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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
  • Most AM students complete their computation requirement via AM 10, CS 32, of CS 50.  If you take CS 50, be sure to take it for a grade for it to count for AM.  Students often complete their computation course in their first year or sophomore year.
  • 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 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: AM 10 / CS 50 can be taken in the fall of the first year.  CS 32 / CS 50 can be taken in the spring of the first year.  These courses are not listed for those semesters in any of the plans below: it is not necessary to take AM 10, CS 32, or 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
  • AM 10
  • 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
  • Stat 110
  • Math 21b / AM 22b / Math 22b
  • CS 32 or other 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
  • AM 10 or Stat 110
  • CS 32 or Other 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 25a/55a are accepted but not preferred)
  • Course in possible area of application
  • Math 21b / AM 22b / Math 22b (Math 25b/55b are accepted but not preferred)
  • Course in possible area of application
Sophomore Year
  • AM 10 or Stat 110
  • Second course that would count for applied mathematics
  • CS 32 or other course that would count for AM
  • Second course that would count for AM

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

Year Fall Courses Spring Courses
Freshman Year
  • Math 21b / AM 22a / Math 22a (Math 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
  • AM 10 or Stat 110
  • Second course that would count for AM
  • CS 32 or 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.