Why Major in Mathematics?
There are many reasons.
Some choose the subject because it is beautiful, others because it is practical, and yet others for some combination of these reasons. Mathematics is wonderful training for the mind, a great training if you are thinking of being a lawyer for example, and it has an increasing range of applications, from the study of the genome and climate change to financial mathematics and medical statistics. Mathematics has always been the language of physics, and, with the advent of computer modeling, is an essential component of almost all science.
An undergraduate degree in mathematics opens the door to many professions and to graduate study in a wide variety of disciplines. The American Math Society's website shows the variety of careers open to people who major in math-related fields.
Come talk to one of the Barnard mathematics faculty members if you have any questions.
Changes to the Majors
See the online Catalog for full details.
The Mathematics Major now allows substitutions in both the Modern Analysis and Modern Algebra sequences.
There is a new Major called the Major in Mathematical Sciences. This major combines the elements of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics. It is designed to prepare students for employment in business, administration, and finance, and also provides an excellent background for someone planning graduate study in a social science field. Students who plan to obtain a teaching qualification in mathematics should plan their course of study carefully with an advisor, since courses that are too far from mathematics do not count towards certification.
Calculus Coordinator: Dusa McDuff
Prof. McDuff is happy to answer any questions about Calculus, either conceptual or about placement in sequence. Please come to one of her office hours or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
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MATH TUTORS NEEDED NOW
Apply to be a Peer Tutor
The Barnard Dean of Studies (DOS) Office and the Academic Success and Enrichment Program (ASEP) are seeking Barnard sophomores, juniors, or seniors to serve as tutors in our Peer-to-Peer Learning programs. DOS and ASEP Peer Tutors are paid $15/hour, for an average of two to four hours per week, to meet individually or in small groups (no more than three students) with fellow students who have requested a tutor for support in a particular class. Tutors are also paid for approximately one hour per month of training/in-service.
Subjects where tutors are most in demand include: Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, and Foreign Language, but other subjects may also be needed depending on student requests, so you are encouraged to apply even if the subject you want to tutor does not appear on this list.
- Successful completion of the Barnard course(s) (or equivalent) for which you are applying to tutor
- Empathy, patience, clarity, and kindness
- Commitment to academic integrity
- Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status
- Experience as a peer tutor preferred but not required
To apply to be a Peer-to-Peer Learning Tutor:
1. Apply at NACElink ID#21762
2. Fill out this form.
3. Make an appointment for an interview. You may meet with either Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean & Dean for Academic Assistance or Elida Martinez-Gaynor, Associate Director of Collegiate Programs.
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Department of Mathematics
New York NY, 10027-6598
Email: Marsha Peruo firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Office Hours
Daniela De Silva: Mon, Wed 2-3pm and by appointment
Dusa McDuff: Tues 5-6pm, Wed 3-5pm and by appointment
Walter Neumann: Research leave Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
Tsvetelina (Ina) Petkova: Mon 2:30-3:30 pm, Tues 3-4pm
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