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Mathematics (BA or BS), 4-Year

Students in a mathematics class at D'Youville College

Mathematics is a quantitative field that teaches problem solving and establishes a chain of reasoning for developing hypotheses and anticipating consequences.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Mathematics as a major is a good preparation for many types of careers from teaching, to science and medicine, to engineering and business.

The mathematics major leads to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. To meet your specific career goals, add a structured minor to further strengthen your background.

Our interdisciplinary coursework provides an excellent foundation for many career paths. The low number of required courses in the major will leave you with time to explore your interests or to fulfill prerequisite requirements for a graduate program.

BA or BS Options

The Mathematics major offers two degree options:

Bachelor of Science (BA) in Mathematics

  • Designed to best prepare students for a career in teaching or applying mathematics.
  • This program allows students more free credits to explore other disciplines or further expand their mathematical experience.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics

The General Track requires 15 mathematics courses and offers a broad exposure to the rich field of mathematics.

The Statistics Track requires 15 mathematics courses with at least 5 statistically oriented courses.  This track could lead to further study or careers in statistics or actuarial science.

The Applied Concentration Track requires 11 mathematics courses and 4 courses in an area of concentration such as physics, chemistry, biology, or computer science.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Benefit from direct entry into one of D'Youville's joint and combined professional degree programs. You can earn a highly-respected bachelor's and doctoral degree here at D'Youville in less time than you can at other institutions. After you earn your Bachelor of Science degree, as long as you’ve maintained the necessary academic standards you’ll be automatically admitted to the doctoral program…no reapplying and no GREs required!
  • Get individualized attention in small classes, usually around 20 students, and not more than 40. Science labs range from 12 to 15 students per class.
  • 100% of classes at D'Youville College are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants.
  • Ace your graduate or professional school entrance exams with D'Youville's in-house review course. Students at other colleges often pay $1,000 or more to take similar courses from commercial firms. If you're unsure about a career path, your assigned faculty advisor will help you explore your options.
  • D'Youville College's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.

AUTOMATIC MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship SAT (M & EBRW)* or ACT⁺ / GPA Tuition Scholarship Room & Board Waiver GPA Required to Retain
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 $3,000 2.75
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000  $2,000 2.5 
Dean's 80/980 or 19
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000   2.25
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000   2.5
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 or 29 100% off 25% 2.75
Buffalo Say Yes 90/1080 or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
High School Average SAT + (or) ACT
80 980 19

+ Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.

Curriculum

Mathematics BA

Course Requirements for the Major

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 125 Calculus I 4
MAT 126 Calculus II 4
MAT 202 Calculus III 4
MAT 300 Math Reasoning 3
MAT 301 Real Analysis I 3
MAT 315 Linear Algebra 3
MAT 401 Abstract Algebra 3

Select One of the Following two courses

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 302 Real Analysis II 3
MAT 402 Abstract Algebra II 3
  SUBTOTAL 27

Mathematics Electives (Select 3)

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 302 Real Analysis II (if not used as a major requirement) 3
MAT 303 Foundations of Geometry I 3
MAT 304 Foundations of Geometry II 3
MAT 310 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MAT 318 Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 321 Differential Equations 3
MAT 375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
MAT 389-390 Special Topics in Mathematics 3
MAT 402 Abstract Algebra II (if not used as a major requirement) 3
MAT 403 Probability 3
MAT 404 Mathematical Statistics 3
MAT 407/408 Senior Seminar 3
MAT 410 Number Theory 3
MAT 412 General Topology 3
MAT 414 Complex Analysis 3
MAT 417 Graph Theory 3
MAT 420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT 421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT 424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT 443 Methods for Teaching Mathematics 3
MAT 479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT 480 Statistical Applications 3
  TOTAL 9

 

