Mathematics : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria - BA
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in MTH 141, MTH 142 and MTH 241 (or transfer equivalents).

Acceptance Criteria - BS
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in MTH 141-MTH 142 and MTH 241 (or transfer equivalents).

Acceptance Information
Deadlines: Rolling
Number of applicants/year: Fall - 45; Spring - 40
Number of accepted majors/year: 85

About Our Courses

Suggested Introductory Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 90
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 60
Upper level/advanced courses is: 30

In the Department of Mathematics, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

TAs teach in recitation sections (not lectures), and assist in grading.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Mathematics is proud of its excellent teaching and active research programs. Three of our faculty members have received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty members are currently involved in research in areas such as cryptography, differential equations, fluid mechanics, representation theory, number theory, population dynamics and many more. Each year approximately one third of the faculty hold external research grants, from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. Research opportunities for undergraduates include writing senior honors theses or applying for the NSF-funded URGE to Compute program.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor David Hemmer, is available to talk one-on-one with any student interested in finding out about our mathematics program. For appointments call 645-8785.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Honors Program
The honors program in mathematics requires the completion of all requirements for a BA or BS degree in the Preparation for Graduate Study in Mathematics or the Preparation for Graduate Study in Applied Mathematics program. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 GPA in mathematics, and write an honors thesis under the direction of a faculty member.

Math Tutoring
Math majors in good academic standing are encouraged to tutor freshmen/sophomore level math in the Math Place Tutoring Lab run by the Learning Center. This is particularly attractive to students preparing for careers in teaching.

Harriet F. Montague Award
This is presented to an undergraduate math major after the completion of his or her junior year, and is awarded on the basis of intellectual and creative promise in mathematics.

Harry Merrill Gehman Endowment Award
This is presented to an undergraduate math major whose goal is to teach mathematics, and is awarded after the completion of the junior year for outstanding achievement.

Hazel and John Wilson Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship
This is presented to one or more outstanding mathematics majors annually, and is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate Mathematics Club

This is an entirely student-run club that plans a variety of academic and community involvement activities such as field trips, a commencement ceremony, volunteer work for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, tutoring for area high schools, and so forth. For more information, call 716-645-6284.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:35 EST