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MATHEMATICS

Department Chair: Jennifer Sassano, Ed.D.
Phone: (845) 848-6014
Email: jennifer.sassano@dc.edu 

About the program
Your passion for numerical languages and your solid quantitative skills will thrive in Dominican College’s Mathematics Program. As a Math major, you will receive the full benefits of a broad-based liberal arts education as you deepen your understanding of quantitative concepts and develop logical thinking skills that will build your success in any career.

Options for Specialization
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Dominican’s Mathematics program offers specialized academic tracks geared towards particular math-related professions. Each course of study develops your analytical problem-solving and quantitative reasoning abilities, while preparing you to bring your mathematical skills to life in the most fascinating and challenging careers.

  • BA in Mathematics with Specialization in Actuarial Science: Actuaries are experts in the artistry of pattern and structure, in understanding the language that lives behind numbers and statistical trends. Dominican College’s Actuarial Science track will prepare you for the first two Actuarial examinations through a selection of Mathematics and Business courses, securing your foundation for success in this exciting field.
  • BA in Mathematics with Pre-Engineering Option: Engineering is the foundation of any industrial society, and our Pre-Engineering Option will guide you to become one of the experts who literally shapes our world. Through a cooperative arrangement with Manhattan College, you will earn both a BA in Mathematics and a BE degree (Bachelor of Engineering), which will enable you to become one of the most qualified and sought-after professionals in the field.
  • BA in Mathematics with Preparation for Childhood Education / BA in Mathematics with Preparation for Adolescence Education: Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions available, and skilled math teachers are in especially high demand as math skills decline across the country. A career as a math teacher will engage and enliven your quantitative skills again and again as you watch your students learn and grow. If you wish to teach Mathematics at the elementary school or high school level, our two Education tracks will equip you with knowledge and practice that will lead towards New York State certification and will provide you with the math expertise you require to become an effective classroom educator.

Summary of Requirements:
All Mathematics majors take certain foundational courses that are critical to a thorough understanding of advanced mathematics. These include Calculus I and II; Introduction to Statistics; Vision of Geometry; Abstract Algebra; and Linear Algebra (if you have chosen the Childhood Education track, you may choose either Abstract or Linear Algebra). In addition to these courses, your program will follow one of the following courses of study:

  • The BA in Mathematics program perfects your math knowledge through courses in Probability; Inferential Statistics; Calculus III; Advanced Calculus; Differential Equations; and Topics in Mathematics. At the same time, this program equips you to apply your analytical and critical thinking skills to related fields by offering 12 credits, chosen under advisement, in either the Natural Sciences or Computer Information Systems.
  • If you choose the Specialization in Actuarial Science, your program will prepare you to exercise your math skills in all areas of the Actuarial business through 18 credits in Economics, Business, and Management. At the same time, your Mathematics expertise will be perfected through courses in Probability; Inferential Statistics; Calculus III; Advanced Calculus; Differential Equations; and Topics in Mathematics.
  • If you choose an emphasis in Pre-Engineering, your course of study will earn you both a BA degree in Mathematics and a BE degree, enabling you to enter the engineering field as a highly skilled professional. This track takes place over an integrated five-year sequence of study, including three years at Dominican College and two years at Manhattan College. Your first three years will equip you with Dominican’s broad-based liberal arts education, as well as the Mathematics major requirements and specific foundation courses in Chemistry and Physics. Math courses include Probability; Calculus III; Advanced Calculus; Differential Equations; Numerical Analysis; and one Math elective. Your final two years will be spent at Manhattan College, focusing on the Engineering core and on a specialization in Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Champion educators require expertise both in subject matter and in classroom pedagogy, and our two Mathematics Education tracks, Mathematics with Preparation for Childhood Education and Mathematics with Preparation for Adolescence Education will put you solidly on that path. Students preparing to teach mathematics will become competent in those areas specifically recommended by the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
    • The BA in Mathematics with Preparation for Childhood Education will prepare you for New York State certification to teach math at the elementary school level. If you choose this track, your course of study will be specifically designed to increase your knowledge of mathematics and to train you in the most effective methods of imparting that knowledge to children. This course of study includes 31 credits of Mathematics courses, including courses in algebra, calculus, geometry, statistics, and history of mathematics, as well as practicum courses. Note: This program of study is identical to the program leading to a BS in Education with a Mathematics Concentration. Please see Teacher Education for full details.
    • The BA in Mathematics with Preparation for Adolescence Education will prepare you for New York State certification to teach math at the high school level. If you choose this track, you will be educated in the science of Mathematics and in how the understanding of that science may be imparted successfully to young adults. This course of study includes 37 credits of Mathematics courses, including courses in calculus, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, and history of mathematics, as well as elective courses and courses in teaching Mathematics. 
     

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