First-Year Exploration

Tips for pre-concentrators:

  • Plan to take one course that would count for AM each semester of your first year and two in sophomore Fall
  • If you choose to take CS 50 in your first year, be sure to take it for a grade
  • MIT 6.001+6.002 and APMTH 111 are other options for an introduction to computation that would count for Applied Mathematic

Speak with an advisor:

Students with questions about Applied Mathematics should contact one of the Directors or Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies listed below:

Contact email: am-advising@seas.harvard.edu

Steven Gortler, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: sjg@seas.harvard.edu
Maxwell Dworkin 241
Advising office hours:

Jeremy Bloxham, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: jeremy_bloxham@harvard.edu
Maxwell Dworkin 241
Advising office hours:

Margo Levine, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: mlevine@seas.harvard.edu
Pierce Hall 207A
Advising office hours: 

Sarah Iams, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: siams@seas.harvard.edu 
Pierce Hall 287
Advising office hours: 

Students with questions about pursuing a secondary field in Mathematical Sciences should contact one of the Directors or Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies or Jacob Lurie in 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 consult with the Directors, Associate Director, or Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies for guidance.

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

Schedule M - Student has no advanced placement for mathematics.

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 (or AM 111 later on)
  • Math 21a
  • Applied Math 50 (not required)

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

Schedule 1 - Student has no advanced placement for mathematics.

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math 1a
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Math 1b
  • Applied Math 50 (not required)
Sophomore Year
  • Applied Math 21a OR Math 21a
  • Compsci 50 (or CS50/AM 111 later on)
  • Applied Math 21b OR Math 21b
  • Course in possible area of application

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

Schedule 21a - Student places out of Math 1a and Math 1b.

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math 21a
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Compsci 50 (or AM 111 later on)
  • Math 21b
  • Applied Math 50 (not required)
Sophomore Year
  • Stat 110
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Math OR Applied Math course
  • Course in possible area of application

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

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math 21b (23a/25a/55a are accepted but not required)
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Mathematical science course with 21a/b prereq
    (Math 23b/25b/55b are accepted but not required)
  • Course in possible area of application
Sophomore Year
  • Stat 110
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Additional Math OR Applied Math course
    (one of am104/am105/am108
    or math110/math112/math118r
    is needed to replace 21a).
  • Course in possible area of application

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.