Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics degree is designed for students who want a broad knowledge of mathematics and its many types of applications. Courses in statistics, operations research and computer science can be combined for a well-rounded applied mathematics foundation, which can lead to careers in business and industry.


Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.


Graduation Requirements

The actuarial science program leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 overall GPA and a minimum of 120 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. Additionally, a minimum 2.5 GPA in all math and computer science course work is required.


Required Courses (number of credit hours in parentheses)
See Course Descriptions page for more information about each course.

CPSC 130 Programming and Problem Solving (4)
CPSC 200 Object Oriented Programming (4)
MATH 220 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 230 Calculus 2 (4)
MATH 251 Statistics (3)
MATH 320 Calculus 3 (4)
MATH 322 Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 324 Fundamental Concepts in Mathematics (3)
MATH 330 Differential Equations (3)
MATH 340 Numerical Analysis (3)

Electives (select 5 from the following: CPSC 300, CPSC 320, CPSC 330, CPSC 340,
MATH 328, MATH 360, MATH 414, MATH 416, MATH 420, MATH 430, MATH 440)


Sample Course Sequence

Odd Year Entry (Even Entry is the same)

Fall Odd Year 1
CPSC 130
MATH 220
Spring Even Year 1
CPSC 200
MATH 230
Fall Even Year 2
MATH 322
MATH 330
Spring Odd Year 2
MATH 251
MATH 320
Fall Odd Year 3
MATH 324
Spring Even Year 3
MATH 340
Fall Even Year 4
Spring Odd Year 4
<- CPSC or MATH ->


Contact Information

Applied Mathematics Coordinator: Kent Sun
Office Location: ASC 2031
Phone: (231) 591-2579


Department Information:
Mathematics Department
820 Campus Drive, ASC 2021
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 591-2565