Program Description

When people think of mathematics, they often think of what would be termed applied mathematics. This would constitute the mathematics involved in building bridges, establishing cyber security measures, and analyzing data just to name a few of the areas of application. The Associate of Applied Science in Computational Mathematics provides excellent preparation for future study in the areas of mathematics, statistics, and computer science, as well as being good training for students wishing to pursue professions that require a strong mathematical and coding/programming background.  Students in this degree program will hone their mathematical skills, grapple with concepts in formal logic, and develop beginning to intermediate programming skills.


Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

The Associate of Applied Science in Computational Mathematics degree provides students with the foundational coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, and/or Computational Mathematics. A student who completes this degree would also be prepared to enter jobs that require two years of college mathematics and competence in programming languages.  Developing mathematical competence and computer programming skills gives students a solid background for jobs in a variety of fields including engineering, data analysis, cyber security, and many of the sciences. Students may also prepare to teach as a career and this degree program provides those students some of the courses needed for special endorsements.


Contact and Advising Information

Information about the Associate of Applied Science in Computational Mathematics degree program is available from the Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Academic Affairs Office at 505.925.8600.


Course Prerequisites

Students should meet prerequisites by achievement of minimum placement scores on the ACCUPLACER or ACT or SAT or through completion of course work.  Students who place lower in their first Mathematics course may take more than four semesters to complete this program.

Course: ENGL 100 and FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110 or higher;

ACCUPLACER/ACT/SAT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+/450-600

Course: MATH 1220 – or place into MATH 1240 or higher;

ACCUPLACER/ACT/SAT Minimum Scores: 249+ (A&F)/25+/570+


Degree Requirements

General Education Required Courses (16 credits)
16
Area 1: Communication (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
PHIL 1120 (Logic, Reasoning, and Critical Thinking)3
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill Area 8 requirements below.
Area 2: Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 1240 (Pre-Calculus)3
Area 3: Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
BIOL 1110 and BIOL 1110L or BIOL 1140 and BIOL 1140L recommended4
Area 8: Student Choice (3 credits)
3
Select one additional General Education courses from Areas 1 through 7. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area. Alternatively, students who do not place into MATH 1240 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite MATH 1220 to help fulfill this area.
General Education Elective Courses (9 credits)
9
Select an additional 9 credit hours of General Education electives courses from any general education area.
Total General Education Required and Elective Credits (25 credits)
25
Program Requirements (26 credits)
BCIS 1110 (Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems)3
CS 105L (Introduction to Computer Programming)3
CS 261 (Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science) 3
MATH 1230 (Trigonometry) 3
MATH 1350 (Introduction to Statistics)3
MATH 1512 (Calculus I)4
MATH 1522 (Calculus II)4
MATH 2420 (Applied Linear Algebra)3
Be aware, MATH 2420 may only transfer as elective credit to any of the UNM campuses
Applied Mathematics and Data Science Concentration (10 credits)
MATH 2140 (Introduction to Numerical Computing)3
MATH 2530 (Calculus III)4
STAT 279 (Topics: Data Science)3
Computer Science Concentration (10 credits)
CS 152L (Computer Programming Fundamentals) 3
CS 251L (Intermediate Programming)3
CS 241L (Data Organization)3
CS 293 (Social and Ethical Issues in Computing)1

Program Learning Goals

Upon successful completion of the required courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Computational Mathematics degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply a broad-based knowledge of concepts in mathematics, statistics, and computer applications.
  2. Analyze mathematical relations and functions through numerical, symbolic, graphical, and computational representations.
  3. Analyze a contextual situation, choose mathematical and/or computational constructs best suited to model the situation, and propose an appropriate solution or conclusion.
  4. Apply logical structures and algorithmic models in solving problems.
Total required (61 credits)