Major in Mathematics
(Bachelor of Arts Degree)
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 to the programs in education, listed alphabetically in this section of the catalog.
Total credit hours required for degree: 120
Students who earn the B.A. in mathematics will be able to:
- Read and analyze mathematical proofs;
- Write mathematical proofs;
- Formulate and solve mathematical problems;
- Communicate mathematics in written form.
In addition, students in the teaching concentration will be able to:
- Pass the content tests required for licensure for teachers of mathematics in New York State.