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

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 (LA&S) courses.

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Curriculum and Other Information

Develop effective thinking and communication skills.

  1. state problems carefully, articulate assumptions, understand the importance of precise defi- nition, and reason logically to conclusions;
  2. identify and model essential features of a complex situation, modify models as necessary for tractability, and draw useful conclusions;
  3. deduce general principles from particular instances;
  4. use and compare analytical, visual, and numerical perspectives in exploring mathematics;
  5. assess the correctness of solutions, create and explore examples, carry out mathematical experiments, and devise and test conjectures;
  6. recognize and make mathematically rigorous arguments
  7. read mathematics with understanding;
  8. communicate mathematical ideas clearly and coherently both verbally and in writing to audiences of varying mathematical sophistication;
  9. approach mathematical problems with curiosity and creativity and persist in the face of difficulties;
  10. work creatively and self-sufficiently with mathematics

Learn to link applications and theory.

  1. Mathematics students should encounter a range of contemporary applications that motivate and illustrate the ideas they are studying
  2. learn to apply mathematical ideas to problems in those areas.
  3. Students should come to see mathematical theory as useful and enlightening in both pure and applied contexts.

Learn to use technological tools.

  1. Mathematical sciences major programs should teach students to use technology effectively, both as a tool for solving problems
  2. Mathematical sciences major programs should teach students to use technology effectively, as an aid to exploring mathematical ideas.
  3. Use of technology should occur with increasing sophistication throughout a major curriculum.

Develop mathematical independence and experience open-ended inquiry.

  1. A mathematical sciences major should be structured to move students beyond the carefully choreographed mathematical experiences of the classroom.
  2. A major curriculum should gradually prepare students to pursue open-ended questions
  3. to speak and write about mathematics with increasing depth and sophistication.