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College of Arts & Sciences

Applied Mathematics Major B.S.

  • Strong mathematical background and ability to apply mathematics in other fields
  • Preparation for graduate or professional school
  • Elective fields of application in biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, finance, or physics
  • Careers in state and federal government agencies; scientific research and development services; communication firms; public and private K-12 education; institutions of higher education; computer services companies; software publishers; banks and credit unions; non-profit organizations; and chemical and pharmaceutical companies

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Major code BS3103

Sample Curriculum

Faculty Contact: Dr. Todd Young

Program Overview

The Applied Mathematics major program is for students who seek a strong mathematical background and the ability to apply mathematics in other fields. Students may choose from a wide variety of courses in subjects such as statistics, numerical analysis, real and complex analysis, Fourier analysis, linear and nonlinear programming, ordinary and partial differential equations, dynamical systems, algebraic coding theory, bioinformatics, and optimization. Students also take courses outside the Mathematics Department in fields where math is applied. In fact, many students in applied mathematics are enrolled in two majors.

The applied mathematics major offers a strong program in mathematical techniques and ways of thinking that can be used in a wide variety of careers. The major covers core topics that provide a common structure, while leaving flexibility to pursue topics of interest.

Other majors in the mathematical sciences offered by the Mathematics Department are a B.S. in mathematics, actuarial science and mathematical statistics. The department also offers a B.A. in mathematics as a flexible and attractive option for students considering a double-major.

When planning any program of study in mathematics, it is strongly recommended that you consult an adviser from the department.

Careers and Graduate School

Whether as part of a double major or alone, a degree in applied mathematics is a recognized intellectual achievement. It is marketable to a broad selection of employers or can be used as an entrance to a variety of graduate and professional schools. Potential employers include, but are not limited to, the following: state and federal government agencies; scientific research and development services; communication firms; public and private K-12 education; institutions of higher education; computer services companies; software publishers; banks and credit unions; non-profit organizations; and chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond university admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before entering the program:

  • Have a least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
  • Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
  • Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam

Change to Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before transferring into the program:

  • Have a least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
  • Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
  • Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam
  • Attained Level 3 on the Math Placement Exam
  • Earned at least an A- in MATH 2301 or have an A- on an equivalent transfer course

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond university admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before entering the program:

  • Have a least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
  • Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
  • Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam
  • Earned at least an A- in a course equivalent to MATH 2301

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

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Program Requirements

For a B.S. degree with a major in applied mathematics, a student must complete a total of at least 39 semester credit hours of mathematics courses at the 2000-level or above (may include MATH 1250).

Applied Mathematics Requirements

Complete the following courses:

  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 2302 - Calculus II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 3300 - Calculus III Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 3400 - Elementary Differential Equations Credit Hours: 3.0
Discrete Math

Complete one of the following courses:

  • CS 3000 - Introduction to Discrete Structures Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 3050 - Discrete Mathematics Credit Hours: 3.0
Linear Algebra

Complete one of the following courses:

  • MATH 3200 - Applied Linear Algebra Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 3210 - Linear Algebra Credit Hours: 3.0

Mathematical Computing

Complete at least one of the following courses:

  • MATH 3600 - Applied Numerical Methods Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 4530 - Statistical Computing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 4600 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis Credit Hours: 3.0

Mathematics Electives

Complete 12 hours of MATH courses at the 4000 level (excluding MATH 4100, 4100L, 4150).

Field of Application

Complete at least 12 hours of coursework at the 2000 level or above in a single field where mathematics has significant application, such as biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, finance, or physics. Please consult with an adviser.

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