Some of humankind’s most powerful and beautiful ideas lie in the field of Mathematics. The wide applicability of these ideas and their deep connection with the natural sciences have made this discipline one of the most fruitful arenas of human inquiry. Combining, as it does, the greatest creative freedom with the most stringent standards of rigour, Mathematics also happens to be the ideal training ground for learning a broad range of analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ashoka University’s programme of study for the Major in Mathematics has been designed to meet two primary goals:
Students should be broadly exposed to the primary areas and the central ideas of contemporary Mathematics (as well as their applications); and
Students should develop the skills of rigorous analytic reasoning along with a set of useful problem solving skills and strategies.
In addition to Foundation Courses that are common across disciplines, students aiming to choose Mathematics as their major should take the enabling course on Calculus as early as possible. This will be followed by 10 required and 2 elective courses in Mathematics. The required courses cover the areas of Analysis, Algebra, Linear Algebra, Probability, Differential Equations and Mathematical Modelling. Elective course offerings vary from semester to semester depending on student and faculty interests. In addition, students have the opportunity of studying some special topics in depth under the guidance of a faculty member.
At the end of their program of study, we expect students to be able to read and understand mathematical proofs, learn and apply new mathematical concepts, and construct and communicate a correct and rigorous argument of their own. Students completing this programme will be well prepared to pursue Mathematics further or to take up positions that call for innovative problem solving in concert with strong analytical abilities