Applied Mathematics Bachelor of Science Degree
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School of Mathematical Sciences
An applied mathematics major focusing on problems that can be mathematically analyzed and solved, including models for perfecting global positioning systems, analyzing costeffectiveness in manufacturing processes, or improving digital encryption software.
Overview
 Recent applied mathematics graduates employed at Google, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, JP Morgan Chase, and Northrop Grumman Corporation.
 Join the PiRIT, a student club that fosters a community of students and faculty in mathematics and statistics who share the goal of enriching student understanding of the broad range of mathematics beyond the classroom.
Applied mathematicians develop models for perfecting global positioning systems, analyzing costeffectiveness in manufacturing processes, or improving digital encryption software. The applied mathematics major focuses on the study and solution of problems that can be mathematically analyzed across industrial fields and research disciplines.
The applied mathematics major focuses on the study and solution of problems that can be mathematically analyzed. Industry, academia, and government all have a great need for individuals with this type of education. You will gain the knowledge and skills to collaborate on complex problems with scientists, engineers, computer specialists, or other analysts. Some application areas include applied statistics; biology; business; economics; chemistry; electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering; operations research; and imaging science.
Graduates typically are employed in scientific, engineering, business, or government environments, applying their mathematics background to the analysis and solution of realworld problems.
Course of Study
You can choose courses from more than twenty application areas that provide them with the knowledge and skills to collaborate on complex problems with scientists, engineers, computer specialists, or other analysts. Some of those areas include applied statistics; biology; business; economics; chemistry; electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering; operations research; or imaging science.
RealWorld Experiences
You’ll collaborate with a faculty researcher on a variety of projects in both applied and theoretical mathematics providing you with valuable exposure to realworld problems faced by America's top companies and research organizations. As a result, RIT undergraduates in mathematics are highly sought as coop employees.
You’ll also have the opportunity to work with researchers in the School of Mathematical Sciences studying interesting problems in areas such as computational photonics, mathematical biology, microelectromechanical systems, and network analysis.
Nature of Work
Mathematicians use theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. The work of mathematicians falls into two broad classes — theoretical (pure) mathematics and applied mathematics. These classes, however, often overlap. Applied mathematicians start with a practical problem, envision its separate elements, and then reduce the elements to mathematical variables. They often use computers to analyze relationships among the variables, and they solve complex problems by developing models with alternative solutions.
Training Qualifications
Industry, academia, and government all have a great need for individuals with this type of education. Typically, graduates are employed in scientific, engineering, business, or government environments, applying their mathematics background to the analysis and solution of realworld problems.
In the federal government, entrylevel job candidates usually must have a fouryear degree with a major in mathematics or a fouryear degree with the equivalent of a mathematics major. Outside the federal government, a graduatelevel education is usually a minimum requirement; many seek advanced degrees in mathematics or a related discipline. However, those with bachelor's degrees who meet state certification requirements may become primary or secondary school mathematics teachers.
The majority of those with a master's degree in mathematics who work in private industry do so not as mathematicians but in related fields. For jobs in applied mathematics, training in the field in which mathematics will be used is very important. Mathematics is used extensively in physics, actuarial science, statistics, engineering, and operations research. Computer science, business and industrial management, economics, finance, chemistry, geology, life sciences, and behavioral sciences are likewise dependent on applied mathematics. Mathematicians also should have substantial knowledge of computer programming, because most complex mathematical computations and much mathematical modeling are done on a computer.
Master’s Degrees and Doctorates
Graduate programs offered by the School of Mathematical Sciences introduce students to rigorous advanced applied mathematical and statistical methodology. Students realize the potential for that cuttingedge methodology as a general tool in the study of exciting problems in science, business, and industry. The school offers the following advanced degrees: an advanced certificate in applied statistics, master of science degrees in applied and computational mathematics and applied statistics, and a doctorate degree in mathematical modeling.
Combined Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees
Today’s careers require advanced degrees grounded in realworld experience. RIT’s Combined Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees enable you to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years of study, all while gaining the valuable handson experience that comes from coops, internships, research, study abroad, and more.
+1 MBA: Students who enroll in a qualifying undergraduate degree have the opportunity to add an MBA to their bachelor’s degree after their first year of study, depending on their program. Learn how the +1 MBA can accelerate your learning and position you for success.
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Careers and Experiential Learning
Typical Job Titles
Actuarial Analyst  Data Scientist 
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Senior Technician  Forecast Analyst 
