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Financial Mathematics, Bachelor of Science

Math and Computer Science

Overview

Financial Mathematics gives you the mathematical and statistics skills to have a successful career in the financial industry. As a Financial Mathematics major, you learn how to develop and evaluate financial models to help companies make business decisions and predictions. Not only will you be able to apply these skills in economic and financial markets, but you will also explore other topics such as probability and computer algorithms.

The B.S. in Financial Mathematics degree program is offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in collaboration with The Peter J. Tobin College of Business. It provides you with a strong mathematic curriculum rooted in the liberal arts, along with the necessary business curriculum to do well in the financial industry.

Available at the University’s Queens, NY, campus, the B.S. in Financial Mathematics offers electives in probability, financial technology (Fintech), and portfolio management.

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Department Contact

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Alexander A. Katz, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 

Admission

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.

Courses

To earn the B.S. in Financial Mathematics, you complete 120 credits including core, major sequence, and elective requirements. The major sequence and elective requirements (60 credits total) are outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Major Sequence – 33 credits

CourseNumberTitleCredits

MTH

1730

University Calculus I

4

MTH

1740

University Calculus II

4

MTH

2750

University Calculus III

4

CSC

1380

Intro. to Computer and Data Science

3

MTH

2790

Linear Algebra

3

MTH

3320

Intro. to Machine Learning

3

MTH

3810

Probability and Statistics I

3

FIN

2310

Foundations in Finance

3

FIN

3311

Corporate Financial Analysis

3

FIN

3312

Investments

3

Additional Required Courses – 12 Credits

CourseNumberTitleCredits

ECON

1301

Principles of Economics I

3

ECON

1302

Principles of Economics II

3

RMI

1301

Principles of Risk Management

3

ACC

2320

Fundamentals of Accounting

3

Elective Courses – Mathematics – 3 Credits

CourseNumberTitleCredits
MTH3820

Probability and Statistics II

3
MTH3860

Numerical Analysis I

3
MTH3970

Topics in Applied Mathematics

3

Elective Courses – Finance – 3 Credits

CourseNumberTitleCredits
FIN3319

FinTech for Financial Services

3
FIN3388

Derivatives Markets

3
FIN4317

Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management

3
FIN4327

Managed Investment Funds

3
FIN4351

Applied Finance Research Seminar

3
ECO4345

Introduction to Econometrics

3

Career Outcomes

With a degree in financial mathematics, you can pursue a career as an actuarial analyst, data analyst, data scientist, financial analyst, or portfolio manager. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 5 percent increase in employment opportunities in these fields between 2019 and 2029.

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides the opportunity to obtain practical experience and networking connections through valuable internships at top companies throughout the New York metropolitan area. Please visit University Career Services for more information.

Additional Information

Other facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories, and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University, and student center, with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café, and a full-service food court.

All students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and University Career Services have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.