Interdisciplinary Majors*

Art History and Archaeology

The art history and archaeology major consists of thirteen courses.

Required courses:

  • Art History 1100
  • Archaeology 1101
  • Archaeology 1102
  • one of Classics 1101, 1111, 1112, 2777, 2970–2973, Philosophy 2111, or an intermediate course in religion (2000–2669)
  • one of Art History 2130, 2140, or 2150
  • Art History 2220
  • one of Art History 3000–3999
  • two additional art history courses
  • three additional archaeology courses, one of which must be at the advanced level (3000–3999)
  • Art History 4000 or Archaeology 4000

Art History and Visual Arts

The art history and visual arts major consists of thirteen courses.

Required courses:

  • Art History 1100
  • Visual Arts 1101
  • one course in African, Asian, or pre-Columbian art history numbered 1103 or higher
  • one of Visual Arts 1201, 1401, or 1601
  • four additional art history courses numbered 2000 or higher
  • four additional visual arts courses, no more than one of which may be an independent study
  • one advanced seminar in art history (3000–3999)

Chemical Physics

The chemical physics major consists of twelve courses.

Required courses:

  • Chemistry 1102 or 1109
  • Physics 1130
  • Physics 1140
  • Mathematics 1600
  • Mathematics 1700
  • Mathematics 1800
  • Physics 2130
  • Physics 2150
  • Chemistry 2510
  • one of Chemistry 2520 or Physics 3140
  • two courses from the following:
    • Chemistry 3100, 3400, or approved topics in 4000 or higher
    • Physics 2250, 3000, 3130, 3810, or approved topics in 4000 or 4001
    • At least one of these must be at the advanced level (3000–3999).

Other possible electives may be feasible; interested students should check with the departments.

Computer Science and Mathematics

The computer science and mathematics major consists of ten courses.

Required courses:

  • Mathematics 2000
  • Mathematics 2020
  • Computer Science 2101
  • Computer Science 2200
  • Three additional computer science courses, higher than 2000, that satisfy the following:
    • at least one course in each of the areas Artificial Intelligence and Systems; and
    • at least one of which is an advanced course (3000–3999).
  • three additional mathematics courses, 1800 or higher

Independent studies in computer science cannot count toward this major. Courses that count for this major must be taken for a regular letter grade, not Credit/D/Fail, with a minimum earned grade of C-. At most, two of these courses can be transfer credits from other institutions.

English and Theater

The interdisciplinary major in English and theater focuses on the dramatic arts, broadly construed, with an emphasis on the critical and embodied study of drama and literature.

Students of English and theater may blend introductory and advanced course work in both fields, while maintaining flexibility in the focus of their work. Honors theses in English and theater are listed as honors in both departments. Students wishing to study away are allowed to count two courses in approved study away programs toward the requirements for the major.

The English and theater major consists of eleven required courses.

Required courses:

  • an English first-year seminar or introductory course (1000–1049 or 1100–1999)
  • one introductory theater course (1100–1999)
  • one course from English on drama before 1800, such as English 1115, English 2200, or the equivalent in English or another department
  • one course in modern drama, such as English 2452, 2654, or the equivalent in English or another department
  • one advanced course in theater (3000–3999)
  • one advanced English seminar (3000–3999)
  • one elective in English at the intermediate level (2000–2899)
  • one elective in theater or dance at the intermediate level (2000–2999)
  • any three additional courses in theater


Mathematics and Economics

The mathematics and economics interdisciplinary major consists of eleven required courses.

Required courses:

  • Mathematics 1800
  • Mathematics 2000
  • Mathematics 2206
  • Mathematics 2606
  • two of Mathematics 2109, 2208, 3108, 3109, 3208, 3209
  • either Computer Science 2101, or Mathematics 2209 or 3606
  • Economics 2555
  • Economics 2556
  • Economics 3516
  • one additional advanced course in economics (3000–3999)

Courses that count for this major must be taken for a regular letter grade, not Credit/D/Fail, with a minimum earned grade of C-. At most, two of these courses can be transfer credits from other institutions.

Mathematics and Education

The interdisciplinary major in mathematics and education combines the study of mathematics and pedagogy. The prescribed mathematics courses represent the breadth of preparation necessary for both the scholarly study as well as the practice of secondary school mathematics. The required education courses provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practicum-based experiences crucial to understanding the challenges of secondary mathematics education. Students completing this major are prepared to become leaders in the field of mathematics education, either as scholars or educators.

The mathematics and education interdisciplinary major consists of eleven required courses.

Required courses:

  • Mathematics 1800
  • Mathematics 2000
  • Mathematics 2020
  • at least one mathematics course in modeling chosen from Mathematics 1808, 2109, 2208, or 2209
  • at least one mathematics course in algebra and analysis chosen from Mathematics 2301, 2303, 2502, 2602, 2603, or 2702
  • at least one mathematics course in geometry chosen from Mathematics 2404 or 3404
  • at least one course in statistics chosen from Mathematics 1200, 1300, or 2606
    • This statistics requirement may alternately be met with a score of four or five on the AP Statistics exam, Economics 2557, or Psychology 2520, provided that the student also completes Mathematics 2206.
  • Education 1101
  • Education 2203
  • Education 3301 and 3302
    • Students must take Education 3301 and 3302 concurrently during the fall semester of their junior or senior year.

Courses that count for this major must be taken for a regular letter grade, not Credit/D/Fail, with a minimum earned grade of C-. At most, two of the courses in mathematics can be transfer credits from other institutions. Transfer credits are not accepted for the courses in education.

Physics and Education

The physics and education interdisciplinary major consists of eleven required courses.

Required courses:

  • Physics 1130
    • If a student places out of 1130, no replacement course is required.
  • Physics 1140
  • Physics 2130
  • Physics 2140 or Physics 2150
  • Physics 3010
  • Earth and Oceanographic Science 1105 (or higher)
  • Chemistry 1092, 1102, or 1109 (or higher)
  • Education 1101
  • Education 2203
  • Education 3301 and 3302
    • Students must take Education 3301 and 3302 concurrently during the fall semester of their junior or senior year.

This major meets all the course requirements for the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars teacher certification program, and majors are eligible to apply for admission to that program. Completing the major requirements in a timely fashion requires advanced planning, so students are strongly encouraged to meet with faculty from both the Departments of Physics and Education early in their college careers.

Students pursuing this major may be able to use up to two transfer credits toward the physics, chemistry, or earth and oceanographic science part of the requirements. None of the education requirements can be fulfilled with transfer credit.

In addition, physics and education interdisciplinary majors must:

  • achieve a grade of C- or higher in education courses required for this major; and
  • achieve a grade of C- or higher in the physics courses if they are to serve as a prerequisite.

Students pursuing this major may receive one D in a required physics course (as long as it is not serving as a prerequisite) and count the course toward the major. No courses taken Credit/D/Fail will be accepted toward the major.

Students may pursue honors projects or independent studies, but they do not replace any of the requirements for this major.

*An interdisciplinary major cannot be combined with a second departmental or coordinate major.