Program Outline

Typical Programs

The Mathematical and Computational Science program at Stanford offers programs leading to a B.S. degree, an honors option, and a minor. MCS is a multidisciplinary major sponsored by the Stanford departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Management Science & Engineering and Statistics, providing students with a core of mathematics basic to all mathematical sciences. Advisors are available from all the departments, as well as Economics, Engineering and the GSB. Courses taken from the regular offerings of the four departments give students a sound introduction to the mathematical and the information sciences.

MCS is Stanford's applied mathematics major, appropriate for students interested in Engineering, Biology, Finance, Management and other disciplines involving scientific research. An Engineering and a Biology track, serving special interests of individual student without diluting the basics is now available. Requiring 75 units, this major allows room to pursue other interests and/or minors, e.g., Economics, Medicine, Biology, Engineering, Classics, etc. Updated major program requirements sheet coming soon.

M&CS Program Planning Guides



For the most up-to-date information on requirements for the major and minor in Mathematical and Computational Science, please refer to the 2013-14 bulletin section here.

A Possible Program Course Timetable

Regular
1st Year Math 41* (5) Math 42 (5) Math 51 (5) Math 53 (5)
2nd Year Math 52 (5) Math 113 or 104 (3) CS 106X (5) Stat 116 (5) MS&E 211 (4)
3rd Year Math 109 (Writing) (3) CS 103 (5) Stat 191 or 203 (3) CS 107 (5) MS&E 221 (4)
4th Year CME 108 (4) Stat 200 (3) Stat 191 or 203 (3) MS&E 212 (3)
Biology Track
1st Year Math 41* (5) Math 42 (5) CS 103 (5) Bio 41 (5)
2nd Year Math 51 (5) Math 53 (3) CS 106X (5) CME 108 (3) Bio 42 (5)
3rd Year Math 113 or 104 (3) MS&E 211 (3) MS&E 221 (3) Stat 116 (5) Stat 141 (4)
CS 107
4th Year CS 229 (3) Stat 215 (3) Stat 200 (3) Stat 166
(Writing) (3)
Bio 113 (3)
MS&E 211
Engineering Track
1st Year Math 41* Math 42 CME 102 CS 103
2nd Year CME 104 CME 200 Stat 110 CS 106X
3rd Year Stat 202 CS 107 MS&E 211 CME 108
4th Year CS 154 Stat 200 MS&E 221 CS 161
Statistics Track (85 units)
Stats 217 CS 246 MS&E 220 or 223
Electives
Stats 202 Stats 206 Stats 207 Stats 208 Stats 216
Stats 219 Stats 270  
* Students often take one or more semesters of college-equivalent courses in mathematics while they are still in high school. It is possible for such students to receive credit in fulfilling partial math requirements toward their bachelor's degree in Mathematical and Computational Science.
Entering students who have AP credit for two quarters of single variable calculus (10 units) are encouraged to enroll in Math 51-53 in multivariable mathematics, or the honors version 51H-53H. Students who have credit for one quarter of single variable calculus (5 units) should take Math 42 in Autumn Qtr and 51 in Wtr Qtr. Options availabe in spring quarter include Math 52 or 53.

Additional Info for Undergrads

General information about Multiple Majors, Coterms, or Honors can be found here

Stanford Coterm Guide Requirements

University coterm forms