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  • B.S. in Mathematics

    Stand out with a degree valued by every industry and job sector around the world
    Prepare for a career in business, industry, government, teaching or further graduate study.
    School of Liberal Arts
    Dobbs Ferry

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Mathematics B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements* 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Mathematics 45 Credits
Open Electives 15 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Mathematics must complete:*

Foundation Courses

  • MATH 131 Foundations of Computing I*
  • MATH 231 Foundations in Computing II
  • MATH 244 Discrete Structures
  • MATH 260 Calculus I
  • MATH 261 Calculus II

Major Courses

  • MATH 307 Number Theory
  • MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 350 Probability:Theory/Application
  • MATH 351 Statistics:Theory/Application
  • MATH 360 Calculus III
  • MATH 365 Algebraic Structures
  • MATH 417 Mathematical Modeling

and three courses in Mathematics selected from the following:

  • MATH 329 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 352 Math Methods in Data Science
  • MATH 362 Differential Equations
  • MATH 370 Complex Variables
  • MATH 395 Special Topics in Mathematics
  • MATH 460 Advanced Calculus I
  • MATH 461 Advanced Calculus II
  • IASP 585 Applied Cryptography

Mercy College's 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentrations of mathematics, computer science or computer information systems must be satisfied by courses numbered 200 or above.

Mathematics majors who have not had their Mathematics core requirement waived should complete MATH 116 and MATH 201 (rather than MATH 115) as part of their General Education requirements.

MATH 201 is a Prerequisite for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements.

MATH 120 may be waived with division approval.

Students who wish to minor in Mathematics must complete at least 15 math credits not required to fulfill their major requirements. The student may choose from the following courses: MATH 122, MATH 201, MATH 244, MATH 260, MATH 261, or any level 300+ math courses. 

* These courses fulfill part of the General Education requirements.

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Is this program offered online?
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Do you offer night and weekend classes?
Yes, many of the Mathematics major courses are offered in the evenings and weekends at the Dobbs Ferry Campus and online.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Marion Ben-Jacob Professor, Mathematics
Zhixiong Chen Professor, Cybersecurity
Mitchell Fried Instructional Designer
Charles Li Associate Professor, Mathematics
Sanju Vaidya Associate Professor, Mathematics
Jon-Paul Paolino Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Cheng Chang Assistant Professor

Mathematics Overview

We live in an information age. Why not be at the center of it?

In a technologically-driven world, a career in math and computer information science cannot be overstated. The field is growing and Mercy College can set you in the right direction. 

By emphasizing applied math and computer language (JAVA), the Division of Mathematics and Computer Information Science gets you prepared for a Bachelor of Science degree - and the real world.

With technology well integrated into the curriculum, you'll develop the necessary skills and knowledge, graduate school and further education, and lifelong learning. You'll also become a better communicator, making this degree perfect if you want to become a teacher.

All these skills will make you more attractive in the competitive workplace and graduate schools of today.

Mathematics FAQS

Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Mathematics Fast Facts


  1. Our state-of-the-art computer labs use Maple and Derive for upper-level mathematics and programming courses.
  2. A Math/CIS lounge equipped with PCs, Sun systems and reference books are also available for majors.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for the Mathematics major include: applied mathematics, accounting, operations research, actuarial science, game programming, teaching mathematics, statistics, and engineering.

Five year B.S./M.S. Teacher Education Program

Interested in becoming a teacher? Take a look at our B.S./M.S. Dual Degree Program which allows students interested in the teaching profession to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree at an accelerated pace.

If you are interested in becoming an English teacher, you are already part way there, students who major as undergraduates in English may receive certification in Secondary Education, Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education

To learn more please visit the School of Education website.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Apply quantification as a problem-solving strategy to real world situations
  • Write a step-by-step deductive proof
  • Analyze data to determine what position or positions the data supports
  • Analyze and solve complex problems
  • Demonstrate technological skill and knowledge by completing a particular research project
  • Prepare and present a cohesive oral and written presentation on a specific mathematical topic