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Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematics is the mathematics that is created in response to problems in science, engineering, and society. Applied mathematicians work on a wide variety of topics such as how to construct methods for multicriteria decision making (requiring discrete mathematics and statistics), predicting how the financial markets will behave (requiring probability/statistics, analysis, optimization), and analyzing how liquid flows around solids (requiring expertise in computational methods and analysis). Students with an applied mathematics background are prepared for careers in the insurance industry, electronics and computer manufacturers, logistics companies, pharmaceutical firms, and more.

Our graduates work in financial and insurance companies as analysts, computer companies as programmers and hardware developers, and in many different fields as researchers, as well as academia. They have have gone to excellent graduate schools in mathematics (pure, applied, & financial), physics, design, accounting, and M.B.A. programs.

To get an idea of what you can do with a degree in applied mathematics:

(For current IIT students looking into jobs, internships, or graduate school: Careers for AM Majors at IIT.)

Specializations 

Applied Mathematics allows maximum flexibility; students majoring in Applied Mathematics have ample opportunity to assemble a portfolio of courses that will satisfy both intellectual needs and career preparation. There is a wide variety of courses offered, with strengths in contemporary topics in applied mathematics, loosely organized under the four subject headings: applied analysis, computational mathematics, discrete applied mathematics, and stochastics (including statistics, mathematical finance, and stochastic analysis). If desired, a student can focus on a "Specialization" (described below).

A minor is required, which gives students an area of focus where mathematics may be applied. It consists of five or more related courses in an area outside of Applied Mathematics. With a minor in computer science, business, or one of the engineering areas, for example, the student will be well prepared to enter the job market in business or government. A minor in STEM education prepares students to teach middle or high school mathematics.

Students will also be prepared to continue in graduate school. There is also the option of a co-terminal degree, where a student graduates with a B.S. and an M.S. at the same time.

More Information

Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Handbook (updated Fall 2015)
Applied Mathematics Specializations (updated 2013); for 2015 update, see AM Undergraduate Handbook, Section VI
Applied Mathematics B.S. with a Minor in STEM Education
Other minors: see the Undergraduate Bulletin
Co-Terminal degrees at IIT

Program Requirements 

Required Courses


Credits
Applied Mathematics Requirements 
MATH 100, 151, 152, 230, 251, 252, 332, 350, 380, 400, (410, 430, 431, or 454), 475
42
Applied Mathematics Electives* 18
Humanities and Social Science Requirements 21
Minor Subject Requirements 
Five related courses from departments outside of applied mathematics 
15
Interprofessional Projects 6
Computer Science Requirement 
(Two of CS 104, 115, 116) or (CS 105 and 201)
4
Science Requirement 
PHYS 123
4
Science Electives 9
Free Electives 9
Total credit hours 128

Course of Study 

A sample program of study is given below. Note that this is only a guideline and each student should work closely with an advisor to craft an appropriate program of study.

B.S. in Applied Mathematics Sample Program of Study

First semester  
Lect.
Lab
Credits
MATH 100
MATH 151
CS 104
Science elective
Humanities 200-level
Introduction to the profession
Calculus I
Intro. to computer programming for engineers
3
4
2
3
3
0
1
1
0
0
3
5
2
3
3
Totals   15 2 16
         
Second semester        
MATH 152
MATH 230
CS 115
PHYS 123
Humanities or Social Sci. elective
Calculus II
Intro. to discrete mathematics
Object oriented programming I
General physics
4
3
2
3
3
1
0
1
3
0
5
3
2
4
3
Totals   15 5 17
         
Third semester        
MATH 251
MATH 332
Science elective
Minor subject
Humanities or Social Sci. elective
Multivariate and vector calculus
Elementary linear algebra
4
3
3
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
4
3
3
3
3
Totals   16 0 16
         
Fourth semester        
MATH 252
MATH 350
Science elective
Minor subject
Humanities or Social Sci. elective
Intro. to differential equations
Intro. to computational mathematics
4
3
3
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
4
3
3
3
3
Totals   16 0 16
         
Fifth semester        
MATH 430 or 431 *
MATH 475
Applied mathematics elective
Minor subject
Humanities or Social sci. elective
Free elective
Applied algebra or Algebraic geometry
Probability
3
3
3
3
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   18 0 18
         
Sixth semester        
MATH 380
MATH 410 or 454 *
Applied mathematics elective
Minor subject
IPRO 397
Intro. to mathematical modeling
Number theory or Graph theory
3
3
3
3
1
0
0
0
0
6
3
3
3
3
3
Total   13 6 15
         
Seventh semester        
Math 400
Applied mathematics elective
Minor subject
Humanities or Social sci. elective
Free elective
Real analysis 3
3
3
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   15 0 15
         
Eighth semester        
Applied mathematics elective
Applied mathematics elective
IPRO 497
Humanities or Social sci. elective
Free elective
  3
3
1
3
3
0
0
6
0
0
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   13 6 15
         
  Total credit hours     128
* Only one of MATH 410, 430, 431, and 454 is required; the other may be any applied math elective.