What is the Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) major?

The AMS major is joint offering from QTM and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (Math/CS) that gives you training in both statistical analysis and quantitative research. 

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How many courses / credit hours do I need to complete the AMS major?

A combination of 20 courses, totaling 58+ credit hours, is required to complete the major. You’ll take a minimum of seven quantitative/statistics courses offered by QTM, and 13 math and computer science courses offered by Math/CS. Take a look at the checklist or our course page for specific curriculum requirements.

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What kind of QTM courses will I take?

You'll take:

  • QTM 110: Introduction to Scientific Methods
  • QTM 220: Regression Analysis
  • Three upper-level elective courses (elective course topics change every semester and include topics like Machine Learning, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Experimental Methods, Game Theory I/II, Survey Research Methods, Computational Modeling, Longitudinal/Panel Data Analysis, Bayesian Statistics, Natural Language Processing, and Computational Linguistics)

Effective Fall 2017, newly declared majors will take the following additional two courses:

  • QTM 150: Intro to Statistical Computing I
  • QTM 151: Intro to Statistical Computing II

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What kind of applied math and computer science courses will I take?

The applied math and computer science courses offered by Math/CS include calculus, linear algebra, numerical analysis, differential equations, modeling, mathematical statistics, optimization, numerical methods, computer programming, and introduction to algorithms and data structures.

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Can I double major in AMS and another subject? Will the same courses count toward both majors?

Yes, you can double major:

  • You can complete one major, two majors, or one major and one minor.
  • You can only double count two courses between any two majors or a major and a minor. That means that if you pursue AMS a Political Science major, a maximum of two courses between these two majors can overlap.
  • A number of double majors may not be allowed. Check with your faculty advisor, staff in MATH/CS, or Ann Powers to ensure your double major is allowed.
  • Double majoring can affect your ability to graduate on time; you will need to map out your schedule carefully to ensure you can complete two majors in four years

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I have AP Statistics credit. Does this credit count towards any courses in the major?

No. Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam may receive general credit towards the 124 academic hours for graduation; however, the course does not substitute for QTM 100 or any requirements in the AMS major. 

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Will I graduate in time if I pursue the AMS major?

Every course of study is different. We’ll sit down with you and review your particular plan so that you know what to expect. E-mail Ann Powers, Academic Department Administrator, at apower3@emory.edu or contact the Math/CS department.

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Where can I declare this major?

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science oversees the AMS major. Please e-mail info@mathcs.emory.edu, or visit the department to declare and obtain an advisor. 

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Have additional questions?

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