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What Fordham can offer its students

Fordham has a lively and always expanding undergraduate mathematics department extending across both campuses. Faculty are engaged and dynamic, educators and researchers. Advanced undergraduates have opportunities to pursue individual research projects with a faculty mentor.

Students can earn a B.A. or B.S. in Pure or Applied Mathematics. We also offer dual majors in Mathematics and Economics and in Mathematics and Computer Science.

What Fordham can offer its faculty

Research
Although we are an undergraduate Department, our tenured and tenure-track faculty all have active research programs and an increasing number are supported by external grants. Our specialties include number theory (arithmetic geometry, modular forms, diophantine equations, K theory), algebraic geometry (moduli spaces, geometric invariant theory, symbolic computation, applied algebraic geometry), PDE (biological fluid dynamics, geometry of PDEs, Yamabe problems), differential geometry (Ricci and other flows, harmonic maps, minimal surfaces, geometry of integrable systems, solitons), complex analysis (quasi-conformal mappings, dynamical systems), metric geometry (geometric measure theory), and stochastic analysis (Levy processes, stochastic differential equations, averaging and approximation methods).

In addition, Columbia University, New York University and the City University of New York are all located within 30 minutes of Fordham. Rutgers and Stony Brook can be reached in just under an hour by car or train and Princeton and Yale in just over an hour. We run an Analysis seminar and host less regular talks in other areas. The Department is generally able to arrange teaching schedules to allow faculty to attend seminars and courses in their specialty at these area institutions, and many members of the department actively collaborate with their faculty.  Our location also provides our students with unique internship opportunities in mathematical finance and data science.

Fordham supports the research programs of its faculty through Faculty Fellowships under which faculty may qualify—up to one year in every five and open to tenure track as well as tenured faculty!—for a semester of leave with full support (or a year with half-support) and through an annual internal grant competition.

Teaching
As a Jesuit Catholic university, Fordham's educational mission is centered on a tradition of cura personalis, or respect and care for the entire person. To tailor instruction to this tradition, classes are small (at most 35 students, even in service courses, with at most 25 in most courses in the Mathematics major). The normal teaching load is ``3-2'', usually with at most 2 preparations per semester.  Our experience is that the number of hours we devote to teaching is comparable to that in most ``2-2'' departments. In addition to the B.S. and B.A. degrees in Mathematics, we offer joint majors in Mathematics and Computer Science and in Mathematics and Economics, and we participate in 5-year programs leading to dual degrees in mathematics and engineering in partnership with Columbia University and Case Western Reserve University.

Mentoring
We encourage, but do not require, all our faculty to actively mentor student research both during the academic year and our summer session. In recent years, this research has allowed our students to be chosen for mathematical, medical, financial and information technology internships both nationally and internationally.

About Fordham
Fordham's "town" campus, Lincoln Center, is located in midtown Manhattan adjacent to the world-renowned Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and one block from Columbus Circle and Central Park.  Fordham's "gown" campus, Rose Hill, is located in the north Bronx, 20 minutes by train from Grand Central, and adjacent to the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, and the Belmont shopping district, which is the Bronx's "Little Italy''. Both campuses have undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and in business, with approximately 6000 undergraduates at Rose Hill and 2500 undergraduates at Lincoln Center.  Our professional schools are concentrated at Lincoln Center and our Arts and Science graduate programs at Rose Hill. The Mathematics Department operates as a single university-wide unit with faculty having a primary home at one campus, but able to relocate for short periods when they so desire.