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Lower Level Math Courses

The following web pages for selected lower level math courses contain primarily information for the start of the semester. During the semester, check with your course head or section leader to see if the site will be updated with homework assignments, exam information, etc. See also the Handbook (2015-2016) [PDF] from (here).

Math MaIntroduction to Functions and Calculus I
Math MbIntroduction to Functions and Calculus II
Math 1aIntroduction to Calculus
Math 1bCalculus, Series and Differential Equations
Math 19aModeling and Differential Equations for the Life Sciences
Math 19bLinear Algebra, Probability, and Statistics for the Life Sciences
Math 18 Topics from Single and Multivariable Calculus for Social Sciences
Math 21aMultivariable Calculus
Math 21bLinear Algebra and Differential Equations

For other math courses, check with the person teaching the course to see if a web page will be created/maintained. The FAS registrar maintains a complete listing of the faculty, courses and descriptions of math courses.

Math Question Center

The Math Question Center (shortly MQC), is a place that you can drop by to work on or ask questions about your math homework, for classes up to the Math 21b level. It's staffed by Course Assistants and Graduate Students who are available to help you as you do your homework. The MQC is also a great place to meet and work with other people in your course.

The center is typically open from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays. Students in Math 1a, 1b, 21a, and 21b are encouraged to drop by. Students in Math M may visit the Math M study center in SC 216 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. A staffing schedule is posted on the Math M website.

For more information, visit the current MQC Web page maintained by Yu_Wen Hsu (


  • The mathematics Head Tutor is Professor Jacob Lurie.
  • If you are new to the concentration or thinking about concentrating in math, contact the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator Cindy Jimenez (rm 334, ) to be added to the email list of concentrators.

The Concentration information page contains useful information about math courses, concentrating in math, courses in math, honors and graduate schools. For more information, please see Cindy Jimenez, the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator in Rm 334.

Admission and financial aid

Information on admission and financial aid for students can be obtained from the Harvard Financial aid office web site.

Student groups

If you are casually interested in mathematics, the Harvard Undergraduate Math Association (HUMA) is a great place to meet other like-minded people, get some great information about grad school, summer opportunities, job opportunities.
If you are interested in issues of diversity and inclusivity in the department, a student group started in 2015. It has a discussion series, hosts social events and a conference every year. Check them out!. They are happy for more people to get involved.

Math table

The undergraduate Mathematics Colloquium (aka Math Table) sponsored by the Mathematics Department, meets every Tuesday night at 5:30 in Mather House Private Dining Rooms A & B. Its purpose is to expose students to diverse topics of pure and applied mathematics and to suggest potential Senior Thesis topics. Speakers include faculty, guest speakers, graduate students and undergraduate students. All students, irrespective of their mathematical backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to attend and/or to give talks. The two best undergraduate talks at the colloquium each year will win the endowed Rogers Prize. For more information, please contact Noam Elkies ( In the separate Math table page, upcoming talks as well as previous talks and winners can be found.

CA information

For Course Assistant job opportunities, please go to the jobs page.


Undergraduate student events, organizations, programs


Student organizations

Regular Events