If abacus caught your fancy as a child and later numbers and their origin was what kept you up all night, then a course in Mathematics(honours) is your calling.
With the course being largely heavy on theory, the first-year is a mix of vector calculus, algebra, two analysis papers along with two concurrent and one interdisciplinary subject.
These papers lay the basis for the remainder of the course, which then incorporates higher algebra, differential equations, mechanics, numerical analysis and computer programming, probability along with the concurrent and discipline-centred courses, in the second year.
In the final year, students get into higher analysis, mechanics, algebra, differential equations along with other optional papers like game theory and Boolean algebra.
“There are students who take up Maths because they don’t make it to Economics or B.Com. Halfway into the course, they realise they’re not cut out for it,” said Shounak Purkayastha, who is pursuing Mathematics in DU’s Hansraj College.
“This is the mistake most of them make, since they feel that its just an extension of school-level maths,” Purkayastha added.
“The mathematics that you study in class 11 and 12 is quite different from what you will study in college. There are not as many calculations involved. It is more about reasoning and logic. Anyone who enjoys the idea of debate and has an aptitude for mathematics will enjoy the course,” said Nandita Narain, who teaches mathematics at St. Stephen’s College.
“The scope of the course is very vast. Finance, insurance and operational research are other areas that offer great employability after doing mathematics,” Narain said.
“The course also goes very well with law. Another very popular combination is that of further studies in Philosophy. Oxford University, in fact, offers an integrated course in Mathematics and philosophy,” she added.