What is Applied Math?
The applied math major offers an option to students who are interested in a thorough program of mathematics that highlights its applications in outside areas, with the opportunity to be involved in research projects that address developing-world problems, integrate the evangelical mission, serve the poor, benefit the church, or promote a humanitarian or social justice cause.
Modern scientific research is increasingly relying on mathematical and computational tools to complement traditional experimental methods. An important focus of the applied math curriculum is put on the techniques of mathematical modeling, i.e. the methods by which a scientific problem is translated into a mathematical framework (a model), to enable the use of the powerful tools of theoretical mathematics to find a solution. During the course of their studies, applied math students engage in research projects mentored by faculty in mathematics and/or other departments to explore these connections in practical ways.
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Applied Math Provides Sought-After Professional Skills
Students who "double-major" (mathematics and another science) receive a rigorous theoretical and experimental training in their majors, but may not always get a clear vision of the ways in which mathematical methods and computations tools are integrated in the other sciences. A background in applied mathematics is an extremely valuable asset in many industries who seek to hire professionals with very strong mathematical and computational skills in additional to experimental expertise. Learn more about careers in applied math >