CURRICULUM & COURSES

The mathematics major prepares students for myriad careers, ranging from business to industry to government to secondary education, as well as for graduate school. The mathematics major is flexible enough that a student may complement the major with a minor in a different area, a second major, or honors. Once a student has completed a degree in mathematics, the student may remain at SBU to obtain an MBA or an MSED. Non-majors may obtain a minor in mathematics to complement their own major.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all mathematics courses. For one possible breakdown of the mathematics major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Mathematics  37
      MATH 151. Calculus I
      MATH 152. Calculus II 
      MATH 251. Calculus III
      MATH 207. Discrete Mathematics I
      MATH 208. Discrete Mathematics II or MATH 345. Graph Theory
      MATH 241. Linear Algebra
      MATH 341. Abstract Algebra I
      MATH 351. Introduction to Real Analysis I
      MATH 492. Senior Comprehensive Project
      Nine credits of mathematics electives numbered 252 or higher*
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
1
9
 Computer Science  7–8
      CS 131. Computer Science I
      One course chosen from
           CS 126. The Science of Images
           CS 127. Computer Applications to Science and Engineering
           CS 132. Computer Science II
           ENGR 220. Introduction to MatLab® 
4
3–4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above** 3
 General Education Requirements 37
The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 General Electives   35–36
 Total  120

* The student should choose the nine credits of mathematics electives in consultation with his or her adviser to complement the student's career goals. CS 332. Theory of Computation may be used as three of the nine credits of mathematics electives. However, students interested in secondary education certification must use MATH 312. Geometry, MATH 322. Mathematical Probability, and MATH 323. Mathematical Statistics as the mathematics electives in order to be prepared for the certification examinations.

** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Complementing your major in mathematics with...

  • ... a minor: It is common, although by no means required, for a student to add a minor in a different area to his or her major in mathematics. Whether a minor is appropriate and if so, in which area, depends on the student's interests and career goals. To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year; the appropriate form is available from the student's adviser.
  • ... a second major: For some students, a minor in a different area is not enough---to achieve their goals, they desire a second major. In such circumstances, the student usually (but not always!) picks the second major in an area closely allied with mathematics, such as computer science or physics. To declare a second major, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year; the appropriate form is available at the Records Office.
  • ... honors: Graduating with honors is the highest academic distinction offered to undergraduate students at St. Bonaventure University. Students interested in obtaining a degree in mathematics with honors are encouraged to peruse the Mathematics Degree with Honors page and to consult the University Honors Program website. An honors project in mathematics with a grade of C or better will fulfill the Senior Comprehensive Requirement. 

Career in Secondary Education

The mathematics major provides excellent preparation for secondary school teaching. Please see the Secondary Education page for details about the two paths students may take at St. Bonaventure to obtain certification.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The following plan of study for a mathematics major would need to be modified if the student begins in a mathematics course beyond Calculus I. Changes in sequencing may be desirable for other reasons. All modifications should be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description for a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
MATH 151 4 MATH 152 4
SBU 101 2 MATH 207 3
ENG 101 3 CS 131 4
General Education Requirement 3 SBU 102 1
Foreign Lang.**/General Elective 3 ENG 102 3
    Foreign Lang.**/General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 18
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
MATH 251 4 MATH 241 3
CS 126, CS 127, CS 132, or ENGR 220 3–4 General Electives 6
MATH 208 or MATH 345 3 General Education Requirements 6
General Education Requirement
3  
Total 13–14 Total 15
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
MATH 341 or MATH 351 3 Mathematics Elective* 3
General Education Requirements 7 General Education Requirements
6
General Elective 3 General Electives 6
Total 13 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
MATH 351 or MATH 341 3 MATH 492 1
Mathematics Elective* 3 Mathematics Elective* 3
General Electives 9 General Electives 9
Total 15 Total 13

* The student should choose the nine credits of mathematics electives in consultation with his or her adviser to complement the student's career goals. CS 332. Theory of Computation may be used as three of the nine credits of mathematics electives. However, students interested in secondary education certification must use MATH 312. Geometry, MATH 322. Mathematical Probability, and MATH 323. Mathematical Statistics as the mathematics electives in order to be prepared for the certification examinations.

** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics

Non-majors may obtain a mathematics minor by completing the requirements below. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all mathematics courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's adviser.