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Learning Goals 1. Knowledge Students should have a good working knowledge of the language of mathematics as embodied in the basic constructs of mathematics in the fundamental areas of algebra, analysis, and geometry. 2. Analytical skills a) Students should be able to analyze the logical structure of a scientific or mathematical problem and to develop a meaningful approach to a solution. b) Students should be able to read, understand and construct a well-formed proof. 3. Research skills 4. Communication skills a) Students should be able to
formulate precise mathematical statements and questions. The listed requirements for the BA Degree in Mathematics are in addition to the Johns Hopkins University’s General Requirements for Departmental Majors. Courses used to meet requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
Students with a major in another department may be awarded a minor in mathematics upon completion of the courses below. All courses used to meet these requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
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minor requirements. Students usually begin by taking Calculus I-II (110.106-107), which is offered in three versions to meet the needs of students with different goals and interests. Students in mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering are encouraged to begin with the 110.108-109 sequence or 110.113; students majoring in other subjects may wish to take the 110.106-107 sequence which relates the methods of calculus to the biological and social sciences. A one-term pre-calculus course 110.105 is offered for students who could benefit from additional preparation in the basic tools (algebra and trigonometry) used in calculus. Entering students may receive course credit for Calculus I or Calculus I-II on the basis of the College Board AP exams. Students without AP credit should take the Math placement exam to determine which course would be appropriate for them. Linear Algebra (110.201), Calculus III (110.202), and Differential Equations (110.302) may be taken in any order after completing Calculus II (110.107 or 110.109). These courses are especially designed to acquaint students with mathematical methods relevant to engineering and the physical, biological, and social sciences. The department offers honors course Honors Multivariable Calculus (110.211) and Honors Linear Algebra (110.212). Additional courses oriented towards applications include Methods of Complex Analysis (110.311), Partial Differential Equations for Applications (110.417) and Fourier Analysis and Generalized Functions (110.443). Students interested in the theoretical foundations of mathematics may select Advanced Algebra I & II (110.401-402), Analysis I & II (110.405-406) or Honors Analysis I and Analysis II (110.415 and 110.406), Introduction to Topology (110.413) and Introduction to Differential Geometry (110.439). Students planning to pursue further study in mathematics should work toward taking these theoretical courses as early as possible in their undergraduate years and are encouraged to take graduate-level courses as soon as they are qualified.
BA/MA Program
All B.A. and M.A. requirements must be completed within the traditional four-year time frame. Graduate student financial support is not available for B.A./M.A. candidates. M.A. degree requirements
All courses used to satisfy the
requirements must be completed with a grade of B- or better. (Advanced
graduate courses completed with a grade of P can also be used to satisfy
the requirements.) Departmental honors are awarded to recipients of the B.A. degree who have completed Methods of Complex Analysis (110.311), Advanced Algebra I & II (110.401-402), Honors Analysis I and Analysis II (110.415-416), and one or more additional courses at the 400 level or above. The student must have at least a 3.6 average in these 6 courses. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offers and coordinates many opportunities for undergraduates to become engaged in ongoing research projects or to initiate their own.
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