Mathematics Major, Minor, and Concentration
Through our rigorous curriculum, majors learn to “think mathematically”, identifying mathematical problems and engaging those problems within a mathematical framework. They apply the perspective and skills developed in our program in traditional core areas as well as at the frontiers of a growing array of other disciplines.
Curriculum & Courses
Math majors take a three-year core sequence of courses in calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and analysis. This cornerstone coursework is designed to provide a foundation for further study in the major areas of modern mathematics. Once they’ve completed the core sequence, students can choose from an array of advanced courses—offered as electives—on topics such as algebra, analysis, topology, probability and statistics, and applied mathematics. Majors are also required to take our year-long Senior Seminar in which they develop their senior papers and oral presentations, working both one-on-one with their thesis advisors as well as in a group setting.
Students in the major have the option of pursuing four concentrations that explore related areas: Computer Science, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics Education, and Scientific Computing. Math majors can also declare a Statistics minor.
- MATH H215, and either MATH H121 or MATH H216.
- MATH H317 and MATH H333, and one of MATH H318 or MATH H334.
- Four additional electives in mathematics or approved related courses at the 200 level or higher. At least one of these must be at the 300 level. (Note: MATH H399, MATH H400, MATH H460, and MATH H480 do not count toward this requirement.)
- The senior seminar, fall and spring.
- A senior paper and oral presentation.
We strongly advise students planning graduate study in mathematics or related fields to take additional courses at the 300 level. Majors may substitute equivalent courses in mathematics at Bryn Mawr College for any requirement, subject to advisor approval.
Majors must take either MATH H317 or MATH H333 at Haverford College; exceptions to this rule are granted only under unusual circumstances, with advance permission of the department chair. Majors may substitute equivalent courses at Bryn Mawr College for any other course requirement for the major, subject to advisor approval. Courses taken at other institutions may be used to satisfy major requirements, provided that the department chair approves these courses in advance.
Mathematics minors take the same core sequence as do the majors, though not necessarily to the same depth, followed by a selection of electives tailored to the student’s interest. Statistics minors take a separate core sequence in probability and statistics, with later flexibility in pursuing either a more applied or a more theoretical track.
Mathematics Minor Requirements
- MATH H215 (Linear Algebra) and either MATH H121 (Multivariable calculus) or MATH H216 (Advanced Calculus).
- MATH H317 (Analysis I) and MATH H333 (Algebra I).
- Two additional electives in mathematics at the 200 level or higher.
Courses taken at other institutions may be used to satisfy minor requirements, provided that the department chair approves these courses in advance.
Mathematics majors can pursue four areas of concentration:
- Computer Science (more theoretical)
- Scientific Computing (more applied)
- Mathematical Economics (for majors interested in applying their skills to economic problems)
- Mathematical Education (for majors interested in teaching mathematics)
Associated Programs and Concentrations
Research & Outreach
Math majors research and write a senior thesis over the course of their senior year. Working closely with a faculty advisor and through our year-long Senior Seminar, they select and develop a topic during the fall semester, then draft their papers in the spring. Each major also delivers an oral presentation to faculty and students at the end of the year. In addition to providing personal guidance and feedback, Senior Seminar also hones research skills and familiarizes students with the discipline’s paper and presentation conventions.
When deciding on a topic for her thesis, mathematics major and environmental studies minor Mairin Fitzpatrick ‘19 knew that the modeling tools of mathematics could be fruitfully used to study any number of environmental issues. She just had to pick one.
The math major and economics minor, who is looking toward a career in finance, is a Whitehead Intern this summer, working at a start-up consulting firm in New York.
Supported by a grant from the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, Carter Patterson '20 is spending the summer working in Professor Theodore Brzinski’s physics lab on campus.
Yuan intends to go graduate school after Haverford to pursue subjects related to genetics, public health, pharmacy or biostatistics.
A half-course that aims to broaden students’ perspectives on what it means to do math.
Steliotes will continue her academic journey at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and pursue her dream of becoming a math teacher.
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