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  Sep 24, 2017
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Mathematical Sciences, Physics Emphasis, B.S.

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Requirements for the Applied Mathematical Sciences Major

Applied Mathematical Sciences Requirements (80-82 units): In addition to the UC Merced and School of Natural Sciences General Education and Courses Required Outside of Natural Sciences and Engineering, the Applied Mathematical Sciences major consists of 20 or 21 courses (10 lower division and 10 or 11 upper division, depending on the emphasis track chosen) designed to give all students a common foundation of core knowledge specific to the discipline, plus breadth in an application area.

Lower Division Courses [38 Units]

Complete the following ten courses:

Emphasis Tracks [18-20 Units]

The student must complete between 18 and 20 units of approved course work toward the completion of an emphasis track. At least 11 of these 18 units must be upper division courses. Some examples of emphasis tracks include physics, computational biology, economics, computer scienceengineering and environmental. These examples appear in the sample course plans available on the Natural Sciences website, More application themes will become available as new programs on campus develop. Students may design their own emphasis track with approval from the faculty program leads for the Applied Mathematical Sciences major.

Requirements for Physics Emphasis Track

Transfer Students

To be admitted to the Applied Mathematical Sciences major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admission have completed at minimum each of the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C-” or better:

Additional Information

Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 in transferable courses. Any outstanding General Education and Major preparation coursework will be completed at UC Merced. Students should also consult the Information for Prospective Students link on the School of Natural Sciences website for more information.

Applied Mathematical Sciences Program Learning Outcomes

The over-arching goal of the Applied Mathematical Sciences program is to build a community of life-long learners that use the analytical and computational tools of mathematics to solve real world problems.

Upon graduating, we expect students completing the Applied Mathematical Sciences major to have become effective problem solvers, meaning that student will be able to

  1. Solve mathematical problems using analytical methods.
  2. Solve mathematical problems using computational methods.
  3. Recognize the relationships between different areas of mathematics and the connections between mathematics and other disciplines.
  4. Give clear and organized written and verbal explanations of mathematical ideas to a variety of audiences.
  5. Model real-world problems mathematically and analyze those models using their mastery of the core concepts.

Sample plans of study for the Applied Mathematical Sciences degree may be found in the School of Natural Sciences website

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