Applied Mathematics: Fluid Dynamics Option (B.S.)

Applied Mathematics: Fluid Dynamics Option (B.S.)

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What is the fluid dynamics option in applied mathematics?

This option in the applied mathematics degree program combines a broad foundation in mathematics and the study of fluid dynamics. This degree program prepares students for further study and work in fields related to thermodynamics and mechanical engineering or to pursue graduate study in applied mathematics.

Why study applied mathematics at UNH?

This program allows you to choose a specific interest and pursue it alongside accomplished mathematicians, statisticians and educators who have won prestigious honors including a Grammy Award and a MacArthur “genius” grant. Upper-level mathematics classes tend to be small, so you’ll enjoy close connections to professors as they delve into the intricacies of advanced ideas. An accelerated master’s program is available in applied mathematics, allowing students to complete their master’s degree early.  This department has produced many winners of the prestigious Department of Defense SMART Scholarship.

Potential careers

  • Computational scientist
  • Financial services/actuary
  • Mathematician/statistician (government/research/academia)
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Programmer
  • Quantitative specialist in business or industry
  • Software developer
  • Teacher/educator/curriculum supervisor


Curriculum & Requirements

Beginning in the 2022/23 academic year, the Applied Mathematics Major: Fluid Dynamics option will no longer be accepting new students. Current students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.

This degree program prepares students for employment and/or graduate study in a variety of fields and research specializations in which mathematics plays a critical role in the solution of important scientific and technological problems.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
Discovery Course 4
Inquiry Course 4
MATH 400 Freshman Seminar 1
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
MATH 445
or IAM 550
Mathematics and Applications with MATLAB
or Introduction to Engineering Computing
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Second Year
MATH 528 Multidimensional Calculus 4
MATH 644 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 4
ME 525 Statics 4
Discovery Course 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
MATH 531 Mathematical Proof 4
MATH 645 Linear Algebra for Applications 4
ME 503 Thermodynamics 3
Third Year
MATH 647 Complex Analysis for Applications 4
MATH 745 Foundations of Applied Mathematics I 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
ME 608 Fluid Dynamics 3
ME 627 Dynamics 3
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
Writing Intensive Course 4
Fourth Year
MATH 753 Introduction to Numerical Methods I 4
ME 707 Analytical Fluid Dynamics 4
Writing Intensive Course 4
Elective Course 4
MATH 797
or MATH 798
or MATH 799
Senior Seminar
or Senior Project
or Senior Thesis
700-level ME Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
 Total Credits130

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

In all courses used to satisfy the requirements for its major programs, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics requires that a student earn a grade of C- or better and have an overall grade-point average of at least 2.00 in these courses.

MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
MATH 445Mathematics and Applications with MATLAB4
or IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing
MATH 527Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 14
MATH 528Multidimensional Calculus 14
MATH 531Mathematical Proof4
MATH 644Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 24
MATH 645Linear Algebra for Applications 14
MATH 753Introduction to Numerical Methods I4
PHYS 407General Physics I4
Capstone: Select one of the following
MATH 797Senior Seminar4
MATH 798Senior Project4
MATH 799Senior Thesis2 or 4
Total Credits50-52

The full Linearity sequence, MATH 525 and MATH 526, may be used to replace the MATH 527, MATH 528, and MATH 645 requirements.

MATH 525 may be used to replace the MATH 645 requirement.


Applied Mathematics: Economics Option students must take MATH 539 Introduction to Statistical Analysis.

Fluid Dynamics Option Requirements

PHYS 408General Physics II4
MATH 647Complex Analysis for Applications4
MATH 745Foundations of Applied Mathematics I4
ME 503Thermodynamics3
ME 525Statics3
or CEE 500 Statics for Civil Engineers
ME 608Fluid Dynamics3
ME 627Dynamics3
Select TWO of the following courses6-8
ME 707
Analytical Fluid Dynamics
ME 709
Computational Fluid Dynamics
ME 712
Waves in Fluids
One approved 700-level elective, selected in consultation with the academic advisor
Total Credits30-32
  • Students recognize common mathematical notations and operations used in mathematics, science and engineering.
  • Students can recognize and classify a variety of mathematical models including differential equations, linear and nonlinear systems of algebraic equations, and common probability distributions.
  • Students have developed a working knowledge (including notation, terminology, foundational principles of the discipline, and standard mathematical models within the discipline) in at least one discipline outside of mathematics.
  • Students are able to extract useful knowledge, both quantitative and qualitative, from mathematical models and can apply that knowledge to the relevant discipline.

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