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Mathematics B.S.

Through Syracuse University’s most rigorous math major, practice the creative, nonprocedural thought processes through which the deeper understanding of mathematics is attained.
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 esteemed 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 or GRE.
  • Explore advanced topics in a small-group setting by completing 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.
  • Earn a special distinction in mathematics by maintaining a strong GPA in your mathematics courses and completing a thesis project under the supervision of a professor.

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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After taking preliminary course requirements for your mathematics major, take required upper-division courses in real analysis, linear algebra, abstract algebra and probability and statistics. The final upper-division course will be your choice; you will select between ordinary differential equations and geometry. Additional courses will be required for graduation, but you will select those courses based on your interests and with the guidance of a faculty advisor.

  • 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 each 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 Real Analysis
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  • Fundamental Concepts of Geometry
  • Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

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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