Advising

Entrance requirements:

Admission to AMEP is internal to UW Madison, you must be admitted to UW Madison or already be a UW Madison student to join AMEP.

Admission into AMEP as a freshman requires placement into Math 222 at least, although placement into Math 234 (4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam) is desired for the 4-year plan. Admission into AMEP as a sophomore or junior requires a 2.75 GPA in introductory core courses taken in the Mathematics and Physics Departments.

Although AMEP has a substantial engineering component, it is a Letters and Science (L&S) degree — The Bachelor of Science in AMEP. Non-L&S students must transfer into Letters and Science.

Declaring the AMEP degree:

Students are encouraged to declare AMEP as soon as possible in order to receive AMEP specific advising and be included on the AMEP mailing list to stay informed about AMEP current events and opportunities. Students should first familiarize themselves with the degree requirements and the four-year plan, the list of recommended or required courses then visit an Applied Mathematics Faculty advisor (listed below) or Prof. Yavuz in Physics to declare the degree.

Look for AMEP faculty advisors’ office hours in the math advising calendar (expand the  “Major & Prospective Major Advising” block at the top of the page) or on the Professor’s webpage (linked to below).

Note that Professors usually have advising appointments only during the regular Fall and Spring semesters. If you are registering for classes, please consult the recommended list of introductory and core courses.

Advisors and Department Homepages:

AMEP student will typically interact with three faculty advisors.

  1. An applied mathematics advisor in the Department of Mathematics
  2. A physics advisor in the Department of Physics.
  3. An engineering advisor  in the engineering department in which the student chooses to focus.

A list of current faculty advisor follows.  Note that other engineering faculty besides those listed below can serve as AMEP advisor if they are willing. The engineering part of the AMEP curriculum should be any coherent concentration of courses at the intermediate to advanced level.

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Applied Mathematics Advisors

Applied Mathematics
Fabian Waleffe Professor, Mathematics and Engineering Physics (EP) AMEP Faculty Coordinator  
Schedule Waleffe AMEP appointment using the  Math Advising Appointment Calendar (instructions under Major and Prospective Major Advising )
Leslie Smith Professor, Mathematics and Engineering Physics (EP)
Saverio Spagnolie Professor, Mathematics
Sam Stechmann Professor, Mathematics
Jean-Luc Thiffeault Professor, Mathematics  (on leave 2021-2022)

Physics Advisors

Physics
Cary Forest Professor, Physics, AMEP Alumnus
Robert Mc Dermott Professor, Physics
Thad Walker Professor, Physics
Deniz Yavuz Professor, Physics, AMEP Physics faculty coordinator

Engineering Advisors

Faculty Advising Process:

Initial Advising.  The first meeting between student and the faculty advisor will cover the following:

  1. The overall nature of the program and a review of the AMEP Degree Requirements.
  2. The AMEP advising system, including the desirability of early discussions with the physics and engineering advisors although the student need not officially meet them until the fourth semester.

After the initial advising, and before the fourth semester, the student’s special interests should be taking shape. The student should feel free to consult with any engineering advisor on possible engineering concentrations or course sequences. It is sometimes necessary to begin the engineering science sequence in the third semester. Even though a choice of engineering specialty does not have to be made until the fourth semester, the student should try to decide on this as early as possible.