Mathematics: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success.

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.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Mathematics

From finance to management decisions to computing, advanced math skills are essential to understanding how the world works and how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public, private, and nonprofit sector operations.

The bachelor’s degree program in mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia 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 you to tailor your educational experience to fit your personal and professional interests and needs.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Mathematics

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 major take additional courses in real and complex analysis, abstract algebra, and other electives while 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 and provide tutoring to their peers and local 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 using innovative pedagogy and use of technology into 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 has been promoted to Instructor of Mathematics in Division of Science and Mathematics of UDC. He graduated from School of Business and Public Administration of UDC majoring in Finance back in 2011. In 2013 he graduated his Master of Science in Applied Statistics from UDC and started as an adjunct faculty in fall 2013. In 2016 he was promoted to Visiting Assistance Associate Professor at UDC and appointed as a Mathematics Instructor in 2017.

Career Pathways and Prospects

There are several fields where an aptitude for statistics and mathematics is an advantage, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UDC prepares you for these in-demand jobs.  Aside from work as a mathematician or statistician, alumni have graduated and found jobs 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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