Applied Mathematics (BS)
The B.S. program in Applied Mathematics shares many basic features with the B.S. program in Mathematics. The primary difference is that this program includes a strong interdisciplinary concentration in a related field. The applied concentration, which must be approved by a student’s adviser, should be structured to promote specific career or educational objectives.
Undergraduate research opportunities include:
- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
- NC State Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mathematics
- The Mathematical Biology Research Training Group
- Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling (IMSM) Program by SAMSI
- Study abroad opportunities in applied mathematics
- SUM Club
For more information about this program visit our website.
Department of Mathematics
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8205
Raleigh, NC 27695
Dr. Alina Duca
Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics
SAS Hall 2108B
919.515.1875
anduca@ncsu.edu
Plan Requirements
Code | Title | Hours | Counts towards |
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Orientation | |||
COS 100 | Science of Change | 1 | |
or E 115 | Introduction to Computing Environments | ||
Advanced Writing | |||
Select one of the following: | 3 | ||
Communication for Engineering and Technology | |||
Communication for Business and Management | |||
Communication for Science and Research | |||
ENG 101 | Academic Writing and Research ^{1} | 4 | |
Basic Mathematics | |||
MA 141 | Calculus I ^{1} | 4 | |
MA 241 | Calculus II ^{1} | 4 | |
MA 242 | Calculus III ^{1} | 4 | |
MA 225 | Foundations of Advanced Mathematics ^{1} | 3 | |
MA 341 | Applied Differential Equations I ^{1} | 3 | |
Basic Science ^{4} | |||
CH 101 & CH 102 | Chemistry - A Molecular Science and General Chemistry Laboratory ^{1} | 4 | |
or | |||
General Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences and General Chemistry Laboratory I for Students in Chemical Sciences ^{1} | |||
PY 205 & PY 206 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists I and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory ^{1} | 4 | |
or PY 201 | University Physics I | ||
Basic Science Elective ^{1} | 4 | ||
Statistics Electives ^{1} | 6 | ||
Select one of the following Introduction to Programming courses: ^{1} | 3 | ||
Introduction to Computing-FORTRAN | |||
Introduction to Computing - MATLAB | |||
Introduction to Computing - Java | |||
Introduction to Scientific Programming (Math) | |||
Introduction to Scientific Computing | |||
Advanced Mathematics ^{4} | |||
MA 402 | Mathematics of Scientific Computing ^{1} | 3 | |
MA 405 | Introduction to Linear Algebra ^{1} | 3 | |
MA 407 | Introduction to Modern Algebra for Mathematics Majors ^{1} | 3 | |
MA 425 | Mathematical Analysis I ^{1} | 3 | |
Methods of Applied Math Elective ^{1} | 3 | ||
Math Electives ^{1} | 9 | ||
In-Dept Co-Requirement (verify requirement) ^{2} | |||
Major Electives | |||
Applied Electives ^{2} | 15 | ||
Applied electives are courses at 200-level or above designed to allow students to concentrate in a specific area related to their academic goals (at least 9 hours are at the 300-level or above). Courses used to fulfill this requirement should use advanced mathematical tools and are selected by students after consultation and approval by their advisors or the Director of the Undergraduate Program. | |||
GEP Courses | |||
GEP Humanities | 6 | ||
GEP Social Sciences | 6 | ||
GEP Health and Exercise Studies | 2 | ||
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | 3 | ||
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives | 5 | ||
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement) | |||
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement) | |||
Free Electives | |||
Free Electives (12 Hr S/U Lmt) ^{2,3} | 12 | ||
Total Hours | 120 |
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A grade of C- or higher is required.
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Students should consult their academic advisors to determine which courses fill this requirement.
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Free elective courses cannot be MA 100, MA 101, MA 103, MA 107, MA 108, MA 111, MA 121, MA 131, MA 231, PY 131, PY 211, PY 212, ENG 100, 100-level Foreign Language Course (FL*, LAT, GRK, PER).
