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Mathematics - Program Description

Mathematics



To paraphrase Galileo, "Mathematics is the language in which
the laws of nature are written" and the laws of society and
economics as well. In recent years, applications of mathematics
have expanded far beyond the traditional boundaries of physics, chemistry, and engineering. Biologists, sociologists, economists, psychologists, and even historians and lawyers have reached
out to mathematicians in their quest for indisputable conclusions and novel methods of investigation. Thus, pure and applied mathematicians are and always will be in demand.


The Utica College program opens the door to an attractive future for students who may have any of the following goals: to prepare for careers in fields requiring a solid background in quantitative analysis; to pursue graduate work and a career in research or academia; and to teach mathematics at various levels.

Special Opportunities


Since 1987 the department has entered teams in the Annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling, sponsored by the Operation Research Society of America and the Consortium for Mathematics Applications Project. This competition, held over a weekend in February, involves a team of three undergraduates working together on the solution of a real-life problem. In addition, many students enjoy the challenge of discovering personal solutions to monthly problems submitted as part of a nationwide competition. Certificates are awarded to the successful problem solvers.

The Math Club sponsors activities that include monthly meetings, guest speakers, field trips to nearby mathematics conferences, and social gatherings. It is administered by students under the supervision of a faculty member acting as an adviser. The mathematics department also has a charter student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Among the benefits enjoyed by student chapter members are career information, help in job placement or graduate school applications, contacts with the mathematics community, and a free subscription to Focus, the MAA newsletter. A member of the department serves as a faculty adviser.

Students who complete two special mathematics courses and demonstrate an interest in a teaching experience at the college level have an opportunity to teach basic mathematics. Under the close supervision of a senior faculty member, these students help entering students attain the level of mathematical skills expected for successful completion of the course of study required for graduation from Utica College.

Facilities


The Math and Science Center offers individual tutoring and assistance to students who experience occasional difficulties in their course work. The center is directed by a faculty member and staffed by qualified students.

Updated computer software in mathematics and statistics is available at the various micro labs on campus. All students who need to satisfy course requirements or want to explore a new approach to mathematical problems are welcome to use these computer facilities.

The Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library has a substantial selection of mathematics books, both at the introductory and the advanced levels. A few mathematics journals accessible to undergraduates also are available.

Career Opportunities


A graduate in mathematics can look forward to employment opportunities in a variety of fields, such as teaching, communication engineering, computer programming, market research, insurance management, and weather forecasting. In past years, UC mathematics majors have found work at such concerns as Fleet Bank, General Electric, Martin Marietta (Aerospace), PAR Technology, Rome Lab, and the Peace Corps. Some alumni go on to graduate schools, with a few becoming college professors. Mathematics majors who took a minor in education are teaching mathematics at the secondary level.

UC Graduates


UC graduates in mathematics have been employed in a variety of positions, including computer scientist, director of computer user services, systems analyst, systems engineer, electronics engineer, actuary, financial aid adviser, college professor, and high school mathematics teacher.

"As a returning adult student, I felt the program was perfect. The class size was small allowing for individual attention when I needed it. I always felt known and accepted as an individual, not just a number among many. The professors were encouraging and helpful in many areas, not just academics. They took a personal interest in us as people, not just students. When I had a difficult time, my professors gave me the extra little push that I needed to continue. I can honestly say, that I am a better person for having received my education from Utica College. Today I teach high school mathematics and also a course at HCCC. The education I received at Utica College has prepared me well for my position teaching the higher math courses in high school. Returning to college to obtain my Bachelor Degree in mathematics was the one of the best decision I ever made. Choosing Utica College made that decision even better."
--Diane Roberts, '02, High School Math Teacher

"UC has a small program which allows for a lot of interaction among mathematics students. For example, we worked on homework assignments together and that was helpful. I would definitely recommend the program. It's a very thorough program, including practical and theoretical courses. Although I prefer the practical because of my personal interests, I can see that I needed it all. The logic and statistics have helped me in financial aid and understanding that whole realm."
--Mary Beth Kennedy '89, Director of Student Employment and Former Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Utica College

"The educational background and professors at UC provided me with a grounding that has been very helpful in the career that is heavily based on math."
--Kathleen Potter '78, Actuary, William M. Mercer, Inc., Richmond, VA

"A great mathematician once said he could see far into mathematics only because he stood on the shoulders of giants.' My UC professors are extraordinary teachers, and I attribute my success in mathematical endeavors largely to them."
--Kevin Kwiat '80, '88, Electronics Engineer, Rome Laboratory, Rome, NY

"Utica allows for in class discussion and a truly wonderful learning environment. The professors are helpful and truly care about each of their students. I honestly believe that without the suggestions and encouragement from the professors at Utica, I may not have considering going to graduate school for mathematics and pursuing mathematics as a career."
--Raymond Fryc Valedictorian '12, Graduate student at SUNY Binghamton