BSc in Mathematics

Explore quantity, shape, structure and change, and engage in discovery and conjecture.

Introduction

To do mathematics is to engage in an act of discovery and conjecture, intuition and inspiration: to be in a state of confusion — not because it makes no sense to you, but because you gave it sense and you still don’t understand what your creation is upto: to have a breakthrough idea; to be be frustrated as an artist; to be awed and overwhelmed by an almost painful beauty…”
 — A Mathematician’s Lament’ by Paul Lockhart.

A study of mathematics can help you develop the capacity to solve a wide range of problems. It can provide a backdrop to various forms of learning and is useful and necessary for other academic disciplines, from the pure sciences to the humanities. Mathematics is very relevant for data collection, analysis and mathematical models are empowering tools for students to understand several problems. 

But traditional mathematical learning has often been reduced to rote learning and memorisation. Mathematician John Allen Paulos refers to this as innumeracy” and a void in the understanding and application of mathematical ideas. 

We believe that mathematics needs to address this gap, and help you understand the rich practice of the subject for the changing needs of the world in which we live. 

We use progressive pedagogical practices in maths.

We help you understand mathematics as a system on its own. Mathematics can enable the creation and discovery of truths. We help you appreciate the universal application of mathematics and its role in scientific and technological innovation. 

Mathematics has been developed across history and cultures. We will help you use it to solve challenges in different fields that rely on quantitative abilities. We ask how mathematical knowledge and training can contribute to your role as a citizen.

Inclusion and diversity with Inquiry Based Learning

We use Inquiry Based Learning to replace the traditional lecture method to ensure our classroom is a level playing field for students of all backgrounds. This helps students understand what it means to be a mathematician.

Cross-disciplinary

We use arts, crafts and music to explore mathematics for the study of concepts like symmetry, self-similarity, universal ratios and constants. 

Open-source technology

We use an open-source computer algebra system called SageMath, Software for Algebra and Geometry Experimentation.

Living on campus

We believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. In living together, you can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over their years of study.

WE BRING YOU INTERDISCIPLINARY OPENNESS

Our degree encourages you to explore and follow your interests. We design our courses to ensure that you can specialise in a subject of your choice while learning a variety of subjects across disciplines.

A COMMON CURRICULUM FOR ALL STUDENTS

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your degree to build all the tools you need for your three years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and a workshop in creative expressions.

WE OFFER ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE

We provide active academic assistance and ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the academic programme to fulfil your aspirations.

WE ENSURE FINANCIAL SUPPORT 

We ensure that no student has to drop out of university because of financial trouble or social disadvantage. We provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Course structure

This programme will help you understand the practice of mathematics. We help you recognise patterns in geometric, numerical and algebraic forms, abstraction and the interpretation of mathematical arguments. You will learn to apply mathematical ideas creatively and precisely and understand complex mathematical texts. 

We believe that it is important that you understand the broader contexts of each discipline and the porous borders between them. We encourage you to make links between your chosen field of study and the world in which we live.

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of the year for this set of courses. and build the tools you will need for your years of study. We introduce you to different modes of thought and themes, including writing and communication skills, strong critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas across fields of study and inquiry.

  • Foundations

    These courses will help you develop a toolkit to prepare for your undergraduate study. You will develop your critical reading and writing skills and communication abilities.

    The key areas you will work on are language capacities, reading, writing and speaking. We will work with different forms of writing, ranging from autobiographical writing to mappings and note-taking. These classes will include classroom discussions, presentations, collaborative works, group work and practicums.

  • Creative Expressions

    We relate to the world not only through the intellect but also with our bodies and creative abilities.

    In this set of courses and workshops, you will explore aesthetic, physical and expressive traditions. You can choose workshops in art, music, theatre, dance and sports or fitness. You will develop a guided self-study and choose to learn a sport, art or craft. You could make a performance, produce a piece of work or build a portfolio.

    We offer you a chance to play cricket, basketball, table tennis, or even practice Yoga, Tai Chi or the martial arts. You can choose music, painting, sculpture, dance or photography.

  • Understanding India

    In these courses, we will explore the nature and diversity of the Indian experience. We study the vast diversity of historical, cultural and linguistic aspects that define Indianness.

    You will learn to understand how the subcontinent has changed in its environment, across geography, geology and territory. We will think together about debates on the people who live here, their culture, and the larger questions around population and inequality. Most importantly, we examine the many structures that organise Indian society.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    You can choose one interdisciplinary area of study of four courses and a field internship of two weeks.

    These courses are about current Indian and global scenarios, whether social, political, cultural or ecological conditions.

These core courses focus on mathematical language and thinking and explore a rage of topics. These courses set the tone for higher mathematics and help you with logical and analytical thinking, proof techniques and the communication of arguments.

Our core courses sometimes require an understanding of other scientific disciplines, and to ensure that you are able to study with ease, we offer you supportive courses in methods, chemistry, physics and biology. You have to study programming, a laboratory based course, and one course in economics or philosophy.

You can choose for a set of courses in Mathematics as well as a set of courses from other disciplines in Biology, Economics, Physics and Humanities.

For an Honours degree, you will have to study two more courses from available electives and write a thesis project.

Total 96 credits

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