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  36
      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
      Nine credits of mathematics electives numbered 252 or higher*
      Senior Comprehensive Requirement 
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
9
0
 Computer Science  7 or 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
           PREG 220. Introduction to MatLab® 
4
3 or 4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above** 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World & CLRL 302 (Lab)
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum 
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives   38 or 37
 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.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Mathematics majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

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. For example, a student with an interest in science may desire a minor in computer science or physics, while a student with an interest in business may benefit from a minor in accounting or finance. A minor need not be in an area traditionally associated with mathematics. For example, a student could minor in visual arts or political science. 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 picks the second major in an area closely allied with mathematics, like computer science or physics. However, such a choice is by no means mandatory. In the not-too-distant past, a Bonas student majored in both mathematics and English. 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. 

Complementing your degree in mathematics with...

  • ... an MBA: The student with an interest in business has another option at SBU besides a minor: obtaining a master's degree in business administration. An MBA can be completed at SBU by remaining for a fifth year. See the Master of Business Administration web pages for detailed information.
  • ... an MSED: The student desiring certification in secondary teaching may obtain a master's degree in secondary education at SBU. See the MSED Adolescent Education web pages for detailed information.

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
Core Area Course 3 MATH 207 3
CLAR 101 3 CS 131 4
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111 3
Foreign Lang.*/General Elective 3 Foreign Lang.*/Gen. Elective 3
Total 16 Total 17
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
MATH 251 4 MATH 241 3
CS 126, CS 127, CS 132, or PREG 220 3 or 4 General Elective 3
MATH 208 or MATH 345 3 Core Area Courses (Clare) 9
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6  
Total 16 or 17 Total 15
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
Mathematics Elective** 3 MATH 341 or MATH 351 3
Core Area Courses (Clare) 7 General Electives 12
General Elective 3
Total 13 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
Mathematics Electives** 6 MATH 351 or MATH 341 3
General Electives 6 General Electives 11 or 10
CLAR 401 2
Total 14 Total 14 or 13

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.