GENERAL
QUESTIONS:
What can I do with math besides teaching
and actuarial work?
What is the accelerated BA/MA program?
Are there assistantships in the graduate programs?
Does the Department have internships?
Are there opportunities for undergraduate research?
REGISTERING
FOR COURSES:
What should I do if I have a question for a departmental
advisor but my schedule does not allow me to visit during office hours?
How do I get an evaluation of a course that has been transferred
to Hunter?
May I take a math/stat course on permit at another college?
I have been exempt from the math proficiency test. Why am
I having difficulty registering for MATH 101 (or MATH 104, MATH 125, STAT
113)?
I have the required COMPASS Math Test scores for entry into
MATH 101. Should I register for MATH 101?
How can I try to get into a closed section of a math/stat
course?
Are there math/stat courses that do not allow overtallies?
ANSWERS
TO GENERAL QUESTIONS:
Q. What can I do with math besides teaching and
actuarial work?
A. Mathematics and statistics are used in connection with just about everything
– medicine, finance, music, sports, movies, weather, among many
other fields.
Employers need persons with good analytical skills. Mathematics is well
respected as a preprofessional major and as business preparation, especially
for students
considering the best medical and law schools and business schools.
Q. What is the accelerated BA/MA program?
A. The BA/MA program gives a student both a BA and a MA degree with fewer
credits than required for obtaining the two degrees separately. There
are several
BA/MA programs because the BA may be in mathematics or statistics, and
the MA may be in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics or
mathematics
teacher education. Each BA/MA program requires a major, the General Education
Requirement, and a master’s sequence.
Q. Are there assistantships in the graduate programs?
A. Although there are no assistantships, graduate students have the opportunity
of teaching a course in the Department as adjunct lecturers.
Q. Does the Department have internships?
A. The Department supports external internships as well as internships
at Hunter in various departments such as geography, political science,
and psychology. For
now, it is expected that students will receive credit for such internships.
The departmental Internships Coordinator is Professor Edward Binkowski.
Q. Are there opportunities for undergraduate
research?
A. Currently, the College has the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded
Catalyst Scholarship Program in which students receive a stipend and
have the opportunity of participating in research projects with fulltime
faculty mentors. Yearly, talented students are encouraged to apply for
a summer Research
Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The NEWS
page of this site mentions some students who have succeeded recently in
being admitted to a REU
program.
ANSWERS
TO QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTERING FOR COURSES:
Q. What should I do if I have a question for a
departmental advisor but my schedule does not allow me to visit during
office hours?
A. Advising may be done by email. When you email an advisor, be sure
to include a topic in the “Subject” field. Email without
an identifiable source and email
without a subject are usually not opened. The email addresses for the
departmental advisors are on the CONTACTS
page of this site.
Q. How do I get an evaluation of a course that
has been transferred to Hunter?
A. You must see a departmental advisor. Bring your Hunter transcript,
a description of the course transferred and descriptions of its prerequisites.
If your schedule
does not allow you to see an advisor during office hours, leave the necessary
documents in the department office, 919East, to be picked up later.
Q. May I take a math/stat course on permit at
another college?
A. It is expected that you take all your math/stat courses at Hunter.
The Department’s rotation schedule tells you how often courses are
given so that you can plan
ahead. If it becomes necessary for you take a course elsewhere, the course
must have the same prerequisites as the Hunter course. You need a permit
approved
by a departmental advisor. Permits for CUNY campuses are now handled online
in CUNY's epermit system.
Q. I have been exempt from the math proficiency
test. Why am I having difficulty registering for MATH 101 (or MATH 104,
MATH 125,
MATH 150, STAT 113, STAT 213)?
A. Students “exempt from the math proficiency test” are exempt
only from those parts of the test required for admission to Hunter. (The
test is called the
COMPASS Math Test.) These students may register for MATH 100, MATH 102,
or STAT 110 provided that one of these is the mathematics course they
need.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics uses the remaining parts
of the COMPASS Math Test to place students in its other entrylevel math/stat
courses,
such as MATH 101, MATH 104, MATH 125, MATH 150, STAT 113, STAT 212, and
STAT 213. If you wish to register for one of these courses, you must have
the
prerequisite for the course – the prerequisite is either a preceding
course or placement by the COMPASS Math Test.
Q. I have the required COMPASS Math Test scores
for entry into MATH 101. Should I register for MATH 101?
A. Even though you are eligible to take MATH 101, you should not register
for MATH 101 unless you need the course for your program of study. Is
MATH 101 a prerequisite for a course that you need to take? Note that
MATH 101 does not count toward the General Education Requirement (GER).
Q. How can I try to get into a closed section
of a math/stat course?
A. You can keep trying to register in case spaces become available. There
are no waiting lists to register for closed sections. If a section allows
overtallies, you must
wait until the first meeting of the class. On the first day of classes,
pick up an overtally form near 919East, go to the class, and see if the
instructor is willing to sign it.
If you obtain a signature, return the form to 919East. Overtallying is
left to the discretion of the instructor. Departmental advisors are not
allowed to overtally.
Q. Are there math/stat courses that do not allow
overtallies?
A. Yes. Overtallies are not allowed in STAT 113 and STAT 214 because these
courses require computer terminals.
