2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Applied Mathematics & Statistics, BS, Concentration: Computational Mathematics

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About the Program

Apply Now This program prepares students for careers based on the use of sophisticated computational skills and provides the opportunity for students to work with talented peers and experienced faculty on research projects in applied mathematics and statistics. This includes participating in joint projects with colleagues in engineering and the sciences. In this concentration, much emphasis is given to the use of the computer as a tool to solve mathematically modeled physical problems. Completing this concentration offers students a large variety of high-paying career options, as many different types of organizations hire computational scientists (e. g., analytics and forecasting organizations, computer information and software firms, insurance companies, government labs, research offices and agencies, universities, engineering research organizations, and financial service and investment management firms).

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Major Core classes (including MA 16300 and MA 20600) and Concentration Core
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30-31 Credits Minimum)

Other Required Courses (47-48 Credits)

Science Elective (6-8 Credits): Choose any two (2) Science courses, one must have a Lab component

Selected Area Electives (18 Credits): Mathematics majors must choose an 18 credit hour Selected Area (which may be a Minor). At least 3 courses in the Selected Area must be beyond the introductory level (20000 level or above).

Free Electives (21-24 Credits): These courses are used to support career development, strengthen their Selected Area, etc.

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for MA 16300 and MA 20600, all Major Core courses, and Concentration Core courses; 2.0 GPA

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 2 (14-15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15-18 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (9-12 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Students who take ENGL 10800 instead of ENGL 10400 must complete General Education Writing requirement with a Gen Ed approved writing intensive English course.

Note 2: Selected Area Elective - Mathematics majors must choose an 18 credit hour Selected Area (which may be a Minor). At least 3 courses in the Selected Area must be beyond the introductory level (20000 level or above).

Note 3: Elective course which fulfills 120 credit total.

Note 4: CS 30900, Discrete Mathematical Structures, may be substituted for MA 34800, Discrete Mathematics.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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