Mathematics is a grouping of sciences, including geometry, algebra, and calculus, that study quantity, structure, space, and change.  Mathematics concentrators at Brown can explore these concepts through the department’s broad course offerings and flexible concentration requirements. The concentration leads to either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (the latter is strongly recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in mathematics or related fields). Concentrators begin their learning with multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and abstract algebra. Beyond these prerequisites, students take a variety of advanced topics on the 1000 and 2000 level based on their interests. Students also have the option of completing a thesis project.

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop foundational knowledge in algebra, geometry, and calculus
  • Acquire advanced understanding of at least one subfield of mathematics, such as number theory or harmonic analysis
  • Learn to construct rigorous proofs of mathematical theorems
  • Develop creative approaches to quantitative problems
  • Produce a body of original work


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Honors and Capstones

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Honors degrees may be recommended for students who have exhibited high achievement in mathematics. Candidates must complete at least eight mathematics courses of the 1000- or 2000-level with sufficiently good grades, and must write an honors thesis under the guidance of a faculty member. The Honors thesis is usually written while the candidate is enrolled in Mathematics 1970. The candidate should consult with the program website for precise grade requirements.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Collaborate fully
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Experience scientific inquiry

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Alumni Pathways

Recent Math concentrators work as actuaries, management consultants, investment bankers, computer programmers and software engineers, physicians, geologists, journalists, high school educators, attorneys, molecular biologists, university professors, and statisticians in the private and public sectors.

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Dept. Undergraduate Group

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Student Leaders:

  • Madeline Martin
  • Eva Loeser
  • Max Lahn
  • Taro Shima
  • Jae Young Kim

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