SPU Mathematics


Applied Mathematics

B.S. in Applied Mathematics
The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics is a flexible, yet demanding, major designed for students interested in careers involving the applications of mathematics in a particular field. In addition to completing coursework in mathematics, students must select a field of concentration in which mathematics is applied and complete coursework in both fields.

A total of 71 credits are required for the major, including 46 credits in mathematics, 5 credits in computer science, and a minimum of 20 credits in an applied field. A minimum of 45 upper-division credits are required, including 25 in mathematics and 20 in the applied field.

Note: Upper-division courses in the applied field will typically have lower-division prerequisites, which are not listed in the credit total. Depending on the choice of concentration, there could be as many as 25 credits of necessary lower-division course work outside the major.

Admission to the Major 
Students should apply for the major by the beginning of the junior year. A GPA of 2.5 or above in 15 credits of mathematics that apply to the major or minor is required for admission to the Applied Mathematics major.  A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major or minor.

When applying for the major in Applied Mathematics, students must submit an individual plan specifying which upper-division elective courses they intend to take. This plan should be submitted and approved before the student has completed more than two of the upper-division elective courses in either mathematics or the applied field.  When submitting the plan, the student should explain why the courses in the applied field are chosen. At least three of the upper-division courses in the applied field should be mathematically oriented.

Degree Requirements

Courses Required Credits
MAT 1234 Calculus I 5
MAT 1235 Calculus II 5
MAT 1236 Calculus III 5
MAT 2401 Linear Algebra 3
MAT 2720 Discrete Mathematics 3
CSC 2230 Computer Programming for Engineers* 5
MAT 4899 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
Approved upper division elective MAT credits** 22
Approved upper division elective credits in related field 20
Total 71

* CSC 2430 may replace CSC 2230 for students emphasizing computing
** MAT 3237, 3238, and 3360 are strongly recommended for all students

Some courses are only offered every other year, so careful planning is recommended. Take a look at the Sample Schedule to see how a typical computational mathematics major might plan her/his course of study, or look at the Course Schedule page to see which mathematics courses are offered which years.  Consult the Computer Science Department for further information about the scheduling of CSC courses.


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