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Applied Mathematics B.A.

Through this flexible program, you will explore a broad array of mathematical applications and its computational aspects that drive technological innovation.
Hong Beom Lee ‘23 began to conduct physics research in his sophomore year and quickly realized how much his math coursework enhanced his physics skills.
Hong Beom Lee ‘23 began to conduct physics research in his sophomore year and quickly realized how much his math coursework enhanced his physics skills.

About this Program

  • Receive one-on-one guidance from esteemed faculty advisors and talented graduate students in mathematics through our mentorship program.
  • Connect with your peers through Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society that was founded at Syracuse University.
  • Receive expert advice and training as you prepare for the Putnam Exam or GRE.
  • Explore advanced topics in a small-group setting by completing a senior seminar course.
  • Conduct research under the direction of a faculty member and apply for financial support to continue your research during summer months.

Program Information

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Average class size in advanced courses.

Average class size in preliminary courses.

Applied mathematics majors qualified for the Dean’s List in academic year 2022-23.
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The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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The applied mathematics B.A. curriculum is best suited for students who seek advanced mathematical training and a flexible curriculum that allows for second majors in other fields.

  • Demonstrate facility with the techniques of single and multivariable calculus and linear algebra.
  • Effectively communicate mathematical ideas, orally and in writing.
  • Make symbolic calculations by hand and numerical calculations using MATLAB or other appropriate software.
  • Reproduce essential assumptions, definitions, examples and statements of important theorems.
  • Describe the logical structure of the standard proof formats, reproduce the underlying ideas of the proofs of basic theorems and create simple original proofs.
  • Solve problems using advanced undergraduate methods from one of the following areas: differential and linear equations, analysis, probability and statistics.

The B.A. and B.S. in applied mathematics both provide strong mathematical training and coursework while allowing students the flexibility to pursue additional majors. The B.A. focuses more heavily on computations and algorithms, whereas the B.S. includes a focus on proof-writing. Thus, the B.A. is well suited for students who will pursue careers that intersect with mathematics, while the B.S. is well suited for students who will seek further education in mathematics beyond the undergraduate level and/or pursue careers in science, technology and engineering that require this advanced training.

  • Advanced Calculus
  • Partial Differential Equations and Fourier Series
  • Numerical Methods with Programming
  • Fourier Series, Transforms and Wavelets
  • Applied Linear Algebra

Extracurricular Opportunities

Student Organizations

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is the national mathematics honorary society. Founded in 1914 at Syracuse University, PME currently has over 350 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The purpose of the society is to promote mathematical activities among students.


Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program pairs undergraduate students with graduate mentors for a semester-long reading project.


Research Areas

In the Department of Mathematics, you will learn from and have the opportunity to conduct research alongside faculty with expertise across a range of research areas. Current research groups focus on algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, combinatorics, geometry, topology, mathematics education, probability and statistics.

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