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Bachelor of Science

Mathematics

Program of Study

The comprehensive program is designed to help you gain the computational skills needed to properly assess real-life challenges through mathematical theory, equations and computer science. You will be prepared to confidently enter into positions that require high-level quantitative and analytical problems skills or have the tools you need to seek an advanced degree.


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


Two Sequences

*See below for details

Mathematics Electives

6 credits in Mathematics at the 200 level or above


Computer Science Electives

6 credits from:

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Data Structures
  • Elements of Computing
  • Data Processing Principles
  • Scientific Computing
  • Object Oriented Programming for Data Processing Applications


Required Minor

A minor in: Atmospheric Science, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Electronics, Informatics, or Physics.

NOTE: The Statistics minor is not open to students with a major in Mathematics.


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Steve Plotnik at 518-442-4615 or plotnik@albany.com.

Sequence Options
Algebra

Any two of:

  • Classical Algebra
  • Elementary Abstract Algebra
  • Introduction to Combinatorics
Analysis

Either:

(a) both Analysis for Applications I and Analysis for Applications II or
(b) any two of Basic Analysis, Complex Variables for Applications, Advanced Calculus I, Advanced Calculus II

Geometry/Topology

Any two of:

  • Transformation Geometry
  • Elementary Topology
  • Foundations of Geometry
  • Introduction to Differential Geometry
  • Introduction to Algebraic Topology
Probability/Statistics

Either:

(a) any two of:

  • Topics in Statistical Inference
  • Probability for Statistics or Discrete Probability*
  • Statistics
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Applied Stochastic Processes
  • Applied Statistics
  • Continuous Probability and Mathematical Statistics
  • Mathematical Statistics OR

(b) Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences and one of

  • Discrete Probability
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Applied Stochastic Processes
  • Applied Statistics
  • Continuous Probability and Mathematical Statistics
  • Mathematical Statistics
Combined Sequence

Basic Analysis and Advanced Linear Algebra

Content

Combined Programs

Complete your bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree in five years. The Department of Mathematics & Statistics offers two combined program options, BS/MA Math and BS Math/MS Data Science. Qualified students have the opportunity to combine the degree programs, allowing you to work simultaneously toward the completion of both degrees. 

You may apply for admission to the combined degree programs in Math or Math/Data Science at the beginning of your junior year or after the successful completion of 56 credits. A GPA of 3.2 or higher is required, along with three letters of recommendation from faculty.

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Content

Career Outcomes

A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics can help you gain jobs in industries that require analytical and advanced problem-solving skills. Positions may include:

  • Operations analyst
  • Research scientist
  • Actuarial assistant
  • Visual data analyst
  • 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 Science
  • 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 two sequences of two advanced courses in different areas of mathematics, establishing depth required, for example, for further graduate studies in mathematics and natural sciences.

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Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Documentary Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies