Applied Mathematics is the study of mathematics that is often used in other technical disciplines such as chemistry, biology, engineering, physics, economics and computer science.
- Develop effective thinking and communication skills
- Learn to link applications and theory
- Learn to use technological tools
- Develop mathematical independence and experience open-ended inquiry
Students who complete the concentration in applied mathematics will have a strong mathematical background and an emphasis in a second field, and will be able to integrate the mathematics within that field.
The concentration in applied mathematics is comprised of at least 57 credit hours in three main areas: mathematics courses, non-math courses and a minor in another department.
Required Minor in Another Department
A core aspect in applied math is knowledge of another field. The student must also minor in one of the following areas: computer science, psychology, biology, chemistry, economics, geography/earth science or a minor approved by the Mathematics Department. Note: Many of the courses in the minor can be counted toward the liberal arts and sciences (LA&S) courses.
Curriculum and Other Information
- BA, Applied Mathematics Concentration, Mathematics - Program information from the University Catalog.
- BS, Applied Mathematics Concentration, Mathematics - Program information from the University Catalog.
- Four-Year Plans of Study - Required and elective courses for program completion.
Develop effective thinking and communication skills
- Present information in a clear, precise and organized manner both verbally and in writing.
- Use and compare analytical, visual, and numerical perspectives in exploring mathematics.
- Recognize and make mathematically rigorous arguments.
- Approach mathematical problems with curiosity and creativity and persist in the face of difficulties.
- Work creatively and self-sufficiently with mathematics.
Learn to link applications and theory
- Understand and apply motivating examples that illustrate the ideas they are studying.
- Apply mathematical ideas to problems in those areas of study.
- See mathematical theory as useful and enlightening in both pure and applied contexts.
- Recognize and integrate connections between mathematical courses and theory.
Learn to use technological tools
- Use technology effectively, both as a tool for solving problems and exploring mathematical ideas.
- Use technology with increasing sophistication throughout a major curriculum.
Develop mathematical independence and experience open-ended inquiry
- Be able to explore mathematical ideas and problems beyond the classroom.
- Explore increasingly more difficult and open-ended questions.
- Speak and write about mathematics with increasing depth and sophistication.