The Lee Gildart and Oswald Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering (GHSCSE) offers a B.S. in mathematics program at the Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, New Jersey. The program has three concentrations:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Pharmaceutical Biostatistics

Each concentration prepares students to work in industry, government, business or education, as well as for graduate study in mathematics, education, business and other closely related STEM fields, particularly in the interdisciplinary areas of artificial intelligence, computer science, cybersecurity, data science and machine learning. Students are encouraged to complete a minor in computer science, which they can easily accomplish through the electives.

Students who choose the applied mathematics concentration typically take elective courses in mathematics and related subjects, focusing on methods used to solve problems in quantitative fields of study. Those who choose the pure mathematics concentration typically take more theoretical elective courses which focus on strengthening their knowledge of mathematical fundamentals. In both the applied and pure mathematics concentrations, students are exposed via a highly flexible curriculum to the kind of rigorous analysis, logic, and critical thinking that will help them to succeed in their chosen careers and/or advanced studies.  For these two concentrations, students meet with a school-based adviser to discuss their course sequence and electives of the concentration based on their goals and interests.

The pharmaceutical biostatistics concentration specifically prepares students to enter the pharmaceutical industry as an entry-level biostatistician or statistical programmer, or to enter a graduate program in statistics or public health, in addition to preparing them for the general areas mentioned earlier. The market for pharmaceutical statisticians and statistical programmers continues to be very strong. During the junior and senior years, students are given a firm background in statistical methods and models, experimental design and statistical programming.

Students in the B.S. in mathematics program can also pursue one of the three accelerated combined 5-year bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, thereby saving time and money and expanding their career opportunities. The three accelerated programs are as follows:

  • S. in Mathematics/M.A. in Teaching Combined Degree Program (QUEST)
  • S. in Mathematics/M.S. in Computer Science Combined Degree Program
  • S. in Mathematics/M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Combined Degree Program

Prerequisites:

  • Elementary and intermediate algebra
  • Plane geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Two units of science including one unit of physics

GHSCSE also offers a Bachelor of Art in mathematics at the Metropolitan Campus. The educational objectives of the B.A. and B.S. in mathematics programs are fundamentally the same except that the B.A. in mathematics program is built on a liberal arts foundation. The non-mathematics requirements for the two programs are different.

Educational Objectives

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 four years after graduation. The program will produce graduates who:

  1. Have an appropriate combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in mathematics to enter into and advance professionally in mathematics and related fields.
  2. Have a well-rounded education that encourages and supports meaningful dialogue with individuals from other disciplines.
  3. Are able to adapt to and succeed in a dynamic global environment.
  4. Can engage effectively in oral, written and graphical communications in both interpersonal and public settings.
  5. Are prepared to participate in life-long learning opportunities.
  6. 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.

Cooperative Education Option

Students in the B.S. in Mathematics program have the option to undertake a cooperative education experience and earn a total of 6 academic credits toward their electives. Note that these credits may not be substituted for any required course work. The co-op experience provides students a real-world grounding, linking theory and practice, academic and work experiences, and college education and lifelong learning. It better prepares students for jobs, gives them a competitive edge in the job market, helps them develop networking skills and professional contacts and allows them to experience career fields before graduation. Employers benefit from better-prepared graduates with real and relevant work experience – saving time and money by reducing the training period for new employees.

Degree Plan

Students must choose a concentration in applied mathematics, pure mathematics or pharmaceutical biostatistics. Regardless of the concentration, the B.S. in Mathematics program requires the successful completion of 120 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00 as described below.

Applied Mathematics or Pure Mathematics Concentration

The following is for a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with either an applied mathematics or pure mathematics concentration. Students must meet with their advisers to discuss the course sequence for either one of the two concentrations.

Mathematics Requirements (35 credits)

  • MATH1201 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH2202 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH2203 Calculus III (3 credits)
  • MATH2210 Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • MATH2255 Discrete Structures (3 credits)
  • MATH3220 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH3225 Abstract Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH3230 Analysis (3 credits)
  • MATH3237 Probability and Statistics I (3 credits)
  • MATH3341 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Mathematics Elective (3 credits)
    • A 3-credit course to be chosen from Mathematics courses numbered 3000 or higher, with the approval of an adviser.

Minor Sequence in an Area Related to Mathematics (15 credits)

  • A minor sequence of 15 credits is required in an area related to mathematics. An adviser will assist students in selecting the proper courses.

Science Requirements (8 credits)

  • PHYS2201 Physics Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • PHYS2202 Physics II Laboratory II (1 credit)
  • PHYS2203 University Physics I (3 credits)
  • PHYS2204 University Physics II (3 credits)

Science Electives (11 credits)

The 11 credits of science electives are to be distributed as follows:

  • Eight (8) credits of science electives must be a one-year sequence with laboratory:
    • Laboratory Science I (3 credits)
    • Laboratory Science I Lab (1 credit)
    • Laboratory Science II (3 credits)
    • Laboratory Science II Lab (1 credit)
  • The remaining three (3) credits must be a 2000- or higher-level course in electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry or biology.

