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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.

A grade of "C-" or better is required for courses being used to meet any requirement in this major, including courses in preparation for the major.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 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
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
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.
Preparation for the Major25
CS 046A. Introduction to Programming4
CS 046B. Introduction to Data Structures4
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
MATH 100W. Technical Writing WorkshopZ3
6 additional upper division units from Math, CS, Science, or Engineering. 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 Major43-45
Lower Division Requirements13-15
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
Upper Division Requirements30
MATH 112. Vector Calculus3
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 133B. Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 134. Ord. Diff. Eqns and Dynamical Systems3
MATH 138. Complex Variables3
MATH 143C. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 161A. Applied Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 178. Mathematical Modeling3
Complete one course from:
MATH 131A. Introduction to Analysis3
MATH 132. Advanced Calculus3
MATH 142. Introduction to Combinatorics3
MATH 179. Introduction to Graph Theory3
Complete one course from:
MATH 129B. Linear Algebra II3
MATH 143M. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing3
MATH 177. Linear and Non-Linear Optimization3
University Electives6-8

Total Units:120

*Appropriate courses from other Science or Engineering Departments may be substituted with Mathematics Department approval.