Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics at RWU moves beyond theory, using math and statistics to solve practical real-world problems in fields like chemistry, environmental science and scientific computing. With small class sizes and opportunities to co-author publications with faculty, our Applied Mathematics program will set you up for a successful career in business, engineering, health care, government and more.

Applied Mathematics at RWU moves beyond theory, blending the study of mathematics with a wide array of applications in many fields: biology, chemistry, environmental science, scientific computing, physics and statistics.

The Applied Mathematics major prepares students for a variety of career opportunities.  Just  few examples are that many graduates find employment in the banking and investment sector, while others work for consulting, insurance, pharmaceutical, software and service companies; some of our students also go on to graduate or law school.

Several factors distinguish Roger Williams University from the competition. For starters, small class size means more personalized attention from our faculty members. Our students are involved on campus—as math tutors and as members of the Mathematics Honor Society. Unlike at other institutions, our talented students get to co-author math publications with our faculty. In fact, our students are currently working on the Numerical Solution of the Helmholtz Equation for the Pseudosphere, and Foundations of General Relativity and some speculations on the Einstein-Grossmann Collaboration.

Degree Requirements

The Applied Mathematics Major

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Majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, they must complete the following courses and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Mathematics Core Courses:

MATH213Calculus I and Lab
MATH214Calculus II and Lab
MATH221Discrete Mathematics
MATH331Linear Algebra
MATH351Calculus of Several Variables

Required Foundation Mathematics Courses:

MATH305Mathematical Modeling
MATH317Differential Equations
MATH342Numerical Analysis
Select one Mathematical Analysis Course:
MATH371Real Analysis
MATH381Complex Analysis
and take:
MATH255Introduction to Mathematical Software
Select one Mathematical Statistics Course:
MATH315Probability and Statistics


MATH450Research in Mathematical Sciences

Science Requirement:

Select one of the following two course sequences:

BIO103, 104Biology I and II and Lab
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Lab
PHYS201, 202Physics I and II with Calculus and Lab

Note: The RWU catalog lists the CORE Science Requirement as either CORE 101 or a two-semester sequence of a lab science. The sequences in Biology, Chemistry or Physics listed above would satisfy this requirement.

Students at conference
Hien Ngo ’18 (left), a double major in Applied Mathematics and Biology, and Qiuyang Deng ’17, an Applied Mathematics major, presented their research on the radiosity model at the Joint Mathematics Meeting. Deng is pursuing graduate studies at London School of Economics and Political Science.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Applied Mathematics majors at RWU are expected to have the ability to:

  • Reason mathematically and learn the different areas of applied mathematical study and how at least some of them are applied in various fields
  • Read applied mathematical texts and articles with understanding
  • Solve interdisciplinary problems using applied mathematical tools
  • Use appropriate technology successfully and solve large scale mathematical models that involve systems of matrices, differential equations or integral equations and solve large scale problems through optimization techniques
  • Analyze problems and choose the correct technique from their repertoire to solve them, graphically, numerically and algebraically
  • Make inferences and generalizations regarding the real life situations that the applied mathematics algorithms are used for

If you would like to find out more about what Applied Mathematics is useful for please look at SIAM's career brochure, or go to the career pages of AMS, MAA and SIAM.

Students at conference
Abigail Small ’20, an Applied Mathematics major, Kaia Lindberg ’18, a Mathematics major, and Elizabeth Gilchrist ’18, a double major in Applied Mathematics and Biology, presented their research on advanced math-modeling of neurons in Parkinson’s disease at the R.I. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Conference and the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference.

Research Projects

  • “The Libra Astronomica and Its Mathematics”
  • "Does Microsoft Sales Help Drive the Client to Upgrade their Operating System (Windows)"
  • “The Numerical Solution for the Helmholtz Equation for the Superellipsoid: the Mars Project”
  • “Fixed Points in Affine Cipher”
  • “The Foundations of General Relativity & Some Speculations on Einstein-Grossman Collaboration”
  • "The Numerical Solution of the Helmholtz Equation via the Modified Galerkin Method for the Biconcave Disk ("Bloodcell"): the Mars Project"


(partial list)

  • AT&T
  • Boston Medical College
  • Raytheon
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Fram Corporation
  • HBO Company
  • Wall Street, NYC
    Student at conference
    Applied Mathematics and Engineering double major Madison Guitard ’20 presented her research, “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Computational Mathematics,” at the Women's Intellectual Network Research Symposium and the Biology and Medicine through Mathematics National Conference.


Graduate Study

(partial list)

  • Brown University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Tufts
  • Cornell University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Boston College
  • SUNY - Albany
  • New York University
  • WPI