AMLSS Degree Programs

Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (AMLSS) investigates and integrates complex areas of the physical, life and social sciences while preparing a new generation of students in mathematics. A primary objective of these programs is for students to develop critical thinking skills and purposeful competencies in mathematics, as well as an appreciation for the contributions of mathematics to the fields of science, engineering, business, government and economics. Students learn how to use theories and techniques, such as mathematical modeling and computational methods, to resolve practical real-world problems. The coursework is directed towards an understanding of mathematical theory and its relation to other fields of study. Emphasis is placed on precision of definition, reasoning to accurate conclusions, and analyzing and developing solutions to problems using mathematical principles. Students acquire a life-long learning philosophy that will prepare them to become first-rate scientists and important agents of change in the shrinking global village.

AMLSS Bachelor of Science


The AMLSS bachelor's of science degree provides students entering the environmental, life, health, mathematical and social science fields the quantitative, scientific and analytical skills that are critical but still lacking for professionals working in these areas. Career opportunities are varied and diverse. Graduates from the program may work in the public or private sectors. Those who are oriented towards the private and government sectors may become consultants in federal and state organizations or agencies, actuaries for banks or insurance companies, engineers, computer analysts or operations researchers. Many careers require a certain authority of quantitative methods, and graduates qualified in mathematics are more marketable. Statisticians and computer programmers are further examples of professions that require broad mathematical skills, as are the following: teachers, actuaries, systems analysts, systems engineers, financiers, business owners, epidemiologists and operations research analysts. The degree also sets a solid foundation for continuing onto graduate or professional school in a very wide range of fields, from anthropology to medicine to computer science.

Bachelors Degree Objectives

  • Understand and apply methodologies in interdisciplinary research. Understand and implement basic quantitative analysis tools.
  • Develop the necessary communication skills, both written and oral, for successful professional practice and career advancement. Know how to participate effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary science team, minimally as part of a student group research project. Abide by the values and ethics of the scientific profession.


AMLSS PhD Degree

The world is becoming more interconnected, interdependent and complex, requiring scholars with comprehensive talent for analyzing and resolving complex problems. Contemporary inquiry and discovery are making previously specialized fields symbiotic and interdisciplinary in nature. This degree program is designed to move beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries in the life and social sciences.  You will gain the knowledge and skills for independent research on essential scientific questions we will continue to face.  Students are challenged to address complex societal issues by drawing on environmental, health, life, social, mathematical, physical and computational sciences. Our social sciences base provides access not only to mathematicians but also faculty and graduate students immersed in studies ranging from the management of natural resources and how science can inform global responses to epidemics, to the way we educate the next generation of scientists.

Ph.D. Objectives

  • Develop expertise in an area of concentration, and the ability to systematically gather relevant information to analyze, interpret, and use data.  Demonstrate competency in formulating a viable research question including a plan to analyze it quantitatively
  • Become an expert scholar able to contribute to a chosen area of concentration and to communicate effectively with other experts in the field. Understand how to approach a problem quantitatively, and understand what methods are most appropriate and apply those relevant for selected research focus.
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary scientific research team, perform independent publishable research, and train students at a college/university level.