Systems Operations Engineer 
Salary and Career Information for Applied Mathematics BS
Cooperative Education
What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain realworld career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.
Coops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into knowhow. Science coops include a range of handson experiences, from coops and internships and work in labs to undergraduate research and clinical experience in health care settings. These opportunities provide the handson experience that enables you to apply your scientific, math, and health care knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and realworld applications.
National Labs Career Events and Recruiting
The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education offers National Labs and federallyfunded Research Centers from all research areas and sponsoring agencies a variety of options to connect with and recruit students. Students connect with employer partners to gather information on their laboratories and explore coop, internship, research, and fulltime opportunities. These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Recruiting events include our universitywide Fall Career Fair, oncampus and virtual interviews, information sessions, 1:1 networking with lab representatives, and a National Labs Resume Book available to all labs.
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Dr. Tony Wong
Mathematics is a powerful tool for answering questions. From mitigating climate risks to splitting the dinner bill, Professor Wong shows students that math is more than just a prerequisite.
Curriculum for Applied Mathematics BS
Applied Mathematics, BS degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
CSCI101  General Education – Elective: Principles of Computing This course is designed to introduce students to the central ideas of computing. Students will engage in activities that show how computing changes the world and impacts daily lives. Students will develop stepbystep written solutions to basic problems and implement their solutions using a programming language. Assignments will be completed both individually and in small teams. Students will be required to demonstrate oral and written communication skills through such assignments as short papers, homeworks, group discussions and debates, and development of a term paper. Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
CSCI141  General Education – Elective: Computer Science I This course serves as an introduction to computational thinking using a problemcentered approach. Specific topics covered include: expression of algorithms in pseudo code and a programming language; functional and imperative programming techniques; control structures; problem solving using recursion; basic searching and sorting; elementary data structures such as lists, trees, and graphs; and correctness, testing and debugging. Assignments (both in class and for homework) requiring a pseudo code solution and an implementation are an integral part of the course. An endofterm project is also required. Lec/Lab 6 (Fall, Spring). 
4 
MATH181  General Education – Mathematical Perspective A: ProjectBased Calculus I This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals. (Prerequisite: A or better in MATH111 or A or better in ((NMTH260 or NMTH272 or NMTH275) and NMTH220) or a math placement exam score greater than or equal to 70 or department permission to enroll in this class.) Lecture 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
4 
MATH182  General Education – Mathematical Perspective B: ProjectBased Calculus II This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates. (Prerequisites: C or better in (MATH181 or MATH173 or 1016282) or (MATH171 and MATH180) or equivalent course(s).) Lecture 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
4 
MATH199  Mathematics and Statistics Seminar This course introduces the programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences, and provides an introduction to math and statistics software. The course provides practice in technical writing. Seminar 1 (Fall). 
1 
YOPS10  RIT 365: RIT Connections RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their firstyear experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational selfawareness and recognize broadbased professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring). 
0 
General Education – Elective 
3  
General Education – FirstYear Writing (WI) 
3  
General Education – Artistic Perspective 
3  
General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective 5‡ 
4  
Second Year  
MATH200  Discrete Mathematics and Introduction to Proofs This course prepares students for professions that use mathematics in daily practice, and for mathematics courses beyond the introductory level where it is essential to communicate effectively in the language of mathematics. It covers various methods of mathematical proof, starting with basic techniques in propositional and predicate calculus and set theory, and then moving to applications in advanced mathematics. (Prerequisite: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH231  Differential Equations This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms. (Prerequisite: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
3 
MATH399  Mathematical Sciences Job Search Seminar This course helps students prepare to search for coop or fulltime employment. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search and transitioning into the work world. The course meets one hour each week for five weeks. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring). 
0 
MATH251  Probability and Statistics I This course introduces sample spaces and events, axioms of probability, counting techniques, conditional probability and independence, distributions of discrete and continuous random variables, joint distributions (discrete and continuous), the central limit theorem, descriptive statistics, interval estimation, and applications of probability and statistics to realworld problems. A statistical package such as Minitab or R is used for data analysis and statistical applications. (Prerequisites: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH 182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
3 
MATH257  Statistical Inference 
3 
Choose one of the following:  3 

