The Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences is an organized research unit based in the Department of Mathematics at USC. The purpose of CAMS is to foster research and graduate education in Mathematics in a broad sense and in an interdisciplinary mode. One goal of the center's participants is to facilitate and encourage the development of applicable mathematics and its utilization in problems in engineering and the sciences.

The mission of the Center is threefold:

- To maintain USC's position as an internationally-recognized center in several important and well defined areas of mathematics and its applications.
- To be a much-needed interface between the Department of Mathematics and other USC departments and institutions outside USC.
- To serve as a catalyst in the development of state-of-the-art activities in applicable mathematics at USC.