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Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics

Below are the requirements for the B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics (Math Option) as listed in the 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog (#137). This listing is for informational use only.

FRESHMAN YEAR

First Semester

Cr



Second Semester

Cr

MATH 171

4



MATH 172

4

MATH 170 (free elective)

1



MATH 170 (free elective)

1

Science elective

4



CSCE elective

4

CSCE elective

4



Science elective

4





HIST/POLS

3

TOTAL

13



TOTAL

16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Third Semester

Cr



Fourth Semester

Cr

MATH 221

4



MATH 323

3

MATH 220

3



HIST/POLS

3

HIST/POLS

3



PHYS 218

4

STAT 211

3



STAT 212

3

ECON 202 or 203

3



CORE elective

3







TOTAL

16



TOTAL

16

JUNIOR YEAR

Fifth Semester

Cr



Sixth Semester

Cr

MATH 409

3



MATH 410 or 446

3

MATH 308

3



MATH elective

3

MATH elective

3



PHYS 208 or OCNG 451

4

HIST/POLS

3



CORE elective

3

CORE elective

3









TOTAL

15



TOTAL

13

SENIOR YEAR

Seventh Semester

Cr



Eighth Semester

Cr

MATH 415 or 433

3



MATH elective

3

MATH 417 or 437

4



MATH elective

3

MATH elective

3



MATH elective

3

CORE elective

3



CORE elective

3

Free elective

3



Free elective

3

TOTAL

16



TOTAL

15














Description of Electives



  1. Math Electives: (21 hours) Take MATH 415 or 433. Of the remaining 18 hours of 4xx, at least 3 hours must be selected from MATH 412, 414, 442, 447, 470. From 9-15 hours must be selected from MATH 325, 405-489 (Math 451 taken after fall 04 only.) Up to 6 hours may be selected from STAT 407-416; CPSC 211-452, 461-481 (except CPSC 442); ISEN 420, 421. Students who get a minor in Computer Science may use up to 9 hours of 300/400 level CPSC courses towards their 18 hour Math elective requirement, which is an exception to the rule that allows at most 6 hours of STAT, CPSC or ISEN courses to count toward the 18 hour Math elective requirement.

  2. Science Electives: (8 hours) Select 2 courses from CHEM 101/111 (or 107) or CHEM 103/113; CHEM 102/112 or CHEM 104/114; BIOL 111; BIOL 112; or ASTR 111.

  3. CSCE electives: (8 hours) Select 2 courses from CSCE 110, 111, 206, or 121.

  4. Core Electives: (21 hours) Take ENGL 104 (3 hours), ENGL lit. (3 hours), COMM 203, 205, or 243 (3 hours), a ECON 202 or 203 (3 hours) and 3 hours of a Creative Arts CORE course. For a list of the acceptable ENGL literature, and Creative Arts courses, please see your catalogue at Undergraduate Catalog Listings. The English Literature elective must be chosen from the list of Language, Philosophy, and Culture electives. In addition, 6 hours of International and Cultural Diversity are required. Some of these courses may be used to satisfy other degree requirements. For a list of these courses, please see your catalogue or the Mathematics Department's webpage at International and Cultural Diversity Requirement.

  5. HIST/POLS: (12 hours) POLS 206 and 207 are required. For the HIST requirement, 6 hours of American History are required. Most students satisfy this requirement by taking HIST 105 and 106. For other options, see your catalogue.

  6. Free electives: (8 hours) Almost every course offered at TAMU will count as a free elective. However, there are some exceptions. Please see an advisor or the Mathematics Department's Undergraduate webpage at List of ineligible free electives for a list of unacceptable courses. Math 289 counts as free elective hours.

Career Options with an APMS Degree

Students graduating with an Applied Mathematics Degree (APMS) have prepared themselves for a broad range of careers. Most graduates seeking employment directly after graduation look to business, in particular, consulting firms and technical companies. All of these companies are looking for people with good problem solving skills whom they will be able to train to solve their particular technical problems. In the broadest possible terms, math graduates are hired to work as part of a team to solve some particular problem for the company.

The consulting firms that have hired recent graduates include Reliant Energy, Anderson Consulting, Bain and Associates as well as actuarial firms. They have hired our graduates to be business analysts, financial analysts and actuaries.

The technical companies that have hired recent graduates include Hewlett Packard, Texas Systems and Tivoli Systems. Technical companies hire people to be software engineers and to design web pages. Technical firms can pay very well, but they expect prospective employees to be able to program.

The government always needs mathematicians. The CIA, NSA and FBI require technical personnel. Some former students have been hired by the state transportation division.

The mathematics courses required by this degree will also prepare students for graduate work in mathematics and other technical areas such as computer science and information technology. In fact, this degree plan and the BS in Mathematics provide the best preparation for graduate work in mathematics.