Mathematics, B.S.

Degree Type
Bachelor of Science

The study of mathematics develops one’s ability to express one’s thoughts clearly and precisely, to reason logically, and to analyze and solve problems algorithmically. The analysis and design of efficient algorithms —that is, sets of rules used for computation — is fundamental to problem solving in both mathematics and computer science.

The Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics prepares students for graduate school, as well as professional careers in industry and education. Mathematics majors may choose to specialize in either pure mathematics or computational mathematics by appropriate selection of electives in consultation with their advisors.


A. Mathematics Major Requirements (56 Credits, 14 courses)

1. Required Core Courses: 40 credits (10 courses)

MA2310 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4cr.
MA2320 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4cr.
MA3030 Discrete Mathematics 4cr.
MA3160 Linear Algebra 4cr.
MA3210 Intro. To Probability & Statistics 4cr.
MA3330 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 4cr.
MA3520 Transition to Advanced Mathematics 4cr.
MA4360 Differential Equations 4cr.
MA5120 Abstract Algebra I 4cr.
MA5320 Advanced Calculus I 4cr.

2. Computer Programming Requirement: 4 credits (1 course)

  • CS2510 or CS2521 Computer Programming I or Intro to Scientific Programming in Python

3. Required Elective Courses: 12 Credits (3 Courses)

  • Any 4000 or 5000 level Mathematics Course 4cr.
  • CS3810 Data Structures and Algorithms 4cr.

B. Liberal Education Requirements

C. General Electives

In consultation with academic advisor, for a total of 120 credits.

D. Other Requirements

  • A grade of C or higher is needed in all required mathematics and computer science courses.
  • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 28 credits (7 courses) of the required major courses at or above the 3000 level at Old Westbury.

E. College-wide Requirements

  • 120 credits overall (40 credits at Old Westbury, may transfer a maximum of 80 credits)
  • 45 Upper Division credits (3000, 4000, or 5000 level courses)
  • 60 Liberal Arts credits
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0