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Mathematics B.A.

Through Syracuse’s most flexible math major, customize your curriculum to focus on specific areas within the field of mathematics that are most interesting to you.
Mathematics students take courses across the sub-disciplines of mathematics. Here, Professor Pawel Grzegrzolka works with calculus students in a 200-level course.
Mathematics students take courses across the sub-disciplines of mathematics. Here, Professor Pawel Grzegrzolka works with calculus students in a 200-level course.

About this Program

  • Receive one-on-one guidance from distinguished faculty advisors and talented graduate students in mathematics through our mentorship program.
  • Connect with your peers through Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society that was founded at Syracuse University.
  • Receive expert advice and training as you prepare for the Putnam Exam, GRE or actuarial exams.
  • Explore advanced topics in a small-group setting by participating in a senior seminar course.
  • Conduct research under the direction of a faculty member and apply for financial support to continue your research during summer months.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School


Average class size in advanced courses.

Average class size in preliminary courses.

Mathematics majors qualified for the Dean’s List in academic year 2022-23.
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The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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After taking preliminary course requirements for your mathematics major, take upper-division courses across the following areas: analysis, algebra, finite mathematics, applied analysis, probability and statistics.

  • Demonstrate facility with the techniques of single and multivariable calculus and linear algebra.
  • Effectively communicate mathematical ideas.
  • Make accurate calculations by hand and with technological assistance.
  • Reproduce essential assumptions, definitions, examples and statements of important theorems.
  • Describe the logical structure of the standard proof formats, reproduce the underlying ideas of the proofs of basic theorems and create simple original proofs.
  • Solve problems using advanced undergraduate methods from one of the core areas of pure mathematics: algebra, analysis and probability.

The B.A. and B.S. in mathematics both provide strong mathematical training and coursework. The B.A. is more flexible and is recommended for students who wish to combine their mathematics major with other major(s). The B.S. is more rigorous and thus well-suited for students who will seek further education in mathematics beyond the undergraduate level and/or pursue careers in areas that rely heavily on mathematical skills and thought, like physics or finance.

  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  • Partial Differential Equations and Fourier Series
  • Introduction to Stochastic Processes
  • Numerical Methods with Programming
  • Advanced Calculus

Extracurricular Opportunities

Student organization

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is the national mathematics honorary society. Founded in 1914 at Syracuse University, PME currently has over 350 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The purpose of the society is to promote mathematical activities among students.


Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program pairs undergraduate students with graduate mentors for a semester-long reading project.


Research Areas

In the Department of Mathematics, you will learn from and have the opportunity to conduct research alongside faculty with expertise across a range of areas. Current research groups focus on algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, combinatorics, geometry, topology, mathematics education, probability and statistics.

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