May 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog & Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics

Department Chair: Dr. Michael Brilleslyper, Professor, Mathematics


Degree Programs

Applied Mathematics


The Department of Applied Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics.  In addition, the department offers foundational and advanced coursework that supports all the STEM programs at Florida Poly.  The program in applied mathematics covers a breadth of mathematical topics, as well as an interdisciplinary sequence in another STEM field.  The degree program is flexible and develops the analytical, theoretical, and technical skills needed for high tech jobs, as well as for further study in graduate school in a variety of disciplines.

Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics

See Program Description  for full curriculum and additional details.

Florida Common Prerequisites

Students who started as freshmen at FPU (native students) must complete general education requirements and the following courses to enter the degree program as a junior:

Any of the following:

Transfer students must meet general education requirements and satisfy the following Florida State Common Prerequisites to enter the degree program as a junior:


& MAC X311

& MAC X312

& MAC X313





& MAP X302

Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

  1.  a scientific programming course designed for computer science majors
  2.  one laboratory based science course designed for science majors

NOTE that all universities require a ‘C’ grade or better for admission.

 Academic Learning Compact

Florida Polytechnic University’s Academic Learning Compact describes what students, who follow the major’s study plan, will know and be able to do. These are listed as core student learning outcomes.




Applied Mathematics

Purpose of the Program:

The Applied Mathematics Bachelor of Science degree at Florida Polytechnic University provides a broad education in mathematics with a focus on applications to other STEM fields, such as engineering, physics, and computer science. The program requires a four-course sequence in another discipline where mathematics plays a significant role. Students in the program acquire an in-depth understanding of the mathematical concepts, principals, and theory that underpin all STEM fields. Applied mathematics students use a broad range of techniques, to include modeling, computation, and data analysis, in solving complex problems and providing innovative solutions.

Graduates of the program will demonstrate the following:

Graduates of the Applied Mathematics program will demonstrate the following:


  1. An ability to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve complex problems involving mathematics and scientific reasoning
  2. An ability to explain complex ideas and communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  3. An ability to use data, experimentation, and the scientific method to draw and defend conclusions
  4. An ability to function effectively on interdisciplinary teams in a collaborative and inclusive environment
  5. An ability to independently acquire and apply new knowledge as needed
  6. An ability to produce best solutions that meet specified needs, while considering public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, environmental, and economic factors
  7. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in scientific work and make informed judgments, while considering the impact of proposed solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts



Core Learning Outcomes:

Student Learning Outcomes

The Outcomes Involve These Skills:

Upon completion of the Applied Mathematics Degree, students will possess:


Critical Thinking


Use mathematical techniques and critical thinking to analyze and solve complex problems.




Communicate mathematical solutions, both orally and in writing, using precise language, mathematical terminology, and proper mathematical notation.




Assess and construct valid arguments/counterexamples using standard methods and conventions of mathematical proofs.




Use principles of mathematical modeling and computers to simulate, model, and analyze data and physical processes.




Employ mathematical techniques in related disciplinary fields, and independently acquire and apply new knowledge as needed.




Produce best solutions that meet specified needs, while considering public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, environmental, and economic factors.




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