Applied Mathematics Concentration, Mathematics, BA/BS

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In Short

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.

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What will I do?
  • 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

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Program Overview

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.

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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 courses.

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Experiential Opportunities


Internships are a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experiences before entering a competitive job market.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

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.