College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Mathematics


The objective of the B.S. program in mathematics at Saint Joseph’s University is to prepare students for professional careers in a variety of industries and for graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. A creative imagination is required for success. Students also may opt for advanced degrees in education, business administration, law, or medicine.
Common Core for all Math Majors (9 courses):

  • CSC 110 or 120: Building Virtual Worlds or Computer Science I
  • MAT 161, 162, 213: Calculus I, II, III (Calculus I also fulfills the GER math requirement)
  • MAT 180: Theory of Numbers
  • MAT 226: Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MAT 225: The Fundamental Ideas of Mathematics
  • MAT 403: Abstract Algebra
  • MAT 409: Real Analysis

Electives (7 courses):

  • One course selected from
    - MAT 404: Abstract Algebra II
    - MAT 410: Complex Analysis
    - MAT 415: Differential Geometry
  • Any other six MAT courses approved by the advisor and chair. In addition to the courses listed above, math electives include:
    - MAT 238: Differential Equations
    - MAT 233: History of Mathematics
    - MAT 311: Numerical Analysis and Computer Techniques
    - MAT 232: Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems
    - MAT 332: Geometry (non-Euclidean)
    - MAT 313: Mathematical Programming
    - MAT 311: Numerical Analysis and Computer Techniques
    - MAT 321-322: Probability and Mathematical Statistics
    - MAT 423: Applied Statistical Methods
    - MAT 336: Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics
    - MAT 334: Combinatorics and Graph Theory
    - MAT 316: Operations Research

Additional possibilities for math electives include Independent Study, Directed Readings, Research, and Internships.

Typical Course Sequences are available for all programs housed within the Mathematics department.
Teacher Certification for Secondary Schools
Students who are pursuing certification in Secondary School Mathematics Teaching complete a minor in education. Further details of this option, along with the five-year BS/MS program in Mathematics Education, can be found on the Mathematics Education web pages.
Minoring in Mathematics
If you don't have the time or the available electives to double major in mathematics and another subject, a minor in mathematics may be quite valuable. Many fields are becoming more and more technical.

  • Contemporary biology relies heavily on advanced mathematics. For example, differential equations are used to form predator-prey population models, while geometry and topology are needed to study the changes in DNA produced by enzymes.
  • Operations research, probability, and statistics are utilized in almost every medium to large corporation. Most consulting firms such as Accenture or KPMG are very interested in students with demonstrated analytical abilities.
  • Even in fields like sociology, library science, and linguistics, there are many opportunities to apply mathematical knowledge. The Journal of Mathematical Sociology has been in publication for over ten years.
  • Honor societies like Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma look for evidence of intellectual curiosity among their possible inductees and earning a minor is strong evidence of this especially if in a field different from your major.

In addition to Calculus I, II and III (MAT 161, 162 and 213), you will need five mathematics courses numbered above 162. Some of the possible math electives are listed above.  You must earn a C+ or higher in each course or a cumulative 2.7 GPA in your six 200+ level courses. 

Declaring a minor requires a form from the Dean's offices, permission of the department chair, and needs to be done by your senior year. Please email Dr. David Hecker ( for more information.