The student of mathematics can analyze and reason like no other. Fairfield University's Mathematics Department offers a curriculum that blends traditional, applied, and modern math courses, providing students with a solid and diverse foundation in mathematics.
The mathematics program teaches students to think analytically, to find connections between concepts, and to spot patterns both in abstract settings and in practice.
The mathematics program provides students with the opportunity to both solve realworld problems and address the truth that underlies them. You will collaborate with your peers and faculty mentors, both in the classroom and out, through original research projects or applied internship opportunities.
Alumni from our department graduate from Fairfield University with the skills, disciplinary awareness, and preparation to pick his or her career path, either through graduate study  our own MS in Mathematics Program or at another institution or in a multitude of professional areas including engineering, computing, medical research, actuarial science, data analysis, finance, government agencies and laboratories.
The typical mathematics major curriculum consists of 39 courses and 122 credits. The typical major must take:
Although physics is the usual science taken by majors in mathematics, another laboratory science may be substituted with permission of the chair.
All mathematics majors are expected to complete a twopart capstone requirement consisting of completion of the mathematics comprehensive examination in the spring of their senior year and attendance at a total of five Mathematics Department Colloquium talks (or equivalent) over their final two years. Those who attend the requisite colloquia and receive a Pass or Pass with Distinction on their mathematics comprehensive exam will have a grade of "Mathematics Capstone Passed" or "Mathematics Capstone Passed with Distinction," respectively, recorded on their transcript; those who do not attend a total of five colloquia during their final two years or fail the mathematics comprehensive exam (or both) will have a grade of "Mathematics Capstone Failed" recorded on their transcript.
Students who wish to double major in mathematics and another area are encouraged to meet with the chairs of the respective departments so that appropriate modifications to the requirements can be made to allow these students to graduate in four years. Popular double majors with mathematics include computer science, economics and physics.
Mathematics majors are required to have a graphing calculator at least as powerful as a TI84.
Honors Seminar
Students who take the MA 390 or MA 391 Honors Seminar receive three credits for one of their mathematics electives upon completion of one semester of MA 390 or MA 391. Students who complete two semesters of MA 390391 earn six credits: the first semester counts as a 3credit mathematics elective, while the second counts as a 3credit free elective.
Students Interested in Teaching Mathematics in High School or Middle School
Students planning a career in secondary education should consult with the department chair, and with the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, as early as possible. Consult the Program in Education section of the catalog concerning requirements for the FiveYear Integrated Bachelor'sMaster's degree program in secondary education with initial 712 certification.
The curriculum given below represents a typical option for completing the major in mathematics.
Bachelor of Science  Major in Mathematics (122 credits)

Credits 

First Year 
Fall 
Spring 
MA 171: Calculus I 
4 

MA 172: Calculus II 

4 
MA 151: Functional Programming 
3 
12 
Sophomore Year 

MA 231: Discrete Mathematics 
3 

MA 235: Linear Algebra 

3 
MA 273: Multivariable Calculus 
4 

MA Elective 
3 

Core courses 
9 
9 
Junior Year 

MA 334: Abstract Algebra 
3 

MA 371: Real Analysis 
3 

Mathematics electives 

6 
Laboratory Science 
4 
4 
Core courses 
6 
3 
Elective courses 

3 
Senior Year 

Mathematics electives 
6 
3 
Elective courses 
9 
9 
Mathematics Comprehensive Exam 

x 
Totals 
63 
59 
Minor in Mathematics
For a minor in mathematics, students:
The specific selection of courses must have the approval of the chair of the Department of Mathematics. A student may place out of one or both calculus courses, depending on his or her high school calculus background. While the student does not earn credit for these courses, they will still count toward the minor.
See Math course descriptions from our catalog for more information
Mathematics Courses for Majors and Other Interested and Qualified Students
The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff and budding scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Meet the innovative members of our Mathematics Department.
The Mathematics Center, located in the Bannow Science Center (BNW122), is a place where students can get free tutoring for statistics and first year calculus courses. Students can schedule appointments online and are encouraged to come prepared with specific question that will help the tutor identify what to focus on most.
Each semester, the Mathematics Department sponsors several colloquia where experts from Fairfield University and other institutions discuss their cuttingedge research. All lectures are open to mathematics majors and students of other diciplines. To learn more, contact Dr. Janet Striuli.
Spring 2015
Title: Hilbert Series, Msequences, and the Fibonacci sequence
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Branden Stone, assistant professor from Adelphi University
Title: Cryptography  Security and how to steal credit card numbers
Date: March 25, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Ben Fine, professor of mathematics at Fairfield University
Abstract: Because of the increasing power of computing machinery, cryptosystems  both public key and classical  are becoming less secure. At the same time there is an increasing need for secure cryptosystems. This is clear from the increasing use of internet shopping, electronic financial transfers and so on. Historically, Cryptogrpahy and secret codes were placed in the realm of espionage and diplomacy. Sophisticated mathematical techniques were developed in the cryptanalysis of the Enigma Code and other military codes. The advent of sending financial and other sensitive information over public airwaves led to an intensive development of mathematical cryptography both symmetric key and public key. In the rest part of this talk, we will introduce the basic techniques and terminology of cryptology. Then we will discuss public key methods. Finally, because of the increasing power of comptuing machinery there is a feeling the standard number theoretic methods are not as secure as they should be. This has led to the development of cryptographic methods using noncommutative objects. This is presently a lively area of research. At the end of the talk we will give a very brief introduction to this field that has now been dubbed noncommutative algebraic cryptography
Title: TBA
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Janet Striuli, associate professor of mathematics at Fairfield University
Fall 2014
Spring 2014
Calculus, The Musical!
Presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts