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Undergraduate Program

BS in Applied Math Requirements

Students looking to complete a BS in applied mathematics must complete the required courses in the following areas:

For more information speak to a mathematics advisor or see the undergraduate handbook.


Foundational Course Requirement

The following foundational courses must be completed before acceptance into the major:

  • MTH 161: Calculus IA
  • MTH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MTH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • MTH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • PHY 121: Mechanics
  • PHY 122: Electricity and Magnetism

Equivalent courses can be substituted for the above requirements:

  • MTH 163 for MTH 165
  • MTH 171, 172, and 174 for the equivalent MTH 161, 162, and 164
  • MTH 173 for MTH 165
  • MTH 141-143 for MTH 161-162

AP courses can also be used to satisfy foundational requirements.

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Core Course Requirement

Students must complete the following four courses:

  • MTH 235: Linear Algebra*
  • MTH 201:  Introduction to Probability
  • MTH 265: Functions of a Real Variable I
  • MTH 282: Introduction to Complex Variables with Applications

An honors version of a course can always be substituted for the listed course.

* The requirement that MTH 235 be taken can also be satisfied by completing MTH 173. MTH 235 should be taken early in the student's major program.

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Advanced Course Requirement

In addition to the core courses, students must complete five 4-credit advanced courses as follows:

* Any mathematics course numbered 200 or above (excluding core courses) qualifies as an advanced mathematics course. 

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Upper Level Writing Requirement

The department believes that the ability to write coherently on a mathematical topic, in a way that is acceptable to the general mathematical community, is an essential part of a successful major in mathematics.

To satisfy the upper level writing requirement, students must pass two courses, which may be any of the following types:

  • An upper level, four credit mathematics course carrying a W designation, including MTH 200W or MTH 300W
  • MTH 391W, a one-credit course, taken in conjunction with either MTH 174 or any 200 level mathematics course with the prior approval of the instructor, or independently of any course in consultation with a faculty member
  • At most one 4-credit course, approved in advance by the student's adviser in the mathematics department, satisfying the upper level writing requirement in another department. Note: WRT 275 (Communicating Your Professional Identity in Mathematics) is treated as an upper level writing course from another department.