Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.
The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.
Students may complete a major or minor in Mathematics. The Mathematics curriculum is designed to expose students to a wide spectrum of ideas in modern mathematics, train students in the art of logical reasoning and clear expression, and provide students with an appreciation of the beauty of the subject and of its vast applicability. Within the major, students may complete the requirements for secondary school certification.
There are various programs that, for suitably advanced students, can be combined with the major. These include the combined A.B./M.A. Program at Bryn Mawr, the 3+2 A.B./B.S. Programs with the California Institute of Technology or Columbia University, and the 4+1 A.B./M.E. program with the University of Pennsylvania, explained more fully below.
A minimum of 10 semester courses is required for the major, including the six core courses listed below and four electives at or above the 200 level. (The course numbers Hxxx refer to Haverford College equivalents.)
MATH B201 Multivariable Calculus (H121 or H216)
MATH B203 Linear Algebra (H215)
MATH B301 Real Analysis I (H317)
MATH B303 Abstract Algebra I (H333)
MATH B302 Real Analysis II (H318) or MATH B304 Abstract Algebra II (H334)
MATH B398 or B399 Senior Conference
The analysis and algebra sequences, MATH 301/302 and MATH 303/304, both have a strong proof writing focus. Consequently, students often find it useful to take a course such as MATH 206 (Transition to Higher Mathematics) before they enroll in these sequences, and in any case should consult with the instructor if they are unsure about their level of preparation.
With the exception of Senior Conference, equivalent courses at Haverford or elsewhere may be substituted for Bryn Mawr courses with approval of the major advisor.
Any mathematics course at or above the 200-level or any course cross-listed as a mathematics course at Bryn Mawr or Haverford can be used as an elective towards the major. In addition, some Bryn Mawr and Haverford courses from departments other than mathematics that have a substantial mathematical content may also be counted as electives. These courses are: CHEM B321: Advanced Physical Chemistry; CMSC B231: Discrete Mathematics; ECON B304: Econometrics; ECON H304: Econometrics; PHYS B306: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences. A student may also, in consultation with a major advisor, petition the department to accept additional courses as electives. At most three courses can be doubled counted for a second major. Incoming students can transfer up to two courses towards the major.
Mathematics majors are encouraged to complete their core requirements other than Senior Conference by the end of their junior year. Senior Conference must be taken during the senior year. Students considering the possibility of graduate study in mathematics or related fields are urged to go well beyond the minimum requirements of the major. In such cases, a suitable program of study should be designed with the advice of a major advisor.
Major Writing Requirement
Students will take two writing attentive courses to satisfy the major writing requirement. Courses that are designated as writing attentive are MATH B206, MATH B301, and MATH B303.
A degree with honors in mathematics will be awarded by the department to students who complete the major in mathematics and also meet the following further requirements: at least two additional units of work at the 300 level or above (which may include one or two units of MATH 395/396 or MATH 403), completion of a meritorious project consisting of a written thesis and an oral presentation of the thesis, and a major grade point average of at least 3.6, calculated at the end of the senior year. A draft of the written thesis should be submitted to the research supervisor two weeks before the end of the semester; the final draft needs to be submitted to the Math Department Office by the last day of classes for the semester when all written work is due.
The math minor requires five courses in mathematics at Bryn Mawr or Haverford. Two of these mathematics courses must be at the 300-level or higher and the remaining three courses must be at least at the 200-level or higher; the Haverford course, Math H121, Multivariable Calculus, can also be counted towards the math minor as if it were a 200-level course.
Some Bryn Mawr and Haverford courses from departments other than mathematics that have a substantial mathematical content may also be counted towards the math minor. These courses are: CHEM B321: Advanced Physical Chemistry; CMSC B231: Discrete Mathematics; ECON B304: Econometrics; ECON H304: Econometrics; PHYS B306: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences. These courses may only be counted as 200-level courses for the purposes of the math minor, regardless of their course numbers within their own departments. Also, at most one course may double-count towards both your major and the math minor.
It may also be possible to count certain math courses taken at other colleges and universities towards the math minor. This will always require special permission from the Mathematics Department.
Students entering with a 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB advanced placement test will be given credit for MATH 101 and could enroll in MATH 102 or MATH 201 as their first mathematics course. Students entering with a 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC advanced placement test will be given credit for MATH 101 and 102, and should enroll in MATH 201 as their first mathematics course. All other students are strongly encouraged to take the Mathematics Placement Exam so they can be best advised.
It is possible for students to earn both the A.B. and M.A. degrees in an integrated program in four (or possibly five) years.
Students normally apply for the A.B./M.A. program in their sophomore year. To be eligible, a student needs an overall GPA of 3.40 and a major GPA of 3.70. A student needs six courses for a master's degree and 32 courses for a bachelor's, but since students can count up to two courses towards both degrees, many complete the program with 36 courses total. These additional units can be obtained through AP or IB exams from high school, transfer credits, or overloads during the first four semesters at the College. See the description of the A.B./M.A. program for more details.
3+2 Program in Engineering and Applied Science at Cal Tech
See the description of the 3+2 Program in Engineering and Applied Science, offered in cooperation with the California Institute of Technology, for earning both an A.B. at Bryn Mawr and a B.S. at Cal Tech.
3+2 Program in Engineering at Columbia
See the description of the 3+2 Program in Engineering, offered in cooperation with Columbia University, for earning both an A.B. at Bryn Mawr and a B.S. at Columbia.
4+1 Partnership with Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science
See the description of the 4+1 Partnership with Penn's School of Engineering, offered in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science, for beginning work on a Master's degree in Engineering while still enrolled as an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr.