Applied Mathematics Major

59-62 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

The major equips students 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 crossdisciplinary 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.

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.


MATH 100Mathematics Seminar I1
MATH 161Calculus I 15
MATH 162Calculus II4
MATH 200Mathematics Seminar II1
MATH 250Data Analysis3
MATH 263Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 270Ordinary Differential Equations4
MATH 295Applied Linear Algebra3
MATH 361Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 455Numerical Analysis3
MATH 480Mathematical Reading, Writing, and Presentation 23
CS 120Introduction to Computer Science I4
Choose the standard track or one of the concentrations below21-24
Total Units59-62

Standard Applied Mathematics Track

MATH 370Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 375Dynamical Systems3
MATH 470Complex Analysis3
PHYC 161Physics for Science and Engineering I 35
CS 125Introduction to Computer Science II4
Select at least 3 units from the following:3-5
Probability and Statistics II
Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering
Advanced Topics in Mathematics
Physics for Science and Engineering II
Total Units21-23

Actuarial Science Concentration

Actuarial Science Concentration Requirements
MATH 362Probability and Statistics II3
ACCT 120Principles of Accounting I4
ACCT 121Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 250Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 251Principles of Microeconomics3
FIN 320Principles of Corporate Finance3
FIN 330Financial Analysis3
Total Units22

Computer Science Concentration

Computer Science Concentration Requirements
CS 125Introduction to Computer Science II4
CS 160Discrete Structures3
CS 260Data Structures3
PHYC 161Physics for Science and Engineering I 35
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 Units21

Physics Concentration

Physics Concentration Requirements
MATH 370Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 430Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering3
PHYC 161Physics for Science and Engineering I 35
PHYC 162Physics for Science and Engineering II5
PHYC 263Physics for Science and Engineering III5
Select 3 units from the following:3
Dynamical Systems
Complex Analysis
Advanced Topics in Mathematics
Electricity and Magnetism
Waves and Optics
Classical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Total Units24

Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement. 


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.


Meets the General Education Natural Science requirement.