The Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics offer a B.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics. This program is designed not only for students who intend to specialize in computational or applied mathematics, but also students who want to acquire a strong quantitative background to be applied in such varied areas as physics, biological sciences, engineering, operations research, economics, and finance. To complete the major, students will propose a coherent set of three courses that will constitute their specialization.  This self-designed specialization can be constructed, for instance, as preparation for a Ph.D. program in applied mathematics, scientific computing, machine learning, operations research, economics and finance, physical sciences, or biological sciences.

One of the following sequences: 200

CHEM 12100-12200

Honors General Chemistry I-II (or higher)  



PHYS 13100-13200

Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism (or higher) *  
One of the following sequences: 200

MATH 13100-13200

Elementary Functions and Calculus I-II §+  

MATH 15100-15200

Calculus I-II §+  

MATH 16100-16200

Honors Calculus I-II +  
Total Units 400
One of the following: + 100

MATH 16300

Honors Calculus III  

MATH 15910

Introduction to Proofs in Analysis  
One of the following sequences: 300

MATH 20300-20400-20500

Analysis in Rn I-II-III  

MATH 20700-20800-20900

Honors Analysis in Rn I-II-III  
One of the following: 100

STAT 24300

Numerical Linear Algebra  

or MATH 20250

Abstract Linear Algebra
One of the following sequences: 200

CMSC 12100-12200

Computer Science with Applications I-II  

CMSC 15100-15200

Introduction to Computer Science I-II  

CMSC 16100-16200

Honors Introduction to Computer Science I-II  
CMSC 27100 Discrete Mathematics ** 100
CMSC 27200 Theory of Algorithms 100
MATH 27300 Basic Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations 100
One of the following: 100

MATH 21100

Basic Numerical Analysis  

MATH 21200

Advanced Numerical Analysis  
STAT 24400-24500 Statistical Theory and Methods I-II 200
One of the following: *** 100

STAT 25100

Introduction to Mathematical Probability  

STAT 25150

Introduction to Mathematical Probability-A  

MATH 23500

Markov Chains, Martingales, and Brownian Motion  
STAT 28000 Optimization 100
Three approved electives (see Elective Courses below) 300
Total Units 1800

Students with AP credit for PHYS 12100-12200 may substitute quantitative courses in other scientific departments with permission of the director of undergraduate studies; whether these other courses count as electives within the major or as general electives will be determined by the director of undergraduate studies.


Credit may be granted by examination.


Students who take MATH 13100-13200 or MATH 15100-15200 must also take the third quarter of the sequence as a prerequisite for MATH 15910; however, neither MATH 13300 nor MATH 15300 will be counted toward the major.


Students may substitute a higher-level Computer Science course in discrete mathematics or algorithms with approval of the director of undergraduate studies.


Students who take STAT 25100 or STAT 25150 may take MATH 23500 as one of their electives with approval of the director of undergraduate studies. STAT 31200 may be substituted for MATH 23500.

Elective Courses

Students will propose a coherent set of three courses to complete the major program. These will be chosen to complete a specialization. Possibilities include: preparation for PhD programs in applied mathematics, scientific computing, machine learning, operations research, economics and finance, physical sciences, or biological sciences. These are intended to be mathematical and computational courses that complement the program and at least at the mathematical level of the advanced classes in the required courses. The program must be approved by the undergraduate adviser, who will also serve as a resource for suggested mentors and programs in different areas.

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Application Fee or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Standardized Test Scores. We understand that access to the SAT and ACT is not available in all countries. While we hope that you will make your best effort to take one of these tests if you can, we will give full consideration to the applications without an ACT or SAT score from students in these countries.
  • Midyear Report (first-year applicants only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only). The University of Chicago only admits students who have demonstrated a superior level of English language competence: we strongly recommend a score of 100 or higher on the Internet-Based TOEFL or 600 or higher on the Paper-Based TOEFL. Minimum required scores on the IELTS (students must take the Academic test, not the General Training test) are an overall score of 7, with subscores of 7 each. The minimum acceptable score on the PTE is 70.
  • College Official's Report and Transcript (transfer students only)
  • Financial Aid Application
  • Interview


First-year international applicants are eligible for both need-based and merit-based aid.

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