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Mathematics and Statistics Department

BS - Applied Mathematics, Concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics

This degree is recommended for students who wish to work in the research and development area of industry. This program also prepares a student for graduate study in applied mathematics, numerical analysis, or operations research.

The concentration in applied and computational mathematics provides a solid foundation in classical applied mathematics as well as computational mathematics, which could be informally described as "how to employ mathematics on computers wisely." A graduate could seek direct employment assisting a group of scientists with the formulation and solution of problems. There is a great need in local and national technical industries for people with sufficiently strong mathematical knowledge to participate on such teams. For example, modern techniques for solving partial differential equations are very sophisticated; the best method in a given situation depends on the properties of the model. Once a numerical approximation has been formulated, the techniques to solve that, and the commercial software available to do it, again require informed decisions.

30 upper division units of mathematics are required for this degree. If upper division requirements are fulfilled using transferred lower division courses, then additional upper division math courses will need to be taken to obtain the required number of upper division units.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses in the Preparation and Required in the Major must be completed with a grade of "C- or better", and the following Preparation for the Major course with a grade of "C or better": MATH 100W


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major25
CS 046A. Introduction to Programming4
CS 046B. Introduction to Data Structures4
MATH 100W. Technical Writing WorkshopZ3
8 units from Economics, Science or Engineering. The choices must be approved by the Mathematics and Statistics Department.8
6 additional upper division units from Math, CS, Science, Engineering, Economics. All of these units can be in MATH 203 or similar applied mathematics projects. The choices must be approved by the Mathematics and Statistics Department.6
Requirements of the Major43-46
Lower Division Requirements13-16
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 042. Discrete Mathematics3
Complete one course from:
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 030P. Calculus I with PrecalculusB45
MATH 030PL. Calculus I with PrecalculusB46
Upper Division Requirements30
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 134. Ord. Diff. Eqns and Dynamical Systems3
MATH 161A. Applied Probability and Statistics I3
Complete one course from:
MATH 170. Mathematical Modeling for the Life Sciences3
MATH 178. Mathematical Modeling3
Complete one course from:
MATH 129B. Linear Algebra II3
MATH 143M. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 177. Linear and Non-Linear Optimization3
Specialized Track15
Complete one of the following two tracks. Tracks are a cluster of courses used for advising purposes. Tracks will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Please see an advisor in the Mathematics and Statistics department for more details.
Applied Math Track
MATH 112. Vector Calculus3
MATH 133B. Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 138. Complex Variables3
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
Complete one course from:
MATH 131A. Introduction to Analysis3
MATH 132. Advanced Calculus3
MATH 142. Introduction to Combinatorics3
MATH 179. Introduction to Graph Theory3
Applied Discrete Math Track
MATH 142. Introduction to Combinatorics3
MATH 179. Introduction to Graph Theory3
Complete one course from:
MATH 127. Applied and Industrial Algebra3
MATH 163. Probability Theory3
Complete two courses (not counted above):
MATH 127. Applied and Industrial Algebra3
MATH 129B. Linear Algebra II3
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 143M. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 161B. Applied Probability and Statistics II3
MATH 162. Statistics for Bioinformatics3
MATH 163. Probability Theory3
MATH 177. Linear and Non-Linear Optimization3
CS 116A. Introduction to Computer Graphics3
CS 146. Data Structures and Algorithms3
CS 151. Object-Oriented Design3
CS 155. Introduction to the Design and Analysis of Algorithms3
CS 157A. Introduction to Database Management Systems3
CS 159. Introduction to Parallel Processing3
University Electives2-5

Total Units:120