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BS in Applied Mathematics

The applied mathematics bachelor of science degree program offers training in mathematical problem solving techniques with a reduced emphasis on abstract theory. The applied mathematics BS program is tailored to the student who will need to apply mathematical, statistical, and computational methods to practical problems.

Applied mathematics includes the theoretical portions of physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, biology, economics, astronomy, sociology, linguistics and a host of other disciplines. Recent advances in computing technology have made the use of quantitative methods of even greater importance in these disciplines.

Applied mathematicians are found in almost every sector of the job market, including engineering research, telecommunications, computer services and software, energy systems, computer manufacturers, aerospace and automotive, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and government laboratories, among others.

Through faculty connections, students have access to numerous internship and employment organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.


Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval. 

University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 56 credit hours with grades of C or better 

Course Requirements

  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (4) 
  • MATH-221 Calculus I (4) 
  • MATH-222 Calculus II (4) 
  • MATH-313 Calculus III (4) 
  • MATH-310 Linear Algebra (3) 
  • MATH-321 Differential Equations (3) 
  • MATH-501 Probability (3)
  • MATH-503 Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3)
  • MATH-550 Complex Analysis (3) 
  • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4) or STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) (with permission of department)
  • STAT-502 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (3)
  • A two course sequence selected from this list (Note: This requirement may be waived for students with more than one major in this department):
  • BIO-110 General Biology I (4) and BIO-210 General Biology II (4)
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I (4) and CHEM-210 General Chemistry II (4)
  • PHYS-110 Principles of Physics II (4) and PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II (4)
  • STAT-302 Intermediate Statistics (3) and STAT-515 Regression (3) or STAT-516 Design of Experiments (3)
  • Two additional MATH 500 level courses