Math at Yale

<p>How does it compare to programs at other universities?</p>

<p>I/ve never heard anyone be a yale engineer</p>

<p>Well, engineering isn't exactly a synonym for mathematics.</p>

<p>I'm planning to go into EECS or somthing like that at Yale. Its math department might not be as well-known as MIT's or Harvard's, but it's still world class.</p>

<p>I don't know that much about the math program, but there's this really hard intro math course my friend is taking as a freshman deemed "suicide math." He's competed in and regularly writes questions for math competitions, and he's thinking of majoring in math, but he still finds the course hard. I think there's something for all different levels at Yale - I'm sure the math department is very good.</p>


<p>how are chemistry and physics at yale?</p>

<p>conwoman- do a lot ppl @ Yale major in econ and math (the joint major)?</p>

<p>sl1201 - there's something for everyone, and while the departments might not be as strong as MIT or w/e, they're still very good. anyway, i'm a chem major, enjoying it immensely (okay, though, the really cool orgo prof left, so orgo's not exactly a picnic for students starting it this year, but then again, is it ever?) there are several good intro chem courses, each with different strengths, and i've heard good things about the upper-level chem electives too. as for physics, for frosh with really good math & physics preparation, phys 260/261 is a very challenging course (nearly killed me freshman year and i hated it at the beginning, but it turned out to be one of my favorite courses by the end). there are also several other levels of intro physics for people with different math preparation, and the teacher for 200/201 is supposed to be really good. i don't know much about upper-division physics since I deserted the physics major for chem, so maybe someone else can tell you more about that, but if you have any questions about chem feel free to ask!</p>

<p>I'm a current freshmen at Yale.
And I can say that the math intro courses (through Multivariable) are pretty horribly taught. You wont see a real professor till after Math 120 (multivar). But it's definitely bearable, I did fine. Just dont expect your teacher to actually teach you the information :). This is the only department where I've personally noticed poor teaching.</p>

<p>I hear it gets better after this, but I was definitely turned off to math by the intro courses. But still, Yale is awesome no matter how horrid the intro math courses are :)</p>

<p>How is the Environmental Engineering program at Yale?</p>

<p>Conwoman, do you know the course number that your friend is taking?</p>

<p>I'm thinking of doing Math 230 freshman year.</p>

<p>Ok I guess a lot of people are asking me questions. One thing I can answer is masamune's - my friend's math course is indeed 230. As for the other questions, I don't know if a lot of people major in econ and math, but I know at least one of my friends is planning to. And I haven't been at Yale long enough to know how the chemistry and physics are, but apparently many famous chemists went to Yale and left a legacy (for instance Gibbs). I am only taking physics next year, but I heard the 200 and 260 intro level courses are good - 200 is supposed to have a good teacher.</p>

<p>yes, 200 does have a really cool teacher (shankar).</p>

<p>problem with a lot of the intro math courses, for those of you who are interested, is that they're often taught by grad students (the intro math courses and intro language courses are pretty much the only courses at Yale where this is true) or very icky profs. i have several friends who are really into math, and I think that their experiences with the high-level courses (ie. real analysis, number theory, etc.) have been pretty good... but everything up through math 120 (multivar) probably won't be up to par. can't give you any more specifics than that, but it's just a thought.</p>

<p>What you need to do is make sure you get the section that has the professor by signing up early. I got the head professor for my language class and other friends got worse ones and complained. I learned the hard way that you should also try to pick out the head TA for the sections or you might get stuck with a mediocre one.</p>

<p>You guys are kidding yourselves if you think Yale's math program is "world class". It is by far, as tupacalipse demonstrated, one of the university's worst majors. Most undergrad rankings have Yale out of the top 10 in math, behind Harvard, pton, MIT, stanford, berkeley, caltech, Michigan, NYU, etc. Yale is great in many areas, but math is simply not one of them. You'd be better off at a different ivy or paying less at a great state school.</p>

<p>i'm not sure what i want to major but it will probably fall into math/physics/engineering category. But from what you guys said, i'll probabaly choose physics.</p>

<p>chibear, can u post a link to any undergrad rankings in math? I've only seen graduate school rankings, which do have Yale well into the top 10. The NRC rankings, which many say are the definitive grad school/departmental rankings put Yale at 7 <a href=""&gt;;/a> USNEWS rankings put Yale 6 or 7 if i recall. In light of this, i think it's reasonable to call Yale's math program "world class"</p>

<p>That's true wrath. Although the rankings are ten years old, so things could have changed. Also, that does not necessarily correlate with undergraduate education (although there is certainly some sort of connection).</p>

<p>Math at yale has always been top 10 I think.
Math Rankings - Science Magazine</p>

<p>Mathematics: top ten (undergrad)</p>

<p>Science Magazine</p>

<li><p>Massachusetts Institute of Technology</p></li>
<li><p>Princeton University</p></li>
<li><p>University of Chicago</p></li>
<li><p>Harvard University</p></li>
<li><p>Stanford University</p></li>
<li><p>New York University</p></li>
<li><p>University of California Berkeley</p></li>
<li><p>California Institute of Technology</p></li>
<li><p>Cornell University</p></li>
<li><p>Yale University</p></li>

<p>I personally think that this is very accurate except that would take NYu and put it on #10 but I am biased.</p>