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Amount of math covered in a typical undergraduate engineering program?

  1. Jun 24, 2012 #1
    Hi, I've just completed my first year in biomedical engineering, and I was wandering what is the amount of math covered in a typical undergraduate engineering program?
     
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  3. Jun 24, 2012 #2
    All of calculus (including ODE's, PDE's, Fourier and Laplace Transforms); also, it usually includes Numerical Methods and basic Statistics. In EE they usually do Discrete Math as well.
     
  4. Jun 24, 2012 #3
    As an EE I took math classes on Calculus (I-III), ODE, Prob/Stat, and a bit of numerical methods (taught by engineer).

    In actual engineering classes I've learned bits and pieces of transforms (laplace, fourier, Z), linear algebra, vector analysis. Hard to remember what stuff i learned where since I'm also a math major.
     
  5. Jun 25, 2012 #4
    Depends on what engineering and what school.

    At my UG school BMEs and ChemEs take just Calc 1-4 (quarter system), Linear Algebra and ODEs. 6 math classes total, 2 years of continuous math. Not that math intensive. My school actually has an ABET accredited BME program which is pretty rare.

    All engineers also take a programming class that teaches you how to use Matlab and Mathematica.
     
  6. Jun 25, 2012 #5
    Math for Engineers is more applied and almost no proofs.
     
  7. Jun 25, 2012 #6
    In computer engineering I did the standard single/multivariable calculus sequence, linear algebra, linear analysis, statistics and probability, numerical analysis and discrete mathematics. All of those were applied/computational except for discrete mathematics which also served as an introduction to proofs and algebra.
     
  8. Jun 26, 2012 #7
    For biomedical engineering, you will most likely take the following:

    Single variable calc, multivariable calc, ODE, statistics

    Can't think of any others. The CS/EE guys generally take linear algebra as well.
     
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