Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Mathematics

Overview
The Mathematics Program has three main functions: to provide students in the program with the opportunity to study the primary areas of contemporary mathematics, to provide physical and social science majors with the necessary mathematical tools for work in their disciplines, and to introduce all students to serious and interesting mathematical ideas and their applications.

Requirements
The program requirements are flexible enough to allow a student to prepare for graduate study in mathematics, professional schools (such as medical or law), or employment in the public or private sector. Students in the program are expected to follow the standard divisional procedure for Moderation and to fulfill the college-wide distribution and First-Year Seminar requirements.

By the time of Moderation a student in the program should have taken (or be taking) these courses or their equivalents: Mathematics 141, Calculus I; Mathematics 142, Calculus II; Mathematics 213, Linear Algebra with Ordinary Differential Equations; and Mathematics 261, Proofs and Fundamentals. By graduation, a student must have completed: Mathematics 241, Vector Calculus; Mathematics 332, Abstract Algebra; Mathematics 361, Real Analysis; at least two other math courses numbered 300 or above; a computer science course, preferably before beginning the Senior Project; and the Senior Project.

Recent Senior Projects in Mathematics

  • “Associativity of Binary Operations on the Real Numbers”
  • “Cutoff for Lamplighter Markov Chains on Prisms”
  • “Lose Big, Win Big, and Sum Big: Exploration of Ranked Voting Systems”
  • “Orthogonal Projections of Lattice Stick Knots”

Program Website:

http://math.bard.edu

Program Director: James Belk
Phone: 845-758-7162
E-mail: belk@bard.edu

Faculty:

Maria Belk
Ethan Bloch
John Cullinan
Mark Halsey
Stefan Mendez-Diez
Lauren Lynn Rose
Steven Simon
Japheth Wood

Staff:

Mark Halsey
Megan Karcher