Program Information

Because we feel that mathematics does not exist in a vacuum, our degree programs are designed to complement other programs at Niagara University. Students who combine a major or minor with another degree program have a distinct advantage over their peers in fields such as biology, chemistry, finance, economics, computer science, banking or insurance. We offer a number of curriculum options to match our student’s interests.

  • The B.S. in mathematics is designed for students interested in applied mathematics who are pursuing a second major or a minor in business, computer science, biology or chemistry.
    Students interested in finance or economics can combine a math degree with the Niagara University College of Business Administration’s 4+1 MBA program. Students graduate from this five-year program with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in business administration. We also offer an introductory actuarial science concentration in cooperation with Niagara University’s College of Business that prepares students to pass the probability and financial mathematics actuarial exams administered by The Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society.
  • The B.A. in mathematics with teacher certification in grades 1-6, 1-9, 7-12, or 5-12 are our most popular degree programs. They specifically focus on preparing students to teach math in the K-12 classroom.
  • The B.A. in mathematics is our most flexible degree program. It is designed for students who want to go on to graduate school or who want a double major in a nontechnical field.

Statistics Minor

The department also offers a Statistics Minor.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, the degree programs have been designed so as to enable students to obtain a minor concentration in one of many interdisciplinary areas. Thus, for example, by prudently utilizing course requirements and/or electives, a student majoring in mathematics may obtain a minor in many other interdisciplinary areas. Generally in the B.S. degree program, the minor could be in the areas of computer science, chemistry, biology, or psychology. Generally in the B.A. degree program, the minor could be in the areas of the social sciences, humanities, business or accounting. A faculty member will work closely with each student in planning his/her program.

Work study positions are available in a Math Lab to provide tutorial service for all Niagara students.

The College of Education offers programs leading to the bachelor's degree and to New York State Teacher Certification. A program leading to provisional certification (permanent certification is awarded by the state only after completion of a master's degree and teaching experience) for grades 7-12 is offered in mathematics. At the elementary level, the elementary education program is designed to qualify students for elementary (PreK-6) provisional certification and the inclusion elementary education program is for certification in both elementary (PreK-6) and special education (PreK-12). Reciprocity agreements for teacher certification exist between New York and other states, particularly those adjacent to New York state. Students interested in teacher certification in other states or the Letter of Eligibility in Ontario should consult the Dean of Education.

Actuarial Science Track

Actuaries use mathematics to analyze risk in insurance, pension, and other financial situations. It takes a combination of strong analytical skills, business knowledge and understanding of human behavior to design and manage programs that control risk. The actuarial profession has consistently been rated as one of the top five jobs in the United States according to Jobs Rated Almanac.

To become an actuary, a candidate must pass a series of exams in probability, financial math, and actuarial modeling. Most actuaries begin their careers with one or more of these exams already completed, but will take many of the exams after they have been employed.

Students who are interested in being an actuary would most likely be a math major, with a minor in business or a business major, with a minor in math. We do not offer a minor in actuarial science because it would require too many courses for someone who was not a math or business major. Below are the courses recommended for students interested in Actuarial Science.

These math courses will satisfy the requirements for a minor in mathematics:

  • MAT 111/112/221 Calculus I, II, and III
  • MAT 228 Linear Algebra
  • MAT 305 Mathematics of Finance
  • MAT 435 Probability and Statistics I
  • MAT 436 Probability and Statistics II
  • STA 301 Linear Models

The mathematics department in consultation with the Department of Commerce has established an actuarial science minor in commerce of the following eight course units:

  • ACC 111 Financial Accounting
  • ACC 112 Managerial Accounting
  • ECO 101 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECO 102 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • FIN 320 Managerial Finance
  • FIN 340 Advanced Managerial Finance
  • FIN 350 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • BUS 205 The Legal Environment of Business