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.
See also the links on the Research Opportunities page listed in the left-hand column of this website.
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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- Columbia Mathematics Department
- Columbia/Barnard Mathematics Society
- American Mathematics Society
- Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM)
- AWM, Barnard/Columbia Chapter
- European Women in Math (EWM)
- Mathematics Association of America
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Mathematics Main Menu
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Department of Mathematics
3009 Broadway (Milbank 332G)
New York, NY 10027
Email: Marsha Peruo email@example.com
Faculty Office Hours
Joan Birman: by appointment
Daniela De Silva: Tues 1-2pm and by appointment
Dusa McDuff: Wed 3-5pm, Thurs 3-4pm and by appointment
Walter Neumann: Mon, Wed 10-11am and by appointment
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