Mathematics

A degree in Mathematics from RWU is an excellent foundation for graduate study and a wealth of careers in fields such as science, computers, engineering and business. Our program blends a rigorous study of math theory with flexible electives and research conducted with faculty. You’ll learn how to interpret data and use mathematical reasoning to analyze and solve problems.

The Mathematics program at Roger Williams University provides preparation for graduate study and for a variety of careers in industry and government. There is enough flexibility in the program to allow a large choice of electives, and the program, 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. Our best students have opportunities for undergraduate research, while others write theses, present at national conferences and co-author journal articles with our faculty.

Several factors distinguish Roger Williams University from the competition. For starters, small class size means more personalized attention from our faculty members. Our Math major is made up of only 10 courses, leaving plenty of room for a double major, or to experience a wide variety of electives. 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. Recently, one of our students was awarded the top prize in the MAA Student Essay in History of Mathematics.

Degree Requirements

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

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Prove classical theorems at the appropriate level of rigor
  • Reason mathematically
  • Read mathematical texts and articles with understanding
  • Write answers, proofs, and papers in appropriate mathematical style
  • Use appropriate technology successfully
  • Analyze problems and choose the correct technique from their repertoire to solve them
  • Make inferences and generalizations

Mathematics /Secondary Education majors at RWU are expected to have the same abilities.

Students present project at Student Academic Showcase and Honors event
Madison Demaio ’20 a Mathematics major; Matthew D’Amico ’20, an Applied Mathematics major; and Scarlett Saldana Soriano ’19, a Forensic Science major, Mathematics Core Concentration; present their poster, 'A Simplified Supermarket Scheduling Program,' at the 2019 Student Academic Showcase and Honors event at RWU.

Research Projects

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

Employers

(partial list)

  • AT&T
  • School Districts (Various)
  • Raytheon
  • CA Simmons Associates
  • Fram Corporation
  • HBO Company
  • Wall Street, NYC
  • NY State Department of Health

Graduate Study

(partial list)

  • Brown University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Boston College
  • SUNY - Albany
  • New York University
  • Cornell University
  • Tufts University
  • Texas A&M
RISE STEM Scholarship at RWU

Students listen to classroom lecture.RWU offers a scholarship opportunity for students interested in majoring in math, sciences, engineering, computer science or forensic science. Learn about the National Science Foundation RISE Scholars program, which recognizes, supports and empowers a group of academically talented students with financial need as they prepare to enter Research and Industry in Science and Engineering (RISE).

Learn About RISE Scholars