Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Computational and Applied Mathematics, students will be able to:

  1. Use modern numerical methods to analyze and solve typical problems in linear systems.
  2. Design and test a mathematical model, following a multi-stage process.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Computational and Applied Mathematics must complete:

  • A minimum of 17-18 courses (49-54 credit hours) depending on course selection to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 13 courses (37-39 credit hours), depending on course selection, at the 300-level or above.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics49-54
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Introductory Courses 1
CAAM 210INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING COMPUTATION3
CAAM 335MATRIX ANALYSIS3
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I 23
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
Select 1 from the following:3-6
MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS
HONORS CALCULUS III
and HONORS CALCULUS IV
Intermediate Courses 3
CAAM 336DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING3
CAAM 378INTRODUCTION TO OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND OPTIMIZATION3
MATH 321INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS I 43
or MATH 302 ELEMENTS OF ANALYSIS
STAT 310 / ECON 307PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS3
Advanced Courses 5
CAAM 453NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I3
CAAM 454NUMERICAL ANALYSIS II3
or CAAM 471 LINEAR AND INTEGER PROGRAMMING
Design Project 6
CAAM 495SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I2-3
CAAM 496SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT II2-3
Elective Requirements 7
Students must select 4 elective courses (see below for Highly Recommended Electives list).12
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics49-54
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements6-11
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Highly Recommended Electives

CAAM 423 / MATH 423PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS I3
CAAM 519COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE I3
CAAM 536 / CEVE 555NUMERICAL METHODS FOR PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS3
CAAM 560OPTIMIZATION THEORY3
CAAM 570GRAPH THEORY3
MATH 322INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS II3
MATH 425INTEGRATION THEORY3
MATH 427COMPLEX ANALYSIS3

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Computational and Applied Mathematics should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

For additional information, please see the Computational and Applied Mathematics website: 
http://www.caam.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Professional Master’s 5th Year Degree Option for Rice Undergraduates 

Rice students have an option to achieve the Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics (MCAAM) degree by adding an additional fifth year to their four undergraduate years of science and engineering studies.

Advanced Rice undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply during their junior year to the MCAAM professional degree program. Upon acceptance, depending on course load, financial aid status, and other variables, they may then start taking required core courses of the MCAAM degree program during their senior year. A plan of study based on their particular focus area will need to be approved by the program director.  Students should be aware there could be financial aid implications, if the conversion of undergraduate coursework to that of graduate level reduces their earned undergraduate credit for any semester below that of full-time status (12 credit hours).

For additional information, please see the Computational and Applied Mathematics website: 
http://www.caam.rice.edu/.