Mathematics, BA

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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

Problem Solving
MATH 1365Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning4
History of Mathematics
MATH 2201History of Mathematics4
Calculus
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
Intermediate and Advanced Mathematics
MATH 2331Linear Algebra4
MATH 3150Real Analysis4
or MATH 4565 Topology
MATH 3175Group Theory4
MATH 3560Geometry4
or MATH 3527 Number Theory
Co-op Reflections
MATH 3000Co-op and Experiential Learning Reflection Seminar 11
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.

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
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 13414MATH 13424Vacation0Vacation0
MATH 13654PHYS 11654  
Elective4PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11614Elective4  
PHYS 11621ENGW 11114  
MATH 10001   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23214MATH 22014Vacation0Co-op0
MATH 23314Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Foreign language core course4  
 EESC 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0MATH 3560 or 35274MATH elective4Co-op0
 ENGW 33154Elective4 
 Foreign language core course4  
 Elective4  
 MATH 30001  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0MATH 31504Upper-division elective4Co-op0
 Elective4Upper-division elective4 
 Elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 MATH 40001  
 0 17 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0MATH 31754  
 MATH elective4  
 MATH 40254  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 11614MATH 13424Vacation0Vacation0
PHYS 11621PHYS 11654  
MATH 13654PHYS 11661  
MATH 13414ENGW 11114  
MATH 10001Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23214Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
MATH 23314   
Elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
EESC 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 22014Co-op0Co-op0MATH elective4
Elective4  Elective4
Elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
MATH 30001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 33154Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
MATH 3560 or 35274  Elective4
MATH 40001   
Foreign language core course4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
MATH 31504MATH 31754  
MATH elective4MATH 40254  
Elective4Upper-division elective4  
Upper-division elective4Upper-division elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134