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Mathematics (B.S.)

Website: School of Theoretical and Applied Science

About the Major

Mathematics continues to be a vibrant and growing discipline. Students will find Ramapo’s mathematics program to be challenging, up-to-date, and tailored to meet their career needs. Students are offered the choice between a traditional major and one concentrating on teacher education. A blend of pure and applied mathematics courses is offered to provide students with a firm and diverse foundation. This gives the student the opportunity to pursue graduate study, to teach at the secondary or elementary school level, or to seek employment in industry or government.

Students are expected and encouraged to become familiar with emerging technologies. Mathematics is no longer simply a traditional subject of instruction, it is also an important tool in developing these new technologies. Mathematics majors at Ramapo College complete computer science courses; and continue to develop their technological skills in higher-level mathematics courses. This incorporation of computers and graphing calculators helps students develop the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the technology age.

Mathematics education is facing new and important challenges. The need for mathematics teachers is currently strong and expected to grow. The mathematics program at Ramapo College prepares students for careers in education, through the teacher education track within the mathematics major.  This program is tailored to provide the background
and insights needed for a career in secondary education.  In addition to the standard calculus-analysis sequence, students receive instruction in algebra, geometry, number theory, probability, statistics, and the history of mathematics.  Mathematics majors intending to pursue a career in elementary education will also benefit from the diversity of courses offered in the teacher education track of the mathematics program; through those courses students receive instruction in the practices and methods of teaching.  The program culminates in student teaching in area schools.

A knowledge of mathematics offers students a diversity of job opportunities beyond teaching as well. Someone who has completed a major in mathematics has developed a strong set of quantitative and analytical skills. A person possessing such skills, along with experience in computer science, is well-qualified to pursue a career in such areas as actuarial science (primarily in the insurance industry), quantitative analysis (a growing field in the financial industry), market research, scientific programming, biomedical statistics, cryptography (one of the nation’s largest employers of mathematicians is the National Security Agency) and diverse other fields.

Students in mathematics can also continue their education in graduate or professional school. Someone who has pursued a graduate degree will have, in addition to the opportunities mentioned above, the possibility of a career in research (many such positions exist in both industry and government) or in teaching at the college or university level.

The faculty in the mathematics program at Ramapo College consists of highly qualified, dedicated, experienced, and caring instructors. The knowledge of this faculty encompasses a wide spectrum of the mathematical cosmos. Whether a student has an interest in mathematical analysis, abstract algebra, probability and statistics, topology, Fourier analysis, or graph theory, there will be a faculty member to share that interest. In addition, this faculty has the knowledge and expertise to assist and instruct students in the interaction between the complementary fields of mathematics and computer science. This faculty has the knowledge to assist and instruct students in mathematics, computer science, and the interaction between the two fields.

The mathematics major is offered by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

The mathematics minor itself is an excellent complement to a wide range of majors.

Mathematics majors (especially those in the traditional track) are encouraged to complete a minor. Some popular choices for a minor are computer science, physics, accounting, and finance. Mathematics majors may also consider pursuing the 4+1 BS in Mathematics – MS in Data Science option offered at Ramapo, which must be declared by no later than the third year of undergraduate study. According to a recent market analysis, there are many job opportunities and a very positive job outlook for those with mathematics and data science expertise. (Note: A 4+1 BS in Mathematics – MS in Mathematics option and a 4+1 BS in Mathematics – MS in Computer Science option are currently being developed and expected to launch at Ramapo in Fall 2022.

Outcomes for the Major

Goal 1: Develop logic, reasoning and problem solving skills

Outcome 1: Students will develop valid and coherent proofs.

Outcome 2: Students will display a broad range of computational skills.

Outcome 3: Students will gain a rigorous knowledge of the foundations of mathematics.

Goal 2: Develop communication skills 

Outcome 4: Students will write mathematics with precision, clarity and organization.

Outcome 5:  Students will demonstrate effective oral communication on a mathematics-related topic.

Goal 3: Develop interdisciplinary skills 

Outcome 6: Students will understand how mathematics developed from a historical point of view.

Requirements of the Major
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers do not apply to Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement (five courses):  two writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: Critical Reading and Writing II and Studies in the Arts and Humanities; the other three courses are taken in the major.
  4. Not all courses are offered each semester.  Please check the current Schedule of Classes for semester course offerings.
  5. The Career Pathways Program requirements must be completed prior to graduation. Visit the Cahill Career Center.

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. Courses fulfilling the requirements for the primary or second major may count towards the requirements of the minor, but may not exceed one-half of the credits required in the minor. A School core does not need to be completed for a minor.  Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.
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