2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Mathematics-Economics BA

Mathematics

244 Mathematics Building
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
716-645-8785
716-645-5039
www.math.buffalo.edu
David Hemmer
Chair
Joseph Hundley
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Economics

415 Fronczak Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1520
716-645-2121
716-645-2127
www.economics.buffalo.edu
Dr. Alex Anas
Chair
Dr. Peter Morgan
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 22.04 ECONOMICS, CIP: 27.0301 Applied Mathematics)

Why study Mathematics-Economics BA at UB?

This is a program for students intending to pursue graduate study in economics. Since this is a joint major you must apply to it separately in the Mathematics Department and the Economics Department. After obtaining approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics, you should see the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics to be formally admitted to this program.

Learning Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students should have acquired the following skills:

  • Proficiency in basic computational methods in calculus, algebra, and differential equations.
  • Facility with computer-aided computations.
  • Understanding of the basic rules of logic and proficiency in using them.
  • The ability to derive general principles from examples.
  • The ability to formulate mathematical conjectures and to test them.
  • The ability to complete mathematical proofs.
  • The ability to relate mathematical concepts to problems arising in other disciplines.
  • The ability to represent problems and ideas precisely in mathematical terms.
  • The ability to identify facts and techniques relevant to a given problem, and proficiency in using them to solve the problem.
  • Comprehension of the general framework of mathematical research; an understanding of the role of axioms, assumptions, theorems, proofs, and conjectures.
  • The ability to present mathematical concepts, statements, and arguments clearly.

The Learning Environment

Mathematics courses are usually delivered in a lecture format. Many courses include recitations that allow students to seek additional explanation of course material and practice their problem solving skills. Enrollment in lower level mathematics courses is limited to 90 students. The size of advanced courses usually does not exceed 30-40 students. The Mathematics Department also offers individual study courses that let students research specialized topics under guidance of a faculty member. For the last few years the department has been increasing the number of courses that are offered online.

About Our Facilities

All faculty and administrative offices of the Math Department are located in the Mathematics Building. The Mathematics Building also has a few classrooms that are used for seminars and more advanced courses. Large mathematics courses meet in other buildings on UB North Campus. Rooms 107 and 110 in the Mathematics Building house the Math Help Center that offers free, walk-in help on lower level mathematics courses.

About Our Faculty

Faculty from both the Mathematics and Economics department teach courses for the Mathematics-Economics BA.

Faculty List Directory

Career Outlook

Career Choices

  • Actuary
  • Budget officer
  • Bursar/educator
  • Computer analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer systems engineer
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Econometrician
  • Efficiency expert
  • Engineering analyst
  • Environmental planner
  • Financial analyst
  • Fundraiser
  • Information scientist
  • Internal Revenue Service worker
  • Mathematician
  • Numerical analyst
  • Purchasing agent
  • Quality control supervisor
  • Statistician
  • Teacher

Alumni in Mathematics have found employment in the following additional fields:

  • Accountancy
  • Appraising
  • Banking
  • Data processing
  • Market research analysis

75% of graduates go on to find related employment, 15% go on to graduate school.

Work settings include:

  • Accounting firms
  • Banks
  • Colleges/universities
  • Computer firms
  • Corporations/businesses
  • Engineering firms
  • Health agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Investment houses
  • K-12 schools
  • Libraries
  • Manufacturers
  • U.S. and state governments

Salary Information

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers in 2016 the projected starting salary for a holder of a bachelors degree in mathematics is $55,087.

Academic Advising

Students intending or considering a mathematics major are encouraged to talk with the undergraduate director (716-645-8785) at the earliest opportunity.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please speak with the director of undergraduate studies for Mathematics or Economics. 

Scholarships and Financial Support

Hazel and John Wilson Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship

This award is presented to one or more outstanding mathematics majors annually, and is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Summer Math Scholarship

This award is presented annually to one mathematics major to support his or her research summer research project under guidance of a faculty member.

Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:42 AM