Applied Mathematics

Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Physics

Associate Dean and Chair: Ellen Roskes, Ph.D.

Description

The applied mathematics major provides students with an array of courses that build mathematical skills. Students graduate with a solid background in mathematics and statistics and the ability to use data to solve problems in various disciplines. Critical and analytic thinking skills make applied mathematics majors highly employable in government, the private sector, and education.

In addition to their core mathematics coursework, students choose a track which allows them to pursue their mathematical interests in a particular field. These tracks are actuarial mathematics, which prepares students to work towards careers as actuaries in insurance, financial, and government careers; business mathematics, which prepares students to work in financial, managerial, and business analysis careers; scientific mathematics, which prepares students to work in pharmaceutical, medical, and scientific careers; and interdisciplinary mathematics, which prepares students to work in educational and more general mathematical careers.

Each student in the major will also complete a senior capstone course, choosing either a research option or an internship option. Both options will enable students to apply their mathematical skills in the professional mathematics culture or to a discipline related to their interests.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, graduates will be able to

  1. Solve problems individually and collaboratively using mathematical techniques.
  2. Support and justify results using mathematical reasoning, logic, and proof.
  3. Construct, analyze, and interpret mathematical and statistical models.
  4. Use technology to investigate and solve mathematical problems.
  5. Communicate mathematics clearly in both written and oral formats.
  6. Exhibit behaviors consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.

Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major. The lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all courses listed in the catalog under "Program Requirements" for the major, including both courses in the major and SEE courses required by the major. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to take a science or math course unless he/she earns a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.

A student may not earn a grade of “D” or lower in any science or math course more than three times during the program. If a fourth grade of “D” or lower is earned in any science or math course, the student will be automatically dismissed from the applied mathematics major.

Probation: The student who earns any combination of two grades of “D“ or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on probation in the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences.

Final Probation: The student who earns any combination of three grades of “D“ or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on final probation in the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences.

Dismissal : If a fourth grade of “D“ or lower in any science or math course is earned, the student will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she has been dismissed from the major.

Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE). Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

MATH 220Calculus I

4 credits

MATH 221Calculus II

4 credits

MATH 222Calculus III

4 credits

MATH 312Mathematical Statistics I

3 credits

MATH 313Mathematical Statistics II

3 credits

MATH 326Linear Algebra

3 credits

MATH 418Mathematical Modeling

3 credits

MATH 425Scientific Computer Programming

3 credits

3 MATH electives

Complete one of the following senior capstone options:

MATH 450Senior Research Capstone

5 credits

MATH 455Senior Internship Capstone

5 credits

MATH 460Senior Research Capstone

9 credits

MATH 460HHonors Senior Research Capstone

9 credits

MATH 465Senior Internship Capstone

9 credits

MATH 465HHonors Senior Internship Capstone

9 credits

MATH 460, MATH 460H, MATH 465, MATH 465H: Students choosing one of the 9-credit senior capstone options will fulfill one mathematics elective.

Complete the requirements for the Actuarial Track, Business Track, Scientific Track, or Interdisciplinary Track.

Business Track:

All major requirements and the following electives:

EC 201Principles of Macroeconomics

3 credits

ACC 140Financial Accounting

3 credits

or

MGT 204Principles of Management

3 credits

or

MKT 206Principles of Marketing

3 credits

2 Business electives in ACC, EC, FMER, INBUS, IS, MGT, and/or MKT

1 MATH elective (at 200 level or above)

MATH 442Numerical Analysis

3 credits

Actuarial Track:

All major requirements and the following electives:

ACC 140Financial Accounting

3 credits

ACC 141Managerial Accounting

3 credits

EC 201Principles of Macroeconomics

3 credits

EC 202Principles of Microeconomics

3 credits

FIN 300Principles of Finance

3 credits

MATH 342Time Series Analysis

3 credits

MATH 420Actuarial Mathematics

3 credits

Scientific Track:

All major requirements and the following electives:

Choose 1 sequence: CHEMISTRY or BIOLOGY

CHEM 115General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 116General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

OR

BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit

BIO 114General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms

3 credits

BIO 114LGeneral Biology II Laboratory: Structure and Function of Organisms

1 credit

 

2 Science electives in BIO, BIOCH, CHEM, ENV, and/or PHYS

MATH 321Introduction to Differential Equations

3 credits

MATH 442Numerical Analysis

3 credits

Interdisciplinary Track:

All major requirements and the following electives:

PHYS 215General Physics I with Calculus

4 credits

PHYS 216General Physics II with Calculus

4 credits

MATH 301Mathematical Structures

3 credits

MATH 321Introduction to Differential Equations

3 credits

MATH 442Numerical Analysis

3 credits

1 MATH elective (at 200 level or above)

Suggested Course Sequence

Suggested Course Sequence 2018-19 Math-Actuarial Track

Suggested Course Sequence 2018-19 Math-Science Track

Suggested Course Sequence 2018-19 Math-Interdisciplinary Track

Suggested Course Sequence 2018-19 Math-Business Track

Minor in Mathematics

A minor in Mathematics is available. The minor in Mathematics requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a MATH prefix. Courses ineligible for the Mathematics minor include:

All courses at the 000 and 100 level 

MATH 205 and 206: Mathematics for Educators I and II 

Please see the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics for further information regarding this minor. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Other Options

BS/MAT Option: The BS/MAT option is available for students majoring in applied mathematics who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in teaching. For more information on this program please see the Stevenson University Online Catalog and the Additional Enrollment Options in the Admissions section of this catalog.

Course Descriptions

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