Math Applied Track

Just as the name indicates, this track utilizes mathematics as it applies in real-life situations.  By building a strong foundation in mathematics and its application to industrial and physical sciences, students completing this track will be well prepared for a career or graduate-level study in engineering, computer science, physics, architecture, and more.

Students may review the requirements and sample schedule for the Math Applied Chemistry Track on the Math Applied Chemistry Track Requirements and Sample Schedule [pdf] handout, and the Math Applied Physics Track on the Math Applied Physics Track Requirements and Sample Schedule [pdf] handout.

Applied Math Chemistry Track Requirements


Anyone interested in majoring in applied mathematics will be required to complete the following coursework, with prerequisite work in both math and natural science subject areas. ​After completing the required courses, students pick elective hours that highlight the focus of their track (either physics or chemistry).  Many of the elective options students will take have been pre-selected by faculty in order to fully align this math major to the industrial and applied science careers of the future.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Math 1295 Introductory Math Major Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Math 1151 Calculus I (5 cr.)
  • Math 1152 Calculus II (5 cr.)
  • Chem 1210 General Chemistry I (5 cr.)
  • Chem 1220 General Chemistry II (5cr.)
  • Physics 1250 Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves (5 cr.)
  • Physics 1251 E&M, Optics, Modern Physics (5 cr.)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Bio 1113 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development (4 cr.)
    • Bio 1114 Biological Sciences: Form, Function, Diversity, and Ecology (4 cr.)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CSE 1222 Introduction to Computer Programming in C++ (3 cr.)
    • CSE 1223 Introduction to Computer Programming in Java (3 cr.)

Applied Chemistry Course Requirements:

  • Math 2153 Calculus III (4 cr.)
  • Math 3345 Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • Math 2568 Linear Algebra (3 cr.)
  • Math 4530 Probability (3 cr.) or Stat 4201 Introduction to Math Statistics I (4 cr.)
  • Stat 4202 Introduction to Math Statistics II (4 cr.)
  • Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications (3 cr.)
  • Math 4557 Partial Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • Applied Math Courses (choose 2 of the 3):
  • Applied Math Electives (6 credit hour minimum):
  • Applied Area Options (6 credit hour minimum)
    • Chem 2210 Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis (5 cr.)
    • Chem 4300 Physical Chemistry I (3 cr.)
    • Chem 4310 Physical Chemistry II (3 cr.)

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Sample 4 Year Schedule (Chemistry Option)


Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection.

Year 1


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 1151 5 Math 1152 5
Chem 1210 5 Math 1295 1
CSE 1222 or 1223 3 Chem 1220 5
ARTSSCI 1100.01 1 English 1110 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17

Year 2


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 2153 4 Math 3345 3
Physics 1250 5 Math 2255 3
Biology 1113 or 1114 4 Math 2568 3
GE 3 Physics 1251 5
    GE 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 17

Year 3


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 4530 or Stat 4201 3-4 Stat 4202 4
Applied Math Course or Elective 3-5 Applied Math Course or Elective 3-5
Math 4557 3 GE 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 12-15 Total Hours 13-15

Year 4


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Applied Math Course or Elective 3-5 Applied Math Course or Elective 3-5
Applied Math Course or Elective 3-5 Applied Math Course or Elective 3-5
GE 3 GE 3
GE 3    
Total Hours 12-16 Total Hours 9-13

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Applied Math Physics Track Requirements


Anyone interested in majoring in applied mathematics will be required to complete the following coursework, with prerequisite work in both math and natural science subject areas. ​After completing the required courses, students pick elective hours that highlight the physics.  Many of the elective options students will take have been pre-selected by faculty in order to fully align this math major to the industrial and applied science careers of the future.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Math 1295 Introductory Math Major Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Math 1151 Calculus I (5 cr.)
  • Math 1152 Calculus II (5 cr.)
  • Chem 1210 General Chemistry I (5 cr.)
  • Physics 1250 Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves (5 cr.)
  • Physics 1251 E&M, Optics, Modern Physics (5 cr.)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Bio 1113 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development (4 cr.)
    • Bio 1114 Biological Sciences: Form, Function, Diversity, and Ecology (4 cr.)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CSE 1222 Introduction to Computer Programming in C++ (3 cr.)
    • CSE 1223 Introduction to Computer Programming in Java (3 cr.)

Applied Physics Track Course Requirements:

  • Math 2153 Calculus III (4 cr.)
  • Math 3345 Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • Math 2568 Linear Algebra (3 cr.)
  • Math 4530 Probability (3 cr.) or Stat 4201 Introduction to Math Statistics I (4 cr.)
  • Stat 4202 Introduction to Math Statistics II (4 cr.)
  • Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications (3 cr.)
  • Math 4557 Partial Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • Applied Math Courses (choose 2 of the 3):
  • Applied Math Electives (6 credit hour minimum):
  • Applied Area Options (6 credit hour minimum)

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Sample 4 Year Schedule (Physics Option)


Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection.

Year 1


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 1151 5 Math 1152 5
Chem 1210 5 Math 1295 1
CSE 1222 or 1223 3 Physics 1250 5
ARTSSCI 1100.01 1 English 1110 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17

Year 2


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 2153 4 Math 3345 3
Physics 1251 5 Math 2255 3
GE 3 Math 2568 3
GE 3 Biology 1113 or 1114 4
    GE 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16

Year 3


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 4530 or Stat 4201 3-4 Stat 4202 4
Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5 Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5
Math 4557 3 GE 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 12-15 Total Hours 13-15

Year 4


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5 Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5
Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5 Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5
GE 3 GE 3
GE 3    
Total Hours 12-16 Total Hours 9-13

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