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Mathematics

Professor teaching math class.

At The College of New Rochelle, the Mathematics Department takes pride in leveraging its small class sizes to provide intimate and engaging classroom instruction, which includes personalized contact with your instructors and opportunities for individualized research.


You should major in mathematics because:

  • It is a fun, engaging major.
  • It is one of the top-paying majors.
  • It enhances your problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • It provides endless encounters with mathematical puzzles.
  • It prepares you to pursue graduate studies or a career in actuarial science, applied mathematics, business, computational biology, cryptography, economics, information science, operations research, pure mathematics, etc.
  • It empowers you with a skillset to enter fields with high levels of job satisfaction, job security, and great growth potential.

Every course in the Mathematics Department develops students' skills in critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, which are key to making math majors competitive on the job market.  The major especially prepares students for graduate study in pure or applied mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, actuarial science,and also prepares students for primary or secondary school teaching.  The minor complements other subject areas that utilize mathematics or computing skills such as chemistry, biology, economics, education, and business.

Mathematics majors may also strengthen their study of science by adding a minor in biology, chemistry, or completing a certificate in Forensic Studies or Community Action or the Informatics Program.

Mathematics majors interested in education are encouraged  to join the Education program to pursue certification in childhood education (grades 1-6), adolescent education (grades 7-12), or the education of students with disabilities, all with an emphasis in mathematics.

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 credit hours in Physics. Along with three math electives, 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 I   4 cr.
  • PHY 111L – General College Physics I Lab 0 cr.
  • PHY 112 - General College Physics II 4 cr.
  • PHY 112L – General College Physics I Lab 0 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. Both degrees require successful completion of MTH 121, MTH 122, and MTH 213 with a minimum grade of C-. Majors must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.3 in major courses in order to stay in the program.

Minor

A student will be awarded a minor in Mathematics by completing 6 courses in mathematics while maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 or better in these courses.  Required courses include MTH 113, MTH 121, and MTH 122, along with any three electives from courses coded MTH 213 through MTH 390.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

COSMOS

COSMOS students pick up trash and collect data at Five Islands Park in New Rochelle as participants in International Coastal Clean-up Day.COSMOS — which stands for Creating Opportunities for Success in Math Or Science — is a living-learning community designed specifically for students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Math or Environmental Studies.

The community, which was started in Fall 2012, is located on the second floor of Ursula Hall. Students in COSMOS have two common rooms in their wing, one for group study and another for quiet study.

Students also have access to a Resource Room in the lower lounge of Ursula Hall. The Resource Room includes equipment to support academic achievement in each of these disciplines including: microscopes and slides, a molecular model set, calculators, an anatomical model, and a skeleton.

COSMOS programming has included participation in a citizen science effort on International Coastal Cleanup Day, a Food from the Campus Garden cooking program, a presentation on study skills for science and math, and a visit to the Museum of Mathematics.

Science and Math Society

Many biology majors join the Science and Math Society, an organization that builds community and raises awareness about all things science and math on campus. In doing this, SAMS brings students together to pursue academic, social, and philanthropic activities.

SAMS members organize study sessions, informative field trips to many New York City venues including "Bodies: The Exhibition" and the MoMath Museum, and film screenings on topics such as genetics and the environment. Annually, the group hosts an Alumnae Panel, which allows for current students to meet and network with successful graduates.

SAMS members serve the community by organizing fundraisers for breast cancer research and to purchase vitamins and school supplies for children locally and in developing countries. They recently met with representatives from Girls, Inc. to plan a mentoring program in which SAMS members will encourage young girls to pursue careers in science and math.

In addition to the occasional potluck dinner, each year, the group creatively celebrates Mole Day and Pi Day.

 

The Mathematics Department faculty are very pleased to engage students in the act and adventure of doing mathematics.  These experiences come in various forms.  Below you will find exciting examples of how faculty empower their students to discover mathematics outside of the classroom.

  • The Museum of Mathematics.  Every year majors take departmental field trips to visit the Museum of Mathematics to listen to world-renown lectures, participate in organized activities or workshops, or to explore new exhibits.  See the two math and one chemistry majors in the image below with a famous computer scientist Erik Demaine after giving his talk entitled Mathematical Magic: the two way street between math and illusion.
  • The New York Hall of Science.  Math majors join the science club SAMS to annually visit the NYHS to learn how concepts in math and science have Group of studentshelped shape our society.  In addition to that, student attend panel discussions related to STEM careers and workshops.
  • Hour of Code.  Annually in December the Mathematics Department celebrates Computer Science Education week by hosting an Hour of Code to highlight the application of mathematical reasoning and problems solving as it applies to computer science.
  • 2008 - 2013, 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.