Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (4-Year)

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 30 credits with a minimum of 15 credits in mathematics courses.

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Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 30 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

This degree is designed to help students develop a relatively wide range of applied mathematical skills which have direct applications within fields of endeavour such as scientific and medical research, some branches of computing science, finance, engineering, and other math-related disciplines. Overall the program is intended:

  • to foster an understanding of mathematical applications, theory and skills in research and the workplace;
  • to present and demonstrate techniques that can be applied to real-world situations;
  • to produce integrated thinkers who are able to solve physical and theoretical problems; and
  • to encourage innovative and creative thinking towards solving scientific, environmental, medical and even sociological issues.

Its specific learning objectives are aligned with the general learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Science degree program. In addition, after completing this program, students should be able to:

  • mathematically analyze relatively sophisticated real-world problems;
  • break down problem complexity into simpler components;
  • model or express each of the components in mathematical terms;
  • seek out possible ways of solving each component problem by being familiar with a body of existing techniques, proven theoretical methods, and known results;
  • work theoretically and mathematically towards an accurate solution; and
  • interpret the mathematical results in the context of the problem.

Possible Career Options

Graduates of this program will have the opportunity to continue their academic career at a graduate level or to pursue a professional career in:

  • Math Education,
  • Computing Science,
  • Statistics,
  • Finance,
  • Actuarial Mathematics,
  • Risk Management,
  • Project Management,
  • Operations Analysis,
  • Research Analysis

for employment in a wide variety of corporate organizations, educational institutions or government departments.

In addition, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has emphasized the need for applied mathematicians in existing and emerging fields such as Systems Biology, Data Mining and Data Privacy, Materials Science, Computer Animation and Digital Imaging, Finance and Economics, Ecology/Epidemiology, and Climatology.

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University*

Science and Technology

Master of Science in Information Systems (MScIS)

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Technology Management

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Analytics

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Distance Education

Doctor of Education (EdD) in Distance Education

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Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd)

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Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Distance Education Technology

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Post-Baccalaureate Diploma: Instructional Design

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Instructional Design

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Technology-Based Learning

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At Other Educational Institutions*

  • graduate studies
  • engineering
  • actuarial mathematics
  • education: bachelor/master

* Given the general applied mathematics nature of the program, the student may require additional coursework to prepare for graduate studies in other educational institutions. Thus, since entrance requirements vary among educational institutions, it is the students' responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.

Updated June 27 2017 by Web Strategy, Advancement