By The Numbers
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
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 Spotlight: David Burn
Students bring data to life
To teach his students that data is more than just sets of impersonal facts and figures, math professor David Burn gave them a chance to represent data about themselves in physical graphs on the quad of the Mount Carmel campus.
"I wanted to bring data to life," Burn said, "but I also wanted people to get a sense that they are really connected to one another as a community."
Burn's students first compiled, scrubbed and analyzed a range of personal information, from the season they were born in to their distance from home. Then they created the tics, axes and other physical components of the graphs before bringing them to life.
They effectively became actors in their own graphs, each one embodying their own data point.
"I'm a visual learner," said nursing student Celina Bove '21. "Being physically part of something like this really helped me understand the concept."
“This was a phenomenal experience at Quinnipiac, and could not have taken place without a lot of collaboration and great ideas,” said Burn.
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 1||46|
|College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 2||21-24|
|Select one of the following:||4|
or MA 141 and MA 150
|Select one of the following:||4|
or MA 153 and MA 154
|MA 251||Calculus III||4|
|Additional Mathematics Core Courses|
|MA 229||Linear Algebra||3|
|MA 301||Foundations of Advanced Mathematics||3|
|MA 321||Abstract Algebra||3|
|MA 341||Advanced Calculus||3|
|MA 490||Mathematics Senior Seminar||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Theory of Computation (CSC 315)|
|Cryptography (CSC 318)|
|Ordinary Differential Equations|
|Mathematical Statistics and Probability I|
|Mathematical Statistics and Probability II|
|Elements of Point-Set Topology|
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:
Course List Code Title Credits MA 371 Mathematical Statistics and Probability I 3 MA 372 Mathematical Statistics and Probability II 3 MA 378 Mathematical Modeling 3
- 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.
Course List Code Title Credits MA 285 Applied Statistics 3 MA 371 Mathematical Statistics and Probability I 3 MA 372 Mathematical Statistics and Probability II 3 EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3 AC 211 Financial Accounting 3 CSC 110 Programming and Problem Solving 3 Also possibly consider: EC 112 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 FIN 201 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3 FIN 310 Investment Analysis 3
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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