Applied Mathematics

Brief Description of Concentration

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Applied mathematics represents a quantitative liberal arts degree. The degree provides the opportunity for combining mathematical thinking with any subject for which mathematics can be productively applied.

In  some instances, combining applied mathematics with a particular subject can lead to a program of study that is quite similar to studying that subject itself. For example, applied mathematics with physics as an application area is quite similar to studying physics. On the other hand, there are other instances (combining applied mathematics with psychology or government) where the degree program would be quite different.

 

Learning Objectives

For concentrators, a core learning objective is building and demonstrating foundational knowledge in computation, probability, discrete, and continuous mathematics.  This happens through the successful completion of the foundation and breadth courses. In addition, through their coursework, concentrators should gain facility and comfort in using approximation to simplify problems and gain insight. They should learn to communicate effectively with fellow technical professionals, and should be prepared, by their senior year, to tackle mathematical modeling problems in their area of application, at the level of a senior thesis.

Gateway Courses

  • Math Ma and Mb or 1a
  • Math 1b
  • APMTH 50
  • Math 21a/Math 21b
  • Math 22a/Math 22b
  • APMTH22a/APMTH22b

Alumni

https://www.seas.harvard.edu/alumni/alumni-news-profiles?degree%5B695%5D=695

 

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