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What sort of math classes does Amherst offer?

jsujsu Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
edited January 2010 in Amherst College
Hi guys,
I'm a prospective transfer student double-majoring in math and psychology. I will have already taken linear algebra, analysis, algebra, and algebraic topology before entering. What kind of other math classes does Amherst offer (beyond analysis and algebra?) I understand Amherst doesn't have a grad school and I'm worried I may run out of math to take.

Also, how is your psychology department? I have a lot less experience with psychology but I'm very interested in learning more.

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Replies to: What sort of math classes does Amherst offer?

  • PKWsurf21PKWsurf21 Registered User Posts: 556 Member
    Wow that is extremely impressive.
    The highest level math courses are Functions of a Real Variable and Toplogy. I plan on taking those courses in my junior and senior years. You can do independent topics but i don't know if you want to be doing that for the next four years. Here's the course listing on their website:

    In terms of psych, I'm not entirely sure how the program is but I'm assuming it's pretty good. A lot of my friends are in the intro psych class and they really like it and are planning on majoring in it.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    The Amherst math dept. is solid, but not especially large. If you are interested in LACs with particularly strong math offerings, then other schools of possible interest might include St. Olaf's or Williams.
  • jsujsu Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Oooh thanks :)
    I always heard Amherst was "the best" liberal arts school but I will definitely check out Williams.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    Different schools have different strengths; for math, Williams clearly has a larger program than Amherst. Average number of math majors per year, 2005-2009:

    Amherst: 16
    Williams: 48

    Other LACs noted for math would include St. Olaf and Harvey Mudd. For example, St. Olaf reports "more than 120 upper-class mathematics majors". St. Olaf is worth serious consideration; this schools isn't well known in general, but it has a very strong reputation in the math world, and sends large numbers of graduates into math PhD programs. Also, St. Olaf is probably easier to transfer into than Amherst or Williams, both of which only accept a handful of transfer students in any given year.
  • jsujsu Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    thanks for the suggestions :) yeah i'm totally adding st. olaf's to my list. too bad harvey mudd doesn't accept transfers this year or it'd totally be my first choice.
  • notnoahnotlowellnotnoahnotlowell Registered User Posts: 15 New Member

    Amherst is a member of the 5-college consortium, which consists of Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, U Mass Amherst and Hampshire. Amherst students can take classes at any of the 5 schools for full credit.

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