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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 pre-professional 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 full-time 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 e-mail. When you e-mail an advisor, be sure to include a topic in the “Subject” field. E-mail without an identifiable source and e-mail
without a subject are usually not opened. The e-mail 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 e-permit 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 entry-level 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.



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