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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 is the 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.
Course List
Code 
Title 
Credits 
 4 
 Calculus I  
 
 4 
 Calculus II  
 
MA 251  Calculus III  4 
MA 229  Linear Algebra  3 
MA 301  Foundations of Advanced Mathematics  3 
MA 321  Abstract Algebra  3 
MA 341  Advanced Calculus  3 
MA 490  Mathematics Senior Seminar  3 
 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 PointSet Topology  
Total Credits  120126 
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:
Course List
Code 
Title 
Credits 
MA 371  Mathematical Statistics and Probability I  3 
MA 372  Mathematical Statistics and Probability II  3 
MA 378  Mathematical Modeling  3 
 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.

Course List
Code 
Title 
Credits 
MA 285  Applied Statistics  3 
MA 371  Mathematical Statistics and Probability I  3 
MA 372  Mathematical Statistics and Probability II  3 
EC 111  Principles of Microeconomics  3 
AC 211  Financial Accounting  3 
CSC 110  Programming and Problem Solving  3 
 
EC 112  Principles of Macroeconomics  3 
FIN 201  Fundamentals of Financial Management  3 
FIN 310  Investment Analysis  3 
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum
The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. As the home of the liberal arts at Quinnipiac, CAS encourages students to pursue a balanced program of study across multiple disciplines. In pursuit of that goal, CAS imposes additional requirements beyond the University Curriculum.
All CAS students (both bachelor of science and bachelor of arts) must complete one foreign language through the 102level. Foreign language classes may also count toward the UC Personal Inquiry II requirement.
Additionally, students earning a bachelor of arts 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. For example, a student majoring in political science—a social science discipline—would complete at least 3 credits each in fine arts, humanities and natural science. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not simultaneously fulfill any 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.) CAS depth courses may also count toward UC requirements.
Students pursuing a bachelor of science, a double major, or certain accelerated degree programs are exempt from the CAS breadth and depth requirements, but must complete the foreign language requirement.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a major in mathematics will demonstrate the following competencies:
 Application: Apply the fundamental concepts of calculus and linear algebra to solve both abstract and applied problems.
 Communication: Communicate mathematics effectively, both orally and in writing.
 Collaboration: Collaborate effectively to understand and solve mathematical problems.
 Abstraction: Recognize and describe abstractions that unify mathematical structures and problems.
 Appreciation: Articulate an understanding of the nature and value of mathematics and the unique epistemology of the subject.
 Technology: Apply appropriate technology in exploring mathematical concepts and solving mathematical problems.
 Independence: Independently investigate and acquire mathematical knowledge and formulate strategies to solve mathematical problems.
 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 firstyear 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.