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Listing of Mathematics and Statistics Courses from the Hunter College
Undergraduate Course Listings
Listing of Mathematics and Statistics Courses from the Hunter College Graduate Bulletin

We offer a major in Mathematics, a major in Statistics, several BA/MA Programs, and Special Programs.
We also offer a mathematics minor and a statistics minor and a suggested actuarial sequence.

MATHEMATICS MAJOR
The mathematics major introduces students to the fundamental areas of mathematics and provides some degree of specialization in one or more areas.  It trains students in the analytic thinking characteristic of pure and applied mathematics and provides familiarity with rigorous methods of mathematical proof.  In addition to the traditional Major in Mathematics, the department offers a number of specialized undergraduate tracks for students interested in pursuing careers in bioinformatics or in preparing for teaching: the concentration Quantitative Biology, the concentration Preparation for Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12), and the concentration Preparation for Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) .

Undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing mathematics at the advanced graduate level are urged to participate in the BA/MA program in Mathematics.  For undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate work in teaching mathematics, the BA/MA program in Preparation for Adolescent Education leads to professional certification in Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12) in Mathematics.  Certification may also be received by completing the BA degree with a mathematics major and then completing the graduate Teacher Education Program (TEP) in Mathematics (see the GRADUATE page) or the new graduate Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) in Mathematics (visit http://www.nycutr.org).

MATHEMATICS MAJOR CURRICULUM

To enter the traditional Mathematics Major, the student should have completed one year of calculus (MATH 150 and 155, or the equivalent).  The major consists of at least 33 credits of coursework: 24 credits of core curriculum courses (taken by all majors except those enrolled in the concentration Preparation for Childhood Education: Grades 1-6) and at least 9 credits of advanced elective courses, chosen by students according to their career plans.

Major Core Curriculum
(24 cr)  MATH 156, 250, 254, 255, 260, 311, 351, and STAT 213 or 311.

Elective Courses
The student must complete three 3-credit approved elective courses.  The elective courses must be chosen from the 300-or 400-level courses in mathematics or statistics listed by the department.  Factors affecting the choice of courses will include the student’s career goals (preparation for graduate study; education; careers in business, government service or industry), the student’s other major, where applicable, and the availability of courses due to the course rotation schedule.  A 300-level course may be replaced by a graduate level course approved by a departmental adviser.

Symbolic Computation Proficiency Requirement
As a requirement for graduation with a BA in Mathematics, students must demonstrate entry level proficiency in symbolic computation.    The requirement can be met in any of the following ways:
a) passing any of MATH 126, MATH 151, MATH 154, MATH 385;
b) passing a departmental exam in a computer algebra system (currently we use MATHEMATICA or the equivalent).

 

Mathematics Major With a Concentration in Quantitative Biology

This program is for students intending to pursue research careers in biomedical sciences.  It provides students with a working knowledge of computing and biological sciences for bioengineering careers in bioinformatics, the pharmaceutical industry, and the biotechnology industry.  For this concentration, the student must complete the entry requirement for the mathematics major (MATH 150 and MATH 155) and the symbolic computation proficiency requirement.   This major consists of the following core curriculum and additional required courses:
Major Core Curriculum (27 cr):  MATH 156, 250, 254, 255, 260, 311, 351, and STAT 213, 311.
Additional Required Courses (33 cr):  STAT 319, and CSCI 132, 232, and CHEM 102, 104, 106 (or equivalent), 222, and BIOL 100, 300 (or 302), 425.

Students interested in this concentration should consult the adviser. Information at: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/qubi/mathematics-majors

Mathematics Major With a Concentration in Preparation for Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12)

Provisional certification for teaching mathematics in grades 7-12 may be obtained by completing:

-the BA with the traditional mathematics major, and
-the adolescent education sequence as prescribed by the School of Education.

Students following this concentration should consult a departmental adviser as to which advanced elective courses are recommended to complete 33 or more credits in the mathematics major.

 

 Mathematics Major With a Concentration in Preparation for Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

This concentration constitutes a mathematics major for QUEST students.  QUEST students majoring in mathematics are not exempt from the MATH 104/105 requirement.  To enter this major, the student should have completed one semester of calculus (MATH 150 or the equivalent).  The specified collateral major is childhood education.  This mathematics major consists of at least 32 credits of coursework: 20 credits of major core curriculum courses and at least 12 additional credits, as described below.
Major Core Curriculum (20 cr):  MATH 154, 155, 156, 160, 250, 260, and STAT 213.
Additional Required Courses (at least 12 cr):  STAT 212, STAT 220, and two additional courses approved by a departmental adviser.


MATHEMATICS MINOR

NOTE on MINORS: As of March 2009, the selection of a minor is optional at Hunter College. The determination of courses required in a minor concentration is left to the minor departments or programs which choose to offer such sequences.

A minor in mathematics consists of a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following courses offered by the department:  MATH courses numbered 150 or above (with the exception of MATH 261W), STAT 311, STAT 312.  Mathematics minors are required to take all necessary prerequisites.  Students should consult the catalog to determine prerequisites necessary for them to enroll in courses that count toward the minor.  It is recommended that prospective mathematics minors consult with an undergraduate mathematics adviser concerning course selection.


 

STATISTICS MAJOR
The study of statistics provides the student with analytical tools that may find application in various fields within the sciences and social sciences.  Bioinformatics is a rapidly developing area open to students in statistics with a working knowledge of computing and biological sciences.   Actuarial science is one area open to students in statistics who also have backgrounds in such subjects as computer science, mathematics and economics.  The BA/MA in Statistics and Applied Mathematics offered by the department provides enrichment for undergraduate statistics majors.

