Liberal Arts: Applied Math, AS

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This major focuses on Data science, a field of study and practice that’s focused on obtaining insights from data, and it is the result of a merger between two fields: statistics and computer science. Practitioners of data science use programming skills, statistics knowledge, and machine learning techniques to mine large data sets for patterns that can be used to analyze the past or even predict the future.

Are You Interested In...

  • Are you fascinated with numbers and the patterns that they make?
  • Do you like to solve puzzles and find patterns in everyday life?
  • Do you like computers and learning new technology?
  • Did you or do you question everything?
  • Do you like analyzing data?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Foundational knowledge of advanced mathematics
  • C++ and Java programming
  • Writing and presenting on a broad range of topics

What makes this major unique?

The Applied Math option is the only major at LaGuardia that focuses on the intersection of pure mathematics and computer and data science. Students will take advanced mathematics courses and computer science and programming courses.

Career Possibilities

Applied Math/Data Science positions usually require a bachelor’s degree or beyond.

Data science is a fast-growing field, and qualied data scientists are in high demand. Data scientists are the No. 1 most promising job in America for 2019, according to a report from LinkedIn. Data scientist topped Glassdoor’s list of Best Jobs in America for the past three years.

  • Actuary
  • Operations Research/Supply Chain Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Applications Architect
  • Infrastructure Architect
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Data Architect, Scientist, Analyst or Engineer
  • Machine Learning Scientist or Engineer
  • Database Developer
  • Math Teacher
  • Mathematician or Statistician
  • College Professor
  • Research/Principal Scientist

Transfer Possibilities

  • John Jay – BS in Applied Math
  • BS in Mathematics
  • BS in Physics
  • BS Computer Science
  • BS in Finance

Degree Requirements

This program has a waiver to require STEM courses in the Common Core.

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)

Select one of the following courses:

  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits
  • ENG259 Technical Writing – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry – 3 credits
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement) – 3 credits

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences – 3 credits
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience – 3 credits
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry – 3 credits
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography – 3 credits
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics – 3 credits
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe – 3 credits
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy – 3 credits

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 20 Credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World* – Students are required to select MAT200 and MAT201


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 6 Credits
First year Seminar for Liberal Arts Math and Science 3
LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology 3
Mathematics: 14 Credits
MAT202 Calculus II 4
MAT203 Calculus III 4
MAT210 Linear Algebra 3
MAT231 Introduction to Discrete Math 3
Computer Science: 6 Credits
MAC101 Introduction to Computer Science 3
MAC190 Object-Oriented Programming 3
Unrestricted Elective: 2 Credits

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