Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Unlock the Possibilities of Mathematics

Mathematics is a powerful tool — and one with more uses than you may imagine. It's found where you'd expect, in disciplines like engineering and computer science. But, it can also help epidemiologists understand the spread of disease or give medical researchers clues about how tumors grow. Clarkson's math majors are using their skills to work on problems in improving hospital operations, in social justice, in supply chain management, in building submarines and in, well, just about everything!

Why Study Mathematics at Clarkson?

Please don't be confused: the number one reason to study math is ... because you love it. You know you do. Why? Because it challenges you to be a creative problem solver and a critical thinker. And guess what? Those skills are exceptionally valued out in the real world.

Here at Clarkson, you'll find yourself embedded with other folks working on real-world problems. We help you to find your passion and team your critical thinking skills with their hands-on experience to accomplish the incredible.

What You'll Learn

Our program emphasizes applied mathematics. All your classes will be taught exclusively by faculty.

Available courses include:

  • 3-D Space and Projective Geometry
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Automata Theory and Formal Languages
  • Calculus I, II and III
  • Computer Algorithms
  • Cryptography
  • Differential Equations
  • Discrete Mathematics and Proof
  • Intro to STEM Math
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Number Theory and Its Applications

The mathematics program consists of 44 credit hours in mathematics and statistics and 15 credit hours in science. 41 credit hours are in free electives, which is enough to complete a minor or second major if you so choose.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
FY100 First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)

Mathematics Core Requirements

Students are required to complete the following courses:


  • MA131 Calculus I 
  • MA132 Calculus II 
  • MA200 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling & Software 
  • MA211 Discrete Mathematics and Proof 
  • MA231 Calculus III 
  • MA232 Elementary Differential Equations 
  • MA321 Advanced Calculus 
  • MA339 Applied Linear Algebra 
  • MA451 Introduction to Mathematical Research (2 credits)
  • or MA453 Mathematical Instruction (2 credits)
  • STAT383 Probability & Statistics 

Professional Experience

Students are required to complete the following Professional Experience:
MA499 Professional Experience (0 credits)

Mathematics Core Electives

Mathematics Option & Statistics Option

The mathematics major has two options. The mathematics option is designed for students with a general interest in mathematics and is excellent preparation for graduate school. The statistics option replaces some mathematics courses in the junior and senior years with statistics courses and is designed to prepare students for careers as statisticians or actuaries.

Mathematics Option

Students must complete two of the following courses:

  • MA311 Abstract Algebra 
  • MA313 Abstract Linear Algebra 
  • MA314 Number Theory & Its Applications 
  • MA322 Advanced Calculus II 

Statistics Option

Students must complete the following four courses:

  • STAT381 Probability 
  • STAT382 Mathematical Statistics 
  • STAT384 Applied Statistics 
  • STAT488 Statistics Projects (1-3 credits)

Science Courses for Mathematics

Students must complete the following four courses:

  • CS141 Introduction to Computer Science I (4 credits)
  • PH131 Physics I (4 credits)
  • PH132 Physics II (4 credits)
  • Elective Biology (BY), Chemistry (CM), or Physics (PH) elective (3 credits)

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives

Students will have at least 19 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives to satisfy the Clarkson Common Experience requirements.

Free Electives*

Students will have approximately 41 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.

*Up to 12 credit hours of advanced (300- or 400-level) coursework in Aerospace Studies or Military Science may count toward graduation requirements. Aerospace Studies or Military Science credits at the 100 and 200 levels do not count toward the required 120 hours. Other restrictions may apply; check with the department for details.

The skills and knowledge you build in the math program mean you'll be in demand, even while you're still a student. In the past, our math students have interned at national research laboratories, research facilities around the world and in a wide range of industries.

Our 18 full-time faculty are actively involved in research — many in interdisciplinary settings such as Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Institute for STEM Education, our Mathematical Biology Team Science (MBioTS) Research Experience for Undergraduates or the Center for Complex Systems Science. You can work with them as early as your freshman year. Your projects may even qualify for academic credit.

Clarkson offers more than 200 student-run clubs and organizations. Many focus on engineering, computer programming and other areas where you can put your math skills to work. Or, you can just relax with a club sport or other activity.

See all clubs and organizations.

The Minor in Mathematics is open to all students except those majoring in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Data Science, or Mathematical Economics. To complete the minor the student must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in seven three-credit courses from the following list:

MA131 Calculus I
MA132 Calculus II
MA200 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling and Software
MA211 Discrete Mathematics and Proof
MA230 3-D Space and Projective Geometry
MA231 Calculus III
DS241 Introduction to Data Science
MA232 Elementary Differential Equations
MA239 Elementary Linear Algebra
MA277 Elementary Numerical Methods
Any 3-credit MA or STAT course at the 300-level or above.

Any CS course which is double-listed as an MA course at the 300-level or above also counts toward the minor; check with the Mathematics Department for details.

At least one-fourth of the credit hours required must be completed at Clarkson, unless an exception is approved by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.


Even the smallest decisions necessary to build a successful business hinge on larger economic factors. Labor, materials, finance — you have to understand each to know which levers to pull. An economics minor gives you insight into business, as well as the forces that shape society around the world. Learn more about the economics minor.


Combining your math skills with a foundation in physics can help you understand the world around you. Employers in fields as diverse as engineering, computer science and finance value physics and math — and they'll value you, also. Many physics majors will choose to double major in mathematics. Please look at our handbooks to see a sample program for that double major. Learn more about the physics minor.

Get Your Feet Wet

When biologists needed to determine how quickly an invasive plant was likely to spread in a river near campus, they turned to mathematics — and Kyle Monette '22 — for the answer.

See Why Math Is So Versatile

Career Possibilities

Math is a "Swiss Army Knife." In recent years, graduates of Clarkson's math program have gone to work as problem solvers in industry and government as mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries.

You won't have to look hard: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for mathematicians and statisticians is expected to grow 31 percent by 2031.

But in industry or academia, your job title probably won't be "statistician" or "mathematician." Industry simply needs people with good quantitative and problem-solving skills. And, the easiest way for a company to acquire that capacity is to hire a math major, regardless of whether they are hiring them into their supply chain branch, quality control or data analytics.

Some common jobs might include:

  • Actuary
  • Analyst
  • Cryptographer
  • Customer Technical Rep
  • Data scientist
  • Math teacher or professor
  • Quantitative analyst (finance)
  • Software engineer
  • Systems Engineer

Recent Employers and Graduate Programs

Clarkson students are in demand by private industry, though many choose to go on to graduate programs. In recent years, our students have pursued the next step with:

  • BAE Systems
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Clarkson University (MS and PhD programs)
  • Cornell University
  • Country Living Loans
  • Dev10 (by Genesis10)
  • Epic
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • General Electric
  • Google
  • Harris Corporation
  • Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science
  • mthree
  • Old Forge Electric
  • Progressive Corporation
  • Raytheon Missiles & Defense
  • St. Lawrence Health

Contact Us

Mathematics Department
Phone: 315-268-2395

Want to know more about the mathematics program or what you can expect once you're here? Let us know. 

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It All Adds Up

See how a BS in Mathematics from Clarkson can help you get where you want to go. Contact us today to find out more.