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Mathematics, Bachelor of Science

Math and Computer Science


Mathematics is the universal language of business, government planning, engineering, and the applied sciences.

In today's high-tech workplace, employees with strong math skills are more in demand than ever — and there are excellent opportunities for graduates with a degree in Mathematics. Your knowledge and skills will be vital in fields such as cryptography, computer security, computer modeling, statistical modeling, and biotechnology. Mathematical skills also are valued in finance and other business-related fields, astronomy and space exploration, medicine, robotics, and film animation.

You can prepare for these opportunities by earning your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics at St. John's University. In the program, you gain a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills that underlie Mathematics. 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.

Department Contact

Mikhail Ostrovskii, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
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To earn your B.S. in Mathematics, you complete a total of 120 credits in core, major, and elective requirements. The major and elective requirements 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.

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 — 51 Credits

Computer Science1380 or 1390
Mathematics1730, 1740, 2700, 2750, 2790, 2800, 3770, 3780, 3810, 3840, 4830, 4990
Upper-level Mathematics Courses (Choose Three)2390, 2490, 2800, 3310, 3320, 3330, 3340, 3350,   3360, 3380, 3810, 3820, 3850, 3860, 3870, 3970, 4910, 4920, 4930, 4940, 4950, 4960, 4970
Physics (Queens)1930, 1940
Physics (Staten Island)1440, 1450

Career Outcomes

Mathematics graduates work in diverse fields. The American Mathematical Society's Early Careers page profiles recent graduates and their jobs. See what you can do with a math degree!

“Mathematicians are people of all ages and from all over the world who enjoy the challenge of a problem, who see the beauty in a pattern, a shape, a proof, a concept.” This is a quote from another AMS page. There are several important links on this page.

From mathematician in industry Daniel Krasner: “More and more companies, in hopes of keeping their market edge, are actively seeking mathematically minded individuals who have problem solving skills and can quickly assimilate new information and knowledge.” Read the complete article (PDF).

See more on math careers from the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Want more? Check out the neat video, and more, at the We Use Math site.

St. John’s University is widely known for the success of its alumni. lists the University among its top 15 institutions in terms of graduates’ earning power. And a recent survey by The Wall Street Journal ranks St. John’s among 100 Top colleges and universities that are “most likely to help students land a job in key careers . . . that are growing, pay well and offer high levels of job satisfaction.”