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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.

What is applied mathematics?

Program Documents for the Applied Mathematics Specialization:

  • Program Planner:
  • The four-year Planner gives a suggested schedule plan for taking the courses in your major:
  • Mathematics and Statistics Options
  • Applied Mathematics Specialization Checklist:
  • 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 426 (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)
  • Course Advice for Applied Math Students Interested in Data Science
  • Science requirements:
    • Current science requirements: 2018.
  • Graduation and Retention Requirements:
    • Must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses for the major. A grade of C- must be earned in any course that is a prerequisite for another math/stat course before that course can be taken. A grade of D or D+ may be earned in one 300/400 course that is not a prerequisite for a subsequent course.
    • Must also earn a 2.5 GPA in the foundational courses (MAT 127, 128, 200, 205, 229) that are taken at TCNJ.
    • Must make progress in the major by earning a C- or higher in at least one major course every two semesters.
    • Students who fail to meet these requirements will have one year to meet them or face possible dismissal from the major.


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