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.
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.
Barnard's tenured mathematics faculty are also Columbia University professors. Their offices are located in the Mathematics Building on Columbia's campus across the street from Barnard's campus on Broadway. Click here to see Columbia's campus map.