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.

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:

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

Required Foundation Mathematics Courses:

SubjectNumberTitle
MATH305Mathematical Modeling
MATH317Differential Equations
MATH342Numerical Analysis
Select one Mathematical Analysis Course:
MATH371Real Analysis
or
MATH381Complex Analysis
and take:
MATH255Introduction to Mathematical Software
Select one Mathematical Statistics Course:
MATH250Biostatistics
or
MATH315Probability and Statistics

Capstone:

SubjectNumberTitle
MATH450Research in Mathematical Sciences

Science Requirement:

Select one of the following two course sequences:

SubjectNumberTitle
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 present poster at Student Academic Showcase and Honors event
Abigail Small '20, an Applied Mathematics major and Madeline Neuberger '20, an Accounting major, Mathematics minor presented their poster "Cubic Spline Interpolation for Approximating Teeth and the Use of Orthodontic Braces" at the 2018 Student Academic Showcase and Honors event at RWU. 

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.

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A World of Mathematical Possibilities

Abigail Small, RWU Class of 2020 Applied Mathematics

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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Students present poster at Student Academic Showcase and Honors event
Mackenzie Webber '18, a Biology major and Public Health minor and Tyler Simmons '19, a double major in Applied Mathematics and Marine Biology and presented their poster "Statistical Analysis of RI BRFSS Data: 2015 & 2016" at the 2018 Student Academic Showcase and Honors event at RWU. 

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"
Students present poster at Student Academic Showcase and Honors event
Gibson Leavitt '20, a double major in Applied Mathematics and Environmental Science, Matthew D’Amico '21, a double major in Applied Mathematics and Environmental Science and Jacob Johnson '18, an Engineering major and Mathematics minor presented their poster "Approximating Home Runs Hit for Major League Baseball Using Cubic Spline Interpolation Methods" at the 2018 Student Academic Showcase and Honors event at RWU. 

Employers

(partial list)

  • AT&T
  • Boston Medical College
  • Raytheon
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Fram Corporation
  • HBO Company

Graduate Study

(partial list)

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