# Mathematics, BA

**Christopher K. King, PhD**

Professor and Chair

567 Lake Hall

617.373.2450

617.373.5658 (fax)

Solomon M. Jekel, Associate Professor and Head Advisor, s.jekel@northeastern.edu

Mathematics is of ever-increasing importance to our society and everyday life. It has long been the language of science and technology and provides a rich source of methods for analyzing and solving problems encountered in the physical world. Today, mathematics is essential in virtually all fields of human endeavor, including business, the arts, and the social sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 11 mathematics courses and 2 physics courses, in addition to the study of a foreign language; this program is appropriate for students who wish a broader liberal arts education. The Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 14 mathematics courses and 2 physics courses but no foreign language study; it is more specialized, and it is recommended for those strongly interested in mathematics and science. The department also offers a minor degree in mathematics.

The major programs provide flexibility with elective courses. Students may take advantage of a range of interdisciplinary programs and may join a major in mathematics with one in such fields as computer science, physics, and biology.

Exceptional students are accepted into the Honors Program and have the option to enroll in honors sections of several of their mathematics courses. All math majors may benefit from co-op opportunities in the scientific and business communities in Boston and elsewhere.

Many of the mathematics courses that we offer use computers for visualization, modeling, and numerical approximation.

Students planning to teach secondary-school mathematics must major in mathematics and take a specific minor in education, which includes course work and student teaching.

Mathematical training may lead to opportunities in applied research (natural sciences, engineering, economics, management, computer science) as well as in mathematical research, teaching, or industry.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

## University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

## NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

## BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

## Mathematics Major Grade Requirement

A grade of C or higher is required in all mathematics courses numbered 3000 and below and in Co-op and Experiential Learning Reflection Seminar 2 (MATH 4000).

## Mathematics Major Requirements

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

Problem Solving | ||

MATH 1365 | Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning | 4 |

History of Mathematics | ||

MATH 2201 | History of Mathematics | 4 |

Calculus | ||

MATH 1341 | Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering | 4 |

MATH 1342 | Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering | 4 |

MATH 2321 | Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering | 4 |

Intermediate and Advanced Mathematics | ||

MATH 2331 | Linear Algebra | 4 |

MATH 3150 | Real Analysis | 4 |

or MATH 4565 | Topology | |

MATH 3175 | Group Theory | 4 |

MATH 3560 | Geometry | 4 |

or MATH 3527 | Number Theory | |

Co-op Reflections | ||

MATH 3000 | Co-op and Experiential Learning Reflection Seminar 1 | 1 |

or MATH 4000 | Co-op and Experiential Learning Reflection Seminar 2 | |

Mathematics Elective | ||

Complete one course in the following range: | 4 | |

MATH 3001 to MATH 4899 | ||

Required Physics | ||

Physics 1 | ||

Complete one of the following: | 5 | |

Physics 1 and Lab for PHYS 1161 | ||

Physics for Engineering 1 and Lab for PHYS 1151 and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151 | ||

Physics 2 | ||

Complete one of the following: | 5 | |

Physics 2 and Lab for PHYS 1165 | ||

Physics for Engineering 2 and Lab for PHYS 1155 and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155 | ||

Capstone | ||

Complete one of the following: | 4 | |

Applied Mathematics Capstone | ||

Introduction to Mathematical Methods and Modeling | ||

Research Capstone |

## Mathematics Major Credit Requirement

Complete 54 semester hours in the major.

## Upper-Division Electives

*Note: *Courses used as upper-division electives do not count toward the major or NUpath.

