Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Program Contact: Cornelius Nelan  203-582-8003

The power of mathematics lies in its focus on precise and logical reasoning to draw conclusions and make discoveries in many domains, both abstract and concrete.

The idea of mathematics as a process of carrying out procedures and following rules to produce a single right answer is a misconception. At the college level, the discipline is fully realized as a way of thinking, which can be applied in almost any context, wherever the basis for what is true or false can be understood while minimizing fuzziness or ambiguity.

The starting point in mathematics is not a large body of facts, but is instead a small number of ideas that are made precise and thoroughly understood. Mathematical knowledge is built from these in a way that gives us access to the steps that form the logical basis for why something makes sense.

Times have changed. We live in a world where decisions need to be justified with data and conclusions need to be quantified. To be effective, we must critically evaluate judgments based on data and quantifiable observations, and present arguments in a logical fashion. Presenting conclusions alone is not enough; they must be explained in a way that convinces others, supported by sound logical reasoning. This kind of argument focus of mathematics.

Ultimately, mathematics builds our ability to create new knowledge, justify new conclusions, and make new discoveries in any realm where logical thought yields power—which is to say, just about everywhere.

Consequently, the study of mathematics will better enable you to succeed in other disciplines, from chemistry to political science to sociology, at a more advanced level. This is also why mathematics majors find careers doing advanced work in consulting, government, analytics, engineering, education and other important fields.


BA in Mathematics Curriculum

Students majoring in mathematics must meet the following requirements for graduation. Note: a C- or better is required for all departmental prerequisites, unless otherwise stated. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better for all courses used to fulfill the Mathematics major.

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Calculus Sequence
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II
MA 251Calculus III4
Additional Mathematics Core Courses
MA 229Linear Algebra3
MA 301Foundations of Advanced Mathematics3
MA 321Abstract Algebra3
MA 341Advanced Calculus3
MA 490Mathematics Senior Seminar3
Select three of the following:9
Applied Statistics
Special Topics
Discrete Mathematics
Theory of Computation (CSC 315)
Cryptography (CSC 318)
Ordinary Differential Equations
Number Theory
Mathematical Statistics and Probability I
Mathematical Statistics and Probability II
Mathematical Modeling
Advanced Algebra
Elements of Point-Set Topology
Free Electives17-20
Total Credits120-126

While students must consult with their major adviser in planning a course of study, the department provides the following recommendations.

  • Students interested in teaching must take MA 285 or MA 371.
  • Students interested in statistics should consider:
    MA 371Mathematical Statistics and Probability I3
    MA 372Mathematical Statistics and Probability II3
    MA 378Mathematical Modeling3
  • Students interested in Actuarial Studies should take MA 371, MA 372, and MA 378. CSC 110 is also recommended along with a Minor in Finance or Business.
  • MA 285Applied Statistics3
    MA 371Mathematical Statistics and Probability I3
    MA 372Mathematical Statistics and Probability II3
    EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
    AC 211Financial Accounting3
    CSC 110Programming and Problem Solving3
    Also possibly consider:
    EC 112Principles of Macroeconomics3
    FIN 201Fundamentals of Financial Management3
    FIN 310Investment Analysis3

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a major in mathematics will demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Application: Apply the fundamental concepts of calculus and linear algebra to solve both abstract and applied problems.
  2. Communication: Communicate mathematics effectively, both orally and in writing.
  3. Collaboration: Collaborate effectively to understand and solve mathematical problems.
  4. Abstraction: Recognize and describe abstractions that unify mathematical structures and problems.
  5. Appreciation:  Articulate an understanding of the nature and value of mathematics and the unique epistemology of the subject.
  6. Technology: Apply appropriate technology in exploring mathematical concepts and solving mathematical problems.
  7. Independence: Independently investigate and acquire mathematical knowledge and formulate strategies to solve mathematical problems.
  8. Analysis: Read and judge the validity of mathematical proofs and write proofs that are clear and valid.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.