MATH241  Linear Algebra This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course. (Prerequisites: MATH190 or MATH200 or MATH219 or MATH220 or MATH221 or MATH221H or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring). 

MATH241H  Honors Linear Algebra 

Choose one of the following:  4 

MATH221  General Education – Elective: Multivariable and Vector Calculus This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes a study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Stokes' Theorem, Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH219. (Prerequisite: C or better MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 4 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 

MATH221H  General Education – Elective: Honors Multivariable and Vector Calculus 

General Education – Ethical Perspective 
3  
General Education – Global Perspective 
3  
General Education – Social Perspective 
3  
General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective‡ 
4  
Third Year  
MATH431  Real Variables I This course is an investigation and extension of the theoretical aspects of elementary calculus. Topics include mathematical induction, real numbers, sequences, functions, limits, and continuity. The workshop will focus on helping students develop skill in writing proofs. (Prerequisites: (MATH190 or MATH200 or 1055265) and (MATH220 or MATH221 or MATH221H or 1016410 or 1016328) or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring). 
3 
Program Electives 
18  
General Education – Immersion 1, 2 
6  
Open Elective 
3  
Fourth Year  
MATH411  Numerical Analysis This course covers numerical techniques for the solution of nonlinear equations, interpolation, differentiation, integration, and the solution of initial value problems. (Prerequisites: (MATH231 and (MATH241 or MATH241H)) or MATH233 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH421  Mathematical Modeling (WIPR) This course explores problem solving, formulation of the mathematical model from physical considerations, solution of the mathematical problem, testing the model and interpretation of results. Problems are selected from the physical sciences, engineering, and economics. (Prerequisites: (MATH220 or MATH221 or 1016410 or 1016328) and MATH231 and (MATH241 or MATH241H) and MATH251 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH441  Abstract Algebra I This course covers basic set theory, number theory, groups, subgroups, cyclic and permutation groups, Lagrange and Sylow theorems, quotient groups, and isomorphism theorems. Group Theory finds applications in other scientific disciplines like physics and chemistry. (Prerequisites: (MATH190 or MATH200 or 1055265) and (MATH241 or MATH241H) or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring). 
3 
MATH501  Experiential Learning Requirement in Mathematics The experiential learning requirement in the Applied Mathematics and Computational Mathematics programs can be accomplished in various ways. This course exists to record the completion of experiential learning activities that have been preapproved by the School of Mathematical Sciences. Such preapproval is considered on a casebycase basis. Lecture (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
0 
General Education – Immersion 3 
3  
General Education – Electives 
6  
Program Elective 
3  
Open Electives 
9  
Total Semester Credit Hours  121 
Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either University Physics I (PHYS211) and University Physics II (PHYS212) or General & Analytical Chemistry I and Lab (CHMG141/145) and General & Analytical Chemistry II and Lab (CHMG142/146) or General Biology I and Lab (BIOL101/103) and General Biology II and Lab (BIOL102/104).
Combined Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree
Applied Mathematics, BS degree/Applied and Computational Mathematics (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
CSCI101  General Education – Elective: Principles of Computing This course is designed to introduce students to the central ideas of computing. Students will engage in activities that show how computing changes the world and impacts daily lives. Students will develop stepbystep written solutions to basic problems and implement their solutions using a programming language. Assignments will be completed both individually and in small teams. Students will be required to demonstrate oral and written communication skills through such assignments as short papers, homeworks, group discussions and debates, and development of a term paper. Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
CSCI141  General Education – Elective: Computer Science I This course serves as an introduction to computational thinking using a problemcentered approach. Specific topics covered include: expression of algorithms in pseudo code and a programming language; functional and imperative programming techniques; control structures; problem solving using recursion; basic searching and sorting; elementary data structures such as lists, trees, and graphs; and correctness, testing and debugging. Assignments (both in class and for homework) requiring a pseudo code solution and an implementation are an integral part of the course. An endofterm project is also required. Lec/Lab 6 (Fall, Spring). 
4 
MATH181  General Education – Mathematical Perspective A: ProjectBased Calculus I This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals. (Prerequisite: A or better in MATH111 or A or better in ((NMTH260 or NMTH272 or NMTH275) and NMTH220) or a math placement exam score greater than or equal to 70 or department permission to enroll in this class.) Lecture 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
4 
MATH182  General Education – Mathematical Perspective B: ProjectBased Calculus II This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates. (Prerequisites: C or better in (MATH181 or MATH173 or 1016282) or (MATH171 and MATH180) or equivalent course(s).) Lecture 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
4 
MATH199  Mathematics and Statistics Seminar This course introduces the programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences, and provides an introduction to math and statistics software. The course provides practice in technical writing. Seminar 1 (Fall). 
1 
YOPS10  RIT 365: RIT Connections RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their firstyear experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational selfawareness and recognize broadbased professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring). 
0 
General Education – Elective 
3  
General Education – FirstYear Writing (WI) 
3  
General Education – Artistic Perspective 
3  
General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective‡ 
4  
Second Year  
MATH200  Discrete Mathematics and Introduction to Proofs This course prepares students for professions that use mathematics in daily practice, and for mathematics courses beyond the introductory level where it is essential to communicate effectively in the language of mathematics. It covers various methods of mathematical proof, starting with basic techniques in propositional and predicate calculus and set theory, and then moving to applications in advanced mathematics. (Prerequisite: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH231  Differential Equations This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms. (Prerequisite: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
3 
MATH251  Probability and Statistics This course introduces sample spaces and events, axioms of probability, counting techniques, conditional probability and independence, distributions of discrete and continuous random variables, joint distributions (discrete and continuous), the central limit theorem, descriptive statistics, interval estimation, and applications of probability and statistics to realworld problems. A statistical package such as Minitab or R is used for data analysis and statistical applications. (Prerequisites: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH 182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
3 
MATH399  Mathematical Sciences Job Search Seminar This course helps students prepare to search for coop or fulltime employment. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search and transitioning into the work world. The course meets one hour each week for five weeks. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring). 
0 
STAT257  Statistical Inference Learn how data furthers understanding of science and engineering. This course covers basic statistical concepts, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, point estimation, and simple linear regression. A statistical software package such as MINITAB will be used for data analysis and statistical applications. (Prerequisites: MATH251.
NOTE: Students cannot receive credit for both MATH252 and STAT257 nor for both STAT205 and STAT257.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring). 
3 
Choose one of the following:  4 

