2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Mathematics Minor

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

Why study Mathematics Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The minor in mathematics is open to students with any major. It may be an especially attractive option for students who are pursuing a major in a related field such as engineering, economics, natural sciences etc.

Learning Outcomes

Skills gained in this program include:

Critical Thinking: Reasoning, analyzing, ability to think conceptually, and understanding components of complex problems.

Research and development: Research methods, research theory, statistics, evaluating evidence, examining electronic data sources, and developing systems for processing data.

Communication: Writing, teaching, speaking to groups, presenting research findings, reading critically, expressing ideas and relationships in numbers and words, and translating mathematical formulations and electronic data into generally understood language.

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

The Department of Mathematics is proud of its excellent teaching and active research programs. Several of our faculty members have received awards for excellence in teaching. Faculty members are currently involved in research in areas such as mathematical analysis, abstract algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, and applied mathematics. Each year approximately one third of the faculty hold external research grants, from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. The Department offers research opportunities for undergraduates including writing honors theses. The undergraduate Teaching Assistants program allows undergraduate students to gain college level teaching experience.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Joseph Hundley, is available to talk one-on-one with any student interested in finding out about our mathematics program. For appointments call 716-645-8785.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Mathematics department website for additional information about our faculty.

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 minor are encouraged to talk with the undergraduate director (716-645-8785) at the earliest opportunity.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Joseph Hundley
Director of Undergraduate Studies
716-645-8785

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