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Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics, M.S.


The Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM) is an innovative Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree program at Buffalo State College. This program, a collaboration between Buffalo State and a group of partners from Buffalo and the Western New York area, brings together a diverse interdisciplinary group of active faculty from academia aand advisory board members from business, industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

The goal of the PACM program is to train graduate students for careers in many emerging fields that now demand a new type of workforce with solid and in-depth background in applied and computational mathematics, as well as with effective business and communication skills.

The PACM program consists of 27 credits of academic training in data analysis, mathematical modeling, business communication, and management, as well as 3 credits of research internship.

 PACM is a terminal PSM affiliated degree

   Title: Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics
   Degree: Master of Science
   Program code: MS-NS
   Major code: ACM
   HEGIS: 1701

What is a Professional Science Master (PSM)?

"Only professional mathematicians learn anything from proofs. Other people learn from explanations." -- Ralph Boas

A numerical solution to the heat equation on a pump casing model using the finite element method.

Applied mathematics is a branch of mathematics that concerns itself with mathematical methods that are typically used in science, engineering, business, and industry. Thus, "applied mathematics" is a mathematical science with specialized knowledge. The term "applied mathematics" also describes the professional specialty in which mathematicians work on practical problems; as a profession focused on practical problems, applied mathematics focuses on the formulation and study of mathematical models. In the past, practical applications have motivated the development of mathematical theories, which then became the subject of study in pure mathematics, where mathematics is developed primarily for its own sake. Thus, the activity of applied mathematics is vitally connected with research in pure mathematics.

Computer Science Mind-map

Computer science or computing science (abbreviated CS or CompSci) is the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications. A computer scientist specializes in the theory of computation and the design of computational systems. Its subfields can be divided into a variety of theoretical and practical disciplines. Some fields, such as computational complexity theory (which explores the fundamental properties of computational problems), are highly abstract, while fields such as computer graphics emphasize real-world visual applications. Still other fields focus on the challenges in implementing computation. For example, programming language theory considers various approaches to the description of computation, whilst the study of computer programming itself investigates various aspects of the use of programming language and complex systems. Human-computer interaction considers the challenges in making computers and computations useful, usable, and universally accessible to humans.

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Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics

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