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BS in Applied Mathematics in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics is a four-year program that provides students with a strong foundation in different mathematical techniques and its application in data analysis, optimization and modeling. The domains of study present in this course are Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Analysis. Applied Mathematics often involves formulating and analyzing practical problems. It enables students to develop a new mathematical process that may help to discover new mathematical disciplines.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Applied Mathematics are encouraged to take the Accountancy, Business and Management strand. This strand provides the basic concepts of business and financial management, and corporate operations that will be helpful for college. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
  • Calculus
  • Probability
  • Statistical Theory
  • Linear Algebra
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Complex Analysis
  • Differential Equations
  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Modern Geometry
  • Topology

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Applied Mathematics are expected to be able to:

  • Use the scientific method for critical and problem solving
  • Practice  basic mathematical and statistical computations while also using the right technologies in analyzing data
  • Communicate mathematical ideas in a precise language both in oral and writing
  • Demonstrate skills in pattern recognition, critical analysis, and problem-solving
  • Understand the importance of mathematics and its relevance to other disciplines


On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in educational or financial institutions, business companies, or government agencies.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The BS in Applied Mathematics does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Applied Mathematics may pursue a career path in educational or financial institutions, business companies, or government agencies. They may apply as a data analyst, data scientist, investment analyst, financial analyst, statistician, software engineer, programmer, or a mathematics professor.

Reviews of BS in Applied Mathematics graduates:

J. C.
◈ Studied BS Applied Mathematics
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose Applied Mathematics: I am a Math lover ever since I was a kid. I've been always good with numbers!

list bulletAbout my college education: I have a passion for logical thinking. With BS AMath, there are a lot of logical thinking and problem solving involved. I can describe it as challenging and very interesting. Aside from being good with numbers, a student needs to be keen on details, patient and hard working in order to succeed, perhaps not only in AMath, but in any degree program as well.

list bulletMy current job: I am a planning analyst in a manufacturing company. It's a supply chain job where you are to plan the schedule of raw materials purchase based on the actual consumption in the production area.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The hardcore math theories, definitely a NO. What I am able to use though is the analytical skills I have fully developed back in college. As well as the professionalism and value for work that was ingrained to me in my stay as a UP student.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Applied Mathematics: It is very exciting course. But if you are not good with numbers to begin with, I do not suggest that you take the course.
But in respect to employment opportunities and salary levels, this is definitely a course I can recommend! I am very satisfied and fulfilled with my job right now. And I believe that there are a lot of satisfying jobs available for graduates like me.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You are dealing with a lot of numbers all throughout your stay in the university. You need to have the passion to move forward and determination to finish the course. And no matter how many road blocks and detours that you may encounter along the way, just don't give up and eventually, you'll reach the pit stop! Good luck! :)
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