The educational objectives of the B.S. 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 fours 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.

Concentrations

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics offers concentrations in:

  • applied mathematics
  • pure mathematics
  • pharmaceutical biostatistics

Degree Plan

Prerequisites:

  • elementary and intermediate algebra
  • plane geometry
  • trigonometry
  • two units of science including one unit of physics

Mathematics Requirements (35 credits)

  • MATH1201  Calculus I
  • MATH2202  Calculus II
  • MATH2203  Calculus III
  • MATH2210  Differential Equations
  • MATH2255  Discrete Structures
  • MATH3220  Linear Algebra
  • MATH3225  Abstract Algebra
  • MATH3230  Analysis
  • MATH3237  Probability and Statistics I
  • MATH3341  Advanced Engineering Math
  • Mathematics Elective:
    • 3 credits to be chosen from courses numbered 3000 or higher, with the approval of an advisor.

Science Requirements (8 credits)

Science Electives (11 credits)

  • Laboratory science I
  • Laboratory science I Lab
  • Laboratory science II
  • Laboratory science II Lab
  • Science Elective:
    • Eight (8) credits of science electives must be a one-year sequence with laboratory; the remaining three (3) credits must be a 2000 or higher level course in electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, or biology

Minor Sequence (15 credits)

Computer Science Requirements (9 credits)

General Education Requirements (18 credits)

  • ENWR1001   Composition I:  Rhetoric & Inquiry
  • ENWR1002   Composition II:  Research & Argument
  • ENGR2210  Technical Communication
  • ENGR3000  Modern Technologies: Principles, Applications & Impacts
  • Humanities Elective:
    • Take three credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, or RELI, or the following ART courses: ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238.
  • Social & Behavioral Science Elective:
    • Take three credits of coursework in COMM, CRIM, POLS, PSYC or SOCI.

University Requirements (8 credits)

  • UNIV1001  Transitioning to University Life
  • UNIV1002   Preparing for Professional Life
  • UNIV2001  Cross-cultural Perspectives
  • UNIV2002    Global Issues

Technical Electives (16 credits)

  • Students must take sixteen (16) credits of technical electives which include courses in computer science, engineering, engineering technology, information technology and mathematics at appropriate levels based on their interests. A 1-credit free elective can be substituted for the 1-credit technical elective. Also, a 3-credit course in a related discipline can be substituted for a 3-credit technical elective.  Internship credits and honors courses can be used as technical electives.  Students must obtain prior approval from the GHSCSE academic advisor for all course selections or substitutions.

Concentrations

All the concentrations are required to fulfill the BS Mathematics

  • General education requirements (18 credits)
  • University requirements (8 credits)
  • Technical electives (16 credits)
  • Minor Sequence (15 credits)

BS Mathematics with Pure Mathematics

Students must meet with their advisers to discuss the course sequence for the concentration.

BS Mathematics with Pharmaceutical Biostatistics

FDU offers a unique mathematics concentration that prepares students to enter the pharmaceutical industry as an entry-level bio-statistician or statistical programmer, or to enter a graduate program in statistics or public health. The market for pharmaceutical statisticians continues to be very strong, and the demand for experienced statisticians is constant. The drug-development process is highly regulated and requires statisticians and statistical programmers throughout the long development cycle time of seven or more years per product. Add the growing demands of biotechnology and gene-based research, and you have the makings of a long, interesting and rewarding career within an international industry.

During the junior and senior years, students are given a firm background in statistical methods and models, experimental design and statistical programming. They will explore pharmaceutical applications using some of the same software tools used by industry (SAS, ORACLE, SPlus).

Mathematics Requirements (35 credits)

  • MATH1201     Calculus I
  • MATH2202     Calculus II
  • MATH2203     Calculus III
  • MATH2237     Applied Statistics I
  • MATH2238     Applied Statistics II
  • MATH2243     Statistical Programming
  • MATH2255     Discrete Structures
  • MATH3220     Linear Algebra
  • MATH3237     Probability and Statistics I
  • MATH3238     Probability and Statistics II
    Mathematics Elective: 3 credits to be chosen from courses numbered 3000 or higher, with the approval of an advisor.

Science Requirements (24 credits)

  • BIOL1251      General Biology I
  • BIOL1253      General Biology Lab I
  • BIOL1252      General Biology II
  • BIOL1254      General Biology Lab II
  • CHEM1201     General Chemistry I
  • CHEM1203     General Chemistry Lab II
  • CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
  • CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
    Science Elective (8 credits):

    • A one-year sequence in advanced biology or chemistry (epidemiology, organic chemistry, microbiology, etc.) is recommended.

Computer Science Requirements (12 credits)

  • CSCI1201     Computer Programming I
  • CSCI1202     Computer Programming II
  • CSCI2215     Introduction to Computer Science
  • CSCI2232     Data Structures

BS Mathematics with Applied Mathematics

The following is for a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with  applied mathematics concentration. Students must meet with their advisers to discuss the course sequence for the concentration.

Mathematics Requirements (35 credits)

Science Requirements (8 credits)

Science Electives (11 credits)

  • Eight (8) credits of science electives must be a one-year sequence with laboratory; the remaining three (3) credits must be a 2000 or higher level course in electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, or biology
  • PHYS2202 Physics II Lab
  • Laboratory science I
  • Laboratory science I Lab
  • Laboratory science II
  • Laboratory science II Lab
  • BIOL_____  Bio Elective

Computer Science Requirements (9 credits)