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BA in Mathematics

BA in Mathematics

Brandeis University

Brandeis University, Waltham, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
As our society becomes more technological, it is increasingly affected by mathematics. Quite sophisticated mathematics is now central to the natural sciences, to ecological issues, to economics, and to our commercial and technical life. A student who takes such general-level courses as MATH 5a, 8a, 10a, 10b, 15a, or 20a will better be prepared to engage with the modern world. Mathematics is, at the same time, a subject of the greatest depth and beauty with a history extending from antiquity, and a powerful tool for understanding our world. The department attempts to make this 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. Learning Goals Students may study mathematics for several reasons: for its own intrinsic interest, for its applications to other fields such as economics, computer science, and physical and life sciences, and for the analytical skills that it provides for such fields of study as law, medicine, and business. The mathematics major at Brandeis serves a diverse audience, consisting of students with all of these reasons. Students completing the major in mathematics will: 1. Understand the fundamental concepts of mathematical proof, logic, abstraction and generalization. 2. Achieve a basic knowledge of the following areas of mathematics: a) Matrices, linear algebra, and multivariable calculus. b) Analysis in one and several variables, including properties of the real numbers and of limits. c) Axiomatically defined algebraic structures, such as groups, rings, fields, and vector spaces. Mathematics majors will know the basic ideas of some, but not necessarily all, of the following areas: differential equations, probability and statistics, number theory, combinatorics, real and complex analysis, topology, and differential geometry.