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Mathematics

Professor teaching math class.At The College of New Rochelle, the Mathematics Department takes pride in providing excellent classroom instruction, small class sizes, personal contact with the instructor, and opportunities for individualized research.

You should major in mathematics because:

  • You like it.
  • You're good at it.
  • You want to pursue graduate studies in business, law, or medicine, and you realize math majors have an advantage because they have developed analytical skills and the ability to work in a problem-solving environment.
  • It's one of the top-paying college majors.
  • Not only are mathematicians paid well, the field promises high levels of job satisfaction, based on stress, physical demands, potential growth, job security, and work environment.
  • You aspire to be an actuarial scientist, college professor, computational biologist, computer analyst, cryptographer, economist, elementary or secondary school teacher, engineering analyst, information scientist, marketing research analyst, meteorologist, numerical analyst, operations research analyst, statistician, systems analyst, or one of hundreds of other possibilities open to you.

The Mathematics Department offers courses that develop students' critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills. The major prepares students for graduate study in pure or applied mathematics, mathematics education, computer science, statistics, business administration, actuarial science and also prepares students for secondary and primary school teaching, medical or dental school, or employment upon graduation in business, government, or industry. The minor complements other subject areas that utilize mathematics and computing skills such as chemistry, biology, economics, education, and business.

Mathematics students who complete the requirements for the B.S. or the B.A. degree in Mathematics may wish to pursue New York State teacher certification to teach on the high school or middle school levels. Additional programs available to students in this department include childhood education (Grades 1-6), early childhood education, and education of students with disabilities.

Requirements

The requirements for the Mathematics major, in addition to the requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences consists of 39 credit hours in Mathematics and 8 credits in Physics. Along with three MTH electives above MTH 213, the required CNR mathematics courses are:

  • MTH 113 - Intro to Computer Science 3 cr.
  • MTH 121 - Calculus I 4 cr.
  • MTH 122 - Calculus II 4 cr.
  • MTH 213 - Calculus III 4 cr.
  • MTH 214 - Differential Equations 3 cr.
  • MTH 223 - Linear Algebra 3 cr.
  • MTH 256 - Discrete Mathematics 3 cr.
  • MTH 317 - Analysis 3 cr.
  • MTH 325 - Abstract Algebra 3 cr.

The required Physics courses for the Mathematics major are

  • PHY 111 - General College Physics 4 cr.
  • PHY 112 - General College Physics 4 cr.

The Bachelor of Arts degree will be awarded in this major with 39 credit hours. The Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded with an additional 16 credits in Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, and/or Mathematics at the level of majors in that discipline. Both degrees require successful completion of MTH 121 , MTH 122 , and MTH 213 with a minimum grade of C-.

Minor

A student may minor in Mathematics by completing 6 courses in mathematics. MTH 113, MTH 121, and MTH 122 are required along with three approved electives in MTH 213-MTH 390. The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the Mathematics courses to obtain the minor.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Every year since 2008, the Department of Mathematics at The College of New Rochelle has hosted Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days.

Sonia Kovalevsky was the most well-known Russian mathematician of the late 19th century. The Association for Women in Mathematics funds workshops across the country encouraging girls to explore careers in the field.

In October 2012, more than 40 students from three Bronx schools were encouraged to pursue math in college and beyond when they visited The College of New Rochelle. As part of their full day on campus, the students from the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, St. Catharine Academy, and the Bronx Academy of Health Careers went through sessions in cryptography, blood spatter analysis, chemistry and graph theory.

After lunch, the students took part in a spirited game show, answering questions on a variety of topics. They then heard from three professionals who spoke about how they use math in their lives and careers.