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Undergraduate Program

BS in Applied Math Requirements

This page is for the new APM major which applies to class years 2022 or later. Class years 2021 or earlier see the old APM major page.

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 foundational requirement consists of four math courses, two courses is physics or two courses in computer science, and the basic computing requirement.

The following 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

In addition, students must complete two courses from exactly one of the following subsections:

  • PHY 121, 122** or the honors equivalents PHY 141, 142, 143


  • CSC 171, 172

**Basic computing requirement: students not choosing the computer science track above must also complete the basic computing requirement by taking either CSC 161 or 171.

Equivalent classes also accepted when approved by the mathematics program advisor. Equivalent courses can be substituted for the above requirements:

  • 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 -- 5 courses

Students must complete the following courses:

  • MTH 235: Linear Algebra*
  • MTH 201: Introduction to Probability
  • MTH 265: Functions of a Real Variable I
  • MTH 280: Numerical Analysis

In addition, students must complete one of the following courses:

  • MTH 240: Introduction to Topology
  • MTH 282: Introduction to Complex Variables

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 four 4-credit advanced courses as follows:

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

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Upper Level Writing Requirement

To satisfy the upper level writing requirement, students must pass two upper level writing courses of a certain type.