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 upperdivision credits are
required, including 25 in mathematics and 20 in the applied field.
Note: Upperdivision courses in the applied field
will typically have lowerdivision 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 lowerdivision 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 upperdivision elective
courses they intend to take. This plan should be submitted and approved before
the student has completed more than two of the upperdivision 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 upperdivision 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.
