Mathematics Curriculum

Course Structure of Undergraduate Mathematics Programme

Mathematics undergraduate programme has been designed including topics of current interest and applications. Once a student undergoes this course successfully he will be well equipped to face the challenges of life. The programme of study includes courses for improving communication skills, strengthening basic science and computational mathematics background and acquainting the student with the socio-economic & historical background of Bangladesh. With this background it should not also be a problem to find a suitable and satisfying job in both public and private sectors, various universities, financial institutions and software & R/D organizations in the country. The total credit requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is 127. Out of these 21 credits are for general education. Nineteen major area compulsory courses account for 57 credits. The students are required to complete 2 courses (4 credits) of Mathematics Lab and write a dissertation on a suitable project/thesis topic. The project/thesis work spread over the last two semesters will have a total of 3 credits. The students will be required to complete 15 credits choosing from several elective courses in their major field and 27 credits from outside their major specialization. The students may also be required to take noncredit remedial courses in English.

Courses for Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The graduation programme for Mathematics will contain the courses as appended below . However, the courses listed below may change as the need arises in future.

a. General Education (21 credits)

1 BIO 101 Introduction to Biology
2 CSE 110 Programming Language I
3 DEV 101 Bangladesh Studies
4 ENG 091 Foundation Course (Non-credit)
5 ENG 101 English Fundamentals *
6 ENG 102 Composition I *
7 HUM 103 Ethics and Culture
8 PHY 111 Principles of Physics I

b. Departmental Core Courses: (57 credits)

1 MAT 111 Principles of Mathematics
2 MAT 121 Basic Algebra
3 MAT 122 Analytic and Vector Geometry
4 MAT 123 Calculus I
5 MAT 124 FORTRAN Programming
6 MAT 211 Calculus II
7 MAT 212 Linear Algebra
8 MAT 221 Real Analysis I
9 MAT 222 Differential Equations I
10 MAT 223 Numerical Analysis I
11 MAT 311 Abstract Algebra
12 MAT 312 Numerical Analysis II
13 MAT 314 Complex Analysis
14 MAT 321 Real Analysis II
15 MAT 322 Differential Equations II
16 MAT 323 Vector Mechanics
17 MAT 324 Discrete Mathematics
18 MAT 325 Mathematical Methods
19 STA 201 Elements of Statistics and Probability

c. Elective Courses: (15 credits)

1 CSE 220 Data Structures
2 CSE 221 Algorithms
3 MAT 313 Differential Geometry
4 MAT 316 Operations Research I
5 MAT 326 Hydrodynamics
6 MAT 411 Topology
7 MAT 415 Finite Element Methods
8 MAT 416 Tensor Calculus
9 MAT 421 Fluid Mechanics
10 MAT 422 Theory of Numbers
11 MAT 423 Mathematical Modeling
12 MAT 424 Operations Research II
13 MAT 425 Advanced Numerical Methods
14 PHY 112 Principles of Physics II
15 PHY 204 Classical Mechanics and Special Theory of Relativity
16 PHY 205 Statistical Mechanics
17 PHY 303 Quantum Mechanics
18 PHY 413 General Theory of Relativity
19 STA 301 Modern Probability Theory & Stochastic Processes

d. Lab: (4 credits)

**1 MAT 250 Mathematics Lab I
**2 MAT 350 Mathematics Lab II

e. Project / Thesis: (3 credits)

1 MAT 400 Project / Thesis

f. Courses Outside Major Specialization: (27 credits)

1 ANT 101 Introduction to Anthropology
**2 ARC 292* Painting
**3 ARC 293* Music Appreciation
4 CHE 101 Introduction to Chemistry
5 ECO 103 Principles of Economics
6 ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
7 HUM 101 World Civilization and Culture
8 HUM 102 Introduction to Philosophy
9 HUM 111 History of Science
10 MAT 315 History of Mathematics
11 MGT 211 Principles of Management
12 PHY 312 Physics for Development
13 POL 103 Introduction to Political Science
14 POL 245 Women, Power & Politics
15 PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
16 SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
17 SOC 401 Gender and Development

or any other BRACU courses outside major specialization.
* Other courses in English may substitute these courses depending on the level of the student's proficiency in English. ** 2 Credit Courses

Academic System & Evaluation Method

a. Academic Standards

In keeping with the mission and goals in mind, every effort will be made to ensure high academic standards by implementing well-designed curricula, carefully selecting high quality students and faculty, utilising modern and effective instructional methods and aides, and by continuously monitoring and rigorously evaluating all the pertinent activities and systems. A special feature of teaching will be the lab/workshop sessions designed to assist students in learning application of the concepts and theories.

b. Courses and Credit Requirements

The Bachelor of Science programme in Mathematics will follow the model of higher education consisting of semesters, courses, credit hours, continuous evaluation and letter grading as in all other courses of BRAC University. The undergraduate curriculum consists of general education courses, major courses, elective courses and non-major area courses.

c. Examination, Evaluation and Grading

The grading process will undoubtedly be transparent. The performance of the students is evaluated throughout the semester through class tests, quizzes, assignments, and midterm exams. End of semester evaluation includes final examinations, term papers, project reports
etc. Numerical scores earned by a student in tests, examinations, assignments etc. are cumulated and converted to letter grades.

d. Distribution of Marks & GPA Computation

The distribution of marks for the performance evaluation is as follows:

i. Theory Courses

Section Marks %
1. Quizzes/ Class Tests/ Assignments/ Participation/ Attendance 30
2. Mid Term Examination 20
3. Final Examination (comprehensive), Projects 50
Total Marks 100

ii. Lab Courses

Section Marks%
1. Reports/ Class Tests/ Participation / Viva-Voce 30
2. Lab Experiments 30
3. Final Examination 40
Total Marks 100

iii. Project / Thesis

Project / Thesis work will be spread over the last two semesters of study. The mark distribution for the Project / Thesis will be as follows:

Section Marks %
1. Viva-Voce 15
2. Thesis / Project Work 45
3. Defence 40
Total Marks 100

Class attendance is compulsory for every student. 5% of total marks in every course is allocated for attendance in classes including tutorials and labs. The basis for awarding marks for attendance is as follows:

Attendance Marks
90% and above 5
85% to less than 90% 4
80% to less than 85% 3
75% to less than 80% 2
70% to less than 75% 1
Less than 70% 0

If a student does not attend a minimum of 70% of the total classes including tutorials and labs, s/he will not be allowed to take the final exam.

Marks earned by the students in Class Tests, Quizzes, Assignments, Participation, Attendance, Midterm Exam , Final Exam, Projects, Term Papers etc are to be cumulated and the total is to be graded as per the existing BRAC University rules and regulations :

GPA Computation

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed in the following manner:

            Sum of (Grade points Credits)

GPA =  ------------------------

            Sum of Credits Attempted