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  • Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing 

    The Mathematics Program

    Mathematics, the study of numbers and shapes, and the language of the physical sciences, has emerged from its classical roots as the principle tool for the analysis and comprehension of many current problems. Chaos and fractals, cryptography, data compression algorithms, tomography and turbulence are only a few of the many areas currently studied by mathematicians. In addition, promising research continues to be done in the fields of analysis, topology, algebra and number theory. These exciting areas of study all utilize the fundamentals of mathematics within a rigorous logical structure.

    • Our math graduates have gone to work in many different fields and positions, such as network security software developer, engineering, actuary, college professor, high school teacher, physician, corporate manager, attorney, banker, economic analyst and college president. 
    • Those who went to graduate school were accepted into numerous high quality universities (e.g., University of Albany, American University, University of Arizona, Boston College, Bowling Green, Brandeis, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke, University of Florida, George Mason, Indiana University at Bloomington, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, Ohio University, Princeton University, Rice, Purdue, SUNY at Albany, Syracuse, Texas A&M, University of Virginia, Washington University, Westchester University, William and Mary). 
    • 75% of our full-time faculty has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and is active in their research, publishing regularly in national and international refereed math journals. 

    Students earning a degree in mathematics will:

    • know the definitions of fundamental concepts and the major theorems of the core areas of undergraduate mathematics as outlined in course syllabi;
    • be able to prove various propositions in the core areas of undergraduate mathematics and will appreciate the need for rigorous proof;
    • be able to analyze and solve problems in the core areas of undergraduate mathematics; and
    • have working knowledge of at least one mathematical "language" (beyond entry level) and its inherent tools, as well as an appreciation for both the utility and beauty of mathematics. 

    Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics 

    Major Requirements (44 credits)
    MA 111 Calculus I* - 4 credits
    MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    MA 113 Calculus III - 4 credits
    MA 114 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations - 4 credits
    MA 115 Linear Algebra - 3 credits

    Two of the following four courses - 8 credits
    MA 201 Abstract Algebra I - 4 credits
    MA 202 Abstract Algebra II - 4 credits
    MA 206 Real Analysis I - 4 credits
    MA 207 Real Analysis II - 4 credits

    Two of the following five courses - 6 credits
    MA 117 Methods of Proof - 3 credits
    MA 203 Complex Variables - 3 credits
    MA 204 Topology - 3 credits
    MA 208 Probability and Statistics - 3 credits
    MA 210 Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry - 3 credits
    MA 223 Mechanics: Statics - 3 credits
    MA 224 Mechanics: Dynamics - 3 credits

    One of these two computing science courses - 3 credits
    CS 110 Computing and Information Science I - 3 credits
    CS 270 Introduction to Numerical Computation - 3 credits

    Two series (i.e., two courses with respective labs) out of these six** - 8 credits
    BL 150 & 151 General Biology I & Lab - 4 credits
    BL 152 & 153 General Biology II & Lab - 4 credits
    CH 101 & 103 General Chemistry I & Lab - 4 credits
    CH 102 & 104 General Chemistry II & Lab - 4 credits
    PH 111 & 113 General Physics I & Lab - 4 credits
    PH 112 & 114 General Physics II & Lab - 4 credits

    * Calculus I is a 4 credit course with 3 credits fulfilling the mathematics core.

    ** These 8 credits are fulfilling the science core curriculum requirement.

    Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics 

    Major Requirements (59 credits)
    MA 111 Calculus I* - 4 credits
    MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    MA 113 Calculus III - 4 credits
    MA 114 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations - 4 credits
    MA 115 Linear Algebra - 3 credits
    MA 201 Abstract Algebra I - 4 credits
    MA 202 Abstract Algebra II - 4 credits
    MA 203 Complex Variables - 3 credits
    MA 204 Topology - 3 credits
    MA 206 Real Analysis I - 4 credits
    MA 207 Real Analysis II - 4 credits
    MA 208 Probability and Statistics - 3 credits
    PH 111 & 113 General Physics I & Lab** - 4 credits

    One of these two computing science courses - 3 credits
    CS 110 Computing and Information Science I - 3 credits
    CS 270 Introduction to Numerical Computation - 3 credits

    Two other series (i.e., two courses with respective labs) out of these five** - 8 credits
    BL 150 & 151 General Biology I & Lab - 4 credits
    BL 152 & 153 General Biology II & Lab - 4 credits
    CH 101 & 103 General Chemistry I & Lab - 4 credits
    CH 102 & 104 General Chemistry II & Lab - 4 credits
    PH 112 & 114 General Physics II & Lab - 4 credits

    * Calculus I is a 4 credit course with 3 credits fulfilling the mathematics core.

    ** 8 of these 12 science credits are fulfilling the science core curriculum.

    Requirements for Minor in Mathematics (at least 18 credits)
    MA 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
    MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    MA 113 Calculus III - 4 credits

    Two of the following courses:
    MA 114 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations - 4 credits
    MA 115 Linear Algebra - 3 credits
    MA 117 Methods of Proof - 3 credits
    MA 201 Abstract Algebra I - 4 credits
    MA 202 Abstract Algebra II - 4 credits
    MA 203 Complex Variables - 3 credits
    MA 204 Topology - 3 credits
    MA 206 Real Analysis I - 4 credits
    MA 207 Real Analysis II - 4 credits
    MA 208 Probability and Statistics - 3 credits

    Teacher Preparation
    All students who are interested in pursuing the teacher certification should refer to the education certification information. The required Mathematics courses would be MA 111, MA 112, MA 113, MA 114, MA 115, MA 201, MA 206, MA 208 and MA 210. Other courses in other disciplines are also required.
     

    As a culminating activity, mathematics majors must take Abstract Algebra I or Real Analysis I during the first semester of their senior year.