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Undergraduate Calendar 2014|15

Bachelor of Science, 4-year

Bachelor of Science Applied Mathematics Major (4 years—120 credits)

Regulations effective January 1, 2015.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics is offered by Athabasca University’s Centre for Science. The focus and philosophy of this major in Applied Mathematics is the fostering of innovative thinking towards the solutions of scientific, environmental, and even sociological issues using mathematical methods, as well as to provide a deeper understanding and alternative perspectives of problems in math-related interdisciplinary fields. Its ultimate goal is to lay a foundation for undergraduate students to acquire research skills which may be applied in real world situations and thereby, contribute to the betterment of society.

The program will provide a four-year (120 credits) degree with a major in Applied Mathematics (45 credits). The program major is specifically designed for students who wish to gain competency in mathematical applications and use the degree for entrance into graduate programs in a variety of fields, or as a stepping stone into the employment market and professions.

This degree program is aligned with the general learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Science degree program. In addition to these general learning outcomes, this program comprises the following specific objectives:

  • To foster an understanding of mathematical applications, theory and skills in research and the workplace.
  • To present and demonstrate techniques that can be applied to real-world situations.
  • To produce integrated thinkers who solve physical and theoretical problems.
  • To encourage innovative and creative thinking towards solving scientific, environmental, medical and even sociological issues.

This degree is intended to help students develop a relatively wide range of applied mathematical skills which have direct applications within fields of endeavour such as scientific and medical research, some branches of computing science, finance, engineering, and other math-related disciplines.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized first degree and who wish to obtain an AU undergraduate degree in a different subject area, must apply under the second undergraduate degree regulations. These students may transfer in up to 50 per cent (60 credits) into the four-year degree program, based on course work in the first degree that is applicable. Preparatory (100 level) credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in their program. Refer to the English Writing Skills Requirement below.

Program Structure
Total credits in the program 120
Minimum Credits Required
Senior (300/400) level credits 75
Science credits 78
  • In senior (300/400) level science courses
  • 51
    Arts and/or Applied Studies credits (includes Arts courses listed in Core Course Requirements) 21
    Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University including a minimum of 15 credits in Math Core Courses 30
    Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
    Maximum Credits Allowed
    At the preparatory (100) level 6
    Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 30

    Core Course Requirements

    Students in the BSc Major in the Applied Mathematics degree must complete the following core course requirements as they are specific to this major:

      200- or 300-level Computing Science (COMP) credits 6
      200-level Physics (PHYS) credits with lab component 3
    SCIE 326 Scientific Reasoning 3
    SCIE 380 Research Methods in Science 3
    PHIL 333 Professional Ethics  
    PHIL 371 Ethics: Science, Technology, and the Environment** 3
    HIST 404 Historical Foundations of Modern Science** 3
    ENGL 255 Introductory Composition** 3
    ** These core Arts courses will fulfill part of the minimum credits required in Arts and/or Applied Studies.

    Major in Applied Mathematics (45 credits)

    1. Required MATH Core Courses (39 credits)

    MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics  
    MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)
    MATH 265 Calculus I (3)
    MATH 266 Calculus II (3)
    MATH 270 Linear Algebra I (3)
    MATH 271 Linear Algebra II (3)
    MATH 309 Discrete Mathematics (3)
    MATH 315 Methods in Applied Statistics (3)
    MATH 365 Multivariable Calculus (3)
    MATH 366 Complex Variables I (3)
    MATH 376 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
    MATH 476 Partial Differential Equations (3)
    MATH 480 Mathematic Modeling I (3)
    MATH 495 Mathematics Projects I (3)

    2. Elective credits (6 credits)

    Select and additional 6 credits in senior (300/400) level MATH courses not taken from the previous list of MATH Core Courses.

    Elective Science credits (18 credits)

    To meet the overall science requirement, students must select an additional 18 credits in science courses including a minimum of 3 credits in a science course with lab component. In addition, out of these 18 credits, a minimum of 15 credits must be taken at the senior (300/400) level. (Note that if the computing science requirement in the Core Course Requirements is taken at the 300 level, this course(s) can be used to meet this senior requirement.)

    Options (33 credits)

    The remaining 33 credits must be selected from any discipline with a minimum of 18 credits from senior (300/400) level courses.

    *English Writing Skills Requirement

    You are not required to take ENGL 255 if you satisfy one of the following. However, you must replace the three credits in order to satisfy the program’s credit requirement.

    • have a grade of B- (70 per cent) or better in an Athabasca University English course above the preparatory (100) level;

    • receive credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved.

    Specific Regulations

    The following supersedes some of the general policies governing academic studies at Athabasca University:

    1. In order to graduate, students must have a GPA of at least 1.7 (60 per cent) across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Science Major in Applied Mathematics degree.
    2. Athabasca University will not grant transfer credit for science courses that were completed more than 10 years ago (including computer science courses).
    3. A maximum of 30 credits is eligible for transfer credit towards the Required and Electives MATH courses (45 credits) necessary for this degree.


    Information effective Jan. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2015.

    Updated March 18, 2015