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.

The Applied Mathematics Major

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The major consists of 12 mathematics courses and a two course science sequence, both listed below. Interested students are advised to speak to the Mathematics Department Chairperson for information about research opportunities in the mathematical sciences or for help in choosing electives that will enhance their study.


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.

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.

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

Graduate Study

(partial list)

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