MATH221  Multivariable and Vector Calculus This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes a study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Stokes' Theorem, Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH219. (Prerequisite: C or better MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 4 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 

MATH221H  Honors Multivariable and Vector Calculus 

Choose one of the following:  3 

MATH241  Linear Algebra This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course. (Prerequisites: MATH190 or MATH200 or MATH219 or MATH220 or MATH221 or MATH221H or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring). 

MATH241H  Honors Linear Algebra 

General Education – Ethical Perspective 
3  
General Education – Global Perspective 
3  
General Education – Social Perspective 
3  
General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective‡ 
4  
Third Year  
MATH431  Real Variables I This course is an investigation and extension of the theoretical aspects of elementary calculus. Topics include mathematical induction, real numbers, sequences, functions, limits, and continuity. The workshop will focus on helping students develop skill in writing proofs. (Prerequisites: (MATH190 or MATH200 or 1055265) and (MATH220 or MATH221 or MATH221H or 1016410 or 1016328) or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring). 
3 
Program Electives 
15  
General Education – Immersion 1, 2 
6  
Open Electives 
6  
General Education – Elective 
3  
Fourth Year  
MATH411  Numerical Analysis This course covers numerical techniques for the solution of nonlinear equations, interpolation, differentiation, integration, and the solution of initial value problems. (Prerequisites: (MATH231 and (MATH241 or MATH241H)) or MATH233 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH421  Mathematical Modeling (WIPR) This course explores problem solving, formulation of the mathematical model from physical considerations, solution of the mathematical problem, testing the model and interpretation of results. Problems are selected from the physical sciences, engineering, and economics. (Prerequisites: (MATH220 or MATH221 or 1016410 or 1016328) and MATH231 and (MATH241 or MATH241H) and MATH251 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH441  Abstract Algebra I This course covers basic set theory, number theory, groups, subgroups, cyclic and permutation groups, Lagrange and Sylow theorems, quotient groups, and isomorphism theorems. Group Theory finds applications in other scientific disciplines like physics and chemistry. (Prerequisites: (MATH190 or MATH200 or 1055265) and (MATH241 or MATH241H) or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring). 
3 
MATH501  Experiential Learning Requirement in Mathematics The experiential learning requirement in the Applied Mathematics and Computational Mathematics programs can be accomplished in various ways. This course exists to record the completion of experiential learning activities that have been preapproved by the School of Mathematical Sciences. Such preapproval is considered on a casebycase basis. Lecture (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
0 
MATH606  Graduate Seminar I The course prepares students to engage in activities necessary for independent mathematical research and introduces students to a broad range of active interdisciplinary programs related to applied mathematics. (This course is restricted to students in the ACMTHMS or MATHMLPHD programs.) Lecture 2 (Fall). 
1 
MATH607  Graduate Seminar II This course is a continuation of Graduate Seminar I. It prepares students to engage in activities necessary for independent mathematical research and introduces them to a broad range of active interdisciplinary programs related to applied mathematics. (Prerequisite: MATH606 or equivalent course or students in the ACMTHMS or MATHMLPHD programs.) Lecture 2 (Spring). 
1 
Math Graduate Core Electives 
9  
General Education – Immersion 3 
3  
General Education – Elective 
3  
Open Electives 
6  
Fifth Year  
MATH790  Research and Thesis Masterslevel research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor. (This course is restricted to students in the ACMTHMS or MATHMLPHD programs.) Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
7 
MATH Graduate Electives 
12  
Total Semester Credit Hours  145 
Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either University Physics I (PHYS211) and University Physics II (PHYS212) or General & Analytical Chemistry I and Lab (CHMG141/145) and General & Analytical Chemistry II and Lab (CHMG142/146) or General Biology I and Lab (BIOL101/103) and General Biology II and Lab (BIOL102/104).
Applied Mathematics, BS degree/Applied and Computational Mathematics (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
