Bowdoin Mathematics Department in the Searles Science Building

Bowdoin's mathematics curriculum reflects the department's belief that mathematics is important both for its practical applications and for its beauty. A broad program of courses has been designed to serve students with a wide range of interests.

The department also participates in an interdisciplinary major in mathematics and education, an interdisciplinary major in mathematics and economics, and an interdisciplinary major with computer science, offering courses in discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, optimization, and combinatorics and graph theory in support of the latter. In addition, the department has recently started to develop an interdisciplinary program in mathematical biology.

Student Research

Student Research



Student Research Projects in Mathematics

Bowdoin Math Circle

Bowdoin Math Circle



An opportunity for talented students in the seventh and eigth grades to experience mathematics beyond the normal curriculum.>>

Mathematician of the Day

Adolphe Quetelet
Adolphe Quetelet

born: 22nd February 1796

Adolphe Quetelet was influenced by Pierre Laplace and Joseph Fourier, Quetelet was the first to use the normal curve other than as an error law.