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BS in mathematics necessary?

  1. Sep 6, 2009 #1
    I am an undergraduate entering my third year of study. I am a double major in Physics and Materials Science and Engineering. I am considering graduate work in several areas (Physics, Mat. Sci.). I am also considering pursuing studies in Applied Mathematics. I will have taken 8 mathematics courses and currently have a 4.00 mathematics g.p.a. I always have found myself more interested in, and better at, the mathematical foundations/ theoretical aspects of my coursework in Physics and Mat. Sci. I was wondering of a Mathematics degree is necessary for graduate studies in applied math or if it is possible to do it with my two degrees. I have been told that graduate programs like students with backgrounds in things other than math and I was also wondering if this was true.
    Thanks for your time!

    Please get back to me.
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  3. Sep 6, 2009 #2
    You might want to check the kind of math that's required to do the research you are interested in and take them in your undergraduate if you think you are up for it. A graduate degree in math is not a necessary for graduate studies in applied math if you can show you have the necessary background - usually in analysis, PDEs, linear algebra, etc.
  4. Sep 6, 2009 #3
    I know that a GRADUATE degree in math is not necessary to pursue graduate studies in applied math; I was wondering about an undergrad degree. Perhaps that was a typo on your part, i was just clarifying. Do you know if it is true that graduate programs in applied mathematics like applicant with academic backgrounds in other sciences?
  5. Sep 6, 2009 #4
    Sorry I mean undergrad in math is not necessary. I am applying to an applied math program with an engineering degree.
  6. Sep 6, 2009 #5
    My lab partner is doing her applied math phd with a double major in math and mechanical engineering. That's probably the best way to go if possible. She was still behind on the math when she started and had to do some catching up, even with a math major, but she's also going to a top school. I'm sure it varies.
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