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At most one grade below a C- is permitted
Basic Science Electives
Code | Title | Hours | Counts towards |
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BIO 181 | Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity | 4 | |
BIO 183 | Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology | 4 | |
CH 201 & CH 202 | Chemistry - A Quantitative Science and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory | 4 | |
PY 202 | University Physics II | 4 | |
PY 208 & PY 209 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists II and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory | 4 |
Statistics Electives
Code | Title | Hours | Counts towards |
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Statistics Sequence 1 | |||
ST 371 & ST 372 | Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory and Introduction to Statistical Inference and Regression | 6 | |
Statistics Sequence 2 | |||
ST 421 & ST 422 | Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I and Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II | 6 | |
Statistics Sequence 3 | |||
MA 421 & ST 380 | Introduction to Probability and | 6 | |
Statistics Sequence 4 | |||
MA 421 & ST 370 | Introduction to Probability and Probability and Statistics for Engineers | 6 | |
Statistics Sequence 5 | |||
MA 421 & ST 422 | Introduction to Probability and Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II | 6 |
Methods of Applied Math Electives
Code | Title | Hours | Counts towards |
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BMA 573 | Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes I | 3 | |
BMA 574 | Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes II | 3 | |
E 531 | Dynamic Systems and Multivariable Control I | 3 | |
MA 450 | Methods of Applied Mathematics I | 3 | |
MA 451 | Methods of Applied Mathematics II | 3 | |
MA 531 | Dynamic Systems and Multivariable Control I | 3 | |
MA 573 | Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes I | 3 | |
MA 574 | Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes II | 3 | |
OR 531 | Dynamic Systems and Multivariable Control I | 3 |
Math Electives
Code | Title | Hours | Counts towards |
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LOG 335 | Symbolic Logic | 3 | |
MA 325 | Introduction to Applied Mathematics | 3 | |
MA 335 | Symbolic Logic | 3 | |
MA 351 | Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Models | 3 | |
BMA 573 | Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes I | 3 | |
BMA 574 | Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes II | 3 | |
CSC 416 | Introduction to Combinatorics | 3 | |
CSC 427 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis I | 3 | |
CSC 428 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis II | 3 | |
CSC 565 | Graph Theory | 3 | |
CSC 580 | Numerical Analysis I | 3 | |
CSC 583 | Introduction to Parallel Computing | 3 | |
E 531 | Dynamic Systems and Multivariable Control I | 3 | |
ECG 528 | Options and Derivatives Pricing | 3 | |
FIM 528 | Options and Derivatives Pricing | 3 | |
FIM 548 | Monte Carlo Methods for Financial Math | 3 | |
FIM 549 | Financial Risk Analysis | 3 | |
ISE 505 | Linear Programming | 3 | |
MA 401 | Applied Differential Equations II | 3 | |
MA 408 | Foundations of Euclidean Geometry | 3 | |
MA 410 | Theory of Numbers | 3 | |
MA 412 | Long-Term Actuarial Models | 3 | |
MA 413 | Short-Term Actuarial Models | 3 | |
MA 416 | Introduction to Combinatorics | 3 | |
MA 421 | Introduction to Probability | 3 | |
MA 426 | Mathematical Analysis II | 3 | |
MA 427 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis I | 3 | |
MA 428 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis II | 3 | |
MA 430 | Mathematical Models in the Physical Sciences | 3 | |
MA 432 | Mathematical Models in Life Sciences | 3 | |
MA 437 | Applications of Algebra | 3 | |
MA 440 | 3 | ||
MA 444 | Problem Solving Strategies for Competitions | 1 | |
MA 450 | Methods of Applied Mathematics I | 3 | |
MA 451 | Methods of Applied Mathematics II | 3 | |
MA 491 | Reading in Honors Mathematics | 1-6 | |
MA 493 | Special Topics in Mathematics | 1-6 | |
MA 499 | Independent Research in Mathematics | 1-6 | |
MA 501 | Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists I | 3 | |
MA 502 | Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists II | 3 | |
MA 504 | Introduction to Mathematical Programming | 3 | |
MA 505 | Linear Programming | 3 | |
MA 512 | 3 | ||
MA 513 | Introduction To Complex Variables | 3 | |
MA 515 | Analysis I | 3 | |
MA 518 | Geometry of Curves and Surfaces | 3 | |
MA 520 | Linear Algebra | 3 | |
MA 521 | Abstract Algebra I | 3 | |
