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An in-depth understanding of mathematics is of great importance to many careers in our technologically complex society. Moreover, the study of mathematics promotes analytical and critical thinking skills, and therefore is a valuable part of any program of study. The major in mathematics is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue graduate study or to support career goals in a range of professions. Recent graduates who have majored in mathematics have found rewarding careers in business, teaching, computing, government, law, engineering, actuarial science and medicine. A study of mathematics is a natural adjunct to the study of physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, business, economics, computer science, and the social sciences.

To complete a major in mathematics, students take 10 required courses that provide a thorough foundation in several central areas of mathematics, a computer science course that emphasizes the design of algorithms, and a minimum of three advanced courses chosen to give special depth in at least one area.

More details concerning the mathematics major, including sample programs of study and information on advisement for majors, student awards, computing facilities, library holdings, and the Mathematics Club, can be found in the department website.

What can I do with a Mathematics major?

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare the major in mathematics.

Students who have successfully completed a calculus course in high school may qualify for college credit for MTH 201. Qualifying students must contact the department before they register for their first calculus course at Brockport.

Program Requirements

Students in the mathematics major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Because of the sequential nature of the study of mathematics, students should meet with the department's advisement coordinator as soon as possible to declare the major, be assigned a departmental advisor, and plan an academic program.

Required Courses (37 credits)

  • MTH 201 Calculus I
  • MTH 202 Calculus II
  • MTH 203 Calculus III
  • MTH 255 Differential Equations
  • MTH 281 Discrete Mathematics I
  • MTH 324 Linear Algebra
  • MTH 346 Probability and Statistics I
  • MTH 425 Abstract Algebra
  • MTH 457 Real Analysis
  • CSC 203 Fundamentals of Computer Science

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Nine credits in mathematics from courses numbered MTH 400 or higher by advisement, excluding MTH 492.

CSC 483 may be substituted for one of these math courses.

Other Requirements

  1. Mathematics majors are required to pass the following four courses with a minimum grade of "C": MTH 201, MTH 202, MTH 281, and MTH 324.
  2. Students pursuing Adolescence Education Certification are required by the New York State Department of Education to complete a geometry course; thus, such students are recommended to select the option MTH 432 College Geometry.
  3. At least fifteen major credits must be taken at Brockport. At least nine math credits at the 400 level must be completed at Brockport. Also at least one of the following mathematics courses must be taken at Brockport: MTH 425, 430, 432, 446, 457.
  4. Students receiving elementary education certification may substitute MTH 314 for one of the mathematics electives.
  5. If a Brockport student wishes to fill some requirement of the major through coursework at an institution other than Brockport, the student must first obtain the approval of the department chairperson.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. discuss the scope of mathematics as an intellectual discipline, including issues such as its history, problems, algorithms, and application.
  2. carry out the creative and explorative processes of mathematics, including conjecture, generalization, and the construction of mathematically rigorous and logically correct proofs.
  3. use mathematics to model and analyze real world problems.
  4. utilize appropriate technologies to solve mathematical problems and to judge the reasonableness of results.
  5. communicate mathematics effectively in oral and written formats.
  6. actively engage with mathematics beyond the classroom.