Majoring in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics
The two different mathematics majors at Marist offer a close relationship between faculty and students. There are no large lecture sections and all mid- and upper-level classes are small, allowing students and faculty to work closely in a productive environment. Extensive computing resources are used throughout the curriculum to support your mathematical studies.
The mathematics program at Marist has the traditional focus on mathematical skills and concepts, modeling and logical thinking. Students are not only taught the fundamentals of mathematics, but also how to analyze, how to generalize, how to look for patterns, and most importantly, how to think. Additionally, there are a number of features of the program that are distinctive to Marist College.
After you complete the lower level mathematical requirements, you choose from a variety of upper level courses to tailor the major as you prepare for specific career goals. Due to the number of non-mathematics courses necessary to complete the Applied Mathematics major, the requirements for Applied Mathematics and the requirements for the Mathematics major differ somewhat. The mathematics course requirements for majors seeking Adolescence Education Certification are the same as those for a Mathematics major, however some additional education courses are also required.
- Adolescence education mathematics majors have available to them all the courses necessary for New York State certification. To prepare for a career in adolescence mathematics education, you major in mathematics and take the appropriate education courses. Upon graduation, you will be certified to teach in New York State and all other states that recognize NYS certification.
- If your goal is a career in business or industry, you should consider the Applied Mathematics major, and choose courses which will give you a firm foundation in the applied topics crucial to success in these areas.
- If you are interested in research level mathematics, such as attending graduate school, you can choose courses which will give you a firm foundation in the theoretical topics necessary for continued study in mathematics.
The mathematics department has available extensive computing resources. Most notable are two computer labs on campus, separate from the general computer labs, dedicated to mathematical and scientific computing. Available in these labs is the latest version of Maple, a sophisticated software package that does numerical and symbolic calculations and has an extensive graphics interface. This package is not only a powerful learning tool (it will become an integral part of many of the courses you will take), but will also help give you the technical preparation and computing skills required in many professions and graduate schools.
All students take the course Math 310 - Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning during the spring semester of their sophomore year. This course provides a bridge between lower and upper level courses and prepares you for the role that abstract ideas and processes play in advanced mathematics.
During the spring semester of the senior year, all majors take a Capping Course. The goal of this course is not only to study and learn how all the different areas of mathematics are integrated, but how mathematics is an integral part of the rest of your education at Marist.Marist College also has an Honors in the Major program. If you meet certain requirements, you may work individually with a professor to explore a topic of interest. The results of this research become the basis of your senior honors thesis. Once the thesis is approved, you graduate from Marist with honors in mathematics.