In Other Academic Areas Required for this Major

Course # Course Name Credits
PHY 101/101L Physics I/Lab (preferred) 4
PHY 102/102L Physics II/Lab (preferred) 4
(or)    
PHY 103/103L Physics for Engineers I/Lab 4
PHY 104/104L Physics for Engineers II/Lab 4
  SUBTOTAL 8

Totals

Requirement Credits
Major requirements 44
Core requirements 46
Free electives (including core electives) 30
TOTAL 120

 


Mathematics BS (General Track)

Course Requirements for the Major

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 125 Calculus I 4
MAT 126 Calculus II 4
MAT 202 Calculus III 4
MAT 300 Math Reasoning 3
MAT 301 Real Analysis I 3
MAT 302 Real Analysis II 3
MAT 315 Linear Algebra 3
MAT 401 Abstract Algebra I 3
MAT 402 Abstract Algebra II 3
  SUBTOTAL 30

Mathematics Electives (choose 6)

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 303 Foundations of Geometry I 3
MAT 304 Foundations of Geometry II 3
MAT 310 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MAT 318 Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 321 Differential Equations 3
MAT 375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
MAT 389-390 Special Topics in Mathematics 3
MAT 403 Probability 3
MAT 404 Mathematical Statistics 3
MAT 407/408 Senior Seminar 3
MAT 410 Number Theory 3
MAT 412 General Topology 3
MAT 414 Complex Analysis 3
MAT 417 Graph Theory 3
MAT 420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT 421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT 424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT 443 Methods for Teaching Mathematics 3
MAT 479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT 480 Statistical Applications 3
  SUBTOTAL 18

In other academic areas required for the major (select 1 sequence)

Course # Course Name Credits
PHY 101/101L Physics I/Lab (preferred) 4
PHY 102/102L Physics II/Lab (preferred) 4
(or)    
PHY 103/103L Physics for Engineers I/Lab 4
PHY 104/104L Physics for Engineers II/Lab 4
  SUBTOTAL 8

Totals

Requirement Credits
Major requirements 56
Core requirements 46
Free electives (including core electives) 18
TOTAL 120

Mathematics BS (Statistics Track)

Course Requirements for the Major

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 125 Calculus I 4
MAT 126 Calculus II 4
MAT 202 Calculus III 4
MAT 300 Math Reasoning 3
MAT 301 Real Analysis I 3
MAT 315 Linear Algebra 3
MAT 401 Abstract Algebra 3
MAT 403 Probability 3
MAT 404 Mathematical Statistics 3
  SUBTOTAL 30

Statistics Electives

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT 421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT 479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT 480 Statistical Applications 3
  SUBTOTAL 9

Mathematics Electives (Choose 3)

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 302 Real Analysis II 3
MAT 303 Foundations of Geometry I 3
MAT 304 Foundations of Geometry II 3
MAT 310 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MAT 318 Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 321 Differential Equations 3
MAT 375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
MAT 389-390 Special Topics in Mathematics 3
MAT 402 Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT 407/408 Senior Seminar 3
MAT 410 Number Theory 3
MAT 412 General Topology 3
MAT 414 Complex Analysis 3
MAT 417 Graph Theory 3
MAT 420 Introduction to Linear Models (if not used as a statistics elective) 3
MAT 421 Design of Experiments (if not used as a statistics elective) 3
MAT 424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT 443 Methods for Teaching Mathematics 3
MAT 479 Data Analysis Methods (if not used as statistics elective) 3
MAT 480 Statistical Applications (if not used as statistics elective) 3
  SUBTOTAL 9

In other academic areas required for the major

Course # Course Name Credits
PHY 101/101L Physics I/Lab (preferred) 4
PHY 102/102L Physics II/Lab (preferred) 4
(or)    
PHY 103/103L Physics for Engineers I/Lab 4
PHY 104/104L Physics for Engineers II/Lab 4
  SUBTOTAL 8

Totals

 
Requirement Credits
Major requirements 56
Core requirements 46
Free electives (including core electives) 18
TOTAL 120

Mathematics BS (Applied Concentration Track)

