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NEW YORK UNIVERSITY


THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Mathematics Department


ACADEMIC YEAR 2007 – 2008

(Revised September 2007)

New York University

Mathematics Department

Warren Weaver Hall

251 Mercer Street

Room 724


New York, New York 10012

(212) 998-3005

Fax (212) 995-4121

This guide is meant to provide majors with a comprehensive picture of the offerings of the Mathematics Department. It contains information on courses, degree requirements, special programs, activities, prizes and awards. It supplements and repeats the information contained in the New York University Bulletin for the College of Arts and Sciences.



Table of Contents

1. The Department........................................................................................ p.4


2. Advising ........................................................................................ p.4

3. Transfer Students...................................................................................... p. 5

4. Major and Minor Requirements............................................................... p. 5

5. Honors Program....................................................................................... p. 7

6. B.S./B.E. Program in Engineering........................................................... p. 8
7. B.A./M.S. Program in Mathematics........................................................ p. 8
8. Activities................................................................................................. p. 8
9. Awards.................................................................................................... p. 9
10. Work Opportunities in the Mathematics Department ............................ p. 9
11. Courses Offered in Academic Year 2007 – 2008.................................... p. 9
12. Suggested Course Programs.................................................................... p. 11
13. Courses Descriptions.............................................................................. p. 12
14. Graduate Courses Open to Undergraduates............................................ p. 18
15. Departmental Faculty............................................................................. p. 18
1. The Department

The undergraduate division of the Department of Mathematics offers a wide variety of courses in pure and applied mathematics. The faculty are members of the University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, noted for its advanced training and research programs, which emphasize the applications of mathematics to technology and other branches of science.

In accordance with the Institute’s philosophy, emphasizing the applications of mathematics to technology and other branches of science, the department participates in many interdisciplinary programs. Joint programs are available in mathematics and (1) computer sciences, (2) economics, (3) engineering and (4) minor in mathematics secondary school education. They lead to the B.A. in four years, with the exception of the engineering option, which leads to a joint B.S. degree from New York University and a B.E. degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. Additionally, an accelerated B.A. and M.S. degree from New York University in five years is offered. These programs are described in more detail below. Special courses in the mathematical aspects of finance, biology, and medicine are also available.

The department provides an honors program in (1) mathematics and (2) mathematics and computer science for outstanding students. Additionally, independent study courses are available for students with special interests. Qualified undergraduates are granted an opportunity to enroll in courses in the graduate division of the department. All students have access to the Institute’s library which houses a large, up-to-date collection of books and technical journals in mathematics and computer science. The library is located on the twelfth floor of the Courant Institute.


2. Advising
Students intending to major in mathematics are urged to declare their major as early as possible and no later than the beginning of their junior year. Students can declare their major by completing a major declaration form which is found on the undergraduate mathematics website: math.nyu.edu/degree/undergrad/. Copies are also available outside the department administrator’s office door in room 725 Warren Weaver Hall. The department office is located in rooms 724 and 725 of Warren Weaver hall. All matters concerning undergraduate advisement in mathematics are handled there. When necessary, the department administrator will arrange appointments with the Director or Undergraduate Studies for advisement or academic counseling.

Each math major is assigned to a faculty advisor in the math department. All declared mathematics majors must have their proposed course schedules approved each term by his/her faculty advisor. The approved scheduled must be signed by their faculty advisor and delivered to the math department administrator in room 724 or 725 for final clearance.

Students who believe that they are prepared to start their work in mathematics at an advanced level, or who feel qualified to enter a course without the formal prerequisites, should arrange to submit a transcript of prior college level coursework and a course description to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students who have not taken college level coursework but feel that they are prepared to enroll in advanced courses should arrange to demonstrate proficiency by taking a final examination in the prerequisite course for their desired course.
3. Transfer Students

Transfer students who have taken mathematics courses at other colleges should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies as soon as possible to determine proper placement. They should bring copies of their transcripts along with a catalog descriptions/syllabus of all mathematics courses taken elsewhere. Transfer courses that are to be counted toward major or optional minor requirements must be approved by the department. Official transcripts must also be sent to the University registrar’s office.



To graduate with a major in mathematics, transfer students must complete at least 12 eligible mathematics courses, each with grade of C or better. At least half the courses comprising the major must be taken in the College of Arts and Science at New York University during two or more semesters. For the minor in mathematics, at least two of the four required mathematics courses must be taken in residence at the College of Arts and Science at New York University, and can not be applied towards major or minor requirements in other departments.

4. Major and Minor Requirements


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