First-Year Exploration

Tips for pre-concentrators:

  • To be on track for the concentration, plan to take one course that would count for AM each semester of your first year and to take two in your sophomore fall
  • AM students are evenly split between taking CS 50 in the first year, sophomore year, and junior year.  When you take CS 50, be sure to take it for a grade for it to count for AM.  CS 50 is not required, but computation is: MIT 6.0001+6.0002 and AM 111 also satisfy the computation requirement for applied mathematics.
  • Almost all AM students take Stat 110 (probability) in either their sophomore or junior fall.

Speak with an advisor:

Students with questions about Applied Mathematics should write to am-advising@seas.harvard.edu.  Further advising information, including drop in office hours, can be found here.

Students with questions about pursuing a secondary field in Mathematical Sciences should write am-advising@seas.harvard.edu or contact the Math Department.

Sample Schedules

Below are some suggested paths for the freshman and sophomore years in the Applied Mathematics concentration. There are many possible pathways through the degree. Interested students should write am-advising@seas.harvard.edu for additional guidance.

Note: Also see suggested courses based on area of application.

Note: CS 50 / MIT 6.0001+6.0002 can be taken in the fall of the first year (and is taken at that time by about one-third of applied mathematics concentrators).  It is not listed for that semester in any of the plans below: it is not necessary to take CS 50 in the first year to be on track to concentrate in AM.

Schedule M - Student places into Math Ma.

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math Ma
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Math Mb
  • Course in possible area of application
Sophomore Year
  • Math 1b
  • Compsci 50 / MIT 6.0001+6.0002.
  • Math 21a
  • Applied Math 50 or other course that would count for AM

Sample plans of study from students who started in Ma are available from concentration advisors

Schedule 1a - Student places into Math 1a.

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math 1a
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Math 1b
  • Applied Math 50 (not required)
Sophomore Year
  • Math 21a / AM 22a / Math 22a
  • CS50/MIT 6.0001+6.0002 or Stat 110
  • Math 21b / AM 22b / Math 22b
  • Second course that would count for AM

Sample plans of study from students who started in 1a are available from concentration advisors

Schedule 1b - Student places into Math 1b.

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math 1b
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Math 21a
  • Course in possible area of application
Sophomore Year
  • Math 21b
  • CS50/MIT 6.0001+6.0002 or Stat 110
  • Course that would count for AM
  • Second course that would count for AM

Sample plans of study from students who started in 1a are available from concentration advisors

Schedule 21a - Student places into Math 21a/APMTH 22a.

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math 21a / AM 22a / Math 22a (Math 23a/25a/55a are accepted but not preferred)
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Math 21b / AM 22b / Math 22b (Math 23b/25b/55b are accepted but not preferred)
  • Course in possible area of application
Sophomore Year
  • CS50/MIT 6.0001+6.0002 or Stat 110
  • Second course that would count for applied mathematics
  • Course that would count for AM
  • Second course that would count for AM

Schedule 21b - Student documents having taken AM 21a/Math 21a.

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math 21b / AM 22a / Math 22a (Math 23a/25a/55a are accepted but not preferred)
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Math or AM course to replace 21a (diff eq / analysis categories)
  • Course in possible area of application
Sophomore Year
  • CS50/MIT 6.0001+6.0002 or Stat 110
  • Second course that would count for AM
  • Course that would count for AM
  • Second course that would count for AM

Other courses you might consider

Some potential application area courses would count as a breadth elective even if you don’t choose that application area. Examples include Econ 1011a, Econ 1011b, Physics 12a, 15a, 15b, Astro 16, MCB 112, Psych 1401.