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Major & Minor Information










Major and Minor Information

The mathematics curriculum is designed to expose students to a wide spectrum of ideas in modern mathematics, to train students in the art of logical reasoning and clear expression, and to provide students with an appreciation of the beauty of the subject and of its vast applicability.

Mathematics Major

 A mathematics major must complete at least 11 mathematics courses. All majors take:
MATH 1700 Mathematical Modeling         MATH 2006 Linear Algebra
MATH 2001 Discrete Mathematics           MATH 2004 Multivariate Calculus I
MATH 3005 Abstract Algebra
 
In addition each student must choose one of two tracks and take the four courses required for that track:
Pure Mathematics                                  Applied Mathematics
MATH 3001 Linear Algebra II                 MATH 3002 Differential Equations
MATH 3003 Real Analysis                      MATH 3006 Probability
MATH 3004 Complex Analysis                MATH 3007 Statistics
MATH 4009 Geometry                            MATH 4006 Numerical Analysis
 
Finally, two elective numbered 2005 or higher are required.
A student may earn a B.S. in Mathematics by completing two courses from: PHYS 1701, PHYS 1702, PHYS 1601, PHYS 1602, CISC 1600, CISC 2000, CISC 2200 in addition to the 11 mathematics courses. 
 
Sample Programs
Pure Mathematics track
                          Fall                                                   Spring
Freshman Year          Calculus I                                          Calculus II
                                 Computer Science I                           Mathematical Modeling
Sophomore Year        Multivariate Calculus I                       Multivariate Calculus II
                                 Discrete Mathematics                        Linear Algebra
Junior Year                Linear Algebra II                               Abstract Algebra
                                 Real Analysis                                     Geometry
Senior Year               Complex Analysis                              Elective
 
Applied Mathematics track
                          Fall                                                   Spring
Freshman Year          Calculus I                                          Calculus II
                                 Computer Science I                           Mathematical Modeling
Sophomore Year        Multivariate Calculus I                       Differential Equations
                                 Discrete Mathematics                        Linear Algebra
Junior Year                Probability                                         Statistics
                                 Elective                                             Abstract Algebra
Senior Year               Numerical Analysis                            Elective

Math-Education Program
In five years, a student earns a Bachelor’s in Mathematics as well as a Master’s of Science in Teaching. In the first four years, students complete their undergraduate work and earn 12 credits towards the Master’s. In the fifth year, students enroll in the Graduate School of Education where they complete their coursework and student teach. At the end of the 5 years, students have their undergraduate degree, a master’s degree, and initial certification to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. 
 
Mathematics-Economics Major
The major is administered jointly by the Mathematics and Economics departments. Students enrolled in this program are required to take the following nine courses:
ECON 1100 Basic Macroeconomics             MATH 1207 Calculus II
ECON 1200 Basic Microeconomics              MATH 1700 Mathematical Modeling
ECON 3116 Macroeconomics Analysis        MATH 2001 Discrete Mathematics
ECON 3118 Microeconomic Theory             MATH 2004 Multivariable Calculus I
                                                                    MATH 2006 Linear Algebra
In addition, each student must also fulfill a statistics requirement by completing one the following two sequences:
            Preferably MATH 3006 and MATH 3007, Probability and Statistics, or
            ECON 2140 and ECON 2142, Statistics I and Statistical Decision Making.
Finally, four electives in mathematics (numbered 2000 or above) or economics are also required. At least one of the four must in mathematics and one in economics.
 
Mathematics Minor
 
Fordham College Students
Six courses are required, three of which must be numbered above 2000. The courses numbered 1108, 1109, 1203 and 1204 may not be used.
Example: Math Modeling, Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariate Calculus I, Discrete Mathematics and Differential Equations.
 
GSB Students
Four courses beyond the two all GSB students take (MATH 1108 and MATH 1109) are required. The courses selected must be approved by the chair of the Mathematics Department. GSB students minoring in Mathematics are encouraged to take Calculus I and II instead of Math for Business: Calculus.
Example: Math for Business: Finite, Calculus I and II, Multivariate Calculus I, Discrete Mathematics and Differential Equations.
 
For more information, email brakalova@fordham.edu

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