Department of Mathematics and Physics

The Mathematics and Physics curriculum provides preparation for graduate study and for a variety of careers in industry and government

The Mathematics and Physics Department provides the quantitative reasoning component in a liberal arts education and makes available a variety of courses and programs for those who need advanced training in mathematics and physics. This parallels RWU’s mission to provide its students with a general education and meet the specific needs of those pursuing professional, educational, and technical careers. There is enough flexibility in the programs to allow a large choice of electives, and the programs, when combined with further study in a second area, can provide an excellent foundation for graduate or professional study in the physical sciences, computer science, engineering, or business.

image of RWU student Jess Messina and Dr. Hum Bhandari attending the 2020 JMM conference.

Faculty and Staff

Both inside and outside the classroom, the Department of Mathematics and Physics faculty and staff are directly involved with all aspects of educating our students, and are skilled in a wide range of areas.

Meet The Faculty and Staff
Students in class.

Degree Offerings

Our mathematics and physics programs move beyond theory and enable students to move toward successful careers or graduate study, especially when paired with a second area of study.

Student presents project at 2018 Student Academic Showcase and Honors event

Research and Publications

Our faculty maintain active research programs and are committed to providing opportunities for students to become involved in undergraduate research in Mathematics and Physics. Many students present their research at regional and national conferences, and have won awards for their outstanding work.

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A World of Mathematical Possibilities

Abigail Small, RWU Class of 2020
Applied Mathematics + Computer Science

After dabbling in general math coursework, Abigail Small discovered a passion for the real-world impact of applied mathematics. She’s diving deep into sophisticated computational math research into the mysterious workings of neurostimulation treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

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Department Goals

The Department of Mathematics and Physics has clear goals regarding the skills, understanding, and mastery students graduate with. The goals are the foundation for the design and implementation of our math programs.

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Kappa Mu Epsilon and Math Club

Kappa Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society, promoting interest in mathematics among undergraduate students. The Math Club is its sister organization.

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Math Center

The Math Center is a component of RWU’s Tutorial Support Services Program. It provides both faculty and peer tutorial support for all students in the RWU community.

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