The educational objectives of the BA in mathematics program define the skills, knowledge, and attributes that will be needed and achieved by the graduates for a successful career and professional accomplishments three to four years after graduation.

Educational Objectives

The program will produce graduates who:

  • Have an appropriate combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in mathematics to enter into and advance professionally in mathematics and related fields.
  • Have a well-rounded education with a strong liberal arts foundation that encourages and supports meaningful dialogue with individuals from other disciplines.
  • Are able to adapt to and succeed in a dynamic global environment.
  • Can engage effectively in oral, written, and graphical communications in both interpersonal and public settings.
  • Are prepared to participate in lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Are prepared to continue formal education and obtain advanced degrees in mathematics or related fields.

These objectives are consistent with the mission of Fairleigh Dickinson University to educate and prepare students as world citizens through global education. They also fulfill the needs of our constituencies.

Degree Plan

General Education Requirements (55 credits)

College Competencies (26 credits)

  • ENWR1001    Composition I:  Rhetoric & Inquiry
  • ENWR1002    Composition II:  Research & Argument
  • Speech/Professional Communication
  • ENGR2210  Technical Communications
  • Quantitative Analysis:
  • MATH1201  Calculus I
  • Math or Technology or Statistics:
  • MATH2202  Calculus II
  • Ethical and Moral Analysis
  • ENGR3000  Modern Technologies: Principles, Applications & Impacts
  • Scientific Analysis:
  • PHYS2203 University Physics I
  • PHYS2204 University Physics II

Liberal Arts Distribution (21 credits)

  • Language : 
    • If a student is beginning a new language, Elementary II (1102) is required to fulfill the 3 credit language requirement. If the student is taking a language previously studied, successful completion of Intermediate I (2103) fulfills the requirement.  The student taking a previously studied language must take the placement test.  If the placement score is above the Intermediate I level, the student is excused from the language requirement and will need to replace those 3 language credits with a free elective.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences:
    • Take six credits of coursework in COMM, CRIM, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI. Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.
  • Art and Culture: 
    • Take six credits of coursework in DAN, MUSIC, THEA, LANG, or any advisor approved Foreign Language, or ART1141, ART1142, ART1144, ART1151, ART1153, ART1157, ART1158, ART1159, ART1161, ART1167, ART1169, ART1181, ART1187, ART1189, ART1832, ART1841, COMM2104, COMM2210, COMM2415, COMM2103, COMM2743, COMM2745, or EPS 1201.
  • Humanities:
    • Take six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, RELI, or the following ART courses: ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238.  Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.

University Requirements (8 credits)

Major Requirements (36 credits)

Mathematics Requirements (27 Credits)

  • MATH2203  Calculus III
  • MATH2210  Differential Equations
  • MATH2255  Discrete Structures
  • MATH3220  Linear Algebra
  • MATH3225 Abstract Algebra
  • MATH3230 Analysis
  • MATH3237  Probability and Statistics I
  • MATH3341   Adv. Engineering Math
  • Mathematics Elective: Three (3) credits of a mathematics elective – to be chosen from courses numbered 3000 or higher. Advisor approval required.

Computer Science Requirements (9 credits)

Additional Science Requirements (2 credits)

Minor (15 credits)

Free Electives

  • At most six (6) credits of Mathematics courses may be taken as free electives.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Up to 6 credits from the major and 6 credits from the minor may be applied toward the General Education requirements.

Course Descriptions