Mathematics, Applied Math Concentration, B.S.
Applied mathematics plays a major role in the development of innovations that advance industry and improve business performance in today’s data-driven marketplace. In short, applied mathematicians solve real-life problems to make an impact on our world.
What Will I Learn?
Shippensburg University mathematics students hone their ability to reason carefully, write precisely, solve problems effectively and use both mathematical theory and technology to deepen their understanding. In addition, students develop mathematical independence and perseverance with the opportunity to experience open-ended research with a professor.
What are the requirements for this degree?
There are no special requirements to enter this program, but students who are at the calculus level or above will find they are making a more informed decision in choosing this program. The core courses are composed of the three-semester calculus sequence, discrete mathematics, statistics, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and analysis. The Applied Mathematics concentration requires additional coursework in traditional applied mathematics topics such as mathematical modeling and differential equations, with electives available in a wide range of areas including data science, mathematical biology, numerical analysis and mathematical interest theory. All mathematics majors complete at least one computer science course to establish a firm basis for coding in upper level coursework.
The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.
Students in this concentration often double major in computer science, physics, chemistry or engineering. Popular minors are business, computer science, economics and data science.
What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?
- Data scientist
- Economic analyst
- Financial analyst
- Research mathematician
- Systems analyst
What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?
Many mathematics courses are taught in a computer classroom to provide hands-on experience with software such as Microsoft Excel, MATLAB, Mathematica, and various open source apps. Mathematics students and faculty socialize through activities of the long-standing SU Math Club and provide service to the community through outreach efforts at SU as well as participation in events such as the National Engineering and Science Festival in Washington, D.C. Many mathematics majors are employed by the university to tutor students in lower division mathematics courses. In addition, students in this concentration often complete paid summer internships in their last two years of the program.