Applied Mathematics

Baskin School of Engineering
(831) 459-2158

Programs Offered

Applied Mathematics B.S.

Applied Mathematics Minor

Contiguous Bachelor's/Master's Pathway

Applied Mathematics M.S.

Applied Mathematics Ph.D.

Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics M.S.

Scientific Computing Designated Emphasis

Applied mathematics is a discipline devoted to the use of mathematical methods and reasoning to solve real-world problems of a scientific or decision-making nature in a wide variety of subjects, principally (but not exclusively) in engineering, medicine, the physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences.

The Applied Mathematics Department at UC Santa Cruz offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Applied Mathematics, master’s and doctoral programs in Applied Mathematics, and a master's program in Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics (SciCAM). The department also offers a designated emphasis in scientific computing, and an undergraduate minor in applied mathematics.

Additional information on these programs can be found on the department’s website.

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Applied Mathematics offers a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics. The goal of the program is to prepares students for careers in the industry (usually in research and development) or academia (either in teaching and/or in research at university or governmental laboratories or agencies). It can be a terminal degree, or prepare students for graduate school in applied mathematics or related fields.

Graduate Program

The Department of Applied Mathematics offers master's and doctoral programs in applied mathematics, as well as a master's program in scientific computing and applied mathematics, and a designated emphasis in scientific computing.

The goal of the Applied Mathematics graduate program is to help students develop into independent scholars who are prepared for productive careers in research, teaching, and industry. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree may be used as a terminal degree or as the first step toward the associated Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.).

The goal of the SciCAM M.S. program is primarily to prepare students interested in scientific computing for productive careers in industry. However, it also serves as excellent preparation for students who prefer to pursue an academic career and wish to transfer into a Ph.D. program later, either in scientific computing/applied mathematics, or in a field related to their undergraduate degree.