Applied Mathematics for Life and Social Sciences (BS)

The BS degree program in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences offers a challenging and exciting curriculum that investigates and integrates complex areas of the physical, life and social sciences while preparing a new generation skilled in the use of theories and techniques such as mathematical modeling and computational methods to solve practical real-world problems.

The program focuses on the development of critical-thinking skills and purposeful competencies in mathematics. It instills an appreciation for the contributions of mathematics to the fields of sciences, engineering, business, government and economics. Coursework is directed toward an understanding of mathematical theory and its relation to other fields of studies. Emphasis is placed on precision of definition, reasoning to accurate conclusions, and analyzing and developing solutions to problems using mathematical principles.

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Applied Mathematics for Life and Social Sciences (BS)
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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 18.1%$96,700
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other5.7%$66,560
Mathematical Technicians-12.6%$54,140
Mathematicians 21.4%$103,720
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.4%$65,190
Statisticians 33.8%$79,990

* 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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