B.S. in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences

The B.S. degree in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences investigates and integrates complex areas of the physical, life and social sciences while preparing a new generation of students in mathematics.

This program develops students' critical-thinking skills and purposeful competencies in mathematics, and cultivates an appreciation for the contributions of mathematics to the fields of sciences, engineering, business, government and economics.

Students learn how to use theories and techniques such as mathematical modeling and computational methods to resolve practical real-world problems, from climate change to disease pandemics. The coursework is directed towards an understanding of mathematical theory and its relation to other fields of studies. Emphasis is placed on precision of definition, reasoning to accurate conclusions and analyzing and developing solutions to important 21st-century problems using mathematical principles. Please see our FAQs for more career possibilities and more information on the degree program.

B.S. in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences Curriculum

  • 39 credits plus 30 credits of prerequisites
  • 18 credits must be upper division (300 or 400 level), and 12 of the 18 upper-division credits must be taken on the Tempe campus.

CSE 100: Principles of Programming with C++ CS or CSE 110: Principles of Programming with Java CS (3 credits)
BIO 181: General Biology I (4 credits)
BIO 182: General Biology II (4 credits)
MAT 270: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)
MAT 271: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 credits)
MAT 272: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 credits)
MAT 274: Elementary Differential Equations or MAT 275: Modern Differential Equations (3 credits)
MAT 342: Linear Algebra or MAT 343: Applied Linear Algebra

Major Core Requirements:
AML 100: Introduction to Applied Math for the Life and Social Sciences (3 credits)
AML 253: Modeling in the Life and Social Sciences (3 credits)
2 Life Science courses (6 credits)
2 Social Science courses (6 credits)
2 Applied Math courses (6 credits)
Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

Major Electives:
3–4 courses (12 credits) in applied math, statistics, life sciences, social sciences or mathematics education

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