Mathematics helps us measure and communicate about distance, quantity and time. The discipline is at the core of all of the hard and soft sciences and even has application in the arts.
Why Choose Mathematics?
As a mathematics major, you will sharpen your analytical skills and become a better problem-solver. You will develop the quantitative and statistical reasoning tools to succeed in across a variety of disciplines and careers paths.
The mathematics major begins with calculus classes, which are enhanced by MAPLE, the computer algebra system. Courses in algebra and analysis build depth. If you want to pursue a particular topic, our faculty are members are eager to collaborate with you. Do an independent study or choose from a wide range of elective topics, including:
Probability and statistical inference
Partial differential equations
Small classes foster collaborative problem solving and knowledge sharing. As a mathematics major, you will become a part of a caring and creative campus community, and develop strong relationships — both with peers and professors. Most students build lifelong connections that last well beyond graduation.
The Research Experience
Student research is at the heart of the mathematics major.
You will be encouraged to participate in research projects with your professors, many of which are funded experiences and lead to publication. Recent student research topics include:
Analyzing the Passing Networks of Manhattan College Women’s Soccer
Statistical Modeling of the College Experience
Differential Equations Over Matrix Algebras
Statistical Modeling to Find Homes for NYC Rescue Animals
Our New York City location is just minutes from some of the nation’s top mathematics competitions and events such as the Spuyten Duyvil Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, the Putnam Exam and the Mathematical Modeling Contest, where you’ll present independent work, and hear from others.
What Will You Learn?
You will learn how to be an efficient and effective problem solver. In addition to developing critical thinking and quantitative skills, you will:
Work as part of a group and collaborate across academic disciplines
Learn how to describe and compare data and communicate your findings
Gain real-world experience in an off-campus internship
You may choose from a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Mathematics is also offered as a double major or a minor. We also offer a 24-credit concentration in applied mathematics, which may be of particular interest to engineering, economics or finance majors.
Choose to pursue an advanced degree. Our graduates have received fellowships to pursue Master’s and/or Doctoral degrees in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, operations research and epidemiology.
Or start your career. A mathematics degree is applicable to virtually all industries. You will be prepared to work in actuarial science, computer science, operations research, engineering, biomathematics, cryptography or finance.
What I loved best about the Mathematics Department is the interaction between faculty and the students. I know all of the professors and the professors know me. They inspired me and encouraged me to further explore mathematics.
Kimsy Tor ’15, Graduate Student at The Sorbonne University