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BA in Mathematics

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Contemporary mathematicians helped researchers complete the Human Genome Project, play a role in code breaking and national security and are key players in developing lifelike animation in Pixar films like “Cars 2” and “Brave.” Whatever your interests are, mathematics provides a good foundation for many careers.

By The Numbers


Growing Field

Overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow 33 percent from 2016 to 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017)



Median annual wages for mathematicians in May 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017)



Math majors success rate six months after graduation (2016 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)

Program Overview

If you enjoy numbers, problem-solving and analyzing data, mathematics is a major for you. You can become a financial analyst evaluating economic conditions to help a corporation make smart business decisions, or an actuary using data to predict health trends for an insurance company. Mathematicians work with chemical engineers to develop mathematical models that further research and development of products, and applied mathematicians collaborate with industrial designers to create the best aerodynamic conditions when designing airplanes, structures or cars. 

In the program, you learn about the newest technological innovations used in mathematics and learn how to communicate your research effectively. You gain knowledge and skills you can use in fields such as science, government, business and education. You choose courses in your area of interest—such as teaching, statistics or actuarial studies—and graduate prepared to pursue an advanced degree. 

The job outlook is good for mathematicians. Employment in math-related occupations is expected to grow 33 percent through 2026, which is much higher than for other occupations.

Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Mott '15

Jackie Mott posing for a photo with a baseball field in the background

Hitting a homerun

After starting her career as a part-time employee in the finance department, Jackie Mott '15 became the team's first database manager in 2017-18. Now, she manages all group and individual ticket sales.

Hitting it out of the park

Jackie Mott ’15 began her career with the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees, in the finance department.

“I’ve always been a Yankees fan, so it’s been an unbelievable experience,” said Mott, who has since been promoted to box office manager.

As a math major with a business minor, Mott brings a valuable skillset to the Thunder. It’s clear she has come a long way since a senior year meeting with Rick DelVecchio, director of career development for the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Jackie was looking at how she could apply her mathematics degree,” said DelVecchio, who had once worked in minor league baseball in Connecticut and Indiana.

When DelVecchio asked Mott about her interests and she said baseball, he knew just what to say: “There are a lot of opportunities to apply mathematics in baseball.”

The first step for Mott was to bring enthusiasm — and resumes — to Major League Baseball’s annual winter meetings in December 2015.

“I had 11 interviews in two days and received two job offers,” Mott said. “You make so many contacts in this business.”

Some of those contacts, including retired Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, occasionally walk through her office in Trenton.

“It’s fun when that happens … but for the most part, it’s a lot of hard work,” Mott said. “You put in 75–80 hours a week during the season, including games, but I love coming to work every day. That’s the goal, right? I love my job.”


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Mathematics Curriculum

Students majoring in mathematics must meet the following requirements for graduation. Note: a C- or better is required for all departmental prerequisites, unless otherwise stated. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better for all courses used to fulfill the Mathematics major.

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Calculus Sequence
Select one of the following:4
MA 151
Calculus I
or MA 141 and MA 150
Select one of the following:4
MA 152
Calculus II
or MA 153 and MA 154
MA 251Calculus III4
Additional Mathematics Core Courses
MA 229Linear Algebra3
MA 301Foundations of Advanced Mathematics3
MA 321Abstract Algebra3
MA 341Advanced Calculus3
MA 490Mathematics Senior Seminar3
Select three of the following:9
MA 285
Applied Statistics
MA 300
Special Topics
MA 305
Discrete Mathematics
MA 315
Theory of Computation (CSC 315)
MA 318
Cryptography (CSC 318)
MA 365
Ordinary Differential Equations
MA 370
Number Theory
MA 371
Mathematical Statistics and Probability I
MA 372
Mathematical Statistics and Probability II
MA 378
Mathematical Modeling
MA 421
Advanced Algebra
MA 451
Elements of Point-Set Topology
Free Electives17-20
Total Credits120-126

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.


Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.

While students must consult with their major adviser in planning a course of study, the department provides the following recommendations.

  • Students interested in teaching must take MA 285 or MA 371.
  • Students interested in statistics should consider:
    MA 371Mathematical Statistics and Probability I3
    MA 372Mathematical Statistics and Probability II3
    MA 378Mathematical Modeling3
  • Students interested in Actuarial Studies should take MA 371, MA 372, and MA 378. CSC 110 is also recommended along with a Minor in Finance or Business.
  • MA 285Applied Statistics3
    MA 371Mathematical Statistics and Probability I3
    MA 372Mathematical Statistics and Probability II3
    EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
    AC 211Financial Accounting3
    CSC 110Programming and Problem Solving3
    Also possibly consider:
    EC 112Principles of Macroeconomics3
    FIN 201Fundamentals of Financial Management3
    FIN 310Investment Analysis3

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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