Applied Mathematics Major Resources

Applied Mathematics Major Resources

The Applied Mathematics major has two concentrations, Data Science and Cryptology.  The Data Science concentration presents the principles of data representation, big data management, and statistical modeling. Students learn to use modern computing techniques to reveal hidden causal and temporal relationships within large data sets. Hidden information is often benign but it might also be evidence of malevolent activities that have already occurred or are in progress. Cryptology is the science of both personal and institutional data security. Students learn to secure information, maintain data integrity, authenticity, and non-reputability. Cryptologists play a vital role in detecting events yet to unfold, especially when attempting to interdict and thwart incipient cyber intrusions and terrorist attacks.

Here you will find:
● Key information about your major
● How and when to meet with your major advisor
● Planning tools that will help you track your progress in the major
● Ways to explore career opportunities related to the Applied Mathematics major
Take a few moments to look at the information below. It will help you plan effectively and avoid surprises during your studies at John Jay.

Concentration A: Data Science

Data Science plays a critical role in analyzing large data sets which may have valuable information that is obscured by the sheer volume of the data itself. In the Data Science concentration, students will learn the principles of data representation, big data management, and statistical modeling. They will also be able to use computers to reveal hidden causal and temporal relationships in large data sets.
Students will:
  • Use mathematical methods to analyze and recognize the properties of large data sets as well as any anomalies.
  • Use suitable models such as linear regression, logical regression, to analyze data and predict probability distributions.
  • Recognize clustering in large data sets and explain its significance.
For Data Science course requirements, refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin in the Major Requirements section below.

Concentration B: Cryptology

Cryptography is the science of data security, both personal and institutional, and as such is also an important component of justice. In the Cryptography concentration, students will learn to secure information which is achieved by assuring privacy as well as other properties of a communication channel, such as data integrity, authenticity, and non-reputability, depending upon the application. They will devise systems for companies to resist the unwarranted intrusions of hackers, to protect internal company and consumer data, and to act as consultants to research staff concerning the implementation of cryptographic and mathematical methods.
Students will:
  • Use the mathematics upon which specific cryptographic algorithms are based to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of cryptographic schemes.
  • Guarantee authenticity and integrity of data and ensure that transactions are non-repudiable, when appropriate.
  • Develop cryptographic algorithms.
For Cryptology course requirements, refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin in the Major Requirements section below.
Applied Mathematics Requirements

Major Requirements

You are responsible for the major requirements that are in effect when you declare the major. To confirm the requirements you should be following, go to the Undergraduate Bulletin for that academic year. For example, if you declare the Applied Mathematics major in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, you will refer to the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin. If you declare the major and then leave the College for more than one full semester, you’re responsible for the major requirements in effect when you return, if they have changed.

Applied Math Courses That Meet General Education Requirements

Each of the following Applied Mathematics courses can count toward your major requirements and toward your General Education requirements:
Math and Quantitative Reasoning: MAT 141 (foundational course), MAT 241, MAT 242, MAT 243, MAT 301
Scientific World: CSCI 271


Major Advising

Major Advising in Fall/Spring

Major Advisor:
Professor Samuel Graff
Mathematics & Computer Science Department
Please email Professor Graff for an appointment.
The Mathematics & Computer Science Department will hold a reception for all declared Applied Mathematics majors during the first week of the fall and spring semesters. At that time, major advisors will review the major’s curriculum requirements and answer questions about placement and other topics related to the major.

Major Advising in Summer/Winter

Students who would like Applied Mathematics major advising during the January winter session can email Professor Samuel Graff ( starting January 18.

Registration and Major Holds

Sophomores with 45-59 credits may have a hold on their registration. The hold will be removed when they have a major advising appointment with Professor Samuel Graff ( This discussion will encourage wise planning and allow students to ask any questions they may have about the major.


How do you know if you have a major hold? Go to CUNYfirst and complete the following steps:


  1. Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”




  1. Click on “Advisement Required.”

  1. See which type of advisement you need. If you must see a major advisor, then make a major advising appointment following the steps preferred by this department.



Plan Ahead: Graduate on Time

Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!

The Applied Mathematics major has several courses that build on each other in a sequence, so it is important to be aware of this and plan accordingly. There are two gateway course sequences in the major, the calculus sequence and the sophomore programming sequence.
  • The calculus sequence consists of four 3-credit courses: MAT 241 Calculus I MAT 242 Calculus IIMAT 243 Calculus IIIMAT 244 Calculus IV. It is imperative that you take the placement test for this sequence as early as possible. Based upon your placement criteria, you may be required to take MAT 141 Precalculus before enrolling in MAT 241 Calculus I. Be sure to prioritize these courses and to complete the sequence without interruption in order to graduate on time.
  • The sophomore programming sequence consists of two 3-credit courses: CSCI 271 Introduction to Computer ScienceCSCI 272 Object-Oriented Programming. You must complete these courses by the end of your sophomore year in order to graduate within four years. You may also opt to take these courses during your freshman year. Part time students should also give these courses priority after the calculus sequence in order to complete major requirements in the shortest time frame possible.
Additionally, keep these guidelines in mind:
  • The Applied Mathematics major offers two 12-credit concentrations: Data Science or Cryptology. Each concentration consists of four 3-credit courses. After completing the calculus sequence, the sophomore programming sequence, MAT 204, and  MAT 310, students may begin to pursue their concentration.
  • You will need at least a 2.0 in the major and at least a 2.0 overall GPA to graduate.

Monitor Your Progress in the Major

Meet with a General Academic Advisor

A General Academic Advisor will confirm what general academic requirements you still need, make suggestions about smart course planning that will help you graduate without delays, discuss your interest in adding a minor or second major, inform you about opportunities such as study abroad, discuss general questions and concerns, and make helpful referrals. Visit the Academic Advisement Center's webpage for more information.


Applied Mathematics and Your Career

Why Applied Mathematics?

The curriculum offers an integrated academic program with the depth and breadth necessary to make graduates truly competitive in the job market. Both concentrations provide the knowledge and the skills that are in demand in high tech entrepreneurship, finance, modern communications, medicine, security, transportation, and manufacturing. The New York City metropolitan region repositioning itself as a nexus of technological innovation and discovery, as well as a haven for entrepreneurial leadership. Such a metamorphosis requires the availability of a renewable workforce possessing skills in data analysis and data security. Consequently, employment opportunities are expected to be available for applied mathematics graduates for the foreseeable future.

Career Guidance

The Center for Career and Professional Development is a great resource for all questions related to job searches, internships, and career preparation. CCPD staff are available to meet individually with students and alumni in L72.00 New Building. To request a 45-minute counseling appointment, log on to John Jay Careers Online. 15-minute drop-in sessions are available all day Mon-Fri. (Stop by in person earlier the same day to schedule a drop-in session.)

Career Resources

Graduate School Preparation

The Applied Mathematics major’s required mathematics core aligns well with the core requirements of other CUNY mathematics programs, affording graduates a wide choice of subsequent educational opportunities. As a graduate of the Applied Mathematics major, you will be well prepared to enroll in a range of masters and doctoral programs, such as Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Financial Mathematics, Machine Learning, Traditional Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and the MPA programs offered by John Jay.

Though the major only requires two math electives, if you are planning to pursue graduate study, be sure to take the following three electives:

MAT 361 Introduction to Functions of  a Complex Variable

MAT 371 Numerical Analysis

MAT 442 Advanced Calculus II