# Advising

“A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.” G. H. Hardy, from

A Mathematicians Apology, London 1941.

You’re here, so you’re probably already a math major, or considering becoming one. But what does it really mean to do mathematics, or to be a mathematician? (Hint: It’s not just calculus…) Below are some resources to help you answer these, and many other, questions.

**Degree requirements**: Info about the various math and stats major and minor degree options, including the courses you must take (in addition to general BU CAS requirements) for each.**Enhancing your studies**: Get more out of your degree program, for example by conducting independent research, joining math-focused study abroad programs, participating in math competitions, and joining student math organizations.**Meeting with an advisor**: Info about meeting with a faculty advisor (eg a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics) or a professional advisor (eg a staff member in the CAS advising office), including when to meet with which type of advisor. Also see**the list of faculty advisors and their office hours**.**Careers with a math or stats degree**: What can you do with a math or stats major? A lot! Start thinking about this early. Your intended career path may impact which upper-division courses you choose to take.**Help with math and stats classes**: Need help with a class? There are many free resources at available at BU.**FAQs**: A list of frequently asked questions and their answers, as well as links to useful BU documents and websites.**External math websites**