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 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:

  • MATH 161: Calculus IA
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations

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

  • PHYS 121, 122** or the honors equivalents PHYS 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:

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

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

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

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

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

* The requirement that MATH 235 be taken can also be satisfied by completing MATH 173. MATH 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.