Aug 03, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics - BA

The major consists of at least 33 credits of coursework: 24-41 credits of core mathematics and statistics courses and 9 credits of advanced elective courses chosen by students according to their career plans.  Proficiency in symbolic computation is also required. Modifications are permitted with the consent of the mathematics adviser. With permission of the adviser, a student may take graduate courses in statistics or mathematics. Mathematics majors interested in bioinformatics should refer to the requirements for the Mathematics Major with a Concentration in Quantitative Biology - BA  . Upon completion of Math 260, Mathematics Majors interested in the BA/MA program should contact the Graduate Adviser.

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCCR],  Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement - Fall 2013 to Spring 2019 . In the case of the Mathematics major, the courses that meet CCCR are:

Courses Required for the Major

Based on placement exams or transferred courses, students may place into some more advanced courses without taking Hunter College prerequisites. See the Mathematics and Statistics  department for details.

Elective Courses (9 credits)

The student must complete three 3-credit mathematics or statistics courses chosen from the 300-or 400-level courses in mathematics or statistics listed by the department and approved by the undergraduate mathematics adviser. Factors affecting the choice of electives will include the student’s career goals (preparation for graduate study; education; careers in business, government service or industry), the student’s other major, where applicable, and the availability of courses due to the course rotation schedule.

Symbolic Computation Proficiency Requirement (0-3 credits)

As a requirement for graduation with a BA in Mathematics, students must demonstrate entry level proficiency in symbolic computation. The requirement can be met in any of the following ways:

a) passing any of

b) passing a departmental exam in a computer algebra system (currently we use MATHEMATICA or the equivalent)

*These courses may be counted for credit in more than one program.

Teacher Education Pathway

Students planning to teach this subject in grades 7-12 should look at the School of Education: Program List  for information about their programs that lead to the recomendation for New York State Initial Certification required to be a lead teacher in NYS public schools.


A student majoring in mathematics or statistics may become a candidate for departmental honors by successfully completing MATH 49000, STAT 48600, or any 700-level MATH or STAT course and by presenting a major GPA of at least 3.6.