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Mathematics: Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics Specialization of the Mathematics major enables students to concentrate their studies in applied mathematics. This page lists the program documents and other information about the specialization.  For more information, please contact your advisor or the department chair.

Program Documents for the Applied Mathematics Specialization:

  • Program Planner:
    • For students declaring the specialization in the 2016-17 academic year:  2016-17.
    • For student declaring in past semesters/years: 2015-16,  2014-2015,  Spring 2014.
  • The four-year Planner gives a suggested schedule plan for taking the courses in your major:
  • Mathematics and Statistics Options
  • Depth Requirement
    • Applied mathematics majors need to satisfy a two-course unit depth requirement for their major.  Students can choose four different areas in which to satisfy the requirement.  The four tracks and the courses that can be used to satisfy the requirement are:
      • Probability and Statistics: MAT 316 (Probability), all STA courses at the 300 or higher level, BIO 471/CSC 471 (Genomics and Bioinformatics).  Students choosing this track can take two STA courses at the 300 or higher level to satisfy the depth requirement.  Note that students with a Statistics or Actuarial and Financial Risk Minor may only double count one course for both their major and their minor.
      • Analysis: MAT 331 (Numerical Analysis), MAT 320 (Complex Analysis), MAT 453 (Seminar in Analysis)
      • Dynamical Systems: MAT 330 (Mathematical Biology), MAT 454 (when the topic is Partial Differential Equations), MAT 454 (when the topic is Dynamical Systems), PHY 401 (Classical Mechanics)
      • Computational Mathematics (choose 2 that were not used to satisfy the Computer Programming correlate requirement): MAT 341 (Computational Mathematics), CSC 230 (Computer Science II), CSC 335 (Analysis of Algorithms), CSC 445 (Theory of Computation), MAT 331 (Numerical Analysis)
  • Science requirements:

Applied Mathematics Frequently Asked Questions

Applied Mathematics Specialization Learning Goals

  1. Master theoretical foundations based on mathematical rigor through proofs
  2. Apply mathematical theory to model and solve problems dealing with physical, natural and societal problems
  3. Use technology to solve computational problems, including simulation and visualization of mathematical models
    1. Majors should be able to adapt to different technology platforms that are useful for mathematical computing
    2. Majors should be able to make mathematical conjectures and use technology to support or refute these conjectures
  4. Provide clear and effective written and oral communication to diverse audiences
    1. Necessitates being able to read mathematics and communicate mathematics to other mathematicians.
    2. Also requires communicating mathematical results to a non-mathematical audience
  5. Develop content knowledge in a related discipline
    1. Majors should be able to apply their mathematics knowledge to other sciences and engineering
    2. Majors should be able to recognize mathematical ideas embedded in other contexts