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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Science
Applied Mathematics Major

Amended regulations, effective September 1, 2017.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics is designed to help students develop a relatively wide range of applied mathematical skills which have direct applications in fields such as scientific and medical research, computer science, finance, engineering, and other math-related disciplines.

This major fosters innovative thinking toward solving scientific, environmental, and sociological issues using mathematical methods, and aims to provide deeper understanding and alternative perspectives on problems in math-related interdisciplinary fields. It's ultimate goal is to lay a foundation of research skills for undergraduate students to apply in real-world situations and contribute to the betterment of society.

Learning Outcomes

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:

The Applied Mathematics major aims to foster an understanding of mathematical applications, theory, and skills in research and in the workplace. Students who have completed this major should be able to:
  • mathematically analyse relatively sophisticated real-world problems.
  • break down problem complexity into simpler components.
  • model or express each of the components in mathematical terms.
  • seek out possible ways of solving each component problem by being familiar with a body of existing techniques, proven theoretical methods, and known results.
  • work theoretically and mathematically towards an accurate solution.
  • interpret mathematical results in the context of a problem.

Applied Mathematics – Specific Requirements

In addition to the BSc program general requirements, a major in Applied Mathematics involves the completion of 42 credits of core and elective courses. The Applied Mathematics major cannot be combined with the Applied Mathematics minor.

Core Courses

33 credits
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I (3)
MATH 266 Introduction to Calculus II (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)

Elective Courses

9 credits
Students complete a minimum of 9 credits selected from the Mathematics (MATH) discipline. A minimum of 6 credits must be at a senior (300 or higher) level.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated August 17 2017 by laurab

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