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Mathematics [MAT] (Major)

The liberal arts program in the Mathematics Department provides broad background in both pure and applied mathematics. The B.S. option is more appropriate for students interested in scientific and technical applications of mathematics.

Mathematics Department Course Retake Policy

  • For the purpose of this policy, "course" refers to any course offered by the Mathematics Department that is used to satisfy the requirements of any major or minor offered by the department [MAT], [AEM], [APM].
  • A student may repeat a course to replace a failing grade, grade of X (withdrawal from course) or to improve the student's grade point average when the first enrollment resulted in a passing grade.
  • A student may enroll in a course twice. A third or subsequent enrollment in that course shall be with the approval and by action of the Mathematics Department only. Such approval shall be given on a case by case basis and is not guaranteed. However, unless exceptional circumstances justify otherwise, a student shall not be allowed a third or subsequent enrollment in the same course if their total number of retakes in courses required for the major or minor is four or more. All retakes of the same course count towards this four-course threshold.
  • Students who are unable to earn the required grade after their allowable attempts will be blocked from further registration in the course. As such, if this course is required for the major/minor, the student will not be able to complete their program of study and will need to pursue a different major or minor.
  • Courses that are dropped during the add/drop period (the first week of classes) do not count as enrollments in this retake policy.

Career Potential

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  • Statistician

A. Required MAT and MCS Courses: 27 credit hours
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 224 - Mathematical Reasoning and Proof (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 272 - Linear Algebra (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 370 - Algebraic Structures I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 420 - Intermediate Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • MCS 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with PHY 186
B. Additional MAT or MCS electives:
  • For the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.):  Nine credit hours of any MAT or MCS courses at the 300 level or above.
  • For the Bachelor of Science (B.S.):  15 credit hours, (nine credit hours of any MAT or MCS courses at the 300 level or above; and six credit hours of MAT or MCS excluding the following: MAT 101, 102, 105, 111, 115, 201 or 499). 
C. Additional Requirements (for the B.S. only): 7-11 credit hours
  • Foreign Language: 0-3 credit hours
  • Physical Science Courses: 7-8 credit hours
    Two courses must be chosen from the courses listed below. These courses may also simultaneously satisfy the requirements for the General Education Natural Science Category, providing seven additional elective credit hours.
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 150 - Astronomy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
D. Additional Requirements (for the B.A. only): 0-12 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 0-12 credit hours
E. Additional General Education Courses: 30-37 credit hours

F. Free Electives or Minor

G. Other Requirements

In addition to the College's residency requirement (see Degree Requirements), at least half of the credit hours in areas A and B must be successfully completed at Cortland.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120