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Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America: Annual Meeting – Sunday, May 13, 2018

Options for the BS Major in Mathematics

Mathematics: A major in mathematics is appropriate for those students interested in mathematical theory and graduate studies in mathematics.

Actuarial science: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur and they help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk.” Those students who specialize in actuarial science may work for insurance, pension planning and financial firms.

Hofstra offers courses approved for Validation by Education Experience (VEE) by the Society of Actuaries in applied statistical methods, corporate finance and economics. Taking VEE-approved courses is essential for licensure. Additionally, Hofstra offers courses that prepare students for the first two exams needed to be professionally designated as an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Applied Mathematics: Students majoring in applied mathematics may apply their skills and academic experience to jobs related to a wide variety of industries, including finance, government, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering or Physics: These options are geared toward mathematics majors who aspire to work in a math-related capacity in one of these fields.

Program Requirements for the BS Major in Mathematics


Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America: Annual Meeting – Sunday, May 13, 2018