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Bachelor of Arts

Mathematics

Program of Study

Complete required and elective courses across multiple mathematical domains, concentrating on four major subject areas – algebra, analysis, geometry and topology, and probability and statistics. Additional core classes focus on topics in calculus (including multivariable calculus), linear algebra, and proofs.

You can also apply for admission to the honors program to prepare you for graduate work in mathematics or a mathematics-related discipline.


Honors Program

The honors program is designed for the talented and committed student of mathematics in either the BA or the BS major. Successful completion of the program is excellent preparation for graduate work in mathematics or a mathematics-related discipline.

 

Required Courses

  • Algebra and Calculus II or Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus of Several Variables
  • Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Proofs


One course in each of four areas:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Geometry/Topology
  • Probability/statistics

See below for details


Electives

6 credits in Mathematics at the 200 level or above*

*Note: Only one of Probability for Statistics or Discrete Probability courses may be applied toward any major in mathematics.

 

Algebra
  • Classical Algebra
  • Elementary Abstract Algebra
  • Introduction to Combinatorics
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
Analysis
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Basic Analysis
  • Analysis for Applications I
  • Vector Analysis
  • Complex Variables for Applications
  • Advanced Calculus I
  • Advanced Calculus II
Geometry/Topology
  • Transformation Geometry
  • Elementary Topology
  • Foundations of Geometry
  • Introduction to Differential Geometry
  • Introduction to Algebraic Topology
Probability/statistics
  • Topics in Statistical Inference
  • Probability for Statistics OR Discrete Probability*
  • Statistics
  • Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences
  • Applied Stochastic Processes
  • Continuous Probability and Mathematical Statistics


*Note: Only one of Probability for Statistics or Discrete Probability courses may be applied toward any major in mathematics.

Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Options


You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. Choose to combine your Mathematics undergraduate degree with the following graduate programs:

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MA in Mathematics
This master’s program studies complex statistics and data analysis to develop relative risk models, as well as tools and techniques for conducting research.

MS in Data Science
This master’s program explores the theories and applications that enable machines to learn and make predictions, allowing you to process, analyze and present complex data to make better management and policy decisions.

MS in Information Science 
This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

MS in Secondary Education
This New York State-approved teacher preparation program provides you with initial certification to teach a specific subject to students in grades 7-12 in New York State public schools.

 

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Career Outcomes

A bachelor’s degree in math will prepare you for careers in major industries including education, finance, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. Common job titles, including ones attainable with a BA in math and additional educational and/or professional credentials, include:

  • Secondary or postsecondary school math teacher
  • Elementary math teacher
  • Banking and collateral analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Staff accountant
  • Actuary
  • Research scientist
  • Statistician
  • Management consultant
  • Data scientist
  • Software developer

 

 

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Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Construct proofs using techniques from logic such as proof by contradiction and/or specific techniques such as the principle of induction.
  • Analyze and check correctness of mathematical arguments, and read mathematical text independently.
  • Apply an advanced abstract mathematical idea to a concrete real-world problem (e.g., application of differential equations, or linear programming, or RSA or error correction codes).
  • Write effectively using language appropriate for mathematical discourse.
  • Use calculus to analyze and evaluate properties of real valued functions.
  • Successfully complete four advanced courses in four different areas of mathematics, establishing breadth required for careers in fields such as teaching and industrial applications.
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