saliahmed Posted May 6, 2009 Share Posted May 6, 2009 Hi, I am about to complete my Bachelors in Computer Science. However, now I wish to pursue a graduate career in Pure Math, specifically in logic and set theory. A professor at my college told me that the number of courses I had done in Math was not enough for applying to graduate math program, although some others disagree. A typical major in my college consists of 20 courses, while I have done 17 courses in math. Can anyone guide me as to how I should proceed to be able to apply for grad math programs? Should I get research internships, or should I stay back and do a second major in math? I have seen many people switch from Comp Sci to Humanities, but havent heard of a CS major switch to Maths. Any advice whould be appreciated! Thanks! Ali Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

noojens Posted May 6, 2009 Share Posted May 6, 2009 I think it's not so much whether you took 17 or 20 math courses, it's which math courses you took. Most math grad programs will presume knowledge equivalent to: - lower division courses: calculus, ODE/PDE, computational linear algebra, vector analysis (calculation-based courses) - upper division courses: real analysis, complex analysis, modern algebra, linear algebra, and perhaps probability theory (proof-based courses) If you're missing one or two of the upper division courses, some programs may allow remedial study while you pursue your MS. Your application will be stronger with a demonstrated record of excellence in upper division (theoretical) math courses, but IMO they're not strictly necessary. Your mileage may vary. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

frankdux Posted July 11, 2009 Share Posted July 11, 2009 I think it's not so much whether you took 17 or 20 math courses, it's which math courses you took. Most math grad programs will presume knowledge equivalent to: - lower division courses: calculus, ODE/PDE, computational linear algebra, vector analysis (calculation-based courses) - upper division courses: real analysis, complex analysis, modern algebra, linear algebra, and perhaps probability theory (proof-based courses) If you're missing one or two of the upper division courses, some programs may allow remedial study while you pursue your MS. Your application will be stronger with a demonstrated record of excellence in upper division (theoretical) math courses, but IMO they're not strictly necessary. Your mileage may vary. This. also, i was a math major and i only took 13 math courses. (but i also took 8 science courses in physics and astro and i don't recall if that counted for anything.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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