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10 Math Courses At Barnard College

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Evelin Mercedes

Math is such an important part of the college curriculum, whether it's your first time taking a math course or it's the major you want to stick with. There's a variety of courses at Barnard College that better suits everyone at any level with opportunities to learn from some of the best professors in the field. Learn more about the top 10 math courses here:

1. APMA E4300 Computational Math: Introduction to Numerical Methods  

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This 3-credit course APMA R4300 introduces students to the mathematical algorithms and numerical methods used by scientists, mathematicians and engineers in their everyday practices. As a slightly advanced course, the prerequisites include MATH UN1201, MATH UN2030, APMA E3101, and ENGI E1006. Topics include numerical solutions of algebraic systems, non-linear systems, optimization, and numerical integration and differentiation.

It's not necessary to have prior's knowledge but all programming exercises will be in Python.

2. MATH UN2010 Linear Algebra

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Professor Dave Bayer teaches students to have more confidence in their abilities to understand different liner algebra references while testing their computational abilities. Students will be tested on matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations, and linear algebra applications. This course requires the prerequisite MATH UN1201. 

3. MATH UN3025 Making, Breaking Codes

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This 3 credit course taught by professor Dorian Goldfeld introduces students to abstract algebra used in cryptography and coding theory. It's an interesting course for those interested in coding and understanding how math correlates with codes! Prerequisites include MATH UN1101, MATH UN1102, MATH UN1201, and MATH UN2010.

4. MATH UN3901 Supervised Readings in Mathematics I

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If you're more interested in learning mathematics independently, MATH UN3901 allows students to pursue their own independent research to present at the end of the semester. The course can be taken for 2-3 credits as long as students have the written permission from a staff member who will be the student's sponsor. Written reports and periodic conferences with the sponsor are required.


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MATH GU4391 puts a focus on quantum mechanics on a level perfect for anyone who hasn't had any formal training in quantum theory. Students will dive deeper into the role of symmetry, groups and representations in quantum mechanics in this 3 credit course. This can definitely be an intriguing class for students who may not need math requirements but want to learn more.

6. MATH GR5010 Introduction to the Mathematics of Finance

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MATH GR5010 introduces students to mathematical methods in the world of finance including derivative securities, risk management, portfolio management and investment strategies. If you don't have any knowledge on finance, it may be a bit more difficult to grasp the concepts. This course would definitely be interesting to someone wanting to gain knowledge in Black-Scholes option pricing formula, Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes, volatility models, risk models, value-at-risk and conditional value-at-risk, and more. Prerequisites include MATH UN1102 and MATH UN1201.

7. MATH GR6343 Lie Groups and Representations.  

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This 0-credit course dives into the variety of Lie groups and representations in Algebra and Geometry. Class discussions will assess symmetry, Lie algebras and groups, and similar topics. It's the perfect course to meet others who are interested in math while gaining your knowledge and confidence in different math topics.

8. MATH GR6402 Modern Geometry

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MATH GR402 studies mathematics in an advanced approach granting students 4.5 credits after completion. The course studies different theories including Manifold theory, homotopy theory, quantum field theory, and geometry and string theory.If any of these topic sound interesting, this course would be great for you to learn from!

9. MATH GR5300 Hedge Funds Strategies & Risk.

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Math has its own special place within the business world that's both intimidating and fascinating. To prepare students interested in business, MATH GR5300 discusses the hedge fund industry from the point of view of portfolio managers and investors. You'll learn new strategies as well as career development in the field.


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Taught by theorists and practitioners in the Math department, MATH GU4200 unite the differences between mathematics and literary criticism. Professor Michael Harris anticipates a one-page response paper to each week’s reading, submitted before class to further analyze how students grasp the math concepts. If you're okay with the weekly response papers, analytical discussions, and readings then this would be a great course for you!

Each math course holds a variety of goals prepared for each student to achieve by the end of the semester. It's important to make sure to research the courses before registering! Good luck!


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