Applied mathematics is the practical application of math in specific subjects, fields, industries, or areas of human endeavor, like the natural or physical sciences, engineering, information technology, the social sciences, or business.
Essentially, this concentration combines math with specialized knowledge in another field. Those who practice applied mathematics develop numerical models or formulas to explore process improvements or to solve specific problems.
Earning a concentration in applied mathematics is also a good choice if you want to work in fields like systems biology, data mining or privacy, materials science, computer animation and digital imaging, climatology, public health and other industries in which specialized mathematical models, computational methods, data analysis, and quantitative techniques are required.
Students who graduate with a B.S. in math and a concentration in applied mathematics will be prepared for entry-level careers in a variety of fields. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) notes that the kinds of problems applied mathematicians help solve could include:
To earn a concentration in applied mathematics, you’ll take required and elective courses on subjects like:
The types of organizations that hire college graduates with applied math skills reflect a wide range of industries and enterprises:
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