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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 21, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Applied Mathematics, BS

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Mathematics has been described as the Queen of the Sciences. Mathematics is the language of quantitative information and structure. Quantitative information is acquired, classified and processed according to mathematical models of physical phenomena with mathematical tools. There is a wide range of applications even of the most pure of mathematical disciplines. Cryptography is based on algebra, signal processing is based on Fourier analysis, and important applications have arisen from topology to physics. Our department offers unique research opportunities for undergraduates in mathematical biology, scientific computing, and finance mathematics as well as algebra, geometry, and analysis.

The Department of Mathematics offers an ample selection of courses leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, applied mathematics, and actuarial mathematics as well as various courses for non-majors. We also offer the possibility of joint majors in mathematics-economics and data science (see separate sheets for joint majors). Each of the department’s majors has its own philosophy and its own formal requirements. For additional information, visit the Department of Mathematics Web site.



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Introductory theoretical course

One of the following differential equations courses or an additional Numerical Math or Applied Analysis course:

Recommended courses

  • Students interested in graduate study are strongly advised to take MATH 1530 - ADVANCED CALCULUS 1  and MATH 1540 - ADVANCED CALCULUS 2 . These two courses may be substituted for the Applied Analysis and the Differential Equations courses, respectively.
  • Students interested in pursuing secondary education certification should take the following courses in addition to the courses required for the major.
    • MATH 1290 MATH 1290 - TOPICS IN GEOMETRY  
    • These courses are required for secondary education certification in Pennsylvania and by the School of Education for admission to the MAT program in Mathematics Secondary Education.
  • A grade of C or higher is necessary in all courses required for the major. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses is required for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least one writing-intensive course (W-course) in the major.
  • No course that counts toward the major may be taken on the S/NC basis.
  • Eligible courses are list on the right side of this sheet and should be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
  • Students must complete minimum of 12 credits of related coursework within the major; subjects include chemistry, computer science, economics, physics, statistics, and certain areas of engineering. These courses should be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
  • Honors in Applied Mathematics is granted if the student:
  • The statistics requirement is waived for students seeking honors in Applied Mathematics.

Required courses for Applied Mathematics major

The Applied Mathematics major requires the completion of 38 credits in mathematics, or as few as 31 with UHC (University Honors Course) options, plus 8 in Physics, at least 3 in Statistics, and 3 in Computer Science. They are distributed as follows.

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