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.


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 three concentrations:

  • Mathematics

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, Ph. D. earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics at Howard University and his B.S. in mathematics from Florida A&M University. 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. He currently serves as the Mathematics Program Coordinator for the Mathematics Program at the University of the District of Columbia.

Dr. Miftahul Qorib earned his Master of Science in Applied Statistics and his B.B.A in finance from UDC. has been promoted to Instructor of Mathematics. In 2013, he became an adjunct faculty member. He was promoted to Visiting Assistance Associate Professor in 2016, and appointed as a Mathematics Instructor in 2017.

Gita Pippin has been a mathematics and computer science educator for 25 years.  She has taught at high schools, colleges, and universities, both online and in classroom settings. 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.  To improve her teaching methods and learn more effective levels of communication with students, she pursued graduate work in education from University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in 2015, where she became a member of the honor society. In 2002-2003, she was president and founder of Women in Computing-Space Coast Chapter, which encourages female students to major in computer science and provides them with job opportunities with top-of-the-line tech companies. Gita’s educational philosophy is based on a simple belief that she applies daily with her students: “It is impossible to teach without creating, first, a desire to learn.”

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:

  • Teachers
  • Logistics managers
  • Investment managers
  • 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 applied statistics or computer science.

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