Undergraduate Degree Programs
Our technological society is increasingly affected by mathematics. Mathematics is the tool we use to describe, represent and predict phenomena in the natural and social sciences, as well as in the technological and commercial realms of our lives. In understanding mathematics, you will better understand the world and be prepared to act in it.
By studying mathematics, you'll be introduced to fundamental fields—algebra, real and complex analysis, geometry and topology—and to the habit of mathematical thought. Our curriculum includes courses in calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, real and complex analysis, topology, differential geometry, differential equations, number theory, combinatorics, statistics and probability theory.
As a mathematics major, you'll be well prepared for graduate study, as well as for a career in scientific research, finance and actuarial science. Whatever path you choose, we also want you to love mathematics for its own sake. As Albert Einstein said, "Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
Why Brandeis?
Our department is small, flexible and friendly. It’s also intellectually rigorous. Our faculty’s accomplishments have placed it among the top departments in the country.
And speaking of our faculty, they are not only outstanding academicians, they are also dedicated teachers and mentors. Especially in advancedlevel courses, you’ll often find them in the audience while a student lectures. By fostering dialogue among all members of the department, we aim to bring mathematics to life.
A separate teacher preparation track leads to a license to teach high school in the state of Massachusetts. The major in applied mathematics provides several tracks for students seeking to use mathematical tools in the physical and computational sciences, or in economics and finance.
Just beyond Brandeis, you’ll find an area teeming with firstrate universities that create a mathematical community of great diversity and depth. In addition to attending lectures, seminars and colloquia, you’ll have many opportunities for contact with mathematicians at Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Wellesley, and Tufts.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
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By studying mathematics, you'll be introduced to fundamental fields—algebra, real and complex analysis, geometry and topology—and to the habit of mathematical thought. Our curriculum includes courses in calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, real and complex analysis, topology, differential geometry, differential equations, number theory, combinatorics, statistics and probability theory.
As a mathematics major, you'll be well prepared for graduate study, as well as for a career in scientific research, finance and actuarial science. Whatever path you choose, we also want you to love mathematics for its own sake. As Albert Einstein said, "Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
Review the requirements for the BA in Mathematics.
By studying mathematics, you'll be introduced to fundamental fields—algebra, real and complex analysis, geometry and topology—and to the habit of mathematical thought. Our curriculum includes courses in calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, real and complex analysis, topology, differential geometry, differential equations, number theory, combinatorics, statistics and probability theory.
As a mathematics major, you'll be well prepared for graduate study, as well as for a career in scientific research, finance and actuarial science. Whatever path you choose, we also want you to love mathematics for its own sake. As Albert Einstein said, "Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
Review the requirements for the BS in Mathematics.
With the advent of big data, our world has become more quantitative than ever. Our ability to collect and process enormous amounts of data has revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives, from medicine to climate prediction, from risk management to marketing strategies.
As an applied mathematics major, you'll acquire the tools and methods of the field's main frameworks—probability, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis and differential equations—and learn to develop mathematical models to solve realworld problems. You'll learn to apply this knowledge across many disciplines, including biology, chemistry, economics, engineering and social sciences. In fact, applied mathematics might interest you as a second major if you are already majoring in physics, computer science, biology, neurobiology, economics, or business.
The bachelor of science degree program was developed in response to the need for applied mathematicians to model solutions for the world's most pressing problems. As a welltrained applied mathematician, you will have highlyvalued skills that will open doors to career opportunities at public institutions, research centers or private companies that use quantitative methods to understand and solve complex problems. You'll also be wellprepared to pursue further study and a career in academia.
Review the requirements for the BS in Applied Mathematics.
Faculty and Student Excellence
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Our faculty are not only dedicated teachers, they are scholars who are widely recognized for their work. Here are some recent faculty highlights:

Jonathan Touboul applies mathematical tools to biological questions, including understanding the interplay of structure and function in the brain.

Thomas Fai's research deals with the scientific computing and mathematical modeling of complex biological fluids, including the fluids inside of blood vessels and cells. Before coming to Brandeis, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard.

John Wilmes received the Outstanding Postdoctoral Research award from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Brandeis, John studies the symmetries of discrete structures and developing rigorous analyses of machine learning algorithms.

Professor Bong Lian is a principal investigator on a newly awarded Simons Collaboration on Homological Mirror Symmetry.
Thomas Aloysius O'Hare '19 excels as a double major in math and physics, and is pursuing a master's degree in mathematics in the combined BA/MA program. He is an Undergraduate Department Representative (UDR) and president of the Brandeis Mathematical Society. He has competed in the prestigious William Lowell Mathematical Putnam Competition and was chosen to participate in the competitive Directed Reading Program (DRP), studying Lie algebras with Biji Wong, PhD'17. This fall, Thomas will begin work on a senior honors thesis with Professor Dmitry Kleinbock and will also apply to PhD programs in mathematics, aspiring to a career in research and academia.
Brandis Whitfield '19, a double major in math and philosophy, was selected for the National Science Foundation's highlycompetitive Research Experience for Undergraduate program, and researched lowdimensional topology and geometry at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics. She was also selected for the DRP program, and studied category theory with graduate student Eric Hanson. She is also a UDR and tutors students in linear algebra and multivariable calculus in the BUGS program. She plans to pursue a career in research and education in mathematics when she graduates.
Graduate Study, Careers and Alumni
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Our mathematics majors often choose to continue their studies in mathematics or statistics. In 2017, for example, Brandon Shapiro received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship to support his PhD studies in mathematics at Cornell University.
Others pursue careers in scientific research, finance, actuarial science or teaching math. Recent graduates include an elementary school math specialist, an actuary at MetLife, a senior financial analyst, an accountant and a speech language pathologist.
Many Brandeis mathematics majors have become wellknown mathematicians, including:

Ruth Charney ’72, professor of mathematics at Brandeis and former president of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Robert Zimmer ’68, president of the University of Chicago.

Ulrike Tillmann ’85, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford.

Harald Helfgott ’98, researcher at CNRS/ENS in Paris and winner of the Leverhulme, Whitehead and Adams prizes.

Thordur Jonsson ’76, professor at the University of Iceland.