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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.

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The foci of the B.S. program at IIT are in four areas of modern applied mathematics: applied analysis, computational mathematics, discrete applied mathematics, and stochastic analysis. Because the program 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. A minor is required and consists of five 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. Students will also be prepared to continue in graduate school in applied mathematics.

Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Handbook
(updated Fall 2013)

IIT Undergraduate Bulletin
including official guidelines, which depend on when the student begins

For Undergraduates

The undergraduate experience in the applied mathematics typically goes far beyond just classes. Students participate in math contests, do research, attend conferences, eat pizza incessantly...
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Co-Terminal Degree: Bachelor / Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

A typical MS degree requires 2 years after the BS degree. This program can potentially reduce the time to an MS degree by up to at least one year for select students with sufficient AP or transfer credits.
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Specializations: 

Required Courses: 


Credits
Applied Mathematics Requirements 
MATH 100, 151, 152, 230, 251, 252, 332, 350, 400, 402, (430 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

 

Sample Program 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 115 
Humanities 100-level
Humanities or Social  Science Elective
Science Elective
Introduction to the Profession
Calculus I
Introduction to Computer Programming I
2
4
2
3
3
3
0
1
1
0
0
0
2
5
2
3
3
3
Totals   17 2 18
         
Second semester        
MATH 152 
MATH 230 
CS 116 
PHYS 123 
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Calculus II
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Introduction to Computer Programming II
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
Free Elective 
Multivariate and Vector Calculus
Matrices
4
3
3
3
3
0
0
3
0
0
4
3
4
3
3
Totals   16 3 17
         
Fourth semester        
MATH 252
MATH 350
Science Elective
Minor Subject
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Introduction to Differential Equations
Intro. 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 454
MATH 475
Applied Mathematics Elective
Minor Subject
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Applied Algebra or Graph Theory
Probability
3
3
3
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   15 0 15
         
Sixth semester        
MATH 402
Applied Mathematics Elective
Applied Mathematics Elective
Minor Subject
IPRO 397
Complex Analysis 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
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Minor Subject
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 Science 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