Course Requirements for the major

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 125 Calculus I 4
MAT 126 Calculus II 4
MAT 202 Calculus III 4
MAT 300 Math Reasoning 3
MAT 301 Real Analysis I 3
MAT 315 Linear Algebra 3
MAT 401 Abstract Algebra 3
SUBTOTAL   24

Mathematics electives (choose 4)

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 302 Real Analysis II 3
MAT 303 Foundations of Geometry I 3
MAT 304 Foundations of Geometry II 3
MAT 310 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MAT 318 Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 321 Differential Equations 3
MAT 375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
MAT 389-390 Special Topics in Mathematics 3
MAT 402 Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT 403 Probability 3
MAT 404 Mathematical Statistics 3
MAT 407/408 Senior Seminar 3
MAT 410 Number Theory 3
MAT 412 General Topology 3
MAT 414 Complex Analysis 3
MAT 417 Graph Theory 3
MAT 420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT 421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT 424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT 443 Methods for Teaching Mathematics 3
MAT 479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT 480 Statistical Applications 3
SUBTOTAL   12

In other academic areas required for the major (select 1 sequence)

Course # Course Name Credits
PHY 101/101L Physics I/Lab (preferred) 4
PHY 102/102L Physics II/Lab (preferred) 4
(or)    
PHY 103/103L Physics for Engineers I/Lab 4
PHY 104/104L Physics for Engineers II/Lab 4
SUBTOTAL   8

totals

Requirement Credits
Four courses in area of concentration (concentration courses must be approved by the Biology & Mathematics curriculum committee and the chair). Suggested concentrations: analytics, biology, chemistry, computer science or physics. 12-16
Major Requirements 56-60
Core requirements 46
Free Electives (including core electives) 18-14
TOTAL 120

Careers

Careers

Strong mathematics skills are a valuable commodity and highly sought after in the job market. At D'Youville we'll help you build on your strengths and help you discover the career path that is right for you. Because a bachelor's degree in mathematics can lead to many different career possibilities, D'Youville's program offers flexibility so that you can explore related areas and find your career interest.

The most traditional career in mathematics is to become teacher. Mathematics teachers are needed at the grade school, high school and college levels. D'Youville's bachelor's degree in mathematics will fulfill the undergraduate math requirements for each of these teaching levels, so that you can decide after you begin your program which type of teaching certification you're interested in pursuing.

Other careers are more mathematically oriented, like becoming a mathematician, statistician, actuary or operations research analyst. Other opportunities lead to more business-oriented careers, for example becoming a marketing, research or financial analyst.

Internships

Internships

The Department of Biology and Mathematics strongly encourages students to perform research internships as part of the completion of their undergraduate degree. Our friendly and engaging faculty has a diverse set of research interests, ranging from bioinformatics and analytics to animal behavior and human anatomy, so finding the research project that sparks your curiosity couldn’t be easier.

Research projects engage students in new and exciting scientific discoveries that allow them to gain knowledge and experience that is beneficial in applying to graduate programs.

Involvement in research as an undergraduate doesn’t just end at the bench – students from Department of Biology and Mathematics have presented their data in local, national, and international meetings. These experiences help to broaden the horizons of our students and to develop contacts and relationships with researchers from around the globe.

Alumni Successes

Alumni Successes

  • Jamal Williams '15 has degrees in Math and Biology and is now in graduate school at Buffalo State College.
  • Krista Pundt '11 has degrees in Math and Biology and is now working towards a PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
  • Cynthia Carney '11 also earned a degree in Education and now teaches for the Buffalo Public Schools.
  • Joan Bernecki '11 has degrees in Math and Education and is now teaching in Buffalo, NY.
  • Melissa Kanalley '10 obtained a MS in Education and is now the Executive Assistant for PGC Basketball.
  • Jessica Phillippi '10 earned a MBA from Ashford University and is now the Export Traffic Dispatcher at Baillie Lumber.

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