Department of Mathematics
Mathematics, the language of science and technology, places the Applied Mathematics program at the very heart of Farmingdale's mission as a College of Technology. The Bachelor of Science program in Applied Mathematics provides a solid undergraduate background in mathematics and its applications within a highly supportive and stimulating environment.
The mathematics department has designed a program of study that offers students a choice of two tracks depending on individual interests or goals: the traditional track and the financial mathematics track. Our financial mathematics track, somewhat unique among undergraduate programs, explores the mathematics of financial markets and the risks involved in pricing financial instruments. Students in both tracks take a full complement of undergraduate mathematics courses. Those in the traditional track have the flexibility to choose additional electives in mathematics and other fields such as the natural and social sciences. Students in the financial mathematics track take a set of prescribed courses in financial mathematics coupled with related courses in economics and business. Other popular options for Farmingdale students are a minor in applied mathematics or a dual degree program.
All majors enroll in a capstone seminar course in which they work in teams on a supervised research project culminating in professional quality oral and written presentations to the faculty. Students have also an opportunity to work on a project designed under the Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS) related to different areas of Applied Mathematics. As a consequence of this research, the students gain knowledge in advanced mathematics and see its immediate application to specific problems that arise in recent scientific investigations.
Students benefit from small class size and personalized attention from exceptional professors. We also provide a network of social and extra-curricular events including invited talks geared for students, opportunities for tutoring in our Mathematics Learning Center and serving as undergraduate teaching assistants in our Emerging Scholar Workshops. Students are also encouraged to participate in the annual US National Collegiate Mathematics problem-solving competition in which several Farmingdale students have recently ranked among the top 10 competitors in the national championships.
Students in the Applied Mathematics program acquire strong quantitative, communication and analytical skills, using mathematical software such as Matlab and Maple in advanced problem solving and research projects. Our graduates possess the conceptual understanding and technical proficiency to pursue graduate studies or to enter a wide variety of excellent careers.