WhY you should consider the acms program
Quantitative reasoning, mathematical
computational methods are becoming ever more pervasive, both in
industry and in research. This process is driven by the rapidly growing
ability to collect, store, and process data.
Consider a basic business activity - retail. Computerized cash
registers with barcode scanners and retail over the Web allow automatic
collection of vast amounts of purchase data. These data are used to
manage inventories, measure the effect of product placement in stores,
advertising, and Web site design, identify and target consumer groups,
etc. Quantitative analysis is supplementing "gut feeling" as
basis for business decisions.
The increasing importance of mathematical ideas and computational techniques in the sciences is exemplified by the transformation of biology. The image of a biologist solely as a scientist looking through a microscope in a lab or collecting samples in the field is no longer valid. A modern biologist is just as likely to explore the aerodynamics of insect flight using techniques from computational fluid dynamics or study the regulatory circuits of gene expression using the latest ideas from machine learning. The ACMS program aims at providing students with the background and the tools to be successful in this new environment.
Many ACMS students are double majors. Given the "quantification" of the world alluded to above, studying an area like biology, economics, or business while at the same time obtaining a solid foundation in the mathematical sciences is an excellent choice, no matter whether the next step is a job or graduate school.