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Mathematics (BA or BS), 4-Year

Students in a mathematics class at D'Youville

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 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'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. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting 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. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 (BA) or 85 (BS) with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science. 
    • Physics is recommended. 

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Mathematics BA Curriculum

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Course Requirements 

Major Requirements 44
General Education Requirements 30
Free Electives (including remaining Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements) 46
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

MAT-125 Calculus I 1 4
MAT-126 Calculus II 1 4
MAT-202 Calculus III 4
MAT-300 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning 3
MAT-301 Real Analysis I 3
MAT-315 Linear Algebra 3
MAT-401 Abstract Algebra I 3
MAT-302 Real Analysis II 3
or MAT-402 Abstract Algebra II
Total Credits 27
1

Courses require a minimum grade of B-.

Mathematics Electives (Select from the Following, Minimum 9 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 Math 3
MAT-321 Differential Equations 3
MAT-375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
MAT-389 Special Topics 1-3
MAT-390 Special Topics 1-3
MAT-402 Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT-403 Probability 3
MAT-404 Mathematical Statistics 3
MAT-407 Senior Seminar I 2
MAT-408 Senior Seminar II 2
MAT-410 Number Theory 3
MAT-412 General Topology 3
MAT-414 Complex Analysis 3
MAT-417 Introduction to Graph Theory 3
MAT-420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT-421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT-424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT-443 Methods of Teaching Mathematics 3
MAT-479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT-480 Statistical Applications 3

In Other Academic Areas Required for Major

Select One of the Following Two Sequences

PHY-101 General Physics I 3
PHY-101L Gen Physics Lab I 1
PHY-102 General Physics 3
PHY-102L Gen Physics Lab II 1
Total Credits 8

or

PHY-103 Physics for Engineers 3
PHY-103L Physics for Engineers Lab 1 1
PHY-104 Physics for Engineers II 3
PHY-104L Physics for Engineers II Lab 1
Total Credits 8

Mathematics BS Curriculum

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Course Requirements

General Track

Major Requirements 56
General Education Requirements 30
Free electives (including remaining Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements) 34
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

MAT-125 Calculus I 1 4
MAT-126 Calculus II 1 4
MAT-202 Calculus III 4
MAT-300 Introduction to Mathematical 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
Total Credits 30
1

Courses require a minimum grade of B-.

Mathematics Electives (Select from the Following, Minimum 18 Credits)

MAT-303 Foundations of Geometry I 3
MAT-304 Foundations of Geometry II 3
MAT-310 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MAT-318 Discrete Math 3
MAT-321 Differential Equations 3
MAT-375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
MAT-389 Special Topics 1-3
MAT-390 Special Topics 1-3
MAT-403 Probability 3
MAT-404 Mathematical Statistics 3
MAT-407 Senior Seminar I 2
MAT-408 Senior Seminar II 2
MAT-410 Number Theory 3
MAT-412 General Topology 3
MAT-414 Complex Analysis 3
MAT-417 Introduction to Graph Theory 3
MAT-420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT-421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT-424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT-443 Methods of Teaching Mathematics 3
MAT-479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT-480 Statistical Applications 3

 In Other Academic Areas Required for Major

Select One of the Following Two Sequences
PHY-101 General Physics I 3
PHY-101L Gen Physics Lab I 1
PHY-102 General Physics 3
PHY-102L Gen Physics Lab II 1
Total Credits 8

or

PHY-103 Physics for Engineers 3
PHY-103L Physics for Engineers Lab 1 1
PHY-104 Physics for Engineers II 3
PHY-104L Physics for Engineers II Lab 1
Total Credits 8

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Statistics Track

Major Requirements 56
General Education Requirements 30
Free electives (including remaining Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements) 34
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

MAT-125 Calculus I 1 4
MAT-126 Calculus II 1 4
MAT-202 Calculus III 4
MAT-300 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning 3
MAT-301 Real Analysis I 3
MAT-315 Linear Algebra 3
MAT-401 Abstract Algebra I 3
MAT-403 Probability 3
MAT-404 Mathematical Statistics 3
Total Credits 30
1

Courses require a minimum grade of B-.

Statistics Electives (Select Three of the Following)

MAT-420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT-421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT-479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT-480 Statistical Applications 3

Mathematics Electives (Select from the Following, Minimum 9 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 Math 3
MAT-321 Differential Equations 3
MAT-375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
MAT-389 Special Topics 1
MAT-390 Special Topics 3
MAT-402 Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT-407 Senior Seminar I 2
MAT-408 Senior Seminar II 2
MAT-410 Number Theory 3
MAT-412 General Topology 3
MAT-414 Complex Analysis 3
MAT-417 Introduction to Graph Theory 3
MAT-420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT-421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT-424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT-443 Methods of Teaching Mathematics 3
MAT-479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT-480 Statistical Applications 3

In Other Academic Areas Required for Major

Select One of the Following Two Sequences
PHY-101 General Physics I 3
PHY-101L Gen Physics Lab I 1
PHY-102 General Physics 3
PHY-102L Gen Physics Lab II 1
Total Credits 8

or

PHY-103 Physics for Engineers 3
PHY-103L Physics for Engineers Lab 1 1
PHY-104 Physics for Engineers II 3
PHY-104L Physics for Engineers II Lab 1
Total Credits 8

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Applied Concentration Track

Major Requirements - includes 4 concentration courses (12-16 credits) at 200+ level 1 56
General Education Requirements 30
Free electives (including remaining Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements) 34
Total Credits 120
1

Concentration courses must be pre-approved by the Mathematics Curriculum Committee and the chair of the department (Suggested concentrations: analytics, biology, chemistry, computer science or physics).

Course Requirements for the Major

MAT-125 Calculus I 1 4
MAT-126 Calculus II 1 4
MAT-202 Calculus III 4
MAT-300 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning 3
MAT-301 Real Analysis I 3
MAT-315 Linear Algebra 3
MAT-401 Abstract Algebra I 3
Total Credits 24
1

Courses require a minimum grade of B-

 Mathematics Electives (Select from the Following, Minimum 12 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 Math 3
MAT-321 Differential Equations 3
MAT-375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
MAT-389 Special Topics 1
MAT-390 Special Topics 3
MAT-402 Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT-403 Probability 3
MAT-404 Mathematical Statistics 3
MAT-407 Senior Seminar I 2
MAT-408 Senior Seminar II 2
MAT-410 Number Theory 3
MAT-412 General Topology 3
MAT-414 Complex Analysis 3
MAT-417 Introduction to Graph Theory 3
MAT-420 Introduction to Linear Models 3
MAT-421 Design of Experiments 3
MAT-424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT-443 Methods of Teaching Mathematics 3
MAT-479 Data Analysis Methods 3
MAT-480 Statistical Applications 3

In Other Academic Areas Required for Major

Select One of the Following Two Sequences
PHY-101 General Physics I 3
PHY-101L Gen Physics Lab I 1
PHY-102 General Physics 3
PHY-102L Gen Physics Lab II 1
Total Credits 8

or

PHY-103 Physics for Engineers 3
PHY-103L Physics for Engineers Lab 1 1
PHY-104 Physics for Engineers II 3
PHY-104L Physics for Engineers II Lab 1
Total Credits 8

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.

Alumni Success

  • 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.

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.

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