AMS Major & Graduate Requirements


AMS Major Requirements

The major in applied mathematics and statistics leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. The following courses are required. 

Lower Division Requirments: 
1. Single-Variable Calculus: AMS 151 (QPS), 161 (QPS) or MAT 125, 126, 127 or MAT 131, 132 or MAT 141, 142
2. Linear Algebra: AMS 210 (STEM+) or MAT 211
3. Multivariable Calculus: AMS 261 (STEM+) or MAT 203 or MAT 205 
4. Introductory Computer Programming: CSE 101 (TECH) or 110 (TECH) or 114 (TECH) or 130; or ESE 124; or ESG 111; or MEC 101 & 102; or MAT 331; or PHY 277; or ISE 108; or BME 120; or any other computer programming course at Stony Brook or at another institution: the languages used in such a course should be C, C++, Java, or a comparable language.

Upper Division Requirements:
1. Core Upper Division Courses: AMS 301 (STEM+) and AMS 310 (STEM+). Students who have a strong background in probability or have credit for ECO 320 should take AMS 311 instead of AMS 310.
2. Additional Core Upper Division Courses (as of Summer 2013 semester and thereafter)AMS 315 (CER, ESI), or Calculus IV (AMS 361 (STEM+), or MAT 303, or MAT 305). 
3. Upper Division Electives: Six additional courses (18 credits) of AMS courses numbered 301 level and above (including 500-level courses). At most, two of the six courses can be counted from the following courses: AMS 475 (EXP+), AMS 476 (EXP+), AMS 487 (EXP+), non-AMS upper division mathematically oriented courses. Non-AMS courses may include MAT, PHY, CSE, ENG, as well as selected ECO and BUS courses, such as ECO 321, ECO 348, ECO 303 & ECO 305, and BUS 355. Please be sure to check with the AMS Department to ensure the non-AMS course you select will fulfill the AMS requirement.
4. Upper Division Writing Requirement: See the AMS 300 webpage for details about the different ways to satisfy this requirement.

All courses taken to satisfy the Lower and Upper Division major requirements must be passed with a grade of A, B , or C. 


Stony Brook Curriculum 

 Demonstrate Versatility 

  • Explore and Understand the Fine and Performing Arts (ARTS)
  • Engage Global Issues (GLO)
  • Address Problems using Critical Analysis & the Methods of the Humanities (HUM)
  • Communicate in a Human Language Other than English (LANG) -- CEAS majors are exempt from LANG
  • Master Quantitative Problem Solving (QPS)
  • Understand, Observe, and Analyze Human Behavior and the Structure and Functioning of Society (SBS)
  • Study the Natural World (SNW)
  • Understand Technology (TECH)
  • Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States (USA)
  • Write Effectively in English (WRT)

Explore Interconnectedness

  • Understand Relationships Between Technology and the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences (STAS)

Pursue Deeper Understanding (Complete 3)

  • Experiential Learning (EXP+)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA+)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS+)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM+)

Prepare for Life-Long Learning 

  • Practice and Respect Critical and Ethical Reasoning (CER)
  • Respect for Diversity and Inclusiveness (DIV)
    • DIV is required for 1) Freshmen who matriculated in Fall 2019 and after; 2) students who rematriculate in Fall 2019 and after; and 3) transfer students who matriculated in Spring 2020 and after
  • Evaluate and Synthesize Researched Information (ESI)
  • Speak Effectively before an Audience (SPK)
  • Write Effectively within One’s Discipline (WRTD)

 In your first year, you will typically work on objectives from the "Demonstrate Versatility" category. Courses that fulfill the objective "Pursue Deeper Understanding" are upper-level courses numbered 200 or higher, and you will likely completed them in your sophomore or junior year.  The objectives in the "Prepare for Life-Long Learning" category are often completed within your major. Please speak with your major advisor.


Graduation Requirements

  • Total number of credits:
    • BA & BS: 120 credits  
    • BE: 128 credits
  • Major
  • Minor (required for College of Business only)
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Completion of The Stony Brook Curriculum

The Stony Brook Curriculum is Stony Brook University's version of general education. Over the course of your four years at Stony Brook, no matter what you major in, you will need to fulfill a series of objectives that will help you develop both a broad range of skills and experiences as well as greater depth of knowledge in several areas. While you will specialize by selecting one or more major areas of study and perhaps also a minor, the goal of your Stony Brook education is for you to have the skills for life-long learning that will prepare you for whatever career or life path you choose to pursue.