CSCI101  General Education – Elective: Principles of Computing This course is designed to introduce students to the central ideas of computing. Students will engage in activities that show how computing changes the world and impacts daily lives. Students will develop stepbystep written solutions to basic problems and implement their solutions using a programming language. Assignments will be completed both individually and in small teams. Students will be required to demonstrate oral and written communication skills through such assignments as short papers, homeworks, group discussions and debates, and development of a term paper. Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
CSCI141  General Education – Elective: Computer Science I This course serves as an introduction to computational thinking using a problemcentered approach. Specific topics covered include: expression of algorithms in pseudo code and a programming language; functional and imperative programming techniques; control structures; problem solving using recursion; basic searching and sorting; elementary data structures such as lists, trees, and graphs; and correctness, testing and debugging. Assignments (both in class and for homework) requiring a pseudo code solution and an implementation are an integral part of the course. An endofterm project is also required. Lec/Lab 6 (Fall, Spring). 
4 
MATH181  General Education – Mathematical Perspective A: ProjectBased Calculus I This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals. (Prerequisite: A or better in MATH111 or A or better in ((NMTH260 or NMTH272 or NMTH275) and NMTH220) or a math placement exam score greater than or equal to 70 or department permission to enroll in this class.) Lecture 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
4 
MATH182  General Education – Mathematical Perspective B: ProjectBased Calculus II This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates. (Prerequisites: C or better in (MATH181 or MATH173 or 1016282) or (MATH171 and MATH180) or equivalent course(s).) Lecture 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
4 
MATH199  Mathematics and Statistics Seminar This course introduces the programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences, and provides an introduction to math and statistics software. The course provides practice in technical writing. Seminar 1 (Fall). 
1 
YOPS10  RIT 365: RIT Connections RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their firstyear experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational selfawareness and recognize broadbased professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring). 
0 
General Education – Elective 
3  
General Education – FirstYear Writing (WI) 
3  
General Education – Artistic Perspective 
3  
General Education – Natural Science Inquiry and Scientific Principles Perspective‡ 
4  
Second Year  
MATH200  Discrete Mathematics and Introduction to Proofs This course prepares students for professions that use mathematics in daily practice, and for mathematics courses beyond the introductory level where it is essential to communicate effectively in the language of mathematics. It covers various methods of mathematical proof, starting with basic techniques in propositional and predicate calculus and set theory, and then moving to applications in advanced mathematics. (Prerequisite: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH231  Differential Equations This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms. (Prerequisite: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
3 
MATH251  Probability and Statistics This course introduces sample spaces and events, axioms of probability, counting techniques, conditional probability and independence, distributions of discrete and continuous random variables, joint distributions (discrete and continuous), the central limit theorem, descriptive statistics, interval estimation, and applications of probability and statistics to realworld problems. A statistical package such as Minitab or R is used for data analysis and statistical applications. (Prerequisites: MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH 182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
3 
MATH399  Mathematical Sciences Job Search Seminar This course helps students prepare to search for coop or fulltime employment. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search and transitioning into the work world. The course meets one hour each week for five weeks. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring). 
0 
STAT257  Statistical Inference Learn how data furthers understanding of science and engineering. This course covers basic statistical concepts, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, point estimation, and simple linear regression. A statistical software package such as MINITAB will be used for data analysis and statistical applications. (Prerequisites: MATH251.
NOTE: Students cannot receive credit for both MATH252 and STAT257 nor for both STAT205 and STAT257.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring). 

