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B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

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Program Chair: Christopher A. Lynch

Applied mathematics is the problem solving profession.  Mathematical and statistical methods provide the tools for the analysis and solution of real-world problems which can be formulated quantitatively.  While all technical fields require a solid foundation in mathematics, students of applied mathematics and statistics dig deeper, developing expertise both in mathematical methods and in the applications areas which interest them.

The B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics is designed for students who wish to develop their mathematical skills and apply them to challenging problems. In addition to gaining a solid and broad education in applied mathematics and statistics, students also choose applications electives in areas of engineering, science, or business that give rise to significant applications of mathematics. The program is sufficiently flexible that students can also complete a minor or double major in another field, such as computer science, physics, or business. Students are encouraged to participate in research projects with faculty, starting as early as their freshman year. Graduates work in industry, business, research laboratories, or government agencies as applied mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries. Some continue their education in graduate programs in applied mathematics, statistics, or applications areas.

The curriculum is designed so that students 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.

In addition to the major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, the mathematics department also offers a separate major in Mathematics ,  with more emphasis on abstract mathematics and proof; this major may be more appropriate for students whose primary interest is in the mathematics itself or are planning graduate study in mathematics or statistics.

REQUIREMENTS
Areas of Study Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics* 44
Computer Science (CS141) 4
Physics (PH131 and PH132)       8
Science (BY, CM, or PH) 3
Application electives ** 15
Communications 6
First - Year Seminar (FY100) 1
The Clarkson Seminar (UNIV190) 3
Knowledge Area/University Courses 15
Free electives *** 21
Total 120

* Required courses are MA131, MA132, MA200, MA211, MA231, MA232, MA339, MA363, MA377, MA499, and STAT383; three of MA331, MA332, STAT381, STAT382, STAT384; and either MA451 or MA453 and MA431.

** Application electives are chosen from an approved list in fields such as biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, and physics; check with the mathematics department for details.

***Up to 12 credit hours of advanced (300- or 400-level) coursework in Aerospace Studies or Military Science may count toward graduation requirements. Aerospace Studies or Military Science credits at the 100 and 200 levels do not count toward the required 120 hours.  Other restrictions may apply; check with the department for details.

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
CS141 Comp Sci I
4
MA200 Math Modeling & Software
3
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
  Knowledge Area Course
3
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
Free Elective
   
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  (CS142 rec.)
3
   
15
   
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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
  Science Elective
3
STAT383 Applied Statistics I
3
  Knowledge Area
  Knowledge Area Course
3
  Course
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
  MA/STAT Elective
3
 MA451/453 Intro to Mathematical
  KA/University Course
3
Research/Instruction
2
  Application Elective
3
MA/STAT Elective
3
  Free Elective
3
  KA/University Course
3
   
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  Application Elective
3
   
15
   
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14
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  MA/STAT Elective
3
  MA/STAT Elective
3
  COMM Elective
3
  COMM Elective
3
  Application Elective
3
Free Electives
9
  Free Electives
6
 MA499 Professional Experience
0
 
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Mathematics Courses 

Mathematics courses are listed under the Mathematics major.

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