Degree Requirements

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.

In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about our degree requirements.

To clarify any degree requirements, please contact the Applied Mathematics & Computer Science Program Coordinator.

General Requirements

For the AMCS BS degree, 120 credits are required, of which 80 must be taken from the College of Letters & 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.


Preparatory Curriculum

  • Math 231 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 4 credits
  • Math 232 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, 4 credits
  • Math 233 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry III, 4 credits
  • Math 234 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, 4 credits
    Math 240 - Matrices and Applications, 3 credits

(Math 221 - Honors Calculus I, 5 credits, and Math 222 - Honors Calculus II, 5 credits, are equivalent to Math 231, 232, and 233.)

Core Requirements
  • CompSci 250 (201) - Introductory Computer Programming, 3 credits
  • CompSci 251 - Intermediate Computer Programming, 3 credits
  • CompSci 315 - Introduction to Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming, 3 credits
  • CompSci 317 - Discrete Information Structures, 3 credits
  • Math 341 - Seminar: Introduction to the Language and Practice of Mathematics, 3 credits
Advanced Requirements

At least 48 credits selected from CompSci, Math, and MthStats courses at the 300 level or above, beyond those listed above, including the following:

  • CompSci 351 - Data Structures and Algorithms, 3 credits
  • CompSci 535 - Algorithm Design and Analysis, 3 credits
  • 9 Additional Credits in CompSci

12 Credits from Math and/or MthStat, including one of the following two-course sequences:

  • Math 313 - Linear Programming and Optimization, 3 credits
    Math 315 (314) - Mathematical Programming and Optimization, 3 credits
  • Math 320 - Introduction to Differential Equations, 3 credits
    Math 322 - Introduction to Partial Differential Equations, 3 credits
  • Math 413 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis, 3 credits
    Math 415 - /Introduction to Scientific Computing, 3 credits
  • Math 521 - Advanced Calculus !, 3credits
    Math 522 - Advanced Calculus, 3 credits
  • Math 531 - Modern Algebra, 3 credits
    Math 535 - Linear Algebra, 3 credits
  • Math 631 - Modern Algebra I, 3credits
    Math 632 - Modern Algebra II, 3credits
  • MthStat 361 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I, 3 credits
    MthStat 362 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II, 3 credits

Additional Requirements

A minimum 2.0 GPA must be earned on all 300-level and above courses taken to satisfy the advanced requirements. Students satisfy the residency requirement for the degree by completing at UWM both a minimum of 15 credits of the required advanced courses and one of the following:

  • The last 30 credits;
  • 45 of the last 60 credits;
  • Any 90 credits.

Honors in the Degree

Students in AMCS who meet all of the following criteria can be awarded honors in the degree upon graduation:

  1. A 3.000 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits;
  2. A 3.500 GPA over all UWM courses attempted that count toward the AMCS degree;
  3. A 3.500 GPA over all upper division UWM courses counting toward the AMCS degree;
  4. 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);
  5. 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.

Students who believe they may qualify for honors in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science should apply to the Department of Mathematical Sciences during their last semester of study.

GPA Requirements

An overall GPA of 2.000 on all coursework attempted at UWM is required for this degree. In addition, students must achieve a 2.000 GPA on all coursework attempted, including transfer work.