**5-Year BS/MS Program in Applied Mathematics**

**1. Program****:** After successfully completing an
interdisciplinary five-year bachelor/master's program, a student will receive at
the same time a bachelor's degree*, not necessarily in mathematics,* and a
master's degree in mathematics or applied mathematics.

**2. Rationale:** Many students do not pursue a graduate degree
simply because the time period seems too long. It is possible, with proper
mentoring and advising, that many advanced students can finish the requirements of
the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years. This will expose them to
graduate studies sooner than the traditional programs, allow them to start their
professional careers earlier, and enhance interdisciplinary research at The
University of Akron.

**3. Description of the five-year program**: The bachelor program
in applied mathematics consists of the core course sequences in calculus,
differential equations, linear algebra, mathematical models, numerical methods,
applied statistics and advanced calculus. Students are also required to take three
elective credits of junior or senior level mathematics courses, six credits of
junior or senior level courses in a concentration area outside of mathematics,
** nine** elective credits at the junior or senior level,
which may be in mathematics, an outside area, or some combination of both, and
finally thirteen additional elective credits at any level with no restriction on
the subject areas.

The masters program in applied mathematics consists of three core courses in real analysis, numerical analysis, and asymptotic methods and modeling. Students are also required to take an additional analysis elective and two additional computational and/or analytical methods courses. In addition, students are required to take at least two other graduate elective courses and complete a master's thesis detailing original research in the formulation, analysis, and solution of problems in mathematics or some area of application.

In the BS/MS five-year program, ** six** of the

** Once a student completes the core course requirement for the
bachelor's degree, he or she will be admitted into the graduate school to begin
graduate level study.**Typically, a student in this program will
complete the core course sequences of the undergraduate program by the end of the
third year. During the fourth and fifth year of study the student will be
completing our current master's program and six elective credits needed for the
bachelor's degree. These elective credits may be at the graduate level (This
form must be completed to take graduate courses for undergraduate credit,
http://www.uakron.edu/gradsch/docs/undergradToTakeGrad.pdf). Note that those
students who have participated in our post-secondary program or taken AP classes
before entering the University of Akron may begin their graduate studies
earlier.

The program outlined above is demanding. Thus, the program will require the students to maintain a 3.00 or better GPA. If a student is not able to do this, then he or she will have the option to complete our present program structure instead of the five-year plan.

**4.** **Non-mathematics majors**: The five-year
bachelor/master's program is also ideal for undergraduate students in other
disciplines that have a strong mathematics requirement, such as engineering,
science, and education. The following are two examples:

- Many engineering students at The University of Akron have plans for a minor
or second major in mathematics. These students would already be considering
enrollment in an additional two mathematics courses to obtain the minor or an
additional seven mathematics courses to obtain a second major. By increasing
these numbers to ten mathematics courses plus a thesis, these engineers could
complete their
*bachelor's degrees in**engineering*and receive*master's degrees in applied mathematics*. The ten courses would consist of the introductory analysis and engineering mathematics sequences, followed by the six graduate level core courses of the master's program.

- Students in Secondary Mathematics Education majors need only four more math
courses to get a second major in mathematics. By increasing this number to eight
/www.uakron.edu/gradsch/forms.php.
**7.****Graduate Assistantships**: Students formally admitted to the program are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship for their fourth and fifth years in the program. The assistantship application form may be found at http://www.uakron.edu/gradsch/forms.php.