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Mathematics

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Mathematics at Fredonia

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is the most general degree program that the Department of Mathematical Sciences offers. It will prepare you for a wide variety of careers by providing you with the content knowledge, skills, and problem-solving ability that employers and graduate schools are looking for. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 21% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia’s coursework fosters deep conceptual understanding, strong computational skills, critical reasoning, technical communication, the ability to analyze and interpret data, and an understanding of complex systems. The small classes are taught by knowledgeable, enthusiastic faculty in a student-centered learning environment.

Career Opportunities

  • Mathematical researcher
  • Cryptographer and government intelligence work
  • Industrial engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Economist
  • Actuary
  • Any career requiring analytical and quantitative skills

It's Different Here

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Well-educated faculty

All tenured faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences hold a Ph.D. degree.

Double Up!

The Math major pairs well with a lot of majors and minors, so you can customize your career preparation.

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Students per upper-level class

Class sizes are not large, around 20 students at the junior-senior level.

Student Story

tara hudson
"My peers and I collaborated to form solutions to math problems; this reinforced my interest in mathematics and allowed me to appreciate the challenges associated with the subject. The Fish Bowl was more than our work area; it was our home away from home."

Tara received her Bachelor of Science degrees in both Mathematics and Mathematics: Adolescence Education at Fredonia, completed her Ph.D. in...

Tara Hudson Mathematics Class of 2013

Why Mathematics at Fredonia?

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The Fishbowl

Fredonia's unique study room for students is a legendary space on campus. This large, comfortable room is located in the heart of the department, with faculty offices just steps away on all sides.

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Professional experiences

Fredonia students attend conferences and are involved in outreach activities and research.

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Career-oriented advising

Fredonia helps students select programs, coursework, and professional experiences to prepare them for their post-graduate goals.

Sample Courses

MATH 210 Mathematical Structures and Proof

Careful study of the concepts and techniques often used in mathematics courses at the advanced undergraduate level. Topics include logic, set theory, proof techniques, elementary number theory.

MATH 231 Linear Algebra

Careful study of matrices, systems of linear equations, determinants, linear transformations, with emphasis on similarities and isometries of the plane, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

STAT 350 Probability and Statistics

Basics of probability; descriptive statistics; discrete and continuous distributions; confidence intervals and tests of hypotheses concerning means, variances, and proportions; simple linear regression; statistical software.

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