The Mathematics program is designed to enable students to acquire an appreciation for mathematics by studying and working with some of the modern and ancient ideas in the field. Students preparing to teach mathematics will be competent in those areas specifically recommended by the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Students majoring in Mathematics may also elect a specialization in Actuarial Science or, through a cooperative arrangement with Manhattan College School of Engineering, a Pre-Engineering Option. In the Actuarial Science specialization, a program of appropriate Mathematics courses is supported by selected courses offered in the Business Division. A culminating seminar (MA 465) helps to prepare the student for the first Actuarial examination.
The Pre-Engineering Option enables the student to earn, in an integrated 5-year sequence of study, both the B.A. degree in Mathematics from Dominican College and a B.E. degree in Engineering from Manhattan College. The student spends the first 3 years of the sequence at Dominican, completing the General Education requirements, the Mathematics major, and specific foundation courses in the sciences. The final two years, at Manhattan, are devoted to the Engineering core and a specialization in either Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering.
All freshmen entering the College are given a placement test in mathematics to determine an appropriate course assignment. Transfer students with no transferable college mathematics are also given the placement test if they have a mathematics requirement as part of their program (Business Administration, Teacher Education) or if they plan to enroll in a mathematics course. All Nursing transfer students also take the mathematics placement examination.
Students will be expected to maintain a 2.5 average in Mathematics and in the overall cumulative index. Other grade expectations apply for students seeking teacher certification: see Catalog section for Teacher Education.