The mathematics department is located in the Goldsmith building. See campus map and driving directions to the Brandeis campus.
The mathematics department office is in Goldsmith 218. The office telephone number is (781) 736-3050.
For inquiries you may also contact the Department Administrator, Janet Ledda.
About the Department
As our society becomes more technological, it is increasingly affected by mathematics. Quite sophisticated mathematics is now central to the natural sciences, ecological issues, economics and our commercial and technical life. A student who takes general-level courses in mathematics will better understand the world and be prepared to act in it.
Mathematics is, at the same time, a subject of the greatest depth and beauty with a history extending from antiquity. The department attempts to make this depth and beauty manifest. The undergraduate major introduces students to some fundamental fields — algebra, real and complex analysis, geometry and topology — and to the habit of mathematical thought. Mathematics majors may go on to graduate school, scientific research, finance, actuarial science or mathematics teaching, but many choose the major for its inherent interest.
The graduate program in mathematics is designed primarily to lead to the Ph.D. The formal course work gives the student a broad foundation for work in modern pure mathematics. An essential part of the program consists of seminars on a variety of topics of current interest in which mathematicians from Greater Boston often participate.
In addition, the Mathematics Colloquium, rotating among Brandeis, Harvard, MIT and Northeastern University, gives students an opportunity to hear the current work of eminent mathematicians from throughout the world.
The mathematics department offers a post-baccalaureate program for students with a bachelor’s degree in a different field who wish to prepare for graduate school or a career requiring enhanced mathematical skills.