Bachelor of Science - Applied Mathematics
The cadet who majors in applied mathematics obtains a sound basic education required for a career in the fields of operations research, statistics, and computational mathematics. The department emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, extensive use of technology, and modeling of real world problems. A variety of positions in the military, government, industry, and business are available to a graduate with a B.S. in applied mathematics.
Cadets majoring in applied mathematics are also well-prepared to continue their education at the graduate level in operations research, statistics, or mathematics. Opportunities exist for cadets to participate in summer undergraduate research programs at VMI and/or internships with governmental analytical agencies or in the private sector. Recently cadets have taken internships at Los Alamos National Laboratory, TRADOC Research and Analysis Center, and SAIC.
Mathematics staff members serve as curricular advisers to aid majors in planning their degree programs. Normally, the same adviser approves a major’s program each semester and advises the cadet throughout the entire cadetship.
REQUIREMENTS FOR B.S. DEGREE IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS
The B.S. in applied mathematics requires 136 semester hours which includes a minimum of 55 hours of mathematics and 3 hours of C Programming. The following gives minimum requirements for the degree. Additional courses to complete the requirements must be chosen by the cadet with the approval of his/her departmental adviser.
MA 103, MA 108, MA 110, MA 123, MA 124, MA 133, MA 134, MA 215, MA 301, MA 305, MA 311, MA 319, MA 326, MA 432, MA 490W, and 15 semester hours chosen from math courses numbered 300 or above and PH 301.
16 semester hours from two different sciences. (Must complete a two-course sequence in each field.)
All courses must be laboratory courses.
10 semester hours to include WR 101, WR 102, and SE 300.
12 semester hours to include HI 103, HI 104, and PS 344 and 3 additional hours from any discipline other than mathematics.
12 semester hours.
4 semester hours.
CIVILIZATION & CULTURES
6 semester hours from the VMI list of approved CC-designated courses.