to graduate with an overall GPA of 3.0 by meeting once each semester with a TUteach advisor and by meeting the prerequisite GPA for required courses. GPA and prerequisite course requirements insure that students are well prepared for the significant amounts of supervised classroom teaching required in advanced courses. Attention is specifically directed to the prerequisites required to enroll in MAES 4189 Project-Based Instruction, an advanced course required in all TUteach degrees and recommended to be taken in either the fifth or seventh semester. The prerequisites for this course include entering the course with a GPA of 3.0 and having earned passing scores on the PAPA Test ("Basic Knowledge:" reading, writing, and mathematics) or SAT.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Susan Varnum, Program Director
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean for Science Education​
College of Science and Technology​
629 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-6390 or 215-204-4073
susan.varnum@temple.edu

Ms. Kathleen McKinley, Master Teacher/Faculty Advisor
College of Science and Technology
400 Carnell Hall
215-204-9252
kathleen.mc.kinley@temple.edu

Mr. Kenneth Ruff, TUteach Faculty Advisor
College of Science and Technology
656 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-3628
kruff@temple.edu

Dr. Irina Mitrea, Chair
Department of Mathematics
Wachman Hall, Room 638
215-204-7841

Dr. Boris Datskovsky, Content Advisor
Department of Mathematics
Wachman Hall, Room 632
215-204-7847
bdats@temple.edu

Dr. Maria Lorenz, Content Advisor
Department of Mathematics
Wachman Hall, Room 524
215-204-6764
angelone@temple.edu

Dr. Slobodan Vucetic, Chair
Department of Computer & Information Science
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Gene Kwatny, Vice Chair
Department of Computer & Information Science
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Anthony Hughes, Content Advisor
Department of Computer & Information Science
Science Education and Research Center, Room 325
215-204-7910
hughes@temple.edu

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (124 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: 
      Introduction to Modern Algebra
      Senior Problem Solving
      Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
      Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete TUteach majors typically receive a waiver for 1 Human Behavior (GB), 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements                                                       

    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (93-95 s.h.)1
    At least 10 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 6 Math, 2 Computer Science, and 3 Education courses must be completed at Temple.

    Computer & Information Science
    CIS 1068Program Design and Abstraction4
    or CIS 1968 Honors Program Design and Abstraction
    CIS 1166Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
    or CIS 1966 Honors Mathematical Concepts in Computing I
    CIS 2107Computer Systems and Low-Level Programming4
    CIS 2168Data Structures4
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 2
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I (F)
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2021Functions and Modeling (S)3
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    MATH 2101Linear Algebra3-4
    or MATH 2103 Linear Algebra with Computer Lab
    MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
    MATH 3061Modern Geometry I (F)3
    MATH 3096Introduction to Modern Algebra3
    MATH 3137Real & Complex Analysis I (F)3
    MATH 3138Real & Complex Analysis II (S)3
    MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving3
    Mathematics or Computer & Information Science
    MATH 3003Theory of Numbers3-4
    or CIS 2166 Mathematical Concepts in Computing II
    Physics
    PHYS 1061Elementary Classical Physics I4
    or PHYS 1961 Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
    or PHYS 2021 General Physics I
    or PHYS 2921 Honors General Physics I
    PHYS 1062Elementary Classical Physics II4
    or PHYS 1962 Honors Elementary Classical Physics II
    or PHYS 2022 General Physics II
    or PHYS 2922 Honors General Physics II
    College of Science & Technology
    SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
    Education
    EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    MAES 2189Classroom Interactions (S)3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    MAES 4189Project-Based Instruction (F)3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    SECE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-123
    SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3
    Philosophy/History
    Select one of the following:3
    Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
    History of Science
    Research Methods
    BIOL/CHEM/EES/PHYS 3091Research Methods3
    Total Credit Hours93-95
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    The certification requirements need to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and are subject to change. All students are strongly recommended to check with the TUteach Advisor in the College of Science and Technology, to affirm the requirements that pertain to their specific major. In addition, students should check the Undergraduate Bulletin web site for the most current information about these programs, or the TUteach web site.

    It is also recommended that all students meet with an advisor before enrolling in classes specific to these majors and leading to certification as a teacher. This is to assure that a candidate's intended program of study will be compatible with the new requirements.

    2

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example. 

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in Mathematics and Computer Science with Teaching, a student should meet the following requirements:

  • Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better for the aggregate of courses required for the B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science with Teaching.

  • Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better in the Mathematics and Computer Science with Teaching content courses required for the major.

  • Achieve an overall GPA, including all college-level courses, of at least 3.25.

  • Complete MATH 3141, MATH 3142 and MATH 4051 instead of MATH 3137 and MATH 3138, as well as MATH 3098 instead of MATH 3096.

  • A student must achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher in:

    MATH 3141Advanced Calculus I3
    MATH 3142Advanced Calculus II3
    MATH 3098Modern Algebra3
    MATH 4051Complex Analysis3
    Any additional course from the following:
    MATH 3043Numerical Analysis I3 to 4
    MATH 3044Numerical Analysis II3
    MATH 3101Topics in Modern Algebra3
    Any 4000-level course other than individual study
  • Achieve a 3.91 GPA in the following courses:
    MAES 2189Classroom Interactions3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    MAES 4189Project-Based Instruction3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Computer Science with Teaching

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CIS 1068Program Design and Abstraction4
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I 
SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
CIS 1166 or 1966Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II 
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CIS 2168Data Structures4
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
MATH 2101 or 2103Linear Algebra3-4
EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
General Education/Elective Credits3-2
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
CIS 2107Computer Systems and Low-Level Programming4
MATH 2021Functions and Modeling (S)3
MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
MATH 3096Introduction to Modern Algebra [WI]3
MATH 3137Real Complex Analysis I (F)3
SECE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12 [WI]3
Select one of the following:3
Perspectives on Science and Mathematics [WI] 
History of Science 
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following:3-4
Theory of Numbers 
Mathematical Concepts in Computing II 
MATH 3138Real Complex Analysis II (S)3
Select one of the following:3
Classroom Interactions (S) 
Science and Mathematics in the Classroom 
Select one of the following:3
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
MATH 3061Modern Geometry I (F)3
MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving [WI]3
Select one of the following:3
Project-Based Instruction (F) 
Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours: 124
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
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Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.