Mathematics, B.A.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

As a mathematics student, you will increase your computational facility, enhance your ability to apply mathematics to real-world problems, and develop an appreciation for the abstract structures and reasoning at the heart of mathematics. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain experience with current mathematical software and technology, study computational mathematics, and develop expertise in financial mathematics. Whether you are interested in the natural sciences, actuarial science, computer science, engineering, economics, or finance, your knowledge of pure or applied mathematics is a critical—and very desirable—asset.

Mathematics, B.A.

Where You'll Go

With a background and training in mathematics, you could become an actuary, statistician, analyst, or researcher, to name just a few occupations. Brooklyn College alumni with a degree in mathematics have gone on to work as mathematicians, math instructors, education consultants, and much more.

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 (45–50 Credits)

To enroll in any advanced course in mathematics, students must maintain an average grade of C or higher in all courses previously taken in the department, unless this requirement is waived by the chair. A student exempt, without credit, from a course may not take the course later for credit except with permission of the chair. Mathematics B.A. majors must complete a minimum of 18 credits in advanced courses for the degree. All mathematics courses offered to satisfy the requirements for a major in mathematics must be completed with a grade of C- or higher. Unless otherwise specified in this Bulletin, any mathematics courses used to satisfy a prerequisite for an advanced elective must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

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 the Mathematics Department chair.

Mathematics 2001, 2101, 3101 and 4201.

Two of the following: Mathematics 4101, 4106, 4206, 2206 and 4211, 4216, 4302, 4306, 3501 and 4501, 4506, 3501 and 4511, 2206 and 4701, 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004.

Computer and Information Science 1115 or 1215

Additional courses in the Mathematics Department to bring the total number of credits in advanced courses to 18.

Department Recommendation

Majors should consult with a Mathematics Department counselor concerning substitutions for core science courses.

Prospective doctoral students should develop reading competence in at least one of the following languages: French, German, Russian.

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. These goals are to:

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

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

  • Achievement First
  • Amazon
  • Country-Wide Insurance Company
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Guardian Insurance
  • Hofstra University
  • JP Morgan
  • LifeSci NYC
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Teaching Fellows
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Queens College (CUNY)
  • Research Foundation at CUNY
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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