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Applied & Computational Mathematical Sciences (ACMS)

College of Arts & Sciences

Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) is a multidisciplinary BS degree program designed for students interested in the application of mathematical and computational concepts and tools to solve problems in government, industry and research. Depending on the curricular option, students can specialize in applications in biology, computer science, data science, economics, engineering, physical science and social science. The program is offered jointly by the Departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistics.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Biological & Life Sciences, Data Sciences & Statistics, Discrete Mathematics & Algorithms, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Mathematical Economics & Quantitative Finance, Scientific Computing & Numerical Algorithms, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Topic(s): Computing, Natural and environmental sciences

Degree requirements

Applicant type

Applicant type

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).

Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) is a capacity-constrained major. An additional application is required after you enroll at the UW, and admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

Departmental application deadline: April 5 for Autumn (entering transfers)
Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants are considered in two groups: Currently Enrolled UW Students and Entering Transfers.

  • Entering Transfers. Transfer applicants need to have applied to the University of Washington for the same quarter of entry before applying to the ACMS program.
  • Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    1. Minimum 30 graded college credits completed by the University transfer application deadline.
    2. Minimum course requirements: A minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each of the following courses: CSE 142, CSE 143; MATH 124, 125, 126; one from MATH 207, 208, AMATH 351, AMATH 352 with a minimum 2.0 grade in each of these courses and an overall minimum 2.50 GPA in these courses. MATH 134, MATH 135 and MATH 136 may replace MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 207 and MATH 208.
    3. Determining factors: Factors considered include performance in all degree-related courses as measured by GPA, difficulty of all courses completed, frequency of incompletes or withdrawal grades, number of repeated courses, amount and type of college-level credit, relevant work and life experience, and record of honors.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • CSE 123 NSc RSN – Introduction to Computer Programming III OR CSE 143 NSc RSN – Computer Programming II
  • MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 125 NSc – Calculus Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 126 NSc – Calculus Analytic Geometry III
  • One of the following: MATH 207 NSc – Intro to Differential Equations OR MATH 208 NSc – Matrix Algebra OR AMATH 351 NSc – Intro to Differential Equations OR AMATH 352 NSc – Applied Linear Algebra

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 104
Total from Washington community colleges: 8

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 5
3.50 – 3.74: <5
3.25 – 3.49: <5
3.00 – 3.24: <5
2.75 – 2.99: <5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes

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