Undergraduate Program in Applied Mathematics
The applied mathematics program is flexible and intensive. A student must take the required courses listed in the applied mathematics degree track table, or prove equivalent standing, and then may elect the other courses from mathematics, computer science, physics, Earth and environmental sciences, biophysics, economics, business and finance, or other application fields. Each student tailors his or her own program in close collaboration with an adviser and should confer with their adviser on a regular basis to make sure they are on track for graduation. In particular, all required courses listed in the table must be taken to graduate, however, the specific sequence in which they are taken may depend somewhat on the student's area of specialization. In general, each student should always check with their adviser. He or she must also register for the applied mathematics seminar during both the junior and senior years. During the junior year, the student attends the seminar lectures for 0 points; during the senior year, he or she attends the seminar lectures as well as tutorial problem sessions for 3 or 4 points.
While it is common for students in the program to go on to graduate school, many graduating seniors will find employment directly in industry, government, education, or other fields.
Of the 27 points of elective content in the third and fourth years, at least 15 points of technical courses approved by the adviser must be taken. The remaining points of electives are intended primarily as an opportunity to complete the absolutely mandatory four-year, 27-point nontechnical requirement for the B.S. degree, but if this 27-point nontechnical requirement has been met already, then any type of coursework can satisfy these elective points.
Transfers into the applied mathematics program from other majors require a GPA of 3.0 or above, and the approval of the applied mathematics program chair.