B.S. in Mathematics [Pharma. Biostatistics Concn.]


FDU offers a unique mathematics concentration that prepares students to enter the pharmaceutical industry as an entry-level bio-statistician or statistical programmer, or to enter a graduate program in statistics or public health. The market for pharmaceutical statisticians continues to be very strong, and the demand for experienced statisticians is constant. The drug-development process is highly regulated and requires statisticians and statistical programmers throughout the long development cycle time of seven or more years per product. Add the growing demands of biotechnology and gene-based research, and you have the makings of a long, interesting and rewarding career within an international industry.

During the junior and senior years, students are given a firm background in statistical methods and models, experimental design and statistical programming. They will explore pharmaceutical applications using some of the same software tools used by industry (SAS, ORACLE, SPlus).

Mathematics Requirements (35 credits)

MATH1201     Calculus I
MATH2202     Calculus II
MATH2203     Calculus III
MATH2237     Applied Statistics I
MATH2238     Applied Statistics II
MATH2243     Statistical Programming
MATH2255     Discrete Structures
MATH3220     Linear Algebra
MATH3237     Probability and Statistics I
MATH3238     Probability and Statistics II
Mathematics Elective

Science Requirements (24 credits)

BIOL1251        General Biology I
BIOL1253        General Biology Lab I
BIOL1252        General Biology II
BIOL1254        General Biology Lab II
CHEM1201     General Chemistry I
CHEM1203     General Chemistry Lab II
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
2 Science Elective (8 credits)

Computer Science Requirements (12 credits)

CSCI1201     Computer Programming I
CSCI1202     Computer Programming II
CSCI2215     Introduction to Computer Science
CSCI2232     Data Structures

Humanities/Social Science Requirements (12 credits)

ENWR1101     Academic Writing
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
ENGR2210     Technical Communications 
3 Ethical & Moral Analysis
ENGR3000     Modern Technologies:  Principles, Applications & Impacts

University Requirements  (8 credits)

UNIV1001     Transitioning to University Life
UNIV1002      Preparing for Professional Life   
UNIV2001      Cross-cultural Perspectives
UNIV2002      Global Issues

4 FREE ELECTIVES  (14 credits)
5 MINOR SEQUENCE  (15 credits)

1MATHEMATICS ELECTIVES:  Consult with the advisor for electives.
2SCIENCE ELECTIVES:  A one-year sequence in biology or chemistry (epidemiology, organic chemistry, microbiology, etc.) is recommended.
3ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions. This course could be in Philosophy or a course within a major program.

4FREE ELECTIVES:  At most six (6) credits of mathematics courses may be taken as free electives. It is recommended that a student take PHAR6605 - The Pharmaceutical Industry: Structure and Government Regulations.

5MINOR SEQUENCE:  A minor sequence of 15 credits is required in an area related to mathematics. An advisor will assist students in selecting the proper courses.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.