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.

The Mathematics Major

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The major consists of 10 required courses, beginning with a two-semester calculus sequence This is followed by a five course mathematics core and two major electives to be chosen from a specified list of alternatives. The capstone course of the program is a problem-solving seminar which is designed to draw upon all courses in the foundation and to develop the student’s abilities in mathematical reasoning. Students are further advised to include courses in computer science and the history of mathematics in their studies.
 
Students wishing to teach mathematics at the secondary level must follow the Dual Major with Secondary Education and Mathematics. Students pursuing a double major in elementary education and mathematics may take either of the mathematics majors described below, but are encouraged to take the Dual Major with Secondary Education.
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics must satisfy 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.
 
MATH213Calculus I and Lab 
MATH214Calculus II and Lab 
MATH221Discrete Mathematics 
MATH331Linear Algebra 
MATH351Calculus of Several Variables 
MATH371Real Analysis 
MATH390Abstract Algebra 
MATH421Problem Seminar 
and two electives selected from: MATH, 255, 301, 305, 315, 317, 330, 335, 340, 342, 370, 381, 431

The Mathematics and Secondary Education Dual Major

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Majors pursuing a dual major for secondary education must satisfy 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.

*Note: There are no electives among the mathematics courses required for the double major with secondary education.

MATH213Calculus I and Lab 
MATH214Calculus II and Lab 
MATH221Discrete Mathematics 
MATH315Probability and Statistics 
MATH331Linear Algebra 
MATH335Topics for Secondary Mathematics Education 
MATH340History of Mathematics 
MATH351Calculus of Several Variables 
MATH390Abstract Algebra 
COMSC110Introduction to Computer Science I and Lab 

The Mathematics Minor

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MATH213Calculus I and Lab 
MATH214Calculus II and Lab 

and 3 additional mathematics courses.

Engineering students who wish to pursue a math minor would benefit by taking three of the following courses:

MATH255Introduction to Mathematical Software 
MATH305Mathematical Modeling 
MATH315Probability and Statistics 
MATH317Differential Equations 
MATH331Linear Algebra 
MATH330Engineering Mathematics 
or   
MATH351Calculus of Several Variables 
MATH342Numerical Analysis 

Business students who wish to pursue a math minor would benefit by taking three of the following courses:

MATH301Linear Programming 
MATH315Probability and Statistics 
MATH317Differential Equations 
MATH331Linear Algebra 
MATH342Numerical Analysis 

Science students who wish to pursue a math minor would benefit by taking three of the following courses:

MATH255Introduction to Mathematical Software 
MATH305Mathematical Modeling 
MATH315Probability and Statistics 
MATH317Differential Equations 
MATH331Linear Algebra 
MATH342Numerical Analysis 
MATH351Calculus of Several Variables 

Computer Science students who wish to pursue a math minor would benefit by taking three of the following courses:

MATH221Discrete Mathematics 
MATH315Probability and Statistics 
MATH331Linear Algebra 
MATH342Numerical Analysis 
MATH390Abstract Algebra 

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.

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

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

Graduate Study

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  • 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