Applied Mathematics Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Applied Mathematics and see sample pathways to graduation.

Area of Concentration Requirements

Minimal requirements for a degree in Applied Mathematics:

  • Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3
  • Linear Algebra
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Numerical Methods
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Probability/Mathematical Statistics
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • A course in programming

In addition, a course in Complex Analysis is highly recommended.

Other requirements for the major include:

  • A two semester introductory sequence (or two semesters of more advanced material) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Economics.
  • Three semesters of Math Seminar.
  • A senior thesis involving Applied Mathematics.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

  1. The minimal course work for a joint degree in Applied Mathematics:

    • Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3
    • Linear Algebra
    • Ordinary Differential Equations
    • Mathematical Modeling
    • Numerical Methods

In addition, a course in Programming is highly recommended.



Recent courses in Applied Mathematics

Linear Programming
Linear Algebra
Mathematical Modeling
Introduction to Numerical Methods
Ordinary Differential Equations
Motifs in Mathematics
Systems Biology
Mathematical Statistics
Partial Differential Equations
Advance Linear Algebra


New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Applied Mathematics

YearFall TermJanuary / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Calculus I (LAC 7)First year ISPCalculus II
LAC course 1LAC course 3
LAC course 2LAC course 4
Collegewide elective 1
Year 2Calculus III*Second year ISPLinear Algebra (LAC)
Differential EquationsMath seminar 1
ProgrammingLAC course 5
Collegewide elective 2
Year 3Probability(LAC 8)/Statistics *Third year ISPNumerical Methods *
Restricted Elective IRestricted Elective II
Math Seminar 2Advanced Linear Algebra *
LAC course 6Mathematical Modeling
Year 4Collegewide Elective 3Collegewide Elective 4
ThesisPartial Differential Equations *
Math Seminar 3Thesis

1) Many students come in with some calculus and start with Calculus II or III. What is represented here is the maximal path (which takes 8 semesters).
2) Starred courses are on a two-year rotation. This path assumes starting in Fall of an even year.
3) Restricted Electives are: two semester introductory or advance sequence in either Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Economics.

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Applied Mathematics

YearFall TermJanuary / ISPSpring Term
Year 3ProgrammingISP 1Numerical Methods *
Math Seminar 1Mathematical Modeling
Collegewide elective 1Advanced Linear Algebra *
Year 4Probability(LAC)/Statistics *ISP 2Partial Differential Equations *
Collegewide elective 2Math Seminar 3
Math Seminar 2Thesis

Notes: this path is fairly advanced, and may not be realistic for all transfer students.
1) This assumes the transfer student already has credit for Calc I, II and III, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations.
2) In practice, the level at which AA students have taken the basic courses is generally insufficient, and more time is required.
3) Starred courses are on two-year rotation. This path assumes starting in an even year.