Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics

BS in Applied Mathematics

Students earning a B.S. in Applied Mathematics will acquire foundational knowledge in the field, as well as competency in the critical thinking, technological, and communication skills necessary for its application. The growing and interdisciplinary relevance of applied mathematics is further evidenced by the list of growing fields in which applied mathematicians are needed, as provided by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, SIAM. The list includes Systems Biology, Data Mining and Data Privacy, Materials Science, Computer Animation and Digital Imaging, Finance and Economics, Ecology, Epidemiology, and Climatology. Job prospects for applied mathematicians are good. As noted by the Mathematical Association of America, the top 10 Best Jobs of 2016, as compiled by CareerCast.com, include a Data Scientist, Statistician, Information Security Analyst, and Mathematician, and these 4 jobs fit under the broad applied mathematics umbrella. Additionally, the top 10 list includes a Software Engineer, Computer Systems Analyst, and Actuary, for each of which a solid applied mathematical background is helpful, and a few medical field jobs.

Curriculum

AP Credit Policies

Requirements

  • Two years of Calculus, including Multivariable Calculus: Math 161, Math 162, Math 263
  • Elementary Number Theory: Math 201
  • One of the following two options:
    • Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations: Math 212Math 264
    • Linear Algebra and Differential Equations: Math 266
  • Object-Oriented Programming: Math 215
  • Data Structures: Comp 271
  • One of the following two courses:
    • College Physics with Lab: Phys 111K+L
    • General Physics with Lab: Phys 125K+L
  • Statistics: Stat 203
  • Statistical Design: Stat 307
  • Mathematical Modeling: Math 356
  • Advanced Linear Algebra: Math 315
  • Applied Dynamical Systems: Math 366
  • Three 3-credit upper division (300-level) elective in mathematics
  • Completion of one of the following Areas of External Focus:
    • Engineering Systems
    • Information Systems
    • Computional Science

Recent elective courses have included:

Areas of External Focus:

  • Engineering Systems (16 credits)
    • College Physics with Lab: Phys 111K+L
    • Experiential Engineering: Engr 201
    • Engineering Systems I: Engr 311
    • Engineering Systems II: Engr 312
    • Engineering Systems III: Engr 313
  • Information Systems (18 credits)
    • Business Information Systems: Infs 247
    • Introduction to Accounting: Acct 201
    • One of the following two courses:
      • Microeconomics: Econ 201
      • Macroeconomics: Econ 202
    • Database and Data Warehousing Systems: Infs 346
    • Two of the following courses:
      • Client Analytics Applications: Infs 348
      • Data Visualization: Infs 360
      • VBA Programming: Infs 397
  • Computional Science (12 credits)
    • Introduction to Computer Systems: Comp 264
    • Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms: Comp 363
    • High Performance Computing: Comp 364
    • Machine Learning: Comp 379
    • Computational Biology: Comp 383
    • Computational Neuroscience: Comp 386