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Mathematics & Statistics

Applied Mathematics (BS)

Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 56 credit hours with grades of C or better

Course Requirements

Required (38 credit hours)

Two-course sequence (6-8 credit hours) from the following:

Note: This requirement may be waived for students with more than one major in this department.

Additional Courses (12 credit hours)

  • Four additional mathematics (MATH), statistics (STAT), or computer science (CSC) courses with approval of the student's advisor

Combined BS in Applied Mathematics and MA in Mathematics

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

This program enables students to earn both a BS in Applied Mathematics and an MA in Mathematics.


  • All requirements for the BS in Applied Mathematics
    • Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.
  • All requirements for the MA in Mathematics, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master's degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master's program.