Contact: Dr. Marian Gidea
Stern College for Women has a variety of programs for students interested in the mathematical sciences, which include pure and applied mathematics, industrial mathematics, and scientific programming.
Students interested in industrial applications of mathematics may select the pre-actuarial track, which prepares students for the initial professional examinations for insurance actuaries. The first of these examinations may be used to satisfy the college’s exit requirement. The Career Development Center will assist in the placement of suitably prepared students in actuarial internships during the summer preceding their senior year. An undergraduate major in mathematics, supplemented by courses in economics, computer science and business, is also excellent preparation for graduate study in finance or quantitative economics and careers in the financial services industry. Courses in economics, computer science, and physics may be applied to an undergraduate degree in mathematics as correlate courses.
Students who are interested in links between mathematics and computer science may take cross-listed courses in scientific computing, discrete mathematics, and numerical analysis. As many as four computer science courses will be accepted as advanced electives for the mathematics major. A minor in computer science is also offered. Students have the option of pursuing shaped majors that include training in business-related computing and information technology.
First-year graduate courses in mathematics are open to suitably qualified undergraduates. These currently include courses in risk management and other topics of industrial interest, as well as courses in pure and applied mathematics.
Students may also apply for the BA/MA program, in which they will receive credit toward both the BA and MA degrees for up to 12 credits of graduate courses.
The college offers a joint program with the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University for students interested in careers as high school science and mathematics teachers.
Finally, mathematics is an excellent major for pre-engineering students. Students in the college’s joint engineering programs with Columbia University or the State University of New York at Stony Brook may combine degrees in Computer Science or Computer Engineering at those institutions with a mathematics major at Stern College for Women.
The mission of the undergraduate mathematics program is to produce graduates who can reason creatively and constructively about abstractly defined quantities. This is done by developing students’ understanding of analytic, geometric, and algebraic structures, including the ability of students to perform useful calculations using these structures and the ability to write and evaluate rigorous proofs in which these structures appear.
Program Student Learning Goals
- Mathematics majors will be able to solve quantitative problems using appropriate methods of infinitesimal analysis.
- Mathematics majors will be able to solve quantitative problems using the algebra and geometry of vectors
- Mathematics majors will be able to solve quantitative problems in other fields.
- Mathematics majors will be able to write original proofs at an acceptable standard of rigor, and evaluate the correctness of elementary proofs.
- Mathematics majors will be able to analyze the geometry of curves and surfaces.