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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Mathematics, BS Major in

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Program Requirements

Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Total Semester Hours: 124

The successful completion of at least 124 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra.

2. Liberal Arts

At least 62 semester hours of liberal arts courses. At least 55 of these credits must be completed in courses other than mathematics.

3. Residence Requirements

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization and the last 30 semester hours. The 15 semester hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. General Requirements

The following general requirements:

  • 6 s.h. of Humanities distribution credit
  • foreign language (same as for BA) unless student is also pursuing a BS in another natural science. In such cases, the language requirement will be that of the other BS degree. If the other BS degree includes no language requirement, there will be no language requirement for the BS in mathematics.
  • 6 s.h. of social science distribution credit

(See Distribution Courses .)

5. Mathematics Requirements

The successful completion of all mathematics courses required for the BA in Mathematics including MATH 071 , 072 073 , 100 , 114 , 135A , 145 171 , 138  or 146  or 172  or 173 , 12 additional s.h. in advanced mathematics numbered above 100 or above, excluding MATH 185  and 198B, chosen under advisement. MATH 100  should be taken in the fall semester of the student’s senior year. Students completing an honors thesis in mathematics are exempt from the MATH 100 requirement.

6. Options Requirements

The successful completion of one of the options listed below. It is the intent of the science options to allow students interested in the applications of mathematics to develop that interest.

Mathematics Option

Completion of 9 additional hours of advanced mathematics courses, excluding MATH 185  and 198B, chosen under advisement.

Actuarial Science Option

Completion of ACCT 101 , 102 ; ECO 001 , 002 ; FIN 101 , 110 ; and BAN 122 . The advanced mathematics courses must include MATH 137 , 138 . MATH 103 BAN 150 , CSC 015  and FIN 132  are also strongly recommended. Note that some of these courses require BAN 001 , IT 014  or FIN 110  as prerequisites. Nonbusiness students may take no more than 25 percent of their course work in business subjects. (Students who complete all of these courses in ACCT, ECO, FIN, and BAN with a grade of B- or better will receive validation by Educational Experience Credit from the Society of Actuaries.) 

Applied Mathematics Option

Completion of 9 additional hours of advanced mathematics, excluding MATH 185  and 198B. Additionally, at least four courses selected from MATH 137 , 138 , 141 , 142 , 147 , 163 , or 165  must be among the mathematics courses taken. Demonstrated ability in computer applications, a requirement which may be met by MATH 147 , CSC 016 , or an appropriate project within another mathematics class.

Computer Science Option

Completion of the following courses:

Engineering Option

Completion of PHYS 012A  and 012B , and at least 9 hours of ENGG with MATH 073  or 131  as a prerequisite or corequisite.

Physics Option

Completion of PHYS 012A  and 012B , plus two courses selected from PHYS 104 , 118A , 140 . All mathematics courses and all advanced courses in other areas presented toward the fulfillment of the BS in Mathematics must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

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