Thumbnail B.S. Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

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Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science program provides students the option to select a concentration that reflects their interests and career goals. This program is designed to provide students with strong analytical skills, technical abilities and hands-on experiences. Depending on the selected concentration, students also benefit from a successful co-op program or student teaching opportunities.

Program Concentrations:

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.

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Students in the major have increased approximately 25 percent in the last five years, as the demand for analytical skills and technical abilities increases.
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Common Career Outcomes:

  • Software engineer
  • Financial analyst
  • Information systems developer
  • Programmer
  • Actuary
  • Cyber security specialist
  • Math educator
  • Business manager

A co-op/internship is required for certain concentrations to earn a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at UW-Stout. This experience usually makes you more attractive to prospective employers upon graduation. A co-op/intern experience is also important as it helps to define your career path.

Preparing for Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Degre

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 2015-16 year, the program had a 97 percent 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
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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