Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins

Department of Mathematics


The Faculty

Chair:  Warren B. Gordon
    Professors:
  • Arthur Apter
  • Fred Buckley
  • James Gatheral
  • Warren B. Gordon
  • Miriam Hausman
  • Bruce Jordan
  • Laurence Kirby
  • Anita Mayo
  • Carlos Julio Moreno
  • Alvany Rocha
  • David E. Tepper
  • Aaron Todd
    Associate Professors:
  • Jack R. Barone
  • Michael Gartenberg
  • C. Douglas Howard
  • Elena Kosygina
  • Rados Radoicic
  • Jakob Reich
  • Beryl I. Shaw
  • Dan Stefanica
  • Tai-Ho Wang
  • Sherman Wong
  • Ingrid-Mona Zamfirescu
    Lecturers:
  • April Allen-Materowski
  • Judith Broadwin
  • Sarah Harney
  • Jarrod Pickens

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Field Description

Mathematics has been described as the queen of all sciences. Understanding mathematics enables one to explain and analyze not only science and nature but almost all disciplines from archeology to zoology. Most recently, mathematics has become an indispensable tool in finance and other business related areas. To ensure that mathematics is available for students with varied backgrounds and different professional goals, the department offers courses at all levels. Advanced courses are designed to be taken by mathematics and actuarial science majors and those in related fields.

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The Majors

 

Mathematics

The major in mathematics is designed to enable the student to enter the marketplace (industrial or educational) or to pursue further studies in mathematics or allied fields at the graduate level. Interested students are urged to contact the Department of Mathematics as early as possible. The student will be assigned an advisor who will aid in formulating an appropriate course of study. Students who want to teach mathematics in the secondary schools should consult an advisor in the Center for Advisement and Orientation.

Required Courses

All students must take the following two courses:
MTH 3300 Algorithms, Computers and Programming I 3 credits
MTH 4100 Linear Algebra and Matrix Methods 3 credits

Students may fulfill their calculus requirements by any one of the following three alternate calculus tracks:

Track I:
MTH 2610 Calculus I 4 credits
MTH 3010 Calculus II 4 credits
MTH 3020 Intermediate Calculus 4 credits
or
Track II:
MTH 2630 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5 credits
MTH 3030 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5 credits
or
Track III:
MTH 2205 Applied Calculus II 3 credits
or
MTH 2207 Applied Calculus and Matrix Applications 4 credits
MTH 3006 Integral Calculus 4 credits
MTH 3030 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5 credits

Electives

Any five 4000-level or 5000-level courses from the following group:
MTH 4010 Advanced Calculus I 3 credits
MTH 4030 Topology 3 credits
MTH 4110 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 credits
MTH 4120 Introduction to Probability 4 credits
MTH 4125 Introduction to Stochastic Process 4 credits
MTH 4130 Mathematics of Statistics 4 credits
MTH 4135 Computational Methods in Probability
3 credits
MTH 4140 Graph Theory
3 credits
MTH 4145 Mathematical Modeling *
3 credits
MTH 4150 Combinatorics 3 credits
MTH 4200 Theory of Numbers 3 credits
MTH 4210 Elements of Modern Algebra
3 credits
MTH 4230 History of Mathematics 3 credits
MTH 4240 Differential Geometry *
3 credits
MTH 4300 Algorithms, Computers and Programming II *
3 credits
MTH 4310 Methods of Numerical Analysis 3 credits
MTH 4315 Introduction to Mathematical Logic
3 credits
MTH 4320 Fundamental Algorithms
3 credits
MTH 4500 Introductory Financial Mathematics
4 credits
MTH 5010 Advanced Calculus III * 3 credits
MTH 5020 Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable*
3 credits
MTH 5030 Theory of Functions of Real Variables* 3 credits
MTH 5100 Partial Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems*
4 credits

* These courses are offered infrequently, subject to student demand.

 

Mathematics of Finance Concentration:

Students who wish to have a concentration in the Mathematics of Finance should choose the following five electives:
MTH 4110 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 credits
MTH 4120 Introduction to Probability 4 credits
MTH 4125 Introduction to Stochastic Process 4 credits
MTH 4135 Computational Methods in Probability 3 credits
MTH 4500 Introductory Financial Mathematics 4 credits

In addition, students should take:
ECO 1001 Micro-Economics
3 credits
ECO 1002 Macro-Economics 3 credits
FIN 3000 Principles of Finance
3 credits
FIN 3610 Corporate Finance
3 credits
or
FIN 3710 Investment Analysis
3 credits

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Actuarial Science

The field of actuarial science applies mathematical principles and techniques to problems in the insurance industry. Progress in the field is generally based upon completion of examinations given by the Society of Actuaries. The Baruch College major is designed to prepare students to pass the first two exams of the Society of Actuaries year 2000 exam structure and to provide partial preparation for the third exam. Students interested in this highly structured program are urged to contact the Department of Mathematics as early as possible so that the department may assign an advisor to aid in formulating an appropriate course of study.

Prerequisites
MTH 2610 Calculus I 4 credits
MTH 3010 Calculus II 4 credits
or
MTH 2205 Applied Calculus II 3 credits
MTH 3006 Integral Calculus 4 credits
and  
ECO 1001 Micro-Economics 3 credits
ECO 1002 Macro-Economics 3 credits

Required Courses
MTH 3020 Intermediate Calculus 4 credits
or
MTH 3030 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5 credits
and  
MTH 3300 Algorithms, Computers, and Programming I 3 credits
MTH 4120 Introduction to Probability 4 credits
MTH 4410 Theory of Interest 4 credits
MTH 4500 Mathematical Finance 4 credits
FIN 3000 Principles of Finance 3 credits
FIN 3610 Corporate Finance 3 credits


Electives

In addition, one course must be chosen from the following list of electives:
MTH 4125  Introduction to Stochastic Processes 4 credits
MTH 4130 Mathematics of Statistics 4 credits
MTH 4135 Methods of Monte Carlo Simulation 3 credits
MTH 4420 Actuarial Mathematics 4 credits
MTH 4421 Actuarial Mathematics II 4 credits
MTH 4451 Risk Theory 4 credits


The following courses are recommended, but not required. They are not applicable toward the major.

ECO 3100
 Intermediate Micro-Economics
ECO 3200  Intermediate Macro-Economics

 

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The Minor

The minor in mathematics provides students with a background in the various theories and uses of mathematics. The minor requires the completion of MTH 3006 or 3010 and any other 3- or 4-credit mathematics course numbered 3000 or higher. Students must then complete a capstone course consisting of any mathematics course at the 4000 level or higher.

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