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For the Major in Mathematics

The following is a list of required courses for the major in mathematics; the official description of the requirements is in the University Bulletin.

One of the following: 

  1. MATH 15a Applied Linear Algebra OR MATH 22a Linear Algebra and Intermediate Calculus, Part I

  2. MATH 20a Techniques of Calculus: Calculus of Several Variables OR MATH 22b Linear Algebra and Intermediate Calculus, Part II

  3. MATH 23b Introduction to Proofs OR exemption

  4. MATH 35a Advanced Calculus OR MATH 110a Introduction to Real Analysis, Part I OR MATH 115a Introduction to Complex Analysis

  5. MATH 28a Introduction to Groups OR MATH 28b Introduction to Rings and Fields OR MATH 100a Introduction to Algebra, Part I

Additionally: 

  1. Four additional semester courses, either MATH courses numbered 27 or higher or cross-listed courses in Mathematics.

Academic Notes

  1. A course used to satisfy the requirements for the major must be passed with a grade of C-minus or higher.

  2. No course taken pass/fail may count towards the major requirements.

  3. No more than two cross-listed courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for the major, honors, or the teacher preparation track. Only cross-listed courses in Mathematics and not in Applied Mathematics may be used.

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For the Major in Applied Mathematics

The following is a list of required courses for the major in applied mathematics; the official description of the requirements is in the University Bulletin.

At least twelve semester courses are required, including the following:

  1. Five core courses:

    1. MATH 15a OR MATH 22a

    2. MATH 20a OR MATH 22b

    3. MATH 36a

    4. MATH 36b

    5. MATH 40a

Note that MATH 23b (or exemption) is recommended but not required.

  1. MATH 35a, MATH 37a, and MATH 121a

  2. One of the following:

    1. MATH 122a

    2. COSI 177a

    3. COSI 178a

  3. One of the following:

    1. MATH 123a

    2. NBIO 136b

  4. One of the following:

    1. MATH 39a

    2. MATH 115a

    3. MATH 126a

    4. BCHM 145a

    5. COSI 123a

    6. NPHY 115a

    7. PHYS 110a

  5. At least two courses must be taken from another department in the School of Science or Economics from the following list: BCHM 102a, BCHM 104a, COSI 130a, COSI 180a, ECON 181b, ECON 184b, PHYS 100a, PHYS 163b. The non-math classes used to satisfy the requirements A-E may double count towards this requirement.

  6. No grade below a C- will be given credit toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

  7. No course taken pass/fail may count towards the Bachelor of Science degree.

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For the Minor in Mathematics

Following is a list of required courses for the minor in mathematics; the official description of the requirements is in the University Bulletin. Please note that we do not offer a minor in applied mathematics.

One of the following:

  1. MATH 15a Applied Linear Algebra OR MATH 22a Linear Algebra and Intermediate Calculus, Part I

  2. MATH 20a Techniques of Calculus: Calculus of Several Variables OR MATH 22b Linear Algebra and Intermediate Calculus, Part II

Three additional semester courses: 

  1. Three additional semester courses, either MATH courses numbered 27 or higher or cross-listed courses in Mathematics. Only cross-listed courses in Mathematics and not in Applied Mathematics may be used. Most Math courses numbered 27 or higher require Math 23b as a prerequisite, but Math 35a, 36a, 36b, 37a, and 39a do not.

Academic Notes

  1. Students interested in analysis, physics or applied mathematics are advised to choose additional courses from among MATH 35a,  36a, 36b, 37a and 115a. Students interested in algebra or computer science are advised to consider MATH 28a, 28b, 100a, 100b, and 108b.

  2. A course used to satisfy the requirements for the major must be passed with a grade of C-minus or higher.

  3. No course taken pass/fail may count towards the major requirements.

  4. No more than one cross-listed course may be used to satisfy the requirements for the minor. Only cross-listed courses in Mathematics and not in Applied Mathematics may be used.

