Majors and Minors
Students considering a major or minor in mathematics (or interdisciplinary majors including mathematics) should consult a member of the mathematics department. See the Academic Handbook for the requirements of a mathematics major or minor, and search the Class Finder for registration information about mathematics courses by semester. Some documents that may help with longer-term planning are:
- Bowdoin Course Guide: descriptions of all Bowdoin courses this academic year.
- Two-year course rotation: when we expect to offer each math course in the future.
- Visual course-connections: how major-level courses are connected by prerequisites.
- Math Courses: descriptions of all math courses offered Fall 2014-Spring 2016.
The department participates in three interdisciplinary joint majors: computer science and mathematics, mathematics and economics, and mathematics and education. See Interdisciplinary Majors for the official requirements of each of these, and see Mathematics and Education for more details about that program.
Off Campus Study
The Department of Mathematics awards transfer credit for approved courses completed at other institutions, although at most two can be applied toward the eight courses required for the math major and at most one can be used toward the four required by the math minor. See Off Campus Study and Transfer Credit Policy for details about how to obtain pre-approval of math courses taken elsewhere.
Summer Opportunities in Mathematics
The math department maintains a list of summer opportunities for students interested in mathematics. The list includes undergraduate research programs in pure and applied mathematics, programs in data analysis, statistics and biostatistics, institutes in mathematical biology, as well as opportunities for teaching mathematics. The list is by no means comprehensive, but should serve as a place to start your search.
Bowdoin College arranges shared studies programs with the University of Maine College of Engineering (open only to Maine residents), the School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Students wishing to pursue such a program as a math major at Bowdoin must complete all the regular requirements of the math major, and may want to focus particlar attention on courses in our "Modeling and Dynamics" and "Opt/Num Meth" categories as listed on the two-year course rotation above. See Special Academic Programs for details on the options for an engineering dual-degree.