Department of Mathematics, POSTECH

Course List

Mathematics has a long history and is still developing at a dazzling speed. It may be described, in a nutshell, as a science which provides the language and conceptual backgrounds for various branches of science. The fundamental principles, which lie at the basis of research in natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, political science, economics, and environmental sciences etc, can often be most efficiently expressed in mathematical terms.

The scope of modern mathematical research is becoming ever wider and more diversified, partly as a result of rapid developments in other sciences and various branches of engineering. While the depth and breadth of scope of pure mathematics are well recognized and historically proven, it is also true that in recent years research in applied mathematics and combinatorial-computational mathematics is picking up momentum at an accelerated pace.

The philosophical goal of our undergraduate program is to produce highly trained individuals who will be able to use their knowledge in mathematics to make significant contributions to the balanced development of the society. With this goal in mind, our curriculum has been designed to enable the students to acquire in-depth knowledge in pure mathematics (including algebra, analysis, geometry, and topology), applied mathematics (including nonlinear analysis, applied statistics, and fluid mechanics), and combinatorial-computational mathematics (including numerical analysis, combinatorics, computer vision, and cryptology). Another of our aims is to train our students so that they are adequately prepared to pursue graduate study at our department or elsewhere.

Our new curriculum, which went into effect in spring 2000, is designed so that the student can choose a program of study with more flexibility. The only required mathematics courses for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics are Math 200, 210, 230, 261, 301, 302, 311, 312, 351, 421 and 426. Additionally, the student has to perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive examination which is based on the selected four required courses with Math 110 and 113 out of the eight required courses. In addition to these courses the student's program of study must include a minimum of 21 credit hours in elective mathematics courses, which may be selected in consultation with an academic advisor to best fit the student's own interests and career goals. Finally, in order to enable the student to learn a subject which is not normally taught at our department, we have instated a course entitled the Independent Study (Math 491), which may be taken individually or by a small group of students, after obtaining the approval of a faculty member who is knowledgeable in that subject and will guide the independent study.

Grade Spring Fall
  Course # Course Name   Course # Course Name
1 Basis Required MATH110
Calculus Lab
Basis Required
Major Required
Applied Linear Algebra
Probability and Statistics
2 Major Required
Major Required
Differential Equations
Discrete Mathematics
Major Required
Major Required
Applied complex Variables
Analysis I
3 Major Required
Major Required
Modern Algebra I
Analysis II
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Major Required
Major Elective
Modern Algebra II
4 Major Required MATH426 Introduction to Differential Geometry Major Elective MATH421 General Topology