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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Number of applicants/year: Fall - 45; Spring - 40
Number of accepted majors/year: 85
Suggested Introductory Courses
Majors that Complement Mathematics
Minors that Complement Mathematics
Courses Outside the Undergraduate Major that Could Improve Employment Opportunities
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
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 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.
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.