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B.S. in Applied Mathematics & Statistics

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Program Chair: Christopher A. Lynch

Science, technology and modern business methods have called attention to the importance of mathematics in the analysis and solution of problems that can be formulated quantitatively. A strong foundation in mathematics is a necessity for study in science, engineering, and business.

The B.S. in Applied Mathematics & Statistics prepares students to be practitioners of applied mathematics and statistics and offers an exposure to areas of engineering, natural science, social science or business that give rise to significant applications of mathematics.

Applied mathematics is the problem-solving profession. Many students are skilled in mathematics and interested in applied areas, but are not comfortable with proving theorems. This major is intended for them. It features a strong foundation in mathematics and statistics for applications, complemented by a set of courses chosen by the student in engineering, economics, science or management, in which mathematics and statistics play a key role.

Career possibilities for graduates with this degree include actuary, statistician, process engineer, software developer, business consultant, and many others.

Employers and alumni have been enthusiastic about the possibilities of this major. It is ideal also for students who wish to pursue a double major in concert with a science or engineering discipline. (There is, however, no double major including both Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Mathematics.)

Students in the BS program in mathematics should learn to

  • reason clearly, logically, and analytically;
  • demonstrate a solid understanding of the core material and a deeper understanding of at least one area of mathematics;
  • work effectively with standard mathematical software packages and write mathematical programs using a high-level computer language;
  • apply mathematical knowledge to solve real-world, open-ended problems;
  • read mathematical texts and literature and write mathematical proofs;
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and
  • work effectively both individually and in teams.

The professional experience course MA499 summarizes requirements in professional development, communication and computers. Applications courses are chosen from an approved list in consultation with the academic advisor.

The curricula are rigorous and demanding, but flexible enough to allow students to sample many disciplines or to focus on a special interest within their major or other areas. Students with suitable grades may receive accelerated admission to the graduate program and complete the M.S. in mathematics in one additional year.

REQUIREMENTS
Areas of Study Credit Hours
Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science* 48
Science 11
Clarkson Common Experience 18
Communication & Media 6
Applications 15
Free electives** 21
First-Year Seminar 1
Total 120

* Some mathematics and computer science courses are specified requirements; others may be chosen from an approved list. Additional non-credit requirements are recorded by MA499 Professional Experience. Consult the department for details. These electives must be chosen so as to satisfy the communications and professional requirements outlined in Academic Requirements.

** Up to 12 credit hours of advanced (300- or 400-level) coursework in aerospace studies or military science may    count toward graduation requirements. Freshman Aerospace Studies or Military Science credits at the 100 and 200 levels do not apply toward the required 120 hours.

Applied Mathematics & Statistics Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
MA131 Calculus I
3
  MA132 Calculus II
3
PH131 Physics I
4
  PH132 Physics II
4
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
    KA Elective
3
CS141 Computer Science I
4
    Free Elective (CS142 rec.)
3
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
  MA200 Math Modeling & Software
3
   
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15
     
16
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
MA211 Foundations
3
  MA231 Calculus III
3
MA232 Differential Equations
3
  MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
3
  University Course
3
  STAT383 Applied Statistics I
3
  Science Elective
3
    KA Elective
3
  Application Elective
3
    Application Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
 MA377 Numerical Methods
3
   MA363 Mathematical Modeling
3
 MA3xx Math/Statistics Elective
3
    Math/Statistics Elective
3
  KA/University Course
3
   MA3xx Math/Statistics Elective
3
  Application Elective
3
    KA/University Course
3
  Free Elective
3
    Application Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
 MA451/453 Math Res. or Math Inst.
1-3
    Math/Statistics Elective      6
  Math/Statistics Elective
3
    Communication Elective
3
  Communication Elective
3
  Free Electives
6
  Application Elective
3
   
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  Free Elective
3
     
15
 MA499 Professional Experience
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13-15
       
 

Students in the Class of 2010 and later — see Academic Requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements.

See B.S. Degree Program in Mathematics for a listing of courses.

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