Out of curiosity, what jobs could someone with a BS in applied mathematics apply for with a reasonable chance of getting? Additional skillsets would be programming....
Sure. In that sense, Applied Mathematics is arguably the most marketable degree you could ever ask for.It is marketable in the sense that when submitting your application, employers looking for analytical ability (finance, consulting, engineering, etc) will see your degree, say "ok, no issues here", and continue reading the rest of your resume.
I more or less agree, though I'm not really one for superlatives. To look at the issue more objectively, you could turn to the job outlook report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. You have to pay for a copy, but the gist of it is summarized by various news outlets reporting on it. (one source: http://www.schools.com/articles/nace-ranks-most-in-demand-majors-and-lucrative-degrees-2011.html )Sure. In that sense, Applied Mathematics is arguably the most marketable degree you could ever ask for.
Yeah, but that doesn't really reflect as much on the department as it does on that subject in general! That class is plug and chug EVERYWHERE. It's really just the nature of a first course in Diff Eq. The theory behind much of it is just a little too advanced for the flocks of aspiring engineers and applied scientists who have to take that course. Not to say it's above their head, just that they have no need to learn it. So the course is really just a cookbook of techniques.This is somewhat unrelated but this semester has made me hate the applied math department at my school. My DE/LA class is the biggest plug and chug class ever, I learned much more from the pure math department.