Choose one of the following:  4 

MATH221  Multivariable and Vector Calculus This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes a study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Stokes' Theorem, Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH219. (Prerequisite: C or better MATH173 or MATH182 or MATH182A or equivalent course.) Lecture 4 (Fall, Spring, Summer). 

MATH221H  Honors Multivariable and Vector Calculus 

Choose one of the following:  3 

MATH241  Linear Algebra This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course. (Prerequisites: MATH190 or MATH200 or MATH219 or MATH220 or MATH221 or MATH221H or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring). 

MATH241H  Honors Linear Algebra 

General Education – Ethical Perspective 
3  
General Education – Global Perspective 
3  
General Education – Social Perspective 
3  
General Education – Natural Science Inquiry and Scientific Principles Perspective‡ 
4  
Third Year  
MATH431  Real Variables I This course is an investigation and extension of the theoretical aspects of elementary calculus. Topics include mathematical induction, real numbers, sequences, functions, limits, and continuity. The workshop will focus on helping students develop skill in writing proofs. (Prerequisites: (MATH190 or MATH200 or 1055265) and (MATH220 or MATH221 or MATH221H or 1016410 or 1016328) or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring). 
3 
Program Electives 
15  
General Education – Immersion 1, 2 
6  
Open Electives 
6  
General Education – Elective 
3  
Fourth Year  
MATH411  Numerical Analysis This course covers numerical techniques for the solution of nonlinear equations, interpolation, differentiation, integration, and the solution of initial value problems. (Prerequisites: (MATH231 and (MATH241 or MATH241H)) or MATH233 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH421  Mathematical Modeling (WIPR) This course explores problem solving, formulation of the mathematical model from physical considerations, solution of the mathematical problem, testing the model and interpretation of results. Problems are selected from the physical sciences, engineering, and economics. (Prerequisites: (MATH220 or MATH221 or 1016410 or 1016328) and MATH231 and (MATH241 or MATH241H) and MATH251 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Fall). 
3 
MATH441  Abstract Algebra I This course covers basic set theory, number theory, groups, subgroups, cyclic and permutation groups, Lagrange and Sylow theorems, quotient groups, and isomorphism theorems. Group Theory finds applications in other scientific disciplines like physics and chemistry. (Prerequisites: (MATH190 or MATH200 or 1055265) and (MATH241 or MATH241H) or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring). 
3 
MATH606  Graduate Seminar I The course prepares students to engage in activities necessary for independent mathematical research and introduces students to a broad range of active interdisciplinary programs related to applied mathematics. (This course is restricted to students in the ACMTHMS or MATHMLPHD programs.) Lecture 2 (Fall). 
1 
MATH607  Graduate Seminar II This course is a continuation of Graduate Seminar I. It prepares students to engage in activities necessary for independent mathematical research and introduces them to a broad range of active interdisciplinary programs related to applied mathematics. (Prerequisite: MATH606 or equivalent course or students in the ACMTHMS or MATHMLPHD programs.) Lecture 2 (Spring). 
1 
Math Graduate Core Electives 
9  
General Education – Immersion 3 
3  
General Education – Elective 
3  
Open Electives 
6  
Fifth Year  
MATH790  Research and Thesis Masterslevel research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor. (This course is restricted to students in the ACMTHMS or MATHMLPHD programs.) Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer). 
4 
MATH Graduate Electives 
15  
Total Semester Credit Hours  145 
Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either University Physics I (PHYS211) and University Physics II (PHYS212) or General & Analytical Chemistry I and Lab (CHMG141/145) and General & Analytical Chemistry II and Lab (CHMG142/146) or General Biology I and Lab (BIOL101/103) and General Biology II and Lab (BIOL102/104).
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