Applied Mathematics for Life and Social Sciences, BS

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Do you want to help prevent disease outbreaks, disasters, destructive behaviors, addictions, and other contemporary risks? Math has become a leading and crucial piece of the puzzle in humanity's progress toward collective safety, health and security. Learn the practical theories, models and approaches of this new scientific movement.

The BS in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences is unlike any other math program. It offers a novel and in-demand approach to investigating, integrating and solving for the physical, life and social sciences, across new, pressing applications such as mass violence, contagion, wildlife-human interactions and the transmission of behaviors through influence.

Degree seekers in this program are immersed in the use of proven theory, modeling and computational methods, while collaborating with and contributing to diverse fields such as anthropology, global health and environmental social science. The insights and skills gained allow graduates to confidently create accurate, versatile and practical answers desperately needed to improve or remedy real-life issues.

Nationally recognized experts ensure program graduates are well equipped for prestigious career paths in government, medicine, technology, security or other fields requiring vigorous data analysis or accurate projections, with an insight into human nature.

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Applied Mathematics for Life and Social Sciences, BS

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

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Career outlook

The bachelor's degree program in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences prepares students to enter the environmental, life, health, mathematical and social science fields. Graduates of the program possess the quantitative, scientific and analytical skills that are critical for professionals working in these areas.

The need for scientists and professionals quantitatively trained in the life and social sciences is strong in Arizona and the nation. This degree's applied use of mathematics, modeling, statistics and simulation methodologies are in high demand and provide excellent training for future academics and professionals in industries including:

  • astrophysics
  • biostatistics
  • chemical engineering
  • communications
  • computational biology
  • computer animation
  • data mining
  • demography
  • digital and medical imaging
  • e-commerce
  • education
  • forensics
  • genomics
  • informatics and complex systems research
  • materials science
  • neuroscience
  • pharmaceutical engineering
  • political science
  • public health
  • risk management
  • security and military
  • social network analysis

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Actuaries 22.5%$101,560
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9%$118,970
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other 11%
Mathematical Technicians7.8%
Mathematicians 29.7%$103,010
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.2%$70,910
Statisticians 33.8%$84,060

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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