The PhD degree at the University of Arizona is structured to have both a Major and a Minor. However, by completing the degree requirements for the PhD in Applied Mathematics, students simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the PhD minor in Applied Mathematics. However, students working on an interdisciplinary research topic and who want to highlight their knowledge in some area outside of mathematics may wish to investigate the possibilities of completing the minor requirements in that field. Not all departments offer a minor and requirements may vary. If the student has declared a minor outside of Applied Mathematics, the Comprehensive Exam Committee must include one faculty member representing the minor department. The representative of the minor department does not have to be a member of the Applied Mathematics Program but must be a tenure-track professor at that UA.
Deciding whether to pursue a minor in another field and planning the timetable to complete its requirements is not always obvious and students are strongly encouraged to discuss the matter with their advisor and/or the Program Head.
Students in other graduate programs can earn a PhD minor in Applied Mathematics. The Applied Mathematics Program Head must approve an Applied Math minor form from the student before the Doctoral Plan of Study is submitted in GradPath prior to the Comprehensive Exam. Requirements are as follows:
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
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The requirements are as follows:
One Applied Mathematics faculty Member or Affiliate Member is required to serve on the minor student's Oral Comprehensive Exam Committee. Program faculty who are also on the student's committee as representatives of the major department are eligible to play the role of minor representative as well.
The Applied Mathematics Program Head must approve the Applied Math minor form before the Doctoral Plan of Study is submitted in GradPath prior to the Comprehensive Exam.
At least 6 of these units must be from the Applied Mathematics core sequence:
Math 527 A/B - Theory -- Principles of Analysis (Theoretical Foundations of Applied Mathematics)
Math 575 A/B - Algorithms -- Numerical Analysis (Numerical Analysis and Algorithms of Applied Mathematics)
Math 583 A/B - Methods -- Principles and Methods in Applied Mathematics
Other courses taken should not be cross-listed with a 400-level course (please check the Course Catalog).
Elective coursework can be chosen from graduate level Mathematics courses that are not co-convened with 400 level courses. It is highly recommended to discuss elective coursework plans with the Applied Math Director of Graduate Studies ahead of time.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.