The basic major in applied mathematics consists of at least 40 credits of mathematics and statistics courses. Because different program emphases are possible, students should consult with an advisor as soon as possible concerning the alternatives. Students in the program must fulfill the following minimal requirements, earning a grade of C or higher in each course. Note that students who declared a math major in the Fall of 2018 or after are required to complete the one credit course, MATH 0500 Professional Development, prior to graduation. There are three sections offered in the spring term. The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences maintains the Authoritative Statement of Degree Requirements (major sheet). The information provided here is for student convenience only. The official requirements should be downloaded using the link above.
All students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences who have only one major and do not have a minor or certificate must have a "related area” to graduate. A related area is a minimum of 12 credits and a minimum 2.0 GPA in any department other than your major. This related area is to be approved by the department's Undergraduate Committee consisting of a coherent sequence of courses in a field to which mathematics is applied. Students should consult the list of currently approved course sequences.
Students who are interested in graduate study are strongly advised to take Advanced Calculus, MATH 1530 and 1540. The two courses can be substituted for the course in the APPLIED ANALYSIS COURSE and the DIFFERENTION EQUATIONS COURSE, respectively. Note that no single course may fulfill two requirements simultaneously.
Requirements for Departmental Honors in Applied Mathematics
The Department also offers a program for students pursuing a major in applied mathematics leading to graduation with departmental honors in applied mathematics. This program is designed for students who are considering graduate study in mathematics or a related field that makes use of mathematics. In order to qualify for departmental honors in applied mathematics, a student must:
- Fulfill all requirements for a degree in applied mathematics.
- Complete the following courses with grade of at least B.
MATH 1470 Partial Differential Equations
MATH 1530 Advanced Calculus 1
MATH 1540 Advanced Calculus 2
One 2000 level mathematics course in lieu of an upper level elective
- Complete an honors thesis under the direction of a mathematics faculty member or a second 2000 level mathematics course. (For students seeking a BPhil degree from the Honors College, this requirement could be satisfied by the Honors College Thesis.) Course credit for thesis work will normally be awarded as MATH 1902 (Directed Study).
The statistics requirement will be waived for honors candidates in applied math.
Although not required, it is highly recommended that honors degree candidates take the intermediate honors courses Math 1185 and 0450 during the freshman or sophomore year.
Students interested in the departmental honors program should consult with the undergraduate director or department chairperson as early as possible, preferably during the freshman or sophomore year, even if they have not yet declared a major.
The department's Undergraduate Committee is responsible for certifying students who graduate with departmental honors in mathematics. The Undergraduate Committee is empowered to make minor changes in requirements based on individual circumstances.
- 1. Highly qualified students may substitute MATH 0450 (Introduction to Analysis) for MATH 0413 and MATH 0420.
- 2. MATH 1185 requires instructor approval.
- 3. The related area requirement will be waived for students who are dual majors.