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Mathematics: Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics Specialization of the Mathematics major enables students to concentrate their studies in applied mathematics. The Undergraduate Bulletin contains the official list of major requirements. However, students will meet all their requirements by completing the major requirements listed in the checklist, meeting the department’s retention and GPA requirements, and completing TCNJ’s liberal learning requirements. Below are additional 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:
    • Fall 2020: (pdf)
    • Fall 2019: (pdf) (.docx)
    • For students declaring the specialization in 2017-18 or later.
  • 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