Interdisciplinary Majors

The department participates in three interdisciplinary joint majors: computer science and mathematics, mathematics and economics, and mathematics and education.

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. At most, two of these courses can be transfer credits from other institutions.

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)

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.

Bowdoin College offers students an opportunity to become certified middle and high school math teachers through a rigorous scholarly and classroom-based preparation that includes an interdisciplinary major in mathematics and education, co-curricular & summer programs, and participation in Bowdoin Teacher Scholars.

Completing certification requirements in a timely fashion requires a good deal of planning, so students are strongly encouraged to meet with faculty members in the Mathematics and Education Departments early in their college careers.

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.