MA 522 | Computer Algebra | 3 | |
MA 523 | Linear Transformations and Matrix Theory | 3 | |
MA 524 | Combinatorics I | 3 | |
MA 526 | Mathematical Analysis II | 3 | |
MA 528 | Options and Derivatives Pricing | 3 | |
MA 531 | Dynamic Systems and Multivariable Control I | 3 | |
MA 532 | Ordinary Differential Equations I | 3 | |
MA 534 | Introduction To Partial Differential Equations | 3 | |
MA 537 | Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos | 3 | |
MA 540 | Uncertainty Quantification for Physical and Biological Models | 3 | |
MA 544 | Computer Experiments In Mathematical Probability | 3 | |
MA 546 | Probability and Stochastic Processes I | 3 | |
MA 547 | Stochastic Calculus for Finance | 3 | |
MA 548 | Monte Carlo Methods for Financial Math | 3 | |
MA 549 | Financial Risk Analysis | 3 | |
MA 551 | Introduction to Topology | 3 | |
MA 555 | Introduction to Manifold Theory | 3 | |
MA 561 | Set Theory and Foundations Of Mathematics | 3 | |
MA 565 | Graph Theory | 3 | |
MA 573 | Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes I | 3 | |
MA 574 | Mathematical Modeling of Physical and Biological Processes II | 3 | |
MA 580 | Numerical Analysis I | 3 | |
MA 583 | Introduction to Parallel Computing | 3 | |
MA 584 | Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations--Finite Difference Methods | 3 | |
MA 587 | Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations--Finite Element Method | 3 | |
MA 591 | Special Topics | 1-6 | |
MBA 528 | Options and Derivatives Pricing | 3 | |
OR 504 | Introduction to Mathematical Programming | 3 | |
OR 505 | Linear Programming | 3 | |
OR 531 | Dynamic Systems and Multivariable Control I | 3 | |
OR 565 | Graph Theory | 3 | |
ST 412 | Long-Term Actuarial Models | 3 | |
ST 413 | Short-Term Actuarial Models | 3 | |
ST 546 | Probability and Stochastic Processes I | 3 |
Semester Sequence
This is a sample.
First Year | ||
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Fall Semester | Hours | |
MA 141 | Calculus I ^{1,2} | 4 |
CH 101 | Chemistry - A Molecular Science ^{2} | 3 |
CH 102 | General Chemistry Laboratory ^{2} | 1 |
ENG 101 | Academic Writing and Research | 4 |
COS 100 | Science of Change | 2 |
GEP Requirement | 3 | |
Hours | 17 | |
Spring Semester | ||
MA 241 | Calculus II ^{1,2} | 4 |
PY 205 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists I ^{2} | 3 |
PY 206 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory ^{2} | 1 |
Introduction to Programming Elective ^{2} | 3 | |
GEP Health and Exercise Studies | 1 | |
GEP Requirement | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Second Year | ||
Fall Semester | ||
MA 242 | Calculus III ^{1,2} | 4 |
MA 225 | Foundations of Advanced Mathematics ^{1,2} | 3 |
PY 208 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists II ^{2} | 3 |
PY 209 | Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory ^{2} | 1 |
GEP Health and Exercise Studies | 1 | |
ST 371 | Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory ^{2} | 3 |
Hours | 15 | |
Spring Semester | ||
MA 341 | Applied Differential Equations I ^{1,2} | 3 |
MA 405 | Introduction to Linear Algebra ^{2} | 3 |
ST 372 | Introduction to Statistical Inference and Regression ^{2} | 3 |
Free Elective | 3 | |
GEP Requirement | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Third Year | ||
Fall Semester | ||
MA 407 | Introduction to Modern Algebra for Mathematics Majors ^{2} | 3 |
Methods of Applied Math Elective ^{2} | 3 | |
Applied Elective | 3 | |
Advanced Writing/Speaking Elective | 3 | |
GEP Requirement | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Spring Semester | ||
MA 425 | Mathematical Analysis I ^{2} | 3 |
MA 402 | Mathematics of Scientific Computing ^{2} | 3 |
Applied Elective | 3 | |
Free Elective | 3 | |
GEP Requirement | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Fourth Year | ||
Fall Semester | ||
Select one of the following: ^{2} | 3 | |
Mathematical Analysis II | ||
Advanced Mathematics Elective ^{2} | 3 | |
Applied Electives | 6 | |
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives | 3 | |
Hours | 15 | |
Spring Semester | ||
Advanced Mathematics Elective ^{2} | 3 | |
Applied Elective | 3 | |
Free Electives (2 courses) | 5 | |
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives | 2 | |
Hours | 13 | |
Total Hours | 120 |
- ^{ 1 }
A grade of C- or higher is required.
- ^{ 2 }
At most one grade below a C- is permitted in Advanced Mathematics courses and at most one grade below a C- is permitted in courses satisfying the Basic Science requirements. No grades below a C- are permitted in Basic Mathematics courses.
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