B.S. Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Are you interested in using math to solve real-world problems?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Delivery On Campus

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS) program provides you with the option to select a concentration that reflects your interests and career goals. Our program is designed to teach strong analytical skills and technical abilities through hands-on experiences.

Program Concentrations

Depending on the selected concentration, you will also benefit from a successful co-op program or student teaching opportunity.

If you love math and computers, UW-Stout's AMCS program provides you an option to select a concentration that reflects their interests and career goals. / UW-Stout

The AMCS program combines mathematics, statistics and computer science into one major. You can choose to take more courses in one discipline or another, but each concentration includes core courses in all three areas. You can also have more than one concentration, or design your own emphasis area possibly including a minor or second major.

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Common Career Outcomes

A co-op/internship is required for certain concentrations to earn a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at UW-Stout. A co-op/intern experience is also important as it helps to define your career path.

  • Software Engineer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Information Systems Developer
  • Programmer
  • Actuary
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Math Educator
  • Business Manager

Your co-op or internship experience is an important part of preparing to network and interview with prospective employers before graduation.

    Preparing for Your AMCS Degree

    Before attending UW-Stout you should complete four years of high school mathematics. If you have not taken a trigonometry course in high school, then a pre-calculus course should be taken prior to enrolling in calculus and analytical geometry. Communication skills and applied problem-solving skills are important, so you should take as many English and science courses as possible. An introductory computer course is also recommended.

    The program combines mathematics, statistics and computer science into one major. You may choose to take more courses in one discipline or another, but each concentration includes core courses in all three areas. You may have more than one concentration. Another option is to design your own emphasis area, possibly including a minor or second major.

    During your first semesters at UW-Stout, you’ll enroll in a combination of general education and major core courses including calculus and computer science. You’ll meet regularly with your advisor to discuss your academic progress and future coursework. Together you will develop an academic plan for graduation to help you achieve your career objectives.

    Career Opportunities

    In the 2016-17 year, the program had a 100% employment rate. Beginning salaries averaged $57,000 per year.

    Employers

    Many of our graduates go to work for companies such as:

    • Cray, Inc.
    • Digi-Key Corporation
    • IBM
    • Marshfield Clinic
    • Menards
    • Midwest Manufacturing
    • Sentry Insurance
    • Thomson Reuters
    • Thrivent Financial

    Job titles our graduates have included:

    • Actuary
    • Financial Analyst
    • Programmer
    • Software Engineer
    • Systems Analyst
    • Web Developer
    • Database Administrator
    • IT Project Manager
    • Secondary Mathematics Teacher
    AMCS Advisory Board

    2018 AMCS Advisory Board

    • Terry Mason, Program Director
    • Craig Anderson, Senior Research Engineer
    • Gregory Bard, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    • Wan Bae, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    • Diane Christie, Computer Science Program Director, Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    • Eric Erpenbach, Development Manager, Watson Health Implementations, IBM
    • Jerry Degerness, President, Degerness Consulting Services, Inc.
    • Curt Fawcett, Manager Input/Output Engineering, Cray, Inc.
    • Kaylee Francois, Student
    • Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, Department Chair, Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    • Austin Handy, Student
    • Mike Hulett, Menomonie High School Math Dept. Chair, Menomonie High School
    • Jonathan Kroening, Certified Financial Planner, Heartland Financial Associates, LLC
    • Ryan Leis, Chief Information Officer, Menard Inc.
    • Kevin Mason, Associate Professor, CEHHHS
    • Mike Mundy, Senior Analyst/Programmer, Mayo Clinic
    • Gina Norling, Project Manager Sr. R & D, Cray, Inc.
    • Laura Schmidt, Professor, Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    • Tyler Stelzer, Senior Software Engineer, Skyline Technologies
    • Terry Svihovec, Menomonie High School Math Teacher, Menomonie High School
    • Loretta Thielman, Professor, Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Dept.
    • James Vierck, Director, Human Resources/Administrations, Marshfield Clinic
    • Todd Zimmerman, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Physics Dept.
    Student Clubs

    There are currently two clubs on campus related to mathematics, statistics and computer science.  

    The Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS) Club is open to all students interested in mathematics, statistics, and computer science, particularly students in the AMCS or GDD programs.  The club hosts a variety of speakers and activities, and participates in regional/national contests in computer science and mathematics. 

    The AMCS Women's Group offers additional activities and mentoring for women in the program.  

    For questions on the clubs, contact one of the co-advisors:

    • Dr. Wan Bae
    • Dr. Gregory Bard
    • Dr. Seth Dutter
    • Dr. Keith Wojciechowski
    Admission Requirements

    New Freshmen

    • Rank in the top 50 percent of your class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
      and
    • have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
      and
    • have a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent).

    If you do not meet all of the academic requirements above, but you do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted as an Undeclared student. You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters.

    Transfer Students

    • Have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
      and
    • have a grade of C or better in all math and computer science courses completed
      and
    • completed the equivalent of UW-Stout's MATH 120 Intro to College Math I (College Algebra) or higher with a grade of C or better.

    If you do not meet all of the academic requirements above, but you do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted as an Undeclared student. You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters.

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