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Honors: Major in Mathematics

The following is a list of required courses to graduate with honors in mathematics; the official description of the requirements is in the University Bulletin.

One of the following:

  1. MATH 15a Applied Linear Algebra OR MATH 22a Linear Algebra and Intermediate Calculus, Part I

  2. MATH 20a Techniques of Calculus: Calculus of Several Variables OR MATH 22b Linear Algebra and Intermediate Calculus, Part II

  3. MATH 23b Introduction to Proofs OR exemption

  4. MATH 35a Advanced Calculus OR MATH 110a Introduction to Real Analysis, Part I OR MATH 115a Introduction to Complex Analysis

  5. MATH 28a Introduction to Groups OR MATH 28b Introduction to Rings and Fields OR MATH 100a Introduction to Algebra, Part I

  6.  Four additional semester courses, either MATH courses numbered 27 or higher or cross-listed courses in Mathematics.

Additionally: 

  1. Two additional MATH courses numbered 27 or higher or cross-listed courses in Mathematics, passed with at least a grade of B.

At least four of the courses used to satisfy the major requirement must be honors courses. The honors courses are MATH courses numbered 100 or higher.

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Honors: Major in Applied Mathematics

The following is a list of required courses to graduate with honors in applied mathematics; the official description of the requirements is in the University Bulletin.

At least twelve semester courses are required, including the following:

  1. Five core courses:

    1. MATH 15a OR MATH 22a

    2. MATH 20a OR MATH 22b

    3. MATH 36a

    4. MATH 36b

    5. MATH 40a

Note that MATH 23b (or exemption) is recommended but not required.

  1. MATH 35a, MATH 37a, and MATH 121a

  2. One of the following:

    1. MATH 122a

    2. COSI 177a

    3. COSI 178a

  3. One of the following:

    1. MATH 123a
    2. NBIO 136b
  4. One of the following:

    1. MATH 39a

    2. MATH 115a

    3. MATH 126a

    4. BCHM 145a

    5. COSI 123a

    6. NPHY 115a

    7. PHYS 110a

  5. At least two courses must be taken from another department in the School of Science or Economics from the following list: BCHM 102a, BCHM 104a, COSI 130a, COSI 180a, ECON 181b, ECON 184b, PHYS 100a, PHYS 163b. The non-math classes used to satisfy the requirements A-E may double count towards this requirement.

  6. No grade below a C- will be given credit toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

  7. No course taken pass/fail may count towards the Bachelor of Science degree.

Additionally:

  1. Passing all the courses used to satisfy the BS with at least a grade of B.

  2. Completion and defense of a senior honors thesis. Students considering this option should enroll in MATH 99a and MATH 99b (Independent Research).

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Teacher Preparation Track

Students who complete the Brandeis program for Massachusetts High School Teacher Licensure (see the Education Program website) may earn a bachelor's degree in mathematics by satisfying the following requirements; the official description of the requirements is in the University Bulletin.

One of the following:

  1. MATH 15a Applied Linear Algebra OR MATH 22a Linear Algebra and Intermediate Calculus, Part I

  2. MATH 20a Techniques of Calculus: Calculus of Several Variables OR MATH 22b Linear Algebra and Intermediate Calculus, Part II

  3. MATH 23b Introduction to Proofs OR exemption

  4. MATH 35a Advanced Calculus OR MATH 110a Introduction to Real Analysis, Part I OR MATH 115a Introduction to Complex Analysis

  5. MATH 28a Introduction to Groups OR MATH 28b Introduction to Rings and Fields OR MATH 100a Introduction to Algebra, Part I

  6. MATH 8a Introduction to Probability and Statistics OR MATH 36a Probability

  7. A computer science course numbered 10 or higher

Two of the following:

  1. MATH courses numbered 27 or higher or cross-listed courses. Only cross-listed courses in Mathematics and not in Applied Mathematics may be used.

Completion of the following:

  1. High School Teacher Licensure Program