Computer Science Requirements (9 credits)

  • CSCI1201 Computer Programming I (3 credits)
  • CSCI1202 Computer Programming II (3 credits)
  • CSCI2234 Data Structures and Algorithms (3 credits

General Education Requirements (18 credits)

  • ENGR2210 Technical Communications (3 credits)
  • ENGR3000 Modern Technologies: Principles, Applications and Impacts (3 credits)
  • WRIT1002 Composition I: Rhetoric and Inquiry (3 credits)
  • WRIT1003 Composition II: Research and Argument (3 credits)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credits)
    • Take three credits of coursework in ARTH, CINE, CGDH, DANH, HIST, HUMN, LANG (not foreign language), LITS, MUSIH, PHIL, RELI, or THEAH.
  • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3 credits)
    • Take ENGR4210 Managerial and Engineering Economic Analysis.

University Requirements (8 credits)

  • UNIV1001 Transitioning to University Life (1 credit)
  • UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life (1 credit)
  • UNIV2001 Cross Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues (3 credits)

Technical Electives (16 credits)

  • Students must take 16 credits of technical electives, which include courses in computer science, engineering, engineering technology, information technology and/or mathematics at appropriate levels based on their interests. Students must obtain prior approval from the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering academic adviser for all course selections or substitutions.
    • Mathematics courses must be at the 3000- or higher level.
    • 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. 

Pharmaceutical Biostatistics Concentration

The following is for a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a pharmaceutical biostatistics concentration.

Mathematics Requirements (35 credits)

  • MATH1201 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH2202 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH2203 Calculus III (3 credits)
  • MATH2337 Applied Statistics I (3 credits)
  • MATH2338 Applied Statistics II (3 credits)
  • MATH2243 Statistical Programming (3 credits)
  • MATH2255 Discrete Structures (3 credits)
  • MATH3220 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH3237 Probability and Statistics I (3 credits)
  • MATH3238 Probability and Statistics II (3 credits)
  • Mathematics Elective (3 credits)
    • A 3-credit course to be chosen from Mathematics courses numbered 3000 or higher, with the approval of an adviser.

Minor Sequence in an Area Related to Mathematics (15 credits)

  • A minor sequence of 15 credits is required in an area related to mathematics. An adviser will assist students in selecting the proper courses.

Science Requirements (16 credits)

  • BIOL1221 Biological Diversity (3 credits)
  • BIOL1222 Lab: Biological Diversity (1 credit) 
  • BIOL1233  Molecules, Cells and Genes (3 credits)
  • BIOL1234 Lab: Molecules, Cells and Genes (1 credit)
  • CHEM1201 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM1203 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • CHEM1202 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHEM1204 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)

Science Electives (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 (3 credits)
  • CSCI1202 Computer Programming II (3 credits)
  • CSCI2215 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)
  • CSCI2234 Data Structures and Algorithms (3 credits)

General Education Requirements (18 credits)

  • ENGR2210 Technical Communications (3 credits)
  • ENGR3000 Modern Technologies: Principles, Applications and Impacts (3 credits)
  • WRIT1002 Composition I: Rhetoric and Inquiry (3 credits)
  • WRIT1003 Composition II: Research and Argument (3 credits)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credits)
    • Take three credits of coursework in ARTH, CINE, CGDH, DANH, HIST, HUMN, LANG (not foreign language), LITS, MUSIH, PHIL, RELI, or THEAH.
  • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3 credits)
    • Take ENGR4210 Managerial and Engineering Economic Analysis.

University Requirements (8 credits)

  • UNIV1001 Transitioning to University Life (1 credit)
  • UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life (1 credit)
  • UNIV2001 Cross Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues (3 credits)

Technical Electives (8 credits)

  • Students must take 8 credits of technical electives, which include courses in computer science, engineering, engineering technology, information technology, mathematics, and/or regulations and management of pharmaceutical industry at appropriate levels based on their interests. Students must obtain prior approval from the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering academic adviser for all course selections or substitutions.
    • Mathematics courses must be at the 3000- or higher level.
    • A 2-credit free elective can be substituted for the 2-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. 

B.S. in Mathematics/M.A. in Teaching Combined Degree Program (QUEST) 

GHSCSE offers a five-year program that allows qualified students to attain a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Arts in teaching at early childhood, primary or secondary levels with different specializations. The combined 5-year program has a course load that is about 15 credits less than that of the separate degrees. This combined program is offered by GHSCSE in collaboration with Peter Sammartino School of Education through their QUEST programs.

B.S. in Mathematics/M.S. in Computer Science Combined Degree Program

GHSCSE offers a five-year program that allows qualified students to attain a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Science degree in computer science with a combined-degree load that is 9 credits less than that of the separate degrees. Students must register for this program by their junior year and must have achieved a cumulative grade point ratio of at least 2.75.

B.S. in Mathematics/M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Combined Degree Program

GHSCSE offers a five-year program that allows qualified students to attain a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Science degree in cybersecurity and information assurance with a combined-degree load that is 9 credits less than that of the separate degrees. Students must register for this program by their junior year and must have achieved a cumulative grade point ratio of at least 2.75.

Contact Information
Stanley Ryan Huddy, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
srh@fdu.edu

Course Descriptions