New York City Schools Offering Calculus Classes
The City University of New York (CUNY) system has a few colleges that offer degree programs in mathematics that include courses in calculus. Undergraduate and/or graduate programs can be found at Baruch College, the City College of New York and Hunter College. Read about the program options at each of the three schools below, and use the accompanying table to compare their institutional profiles. At the end of the article, you'll find a brief summary of other area colleges that offer calculus courses.
- In 2019, U.S. News & World Report identified Baruch College as the 20th-best Northern regional university in the United States. At the college's main Newman Vertical Campus, located one mile from downtown, students can pursue an undergraduate major or minor in math.
- The flagship of the university system, the City College of New York is situated on a 36-acre campus in Harlem, roughly six miles from downtown Manhattan. Math programs at the college can lead to a bachelor's or master's degree.
- The largest of all the schools in the CUNY system, Hunter College is located near Central Park on the east side of Manhattan, about two miles from the city's downtown. This college also offers bachelor's and master's degrees in math.
Comparison of Schools
The table below has been designed to provide you with a mathematical snapshot of our three featured schools. In addition to undergraduate tuition and financial aid figures, it includes information about admissions, graduation and retention rates.
|Baruch College||City College of New York||Hunter College|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||18,289*||16,001*||23,005*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)|| $7,062 in-state;
| $6,940 in-state;
| $6,982 in-state;
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||77%*||86%*||81%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||29%*||46%*||40%*|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2016-2017)|| 90% full-time;
| 86% full-time;
| 83% full-time;
|Graduation Rate (students began in Fall 2011)||70% (14% transfer)*||50% (25% transfer)*||52% (27% transfer)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
CUNY Baruch College
The Department of Mathematics is part of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the division offers undergraduate degrees in traditional mathematics and actuarial science.
Minor in Mathematics
To complete the minor in math, students must take a course in introductory or integral calculus, one upper-level elective, and a capstone course.
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Students of this 4-year program in math take courses in algorithms and linear algebra and pursue one of three different tracks in calculus. Depending on the sequence chosen, courses may cover the study of intermediate or applied calculus, integral calculus, and vector calculus. To fulfill the elective requirements, students can choose upper-level courses in, among other subjects, function and numerical theory, advanced calculus, or differential geometry.
CUNY City College of New York
The Department of Mathematics (Division of Science) offers undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and math education, and the combined bachelor's/master's program can be completed in 4 years. In addition to the general education core, the undergraduate degree requirements include a brief oral presentation on a math-related subject. Students also have access to a number of on-site and online resources and a math club.
Bachelor of Arts or Science in Pure Mathematics
Students who major in pure mathematics must complete two courses in calculus, and the curriculum covers topics in advanced calculus and algebra. Undergraduates can also pursue electives in, among other subjects, numerical theory and analysis, contemporary geometry, combinatorics and statistics. Individual graduate courses may be substituted for their upper-level equivalents. The minor requires just two courses in a relevant field of study, such as computer science, economics, or engineering.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
The curriculum for this program is similar to the one in pure mathematics and requires three courses in calculus. Students also pursue topics such as applied mathematical computation and statistics, differential equations, and probability theory. Additional degree components include a 2-course specialization in financial mathematics or a 4-credit study in mathematical statistics.
Master of Science in Mathematics
Students who pursue this 32-credit, flexible program must complete undergraduate coursework in calculus and linear algebra. The curriculum includes three required courses in subjects like complex and real variables, modern algebra, topology, and stochastic processes. The remainder of the program is elective-based and allows students to choose up 20 credits in advanced mathematics. While a thesis and proficiency in a foreign language are not required, students must take an oral or a written exam.
CUNY Hunter College
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics (School of Arts and Sciences) offers specialized undergraduate programs and minors in mathematics and statistics, as well as combined degrees in statistics and applied mathematics, adolescent education, and mathematics. Special departmental features include a math club and courtesy memberships in the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, and the Mathematical Association of America. Students also have the opportunity to participate in national math and problem-solving competitions.
Minor in Mathematics
Students who pursue the minor must meet the departmental prerequisites and take at least 12 credits of courses with a catalog number of 150 or higher.
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
The prerequisites for the major in mathematics include one year of calculus. To earn the degree, students must complete 24 credits of core math courses, a study of symbolic computation, and advanced electives. Through the core curriculum, they also pursue topics in, among other subjects, abstract algebra, calculus, mathematical proofs, and vector analysis.
This program provides undergraduates with the option to specialize in childhood education (grades 1-6), adolescent education (grades 7-12), or quantitative biology. Students who specialize in quantitative biology study computational and life sciences and acquire the background needed to pursue careers in bioengineering, bioinformatics, or the pharmaceutical industry. Those who are interested in teaching elementary math must take at least one course in calculus and complete a double major in childhood education. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, undergraduates who want to teach at the high school level must complete the School of Education's courses in adolescent education.
Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Mathematics
This 120-credit program requires at least 30 credits of graduate coursework. Students must complete all of the undergraduate requirements for the major, and additional curriculum and qualification decisions are taken under advisement. At the 600- and 700-levels, they can also take a course in advanced calculus or pursue special topics associated with this branch of study.
Master of Arts in Pure Mathematics
This program might be a good choice for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in another major and are interested in pursuing advanced courses in mathematics. In addition to the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.
The degree requires 30 credits to complete and consists of core studies in algebra and mathematical functions, five electives, a foreign language translation, and four math exams. Students can use the course in calculus manifolds to fulfill the geometry and topology requirement, and the 600-level course in calculus may be available as an elective.
Other School Options
At Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn College, students can earn 4-year degrees in mathematics that include courses in calculus. A similar program is available at the College of Staten Island. All three schools are part of the CUNY system.