The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science is awarded jointly by the College of Letters and Science and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. As such, it contains in-depth study in both colleges. Students who intend to complete the program in four years would need to begin taking mathematics in their first semester.
The primary objective of the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degree is to educate students who are better able to do problem solving in the technical fields that require skills in both analytical math and computer science. Another significant objective is to graduate students who have acquired these skills in the context of a program designed around their own interests. To accomplish the first of these objectives, students must gain a solid foundation in both applied mathematics and computer science that includes opportunities for integrated course work and/or practical experience. Achieving the second objective requires the assistance of qualified advisors who can help students select courses appropriate for the employment of scientific, engineering, economic, or statistical applications to businesses and industries of specific interest to each student. The range of course work available through the two departments as well as the wide array of liberal arts courses available at the University will support the development of analytical and computing skills in a variety of fields.
Students are not formally admitted to the major until their junior year. Admission to the junior year of the program requires a GPA of at least 2.5 in 8 credits of mathematics courses at or above the 200 level and 6 credits of computer science courses at or above the 200 level.
For the BS (AMCS) degree, 120 credits are required, of which 80 must be taken from the College of Letters and Science. Students must satisfy the general education requirements (GER) of the university. They must complete at least 6 credits each from humanities and social sciences, 3 credits from the arts, and 6 additional credits in any of these three areas or in foreign languages. Students also must take at least 8 credits of natural sciences outside of mathematics or mathematical statistics, including at least one laboratory course from biological sciences, chemistry, or physics. A cultural diversity course must be included among the humanities and social science courses selected.
Students in AMCS who meet all of the following criteria can be awarded honors in the major upon graduation:
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits;
- A 3.5 GPA over all UWM courses attempted that count toward the AMCS major;
- A 3.5 GPA over all upper division UWM courses counting toward the AMCS major;
- A grade of B+ or better in one of: Math 599 (Capstone Experience), Math 699 (Independent Study), CS 595 (Capstone), or CS 699 (Independent Study);
- Completion of 3 credits in Mathematical Sciences (curricular areas MATH or MTHSTAT) or Computer Science in a course numbered 600 or higher that is different from Math 699 and CS 699.
Please also see UWM Undergraduate bulletin for this program.