Major in Mathematics

### Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Mathematics Major

#### Program Details

Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. Its universality makes it a powerful tool in a variety of endeavors including the study of the natural sciences, the social sciences, computer science, business, and economics. Studied for its own sake, mathematics is appreciated as much for its elegance and beauty as for its practicality. Mathematics is the science of discovering patterns yet unlike the other sciences mathematics offers a standard of certainty through mathematical rigor and proof. The study of mathematics is one of the cornerstones of a liberal education, training the mind in logical thought, precise expression, and critical thinking.

The mathematics curriculum at Utica College is designed to meet the needs of students who have one of the following objectives: (1) to pursue graduate study in mathematics; (2) to prepare for careers as mathematicians in industrial or governmental laboratories, and in fields which rely mainly on mathematics such as actuarial work, statistical analysis, and economics; (3) to teach mathematics in elementary and secondary schools; (4) to contribute to their liberal education by studying the language and fundamental methods of mathematics.

The mathematics department of Utica College offers two concentrations for the major in mathematics. The General Mathematics Curriculum offers a sound foundation in pure and applied mathematics for those seeking careers in mathematical fields and those who plan to continue their study of higher mathematics in graduate school. The Concentration for Prospective Math Teachers is intended for those students who are preparing for careers teaching mathematics.

Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer UC's education programs.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

#### ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

(See also General Education Core)

Course | Credit Hours | Year Taken | |
---|---|---|---|

Core | 34-55 | ||

## General Program | |||

Major Course Requirements | |||

Mathematics 201, 202, 301, 302 | Calculus I, II, III, IV | 12 | 1,2 |

Mathematics 305 | Fundamental Structures of Mathematics | 3 | 2 |

Mathematics 321 | Probability and Statistics | 3 | 3,4 |

Mathematics 331 | Linear Algebra | 3 | 2,3 |

Mathematics 334 | Abstract Algebra | 3 | 3,4 |

Mathematics 401 | Real Analysis I | 3 | 3,4 |

Advanced Mathematics electives (300/400 level) | 9-10 | 3,4 | |

36-37 | |||

Major-Related Course Requirements | |||

Computer Science 101 | Computer Science I | 3 | 1,2 |

Physics 261 | Physics I | 4 | 1,2 |

7 | |||

## Concentration for Prospective Math Teachers | |||

Major Course Requirements | |||

Mathematics 112 | Basic Statistics | 3 | 1 |

Mathematics 201, 202, 301, 302 | Calculus I, II, III, IV | 12 | 1,2 |

Mathematics 305 | Fundamental Structures of Mathematics | ||

or | |||

Computer Science 201 | Discrete Mathematics I | ||

and | |||

Computer Science 301 | Discrete Mathematics II | 3-6 | 1,2 |

Mathematics 303 | History of Mathematics | 3 | 2,3 |

Mathematics 313 | Mathematics: A Heuristic Approach | 3 | 3,4 |

Mathematics 331 | Linear Algebra | 3 | 2,3 |

Mathematics 334 | Abstract Algebra | 3 | 3,4 |

Advanced Mathematics electives | 300/400 level | 6-7 | 3,4 |

36-40 | |||

Major-Related Course Requirements | |||

Choose two of the following: | |||

Computer Science 101 | Computer Science I | 3 | 1,2 |

Physics 261 | Physics I | 4 | 1,2 |

Physics 262 | Physics II | 4 | 1,2 |

7-8 | |||

Electives | |||

The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 90 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences. |

## Faculty Profile

**MATHEMATICS:**

PROFESSOR HOSSEIN

BEHFOROOZ, PH.D.

L egend has it that magic squares were discovered by the Chinese emperor Yu in 2200 B.C. Today, 4200 years later, UC Mathematics Professor Hossein Behforooz is unlocking the "mystical" properties of these remarkable mathematical tables. ...more.

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