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Faculty members enjoy teaching and mentoring

We believe that students learn best when they have the opportunity to ask questions and get acquainted with their professors, and with their fellow students. We are proud to have full-time faculty members who enjoy teaching and mentoring at all levels of study.

Faculty are available to meet with students regularly, and our academic advising system is well organized and easily accessible. Each major is advised personally by the undergraduate director on both academic choices and career options. To assist students in succeeding in our courses, we have established a special tutorial center for Mathematics Help. Our undergraduate studies office maintains close contact with our majors throughout their UB careers.

Friendly and informal

We strive to create a friendly and informal atmosphere conducive to the formation of study groups, peer-to-peer engagement, and relaxed faculty-student contact. Students, professors, mentors, content-specialists, and lecturers regularly interact in our luxurious lounge.

On blackboards surrounding the lounge, you will see complex equations and mathematical puzzles unfold to spark discussion and discovery.

Get to know us! Our 30 tenure-track faculty teach a variety of courses each semester, including more than a dozen electives for our 300+ majors and thousands of credit hours of calculus. They advise reading projects, undergraduate honors theses and doctoral theses. Please feel free to visit faculty during their office hours. We also invite you to meet our 80 graduate students, many of whom serve as teaching assistants in your calculus recitations. Our recitations are capped at 30 students.

A tradition of academic excellence

Educational training enables math majors to identify and analyze intricate relationships among various aspects of complex problems.

Mathematical analysis is essential in a wide range of design, from planes and cars, to heart valves, golf balls, and beyond.

Consider—

  • Inverse theory and integral geometry are essential in advancing diagnostic technology, such as computer tomography (MIR).
  • Game theory helps to analyze things like the interplay of the major-league sports industries, and, how the US Federal Communications Commission auctions the licensing of terrestrial wireless broadband rights. For example, in 2015 the FCC’s "historic" AWS-3 auction netted 1,611 licenses to current and prospective wireless providers to expand wireless broadband services, and grossed revenues totaling $44.9 billion (net revenues are estimated at $41.3 billion).
  • Mathematical wavelet and spline theories are behind the computer-generated, 3D special effects used by the film and video-gaming industries.
  • Mathematics is the best way to build the skills needed for critical thinking and technical problem solving, which is why math students excel in law school, MBA programs, and medical schools.
  • Mathematical and statistical methods are used in actuarial science to assess risk in insurance, finance, and other industries. Professional actuaries earn qualifications only through a combination of education and experience.
  • It is true that a math degree opens many doors, not only the doors of academic institutions offering graduate study in advanced and emerging fields of scientific research, engineering, design, communication, philosophy, bioinformatics, medicine, and more; but also the doors of major corporations offering rewarding careers in the professional world.

The strength of our faculty derives from a long tradition of excellence in teaching, mentoring, and developing research programs. As a result, several faculty members have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty specialize in areas of cryptography, differential equations, fluid mechanics mechanics, representation theory, number theory, population dynamics, and other applications.

We invite you to join UB's Department of Mathematics.

UB Mathematics is an academic department in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).  Founded in 1915, the CAS is the largest and most comprehensive academic unit at UB with 25 academic departments, 12 academic programs, and 21 centers and institutes across the humanities, arts, and sciences.

Facts at a glance

Acceptance Criteria - BA
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in MTH 141, MTH 142 and MTH 241 (or transfer equivalents).

Acceptance Criteria - BS
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in MTH 141-MTH 142 and MTH 241 (or transfer equivalents).

Acceptance Information
Deadlines: Rolling
Number of applicants/year: Fall - 45; Spring - 40
Number of accepted majors/year: 85

Suggested Introductory Courses

  • CSE 113 Introduction to Computer Science or CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors
  • MTH 141-MTH 142 College Calculus I-II

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Mathematics

  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Economics
  • Physics

Minors that Complement Mathematics

  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Teacher Education


Courses Outside the Undergraduate Major that Could Improve Employment Opportunities

  • Accounting
  • Computer programming
  • Economics
  • Statistics


Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Honors Program
The honors program in mathematics requires the completion of all requirements for a BA or BS degree in the Preparation for Graduate Study in Mathematics or the Preparation for Graduate Study in Applied Mathematics program. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 GPA in mathematics, and write an honors thesis under the direction of a faculty member.

Math Tutoring
Math majors in good academic standing are encouraged to tutor freshmen/sophomore level math in the Math Place Tutoring Lab run by the Learning Center. This is particularly attractive to students preparing for careers in teaching.

Harriet F. Montague Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate math major after the completion of his or her junior year, and is awarded on the basis of intellectual and creative promise in mathematics.

Harry Merrill Gehman Endowment Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate math major whose goal is to teach mathematics, and is awarded after the completion of the junior year for outstanding achievement.

Hazel and John Wilson Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship
This award is presented to one or more outstanding mathematics majors annually, and is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Undergraduate Mathematics Club
This is an entirely student-run club that plans a variety of academic and community involvement activities. For more information, call 716-645-8785.

Links to Further Information at UB

Success Story 101: URGE to Compute

URGE to Compute is a prime example of how our faculty provide opportunities for students to achieve academic excellence. The interdepartmental collaboration, operating under a five-year term, proved to be a remarkable success.

URGE To Compute began in 2010, and since then we have prepared several students to compete among the world's top students in the broad field of mathematics. In particular, the program has helped our students rank among the top competitors in the prestigious, annual competion of the Association for Computing Machinery. The five-year program proved to be a remarkable success, culminating in Spring 2015, when Thomas Effland wins Grand Finals in ACM's Student Research Competiton.

Video: URGE To Compute Program