BS Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences


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Program Description

The BS in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences is unlike any other math program. It offers a novel approach to investigating, integrating and solving problems in the physical, life and social sciences in such topics 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 mathematical 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 in order to improve or remedy real-life issues.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements. https://thecollege.asu.edu/concurrent-and-second-baccalaureate-degrees


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.





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Career Outlook

Graduates of the program possess the quantitative, scientific and analytical skills that are critical for professionals working in the environmental, life, health, mathematical and social science fields. Nationally recognized experts ensure program graduates are well equipped for prestigious career paths in government, medicine, technology, security or other fields requiring rigorous data analysis, with an insight into human behavior.

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:

  • bioinformatics
  • computational sciences
  • ecology
  • genomics
  • data mining
  • mathematical analysis
  • mathematical epidemiology
  • nonlinear dynamics
  • population dynamics
  • social science

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:

Actuary (Financial Risk Analyst)


  • Growth: 17.6%
  • Median Salary*: $111,030
  Bright Outlook

Clinical Trial Manager


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $137,940
  Bright Outlook

Health Sciences Manager


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $137,940
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $62,870

Mathematical Science Assistant


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Mathematician


  • Growth: 3.0%
  • Median Salary*: $110,860

Mathematics Professor


  • Growth: 1.3%
  • Median Salary*: $73,650

Statistician


  • Growth: 34.6%
  • Median Salary*: $92,270
  Bright Outlook

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



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu





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