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Mathematics

Overview

An undergraduate mathematics degree from Hofstra opens up a world of career possibilities in business, computer science, engineering, the physical sciences, and education. Students work closely with faculty members who help them succeed through a combination of finely-targeted classes, a rich schedule of guest speakers, plus abundant research and internship opportunities. With a thorough grounding in both pure and applied mathematics, a BA or BS in math from Hofstra will pave the way to a career in teaching, finance, industry, science and more. For students with more specialized interests, we also offer programs in Mathematics with Business Applications and Mathematics with Science Applications.

A math degree from Hofstra also prepares you to pursue advanced studies in a variety of fields   — actuarial science, computer science, engineering, finance, law and public policy, as well as astronomy, atmospheric science, chemistry, physics, and neuroscience.

Career opportunities for math and math education majors vary, depending on the industry and your role. But in the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in general mathematics earned an average annual salary of $76,416, and job growth for this major is projected to increase 8.2 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies. For mathematics education majors, job growth is projected to be just over six percent by 2026, and the average salary is $52,028.

We view mathematics as a collaborative venture, not a solitary pursuit. Every faculty member works to develop students' abilities - to not only think mathematically about problems, but to become fluent and precise in expressing mathematical concepts.

Curriculum

BA or BS? Or a dual degree? If you are considering a mathematics major, you will want to consider the benefits of each degree program.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Mathematics — this degree provides a comprehensive understanding of mathematics and a strong liberal arts foundation to prepare students planning to pursue advanced degrees in other disciplines, such as business, engineering, or computer science. If you think you want to be a math teacher, a BA in Math is most likely the right degree for you.
  • Mathematics Education — This program leads to New York state initial teacher certification, mathematics, grades 7–12. During the second semester of the sophomore year, students who are pursuing a BA in Math apply for admission to the School of Education and choose Mathematics Education as a co-major.

Bachelor of Science

  • Mathematics — This degree prepares students for professional pursuits or graduate studies in the field of mathematics. A BS in Math has seven options to choose from, some focusing on business, others on science. But if a laser focus on math is what you're after, a BS with an option in math or applied math is an even deeper dive into the discipline. Every math major takes 41 credits in the subject, but those who choose the BS in Math with a math or applied math option take 50 credits.

Dual-degree Programs

Qualified students may apply for an accelerated dual-degree program either as incoming freshmen or during their junior year. These programs offer a streamlined, cost-effective, and focused way to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in less time than if each degree was pursued separately.

Options include:

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Students who major in Math at Hofstra move quickly into employment or graduate school at prestigious institutions.

Among the places where recent Math graduates are employed are: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Mathnasium, Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Lab, Zurich North America, Esurance, American Advisors Group, Inc., Zebra Technology and Nature's Bounty Co.

Our graduates also are pursuing advanced degrees at such institutions as Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and Yale University.

100%* job, grad school or both
92%* accepted a job within six months of graduation
$42K* median salary

*Outcomes for Math Program. Get More Info on Math Education Program Outcomes

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Internships/Experiential Learning

Students in Class

The department promotes field experience, which is key for employment and when applying to graduate school.  

Students studying math education are required to participate in student teaching. Those who plan to pursue advanced degrees in math or science often benefit from research experience, either working closely with our own faculty or participating in an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates). Funded by the National Science Foundation, REUs are competitive programs hosted by domestic and international universities. Hofstra mathematics majors have participated in Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and REUs at Missouri State University, the College of William & Mary and more. Recently, with faculty and institutional support, students traveled to academic conferences in Missouri, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, California, and France.

Examples of places where Math students have held internships are Flushing Bank, Amerasia Bank, Northwell Health, PNC Bank, Bitcoin Center NYC, and Heritage Strategies LLC.

When they are not in class, our students socialize in our department lounge and in the Math Tutoring Center. Many participate in the Actuarial Science Club and the Math Club, which plan off-campus excursions to the movies, to the National Museum of Mathematics and meetings with industry professionals in New York City. Some students may be invited to join Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society, which can open doors in both education and industry.

Math students are also exposed to a broad range of current research and new ideas through a busy seminar program. Faculty, students and guest lecturers discuss varied topics like How Aliens Do Math, How Math Theory Can Help Break Up Terror Cells, Confessions of a Sequence Addict and What Mathematics Can Tell Us About Cancer.

Our students also are encouraged to take part in local and national mathematics competitions. These range from the Department's Problem of the Month competition and annual SCUDEM (Student Competition Using Differential Equations Modeling) to Central Washington University's cipher-breaking Kryptos competition and the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States and Canada.

Meet Dr. Johanna Franklin

Dr. Johanna Franklin

Johanna Franklin is an associate professor of mathematics whose research interests include mathematical logic, computability theory and algorithmic randomness. She organizes the Math Department’s annual seminar series and is known among students for her patience and ability to make confusing concepts accessible. She recently won the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).


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