Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Don’t believe the rumors: Math can be both analytical and creative. After all, it’s all about solving problems, and problem solving requires thinking outside the box! If you’re an analytical thinker who likes to come up with solutions using data, then you’ll love being a Math major.
Why be a Math major?
Here's what makes the Mount's Mathematics major unique:
- Focus on communication: Whether you plan on becoming a teacher or using your math skills within a business setting, we focus not just on teaching you math skills, but also on how to communicate analytical data to others who don’t “get it” like you do.
- Choose your path: Many of our students love math so much, they want to teach it to others at either the childhood or adolescence level. That’s why our 5-Year Math BA / MSEd degree is such a great choice! Others choose to take their math specialties further with a concentration in Actuarial Science. Your path is up to you! Tell us where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.
- Math in real life: From putting together math trails for local elementary schools to participating in paid summer research with a faculty member, you’ll get to see what a career in math really looks like.
- Family atmosphere: Just walk into the Math office and you’ll see how tight-knit this group is! It’s rare to find a time when there aren’t students in the office, working on homework together or meeting with professors (who not only know each of our student’s names, but also their goals and strengths). So wave to our Administrative Assistant, Robbie, and pull up a chair! We’re happy to have you.
What to expect as a Math major
39 credits (27 in math and 12 in math or programming courses)
Learn about Mathematics major and minor academic requirements and courses here.
Let’s put it this way: You won’t just be learning at a desk as a Math major. Yes, there’s your typical classroom learning, but at the Mount, Math class happens everywhere. One day, you might be measuring the area of a piece of modern art at the local museum, DIA Beacon. Another time, you’ll be volunteering at the on-campus elementary school, teaching kids about math while planting a garden. And you’ll be breaking stereotypes about the subject by hosting game nights and Family Math Nights with the Math honor society for the college and the local community.
Your courses will focus on teaching you the fundamentals of advanced math (calculus, algebra, statistics) while also showing you its practical applications in everyday life. Plus, you can even work with our Career Center to find a Math internship at an organization like New York Life Insurance, the Hudson Valley Renegades, ConnectiCare, and more.
If you are pursuing certification in either Childhood or Adolescence Education along with your Math degree, you will also need to complete the courses required for certification, including math courses designed for future teachers.
Be prepared for your future
The great thing about being a Math major is you can use the subject pretty much anywhere! Every organization needs mathematicians who are ready to solve problems, so pick your passion and see how you can make a difference with your math skills.
Many of our alumni go into teaching roles, but others choose to pursue graduate school, research, or other analytically-driven positions in their organizations.
Here's how some of our Math alumni are using their degrees:
- Mark Congionti ’09, Lead Solutions Director at Proven Data
- Shannon Ditta ’11, 4th grade Math teacher for NY Department of Education
- Marc Johnson ’11, MBA ’12, Data Scientist at The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
- Justin Christensen ’14, Data Governance Analyst with Indeed.com
- Taylor Walton ’15, Senior Actuarial Analyst for ConnectiCare
- Kristen Berish ’16, Senior Account Manager at Ipsos
- Christina Antico ’17, 6th and 8th grade math teacher for the NY Department of Education