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BS or BA in Mathematics

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The Department of Mathematics at Northeastern University is dedicated to providing its majors with the highest level of education and training in a setting that maintains a positive outlook on learning, and encourages individual growth. While a student at Northeastern, you will get personal attention both in the classroom and through the advising process. As part of summer orientation you will meet individually with the Mathematics Department Head Advisor to choose your courses. During your first semester you will attend, together with all new math majors, an informal course called “Math at Northeastern” where you will be introduced to faculty engaged in a variety of activities at Northeastern, and you will learn about the many opportunities and resources the department and the University have to offer.

Math Majors may pursue either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). The BA, which has a reduced number of math electives and an increased number of general electives, is frequently the choice for those planning a career in primary or secondary education, but either degree program is flexible enough to allow students to include a minor in their curriculum.

Our curriculum is designed to be both comprehensive and flexible. The degree requirements for the math major devote about half of the University’s required 32 courses to math courses; the rest is divided about equally between general electives (which must be chosen in certain core areas) and free electives (which can be used, for example, to pursue a minor). Depending upon your career objectives, math electives are generally selected from one of four tracks: pure math, applied math, actuarial science, or education; students may also minor in elementary or secondary education, which includes certification and student teaching. In each track, undergraduate students may choose to take graduate math courses.

Many of our math majors participate in our Math Club, which is sponsored by one of our faculty members. Many others work with a faculty member to prepare to take the Putnam Exam, which is held each December. During your later years as a math major, you may have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate researchAlthough it is not required for math majors, many choose to participate in the university’s co-op program because it offers excellent preparation for eventual careers in mathematics. In addition, you may decide to pursue graduate study after getting your undergraduate degree in mathematics.

A list of all undergraduate and graduate mathematics with links to course descriptions can be found here.

For more information, please contact the Head Advisor, Professor Solomon Jekel.

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