Financial Mathematics, B.S.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

Financial mathematics gives you the mathematical and statistics skills to have a successful career in finance. As a financial mathematics major, you learn how to develop and evaluate financial models to help companies make business decisions and predictions. Not only will you be able to apply these skills in economic and financial markets, but you will also explore other topics, such as probability and computer algorithms.

Financial Mathematics, B.S.

Where You'll Go

There are many rewarding career paths for financial mathematics majors, including financial planner, private wealth manager, investment manager (for a mutual fund, pension plan, or endowment), and actuary. Financial implications affect every industry; you could work in accounting firms, insurance, government, and the tech sector, to name just a few industries.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (69–72 Credits)

A student exempt, without credit, from a course may not take the course later for credit except with permission of the chair.

The department chair, with the approval of the chair of the department’s undergraduate curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

Mathematics 1006 and one of Mathematics 1011 or Mathematics 1012. Completion of some or all of these courses may be waived conditional on the outcome of appropriate placement exams.

Mathematics 1201, 1206, and 2201. Transfer students may also need to take Mathematics 1211; see Mathematics department chair.

Mathematics 2001, 2101. and 4201.

Computer and Information Science 1115 or 1215.

Computer and Information Science 3110 and 3820; or Mathematics 3202.

All of the following: Mathematics 2206, 2601, 3501, 4501, 4506, and 4601.

All of the following: Business 2100 or Economics 2100; Business 2200 or Economics 2200; Business 4400W or Economics 4400W.

Additional Requirements for a B.S. Degree

Candidates for a B.S. degree with a major in financial mathematics must complete at least 60 credits in science and mathematics, 24 of which must be completed in advanced courses in the Mathematics Department with a grade of C- or higher in each course. Specific course requirements for a B.S. degree are described above.

The following courses may be applied toward the 60 credits in science and mathematics:

All courses in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology; courses marked with a “#” in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Mathematics Department’s Program Goals are summarized below:

  • Develop in students an understanding of mathematics as a deductive science.
  • Develop in students:
    • computational skills;
    • appreciation for the abstract structures and abstract reasoning at the heart of mathematics;
    • the ability to apply mathematics to real-world problems; and
    • experience with current mathematical software and technology.
  • Promote analytical and critical thinking.
  • Prepare students for graduate studies in mathematics—both theoretical and applied.
  • Prepare students for the teaching of pre-college mathematics.
  • Provide studies in computational mathematics (jointly with CIS).
  • Provide for studies in actuarial science and financial mathematics and provide students with necessary marketable credentials to work in the actuarial field or the financial industry.
  • Provide the mathematical foundations for students in other disciplines at Brooklyn College.

Program-level Student Learning Goals

The program-level student learning goals apply to the various mathematics programs offered. The department expects a student to meet some or all of these goals upon her or his graduation according to the program of study chosen.

  • To develop problem-solving skills.
  • To develop inductive and deductive skills in reasoning.
  • To understand the significance of central mathematical theorems and their applications
  • To appreciate the precision and breadth presented in mathematical theories.
  • To develop and foster abstract mathematical thinking.
  • To be able to reason and compute with mathematical structures, make a conjecture and prove it, generalize, analyze, and abstract a result.
  • To explore the consequences of a general mathematical result in concrete situations.
  • To apply mathematical thinking to real-world situations.
  • To be able to understand, read, interpret, and eventually generate mathematical proofs and examples.
  • To recognize the roles of axiomatic systems and proofs in different branches of mathematics, such as analysis, discrete mathematics, algebra, and geometry.
  • To be able to utilize technology, including computer algebra systems, to solve problems numerically, symbolically, and graphically.
  • To be able to design and apply algorithms to solve problems numerically, algebraically, and graphically.
  • To acquire the skills and confidence to learn new mathematical knowledge as becomes necessary in the course of a lifetime.
  • To build mathematical foundations for success in other disciplines.
  • To understand the principal concepts of the calculus.
  • To build conceptual understanding of sets and functions at various levels.
  • To obtain the mathematical skills needed for the job market (actuarial, financial, or other).
  • In preparation for a career in teaching, to understand the mathematics that will be taught at a profound level and from many points of view.
  • To be able to communicate orally and in writing in the language of mathematics.
  • To gain a familiarity with the history of mathematics.
  • To understand the basic concepts of probability and statistics.
  • To prepare students for graduate study in mathematics.
  • To prepare for careers outside of teaching.

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Contact

Jun Hu

junhu@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718.951.5246
1156 Ingersoll Hall

Stephen Preston

Stephen.Preston@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718.951.5246
2312 Ingersoll Hall

Or contact:

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Brooklyn, NY 11210
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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the financial mathematics B.S. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Bank of America
  • Citi
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Wells Fargo

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