Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences (AMCS) at The University of Iowa is a broad-based interdisciplinary Ph.D. program for students desiring to study mathematics and a companion science so that they can apply their mathematical skills to significant scientific problems. The main goal of the program is to nurture applied mathematicians with sufficient professional experience and versatility to meet the research, teaching, and industrial needs of our technology-based society.
While building a base in the Mathematical Sciences, students acquire skills in another area of their own interest, chosen from the behavioral, biological, business, engineering, medical, physical, or social science areas. Most students concentrate on applied mathematics such as differential equations, numerical analysis or optimization, but a few students have used statistics as their mathematical science base.
The University of Iowa has become a center for the computational sciences. Because of expertise in fields such as numerical analysis, mathematical programming, parallel and vector processing, hydraulics and fluid mechanics, heat transfer, dynamic simulation of mechanical systems, optimization in management sciences and industrial engineering, discrete event simulation, robotics, atmospheric and environmental studies, climate/chemistry modeling, geographical decision making, theoretical and plasma physics, and pharmacological and biological modeling, the computational sciences are now an important part of the program. There is a demand for mathematical scientists who are trained to use a computational sciences approach in relevant problems. Our 65 faculty in 17 different departments are working on exciting research projects and are eager to train students. The diversity of the areas of application is manifest in the descriptions provided by the faculty associated with the program in the AMCS Faculty Personal Pages.