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

Complete three general electives numbered 3000 or above. | 12 |

## Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

## Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1 | |||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | Summer 1 | Hours | Summer 2 | Hours |

MATH 1341 | 4 | MATH 1342 | 4 | Vacation | 0 | Vacation | 0 |

MATH 1365 | 4 | PHYS 1165 | 4 | ||||

Elective | 4 | PHYS 1166 | 1 | ||||

PHYS 1161 | 4 | Elective | 4 | ||||

PHYS 1162 | 1 | ENGW 1111 | 4 | ||||

MATH 1000 | 1 | ||||||

18 | 17 | 0 | 0 | ||||

Year 2 | |||||||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | Summer 1 | Hours | Summer 2 | Hours |

MATH 2321 | 4 | MATH 2201 | 4 | Vacation | 0 | Co-op | 0 |

MATH 2331 | 4 | Elective | 4 | ||||

Elective | 4 | Elective | 4 | ||||

Foreign language core course | 4 | Foreign language core course | 4 | ||||

EESC 2000 | 1 | ||||||

16 | 17 | 0 | 0 | ||||

Year 3 | |||||||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | Summer 1 | Hours | Summer 2 | Hours |

Co-op | 0 | MATH 3560 or 3527 | 4 | MATH elective | 4 | Co-op | 0 |

ENGW 3315 | 4 | Elective | 4 | ||||

Foreign language core course | 4 | ||||||

Elective | 4 | ||||||

MATH 3000 | 1 | ||||||

0 | 17 | 8 | 0 | ||||

Year 4 | |||||||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | Summer 1 | Hours | Summer 2 | Hours |

Co-op | 0 | MATH 3150 | 4 | Upper-division elective | 4 | Co-op | 0 |

Elective | 4 | Upper-division elective | 4 | ||||

Elective | 4 | ||||||

Upper-division elective | 4 | ||||||

MATH 4000 | 1 | ||||||

0 | 17 | 8 | 0 | ||||

Year 5 | |||||||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | ||||

Co-op | 0 | MATH 3175 | 4 | ||||

MATH elective | 4 | ||||||

MATH 4025 | 4 | ||||||

Elective | 4 | ||||||

0 | 16 | ||||||

Total Hours: 134 |

## Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1 | |||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | Summer 1 | Hours | Summer 2 | Hours |

PHYS 1161 | 4 | MATH 1342 | 4 | Vacation | 0 | Vacation | 0 |

PHYS 1162 | 1 | PHYS 1165 | 4 | ||||

MATH 1365 | 4 | PHYS 1166 | 1 | ||||

MATH 1341 | 4 | ENGW 1111 | 4 | ||||

MATH 1000 | 1 | Elective | 4 | ||||

Elective | 4 | ||||||

18 | 17 | 0 | 0 | ||||

Year 2 | |||||||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | Summer 1 | Hours | Summer 2 | Hours |

MATH 2321 | 4 | Co-op | 0 | Co-op | 0 | Vacation | 0 |

MATH 2331 | 4 | ||||||

Elective | 4 | ||||||

Foreign language core course | 4 | ||||||

EESC 2000 | 1 | ||||||

17 | 0 | 0 | 0 | ||||

Year 3 | |||||||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | Summer 1 | Hours | Summer 2 | Hours |

MATH 2201 | 4 | Co-op | 0 | Co-op | 0 | MATH elective | 4 |

Elective | 4 | Elective | 4 | ||||

Elective | 4 | ||||||

Foreign language core course | 4 | ||||||

MATH 3000 | 1 | ||||||

17 | 0 | 0 | 8 | ||||

Year 4 | |||||||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | Summer 1 | Hours | Summer 2 | Hours |

ENGW 3315 | 4 | Co-op | 0 | Co-op | 0 | Elective | 4 |

MATH 3560 or 3527 | 4 | Elective | 4 | ||||

MATH 4000 | 1 | ||||||

Foreign language core course | 4 | ||||||

Elective | 4 | ||||||

17 | 0 | 0 | 8 | ||||

Year 5 | |||||||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours | ||||

MATH 3150 | 4 | MATH 3175 | 4 | ||||

MATH elective | 4 | MATH 4025 | 4 | ||||

Elective | 4 | Upper-division elective | 4 | ||||

Upper-division elective | 4 | Upper-division elective | 4 | ||||

16 | 16 | ||||||

Total Hours: 134 |