To enter the Statistics Major the student must have completed MATH 150 and 155.  Normally, the statistics major consists of 32 credits as follows:  29 credits of core curriculum courses and any additional 3-credit statistics, mathematics, or computer science course approved by the statistics adviser.  Modifications are permitted with the consent of the statistics adviser.  For example, a student may elect to replace STAT 212 with a more advanced course.  With permission of the adviser, a student may take graduate courses in statistics and applied mathematics.  Students interested in bioinformatics take the additional courses listed in the concentration in quantitative biology below.

Major Core Curriculum
(29 cr)  MATH 250, 254 or 354, 260, STAT 212, 213, 214, 311, 312, 313

Statistics Major With a Concentration in Quantitative Biology

This program is for students intending to pursue research careers in biomedical sciences.  It provides students with a working knowledge of computing and biological sciences for bioengineering careers in bioinformatics, the pharmaceutical industry, and the biotechnology industry.
For this concentration, the student must complete the entry requirement for the statistics major, MATH 150 and MATH 155.  This major consists of the following core curriculum and additional required courses:
Major Core Curriculum (29 cr):  MATH 250, 254 or 354, 260, STAT 212, 213, 214, 311, 312, 313
Additional Required Courses (30 cr):  CSCI 132, 232, and CHEM 102, 104, 106 (or equivalent), 222, and BIOL 100, 300 (or 302), 425.

Students interested in this concentration should consult the adviser. Information at: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/qubi/statistics-majors


STATISTICS MINOR

NOTE on MINORS: As of March 2009, the selection of a minor is optional at Hunter College. The determination of courses required in a minor concentration is left to the minor departments or programs which choose to offer such sequences.

A minor in statistics consists of at least 12 credits selected from STAT courses offered by the department.  Statistics minors are required to take all necessary prerequisites.  Students should consult the catalog to determine prerequisites necessary for them to enroll in courses that count toward the minor.  It is recommended that prospective statistics minors consult with an undergraduate statistics adviser concerning course selection.


ACTUARIAL SEQUENCE


A student interested in actuarial work should take MATH 150, 155, 250, 260, STAT 311 and 313.  Students are also encouraged to take courses in accounting, economics and computer science.  For information concerning examinations and prizes given to undergraduates by the Society of Actuaries, consult the departmental adviser.


 

BA/MA PROGRAMS

 I. BA/MA PROGRAM in MATHEMATICS or in STATISTICS AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS

The BA/MA program offers promising students the opportunity to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements with a minimum of 120 credits.  Requirements are the same as those for a major in the department, plus 30 credits at the graduate level.  Interested students should contact the graduate adviser for further information regarding eligibility and curriculum requirements.

Track 1:  BA/MA Program in Mathematics
Students complete the BA with a traditional mathematics major, with 30 additional credits at the graduate level in pure mathematics approved by the departmental graduate adviser.

Track 2:  BA/MA Program in Statistics and Applied Mathematics
Students complete the BA with a traditional major in statistics or in mathematics, with 30 additional credits at the graduate level in applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science, approved by the departmental graduate adviser.

II. BA/MA PROGRAM in PREPARATION FOR ADOLESCENT EDUCATION (GRADES 7-12)

Students interested in secondary school teaching may pursue a combined BA/MA program in teaching.  This program requires a minimum of 141 credits.

Admission Requirements for the BA/MA in Teaching:
1. Completion of at least 45 credits with a GPA of 2.8
2. Completion of at least 10 credits in mathematics, including a year of calculus (MATH 150 and 155, or the equivalent), with an average of 2.7 in these major courses.
3. Admission to the School of Education.

Degree Requirements for the BA/MA in Teaching
The BA/MA program in the teaching of mathematics includes 47-48 credits in mathematics (in addition to the year of calculus described above) and 23 credits in teacher education courses, some of them taken at the undergraduate level and some at the graduate level.  The required math/stat courses are:
1. the 33 credits required for the BA in Mathematics OR the 32 credits required for the BA in Statistics, as described above in the sections pertaining to the major.
2. the following 15 graduate credits:  MATH 620, 630, 633, 635, and STAT 612 or* 614.

*Although students are required to take either 612 or STAT 614, students are encouraged to take both courses.

Also required is passing a comprehensive examination in mathematics consisting of three parts covering the material in MATH 620, 630, and 633.  Students may sit for the comprehensive examination only after having taken all three courses.  Students who fail any part of the examination need only retake that part of the examination.  A student can take any part of the comprehensive exam in mathematics twice; after that, a committee formed by the Mathematics/Statistics Chairperson and consisting of members from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Curriculum and Teaching will decide if the student can take the exam a third and final time.

The student should consult the School of Education section of the graduate college catalog for the sequence of teacher education courses.


Special Programs and Activities

Honors Programs
A mathematics major may become a candidate for departmental honors by successfully completing the Honors Seminar, by presenting a Grade Point Average of 3.6 in the major, and by achieving a satisfactory rating on a comprehensive exam.

There are opportunities to receive complimentary memberships in the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), or the American Statistical Association (ASA).  This includes free journals.

Qualified students may be selected by the Department for Pi Mu Epsilon, the national undergraduate mathematics honor society.   Members of Pi Mu Epsilon may present talks at the annual summer meeting of the MAA.

The Math Club
The math club is organized and run by mathematics and statistics majors.   It provides opportunities for academic and social interaction.  The club sponsors problem solving contests, pizza lunches, math movies, and occasional speakers.

Mathematical Competitions
Each year some majors participate in the six-hour William Lowell Putnam Competition, one of the nation’s most difficult and prestigious mathematics competitions.  Undergraduates also participate in the year-long Problem Solving Competition, a national event conducted locally at Hunter; the winner can take part in the championship final at the summer semi-annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.

 


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