B.S. in Applied Mathematics

APU’s applied mathematics major prepares quantitative experts in actuarial science, computer science, physics, teaching, mathematical research (for business, government, or the academy), cryptography, economics, statistics and data analysis, and more.

58-63 units

Applied mathematics majors learn to solve problems from a variety of disciplines by developing mathematical models, applying computational algorithms, and analyzing results. The applied mathematics major allows students to choose either the standard track or one of three concentrations:

  • Actuarial Science Concentration
  • Computer Science Concentration
  • Physics Concentration

Students majoring in applied mathematics are encouraged to consider a minor in statistics.

Career Opportunities

This major prepares students to be quantitative experts in a variety of fields: actuarial science, computer science, physics, university teaching, mathematical research (for business, government, or the academy), cryptography, finance and economics, statistics and data analysis, or operations research and management consulting. APU mathematics graduates have gone on to prestigious graduate schools and have moved into attractive industry positions.

Students preparing to teach mathematics at the secondary level or to pursue graduate studies in pure mathematics are encouraged to consider the mathematics major instead of the applied mathematics major.

Requirements

MATH 165Calculus I3
MATH 166Calculus II3
MATH 167Sequences and Series F1
MATH 250Data Analysis F3
MATH 268Multivariable Calculus3
MATH 270Ordinary Differential Equations S4
MATH 295Applied Linear Algebra F3
MATH 361Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 455Numerical Analysis ES3
MATH 480Writing 3: Mathematical Reading, Writing, and Presentation 1, F3
MATH 496Mathematics Senior Seminar 2, S3
CS 120Introduction to Computer Science I 34
Choose the standard track or one of the concentrations below22-27
Total Units58-63

Standard Applied Mathematics Track

Standard Applied Mathematics Track Requirements
MATH 269Vector Calculus EF2
MATH 370Partial Differential Equations OS3
MATH 375Dynamical Systems OF3
MATH 470Complex Analysis ES3
PHYC 161Physics for Science and Engineering I 4, F5
CS 125Introduction to Computer Science II4
Select at least 3 units from the following:3-5
Probability and Statistics II EF
Advanced Topics in Mathematics
Physics for Science and Engineering II S
Computational Methods for Physics OF
Total Units23-25

Actuarial Science Concentration

Actuarial Science Concentration Requirements
MATH 362Probability and Statistics II EF3
ACCT 120Principles of Accounting I4
ACCT 121Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 250Principles of Macroeconomics 53
ECON 251Principles of Microeconomics3
FIN 320Principles of Corporate Finance3
FIN 330Financial Analysis3
Total Units22

Computer Science Concentration

Computer Science Concentration Requirements
MATH 269Vector Calculus EF2
CS 125Introduction to Computer Science II4
CS 160Discrete Structures3
CS 260Algorithms and Data Structures3
PHYC 161Physics for Science and Engineering I 4, F5
Select 6 units from the following:6
Advanced Topics in Mathematics
Database Management Systems
Computer Architecture and Organization
Artificial Intelligence
Advanced Database Application Programming
Total Units23

Physics Concentration

Physics Concentration Requirements
MATH 269Vector Calculus EF2
MATH 370Partial Differential Equations OS3
PHYC 161Physics for Science and Engineering I 4, F5
PHYC 162Physics for Science and Engineering II S5
PHYC 263Physics for Science and Engineering III F5
PHYC 380Classical Mechanics EF4
Select 3 units from the following:3
Dynamical Systems OF
Complex Analysis
Advanced Topics in Mathematics
Electricity and Magnetism ES
Thermodynamics OS
Computational Methods for Physics OF
Total Units27
F Offered in Fall only
S Offered in Spring only
F/S Offered in both Fall and Spring terms
EF Offered in Fall in even years
ES Offered in Spring in even years
OF Offered in Fall in odd years
OS Offered in Spring in odd years

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Master fundamental mathematical methods and problem solving strategies.
  2. Communicate mathematical ideas in speech and writing, combining precise language and notation with insightful explanation.
  3. Use mathematical models to analyze cross-disciplinary problems.
  4. Employ appropriate technology and computational techniques.
  5. Articulate how Christian perspectives and the study of mathematics and its applications mutually inform and enhance each other.