In New Jersey, mathematics programs are most commonly offered at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. In addition, students may be able to earn a combined bachelor's and master's degree, which is designed to be completed in five years. Though not as widely available, certificates as well as associate and doctoral degrees could also be pursued.
Depending on the school, students may be able to specialize in one of the following areas: applied statistics, finance mathematics or mathematics education. Applicants to a mathematics program may need to complete certain prerequisite courses to be considered for admission. Read on to learn about available programs, to compare and decide which is right for you.
Essex County College
In Newark, students can enroll in Essex County College and earn an Associate of Science in Mathematics with options in pure or applied mathematics, mathematics primary education or mathematics secondary education. This 2-year degree program requires students in all three programs to take core courses in calculus with analytic geometry, discrete mathematics or another research-based course, differential equations and intro to linear algebra. The pure or applied mathematics option includes courses in computer science; the primary education track requires courses like introduction to education, philosophy and history of education or computer science II. The secondary education track requires completion of courses offered in conjunction with Rutgers University-Newark campus: social foundations of urban education, foundations of modern math or adolescent psychology and the urban experience.
At Union's Kean University, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Sciences, with an option in statistics, teacher certification, an option in dual certification for teachers of student with disabilities and K-12 math or general mathematics. General math majors can expect to complete courses in calculus, differential equations, mathematical software and matrix and linear algebra. In the statistics option, students take courses in applied statistics, statistical software, sampling techniques and nonparametric statistics among other courses. The teacher certification path requires the same math courses as the general option with professional education in instruction and evaluation of learners, K-12 language arts and reading, computers in education, field experience and a professional internship, in addition to a teaching capstone course. The dual certification track requires completion of the same course as the teacher certification path with courses in teaching for special education.
Montclair State University
Montclair-based Montclair State University is a public, 4-year university that offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics, a Master of Science( M.S.) in Mathematics and a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Mathematics. Undergraduate mathematics majors can choose to focus on concentrations in mathematics of finance or pure or applied mathematics. Students can also opt to combine their studies of mathematics with teacher certification. The master's degree program in mathematics prepares students for careers in education, business and government. Students focus their studies in applied and pure mathematics with courses in mathematics, industrial mathematics and operations research or in mathematics education. Students can complete their bachelor's degrees in mathematics and master's degrees in statistics within five years by enrolling in the combined B.S/M.S. program. The program entry requirements include maintaining a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and completing prerequisite courses by the junior year. The program includes graduate courses during the fourth and fifth years of study to allow completion of both degrees on an accelerated schedule.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark's New Jersey Institute of Technology offers several concentrations in mathematics at the undergraduate level. Students can complete a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in mathematics of finance and actuarial sciences, mathematical biology or applied statistics. In these three degree programs, students take courses in calculus, linear algebra, intro to computer science and physics. The finance and actuarial sciences concentration includes courses in financial accounting, corporate finance and applied numerical methods; the concentration in mathematical biology includes courses in organic chemistry, molecular and cellular biology and two capstone courses. The applied statistics concentration includes courses in applied numerical methods, differential equations and methods of applied mathematics.
At Rowan University in Glassboro, undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. These programs require completion of courses in discrete math, introduction to electricity and magnetism or introductory thermodynamics, fluids, waves and optics, and introduction to mechanics. The programs differ in the number of math restricted electives required - the B.S. in Mathematics requires more math restricted electives than the B.A. in Mathematics. Graduate-level options include the Master of Arts in Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Subject Matter Teaching - Mathematics and two graduate certificates in middle school math education and secondary mathematics. The university also offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts in Mathematics to be completed in a five-year span. In the double degree program, students currently enrolled in the B.S. in Mathematics program must submit a letter of recommendation from a math faculty member, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in major-related classes and have at least 24 credits of undergraduate math course work.
Newark's Rutgers University Campus offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in mathematics and applied mathematics. The B.A. in Mathematics requires that students complete courses in calculus, the foundations of modern mathematics, linear algebra and computers and programming. Physics courses are also required. In the B.A. in Applied Mathematics program, students must complete courses in computer programming, calculus, discrete structures and elementary partial differential equations.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
In New Brunswick, the Rutgers University campus is the largest of the three college campuses. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics. In the Bachelor of Arts program, mathematics pre-majors must complete three calculus courses with grades of C or better. After admission courses in calculus, linear algebra, differential equations and computer science are required before moving into more specialized upper-division courses. The Bachelor of Science in Biomathematics is an interdisciplinary program in biomathematics. Students must take classes in the mathematics, cell and developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology, organic chemistry and physiology. The department also offers a combination Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree, and several concentrations in the master's degree program, including mathematical finance and mathematics education. In addition, there's also a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics.
Seton Hall University
At South Orange-based Seton Hall University, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Students begin with courses in program design, honors calculus, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, applied matrix techniques and abstract algebra. This 129-credit hour degree program requires completion of 12 elective credits in mathematics and students can choose from courses like introduction to numerical analysis, introduction to operations research and graph theory. Students must also complete a junior seminar. Qualified students can pursue the Honors Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and must complete a senior thesis and a sequence of courses in algebra or analysis.
Union County College
Cranford-based Union County College offers an Associate of Science in Mathematics. Students in this 2-year program take courses in calculus, physics, mechanics, linear algebra, differential equations and discrete mathematics. Students are also required to complete a 200-level math course with approval from the math major coordinator.
William Paterson University of New Jersey
In Wayne, students at William Paterson University of New Jersey, there are two options for undergraduate study in mathematics: the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In the Bachelor of Arts program, students take courses in calculus, logic and methods of higher mathematics, introduction to real analysis and a mathematics seminar. Three mathematics electives are also required. The Bachelor of Science requires many of the same courses, with the addition of general physics and complex analysis. The B.S. program requires completion of five math electives.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Mathematics Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2018-2019|
|Essex County College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Science in Mathematics||$4,995 (in-district); $8,790 (in-state and out-of-state)*|
|Kean University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Sciences||$12,348 (in-state); $19,383 (out-of-state)*|
|Montclair State University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Mathematics,
Master of Science in Mathematics
|$12,790 (in-state); $20,578 (out-of-state)*|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences,
Master of Science in Applied Mathematics,
Master of Science in Applied Statistics,
Master of Science in Mathematical and Computational Finance,
Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences
|$17,338 (in-state); $32,750 (out-of-state)*|
|Rowan University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics,
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics,
Master of Arts in Mathematics,
Master of Arts in Subject Matter Teaching in Mathematics,
Graduate certificates in mathematics
|$13,697 (in-state); $22,339 (out-of-state)*|
|Rutgers University Newark||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics,
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics
|$14,409 (in-state); $30,717 (out-of-state)*|
|Rutgers University New Brunswick||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Mathematics||$14,974 (in-state); $31,282 (out-of-state)*|
|Seton Hall University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Mathematics||$42,170*|
|Union County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Mathematics||$5,140 (in-district); $10,280 (out-of-district and out-of-state)*|
|William Paterson University of New Jersey||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts/Science in Mathematics||$13,060 (in-state); $21,260 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator'