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Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts

Whether they work in business or private research, computers or government, mathematicians use their knowledge and skills to find practical solutions to real-world problems with a Mathematics degree!

As a Mathematics major, you gain a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills that underlie mathematics. Our courses cover topics such as the mathematical basis for computers, computer languages and advanced concepts in mathematics. Developing expertise in these and other related areas, you build the habits of thought needed for mastering concepts in mathematics — concepts applicable to many fields as well as advanced academic study.

As a Mathematics major, you may be eligible to pursue pathways to graduate study.

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Degree Type
Area of Interest
Science & Mathematics
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Program Location
  • Queens Campus
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Department Contact

David Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair


Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Mathematics are identical to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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

Study Mathematics at St. John's

To earn your B.A. in Mathematics, you complete a total of 120 credits in core, major, and elective requirements. The major requirements are outlined below.

Please note that Mathematics majors may satisfy their science core requirement by taking PHY 1610, 1620, 1930, or 1940. The distributed core requirement for Mathematics is met by the major.

Major Sequence — 39 Credits

Course AreaCourse #
Computer Science1380 or 1390
Mathematics1730, 1740, 2700, 2750, 2790, 3775, 3840, 4830, 4990
Mathematics Elective (Choose One)2390, 2490 2800, 3310, 3320, 3330, 3340, 3350, 3360, 3380, 3810, 3820, 3850, 3860, 3870, 3970, 4910, 4920, 4930, 4940, 4950, 4960
Physics (Queens)1930, 1940
Physics (Staten Island)1440, 1450

Mathematicians find employment in almost every sector of today’s high-tech economy. They teach, assess financial risk, measure, and interpret data and find ways to transform natural resources. Their work also is vital to ensuring the safety of computer systems and even helping to sustain the environment. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for mathematicians will rise 16 percent over the next eight years.

Students who study Mathematics at St. John's prepare for success by achieving the following objectives:

  • Examine the history, philosophy, and applications of Mathematics.
  • Sharpen critical thinking skills and preparing students for a variety of careers relating to Mathematics such as teaching, actuarial science, and financial analysis.
  • Establish the necessary foundation in Mathematics to move on to the graduate level.

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