Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Mathematics

The bachelor’s degree program in mathematics offers three areas of concentration: mathematics, statistics, and applied statistics. Each program option affords students excellent preparation for a career in a mathematically related field or graduate study while allowing them to tailor the educational experience to fit personal and professional interests and needs. The bachelor’s program in mathematics reflect this reality by offering one of the lowest faculty-to-student ratios and highest percentage of courses taught by full-time faculty members of any program in the capital region. As a result, students in mathematics courses at every level are supported and guided through their time in the program. Students maintain close contact with current and former instructors, and advisors mentor advisees to make sure that courses are taken in sequence and students receive the support they need with challenging coursework.

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Curriculum and Requirements in the Mathematics Program

Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UDC acquire a firm foundation in real analysis, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and applied mathematics. The bachelor’s degree program in mathematics requires a 120-credit hour plan of study with a comprehensive core curriculum and the option of choosing between one of two concentrations:

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics

Pure mathematics majors take additional courses in real and complex analysis, abstract algebra, and other electives; statistics majors take advanced courses in correlation and regression analysis and sampling techniques.

All math majors participate in the senior seminar, a capstone experience that explores the relationships between algebra, analysis, geometry, finite math, and applied mathematics. Students work closely with a faculty member to complete a senior project involving original research or detailed analysis.

The content of all courses in the math program is consistent with stated goals and educational standards set by the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Statistical Society, and the American Society of Actuaries.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Mathematics Program

Students in the math program at UDC have frequent opportunities to complement their learning inside the classroom with community-based learning initiatives. Students are invited to participate in summer programs sponsored by the department and special events such as Pi-Day; conduct mathematic supplemental lessons inside District of Columbia middle schools; provide tutoring to local middle school and high school students; complete mathematics projects for science fairs and competitions; and engage in and present research at local conferences.

Membership in the mathematics club is also available to the entire undergraduate community.  This active club creates an environment where students have informal access to faculty members and their peers, and offers important social and networking opportunities.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Mathematics Program

Dr. Shurron Farmer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Program Coordinator. His current research interests are difference equations and dynamical systems, and college mathematics education. Dr. Farmer is particularly interested in strengthening the preparedness of undergraduate students for calculus by using innovative pedagogy and technology in mathematics courses. Dr. Farmer earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics at Howard University and his B.S. in mathematics from Florida A&M University.

Professor Miftahul Qorib, Mathematics Instructor earned his M.S. in Applied Statistics and his B.B.A in finance from the University of the District of Columbia. His creative teaching techniques has assisted students who are afraid of math to succeed in math courses.

Professor Gita Pippin, Mathematics Instructor and Mathematics Lab Coordinator. Professor Pippin has been a mathematics and computer science educator for 25 years.  She received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from The Ohio State University and her M.S. in Applied Mathematics, with a focus on Business, from Florida Tech, where she also received graduate credits in Computer Science.

Dr. Bertrum Foster, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, teaches a variety of courses that have included Calculus, Differential Equations and Abstract Algebra. His research interests include Number Theory and Cryptography.  Dr. Foster holds a B.S. from the University of the Virgin Islands in Mathematics and a M.S. and PhD from Howard University in Mathematics.

Dr. Abdollah Darai, Associate Professor of Mathematics. His academic specialization is in applications of Higher Special Functions to Multiparameter Eigen Value problems with an emphasis on Chaotic Dynamics and Fractal Geometry. Other academic interests extend to the areas of Differential Equations and Population Growth Models, and the Integration of Computer Algebra Systems in the Instruction of Calculus and its Applications. Dr. Darai holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, an MA degree in Philosophy, an MS degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a BSc Hons in Mathematics from University College London, UK.

Dr. Dorshka Wylie, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Her areas of specialty are set theory, with a focus on infinitary combinatorics. Her research interests also include mathematics education, particularly the problems of teaching algebra, and getting students calculus ready. Dr. Wylie received both her B.S. and her Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT.

Professor Frederic Ratliff, Mathematics Instructor

Career Pathways and Prospects

A bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UDC prepares students to utilize skills in mathematics and statistical analysis to compete for today’s most in-demand jobs.  Aside from work as a mathematician or statistician, graduates enter various careers such as:

  • Cryptographic Mathematicians
  • Data Scientists
  • Logistics managers
  • Investment managers
  • Teachers
  • Budget analysts
  • Actuaries
  • Consultants

A bachelor’s degree in math is also a strong foundation from which to pursue graduate studies in mathematics or related fields, such as UDC’s own programs in mathematics education or computer science.

Contact info:

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