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Rigorous academics and practical learning experiences prepare you for success in this in-demand career field.

Applied Mathematics

School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computing

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Department of Mathematics




Whether it's discovering strategic solutions to complex issues like bioterrorism, aircraft safety or e-commerce risk management or engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration to forecast the success of new ventures, mathematicians bring technical savvy and communication skills to the workplace.

BW's applied mathematics major integrates rigorous academics, practical learning experiences and a required internship to prepare you for success in this in-demand career field.

Our program provides a strong foundation of mathematical and computational coursework, along with focused study in chemistry, biology, economics, epidemiology or a related discipline area.

In the classroom and research labs, you'll learn to apply logic, theory and creativity to solving complex problems. Along the way, you’ll study mathematical concepts and techniques that can be used to analyze, explain and predict information for applications across diverse disciplines–science, business and health sciences.

Career Opportunities

Mathematics is the underlying structure of knowledge and logic. It is a framework for describing and predicting observable phenomena.

Proficiency of mathematics can be beneficial to careers in science (such as solving global challenges involving energy sources, climate change and public health), operations research, engineering, business and technology. Government and private laboratories employ mathematicians to assist with the development of new technology.

A bachelor's degree in applied mathematics can be a stepping stone to graduate programs in applied mathematics, business or operations research and can directly lead to a career in:

  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Health sciences
  • Actuarial sciences
  • Insurance
Employment of math occupations is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Mathematician is Top Profession

The job outlook for mathematicians is projected to increase by 28 percent from 2016-26, according to U.S. Department of Labor.

Understanding Applied and Pure Mathematics

Practical application is at the core of applied mathematics. It offers a concrete methodology for which modeling, predicting and explaining things in the real world can be done in an orderly manner. Pure math focuses on mathematical theory and is more broad-based. While there is significant overlap and both offer career-preparative benefits, the selection of one discipline over the other relates to an individual’s career goals.


Applied mathematics is a comprehensive and rigorous major.

Coursework includes a broad training in mathematics and computational skills in programming in one or more languages. A senior project and required internship offer experiential learning opportunities designed to build real-world skills.

An outstanding companion field of study, applied mathematics supports and enhances the disciplines of science, business, computer science, economics and health sciences.

The mathematics (applied) major prepares students to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of relevant technical skills in numerical methods, statistics, understanding of the deductive structure of mathematics, ability to code in relevant programming languages, data visualization and the ability to develop models in a related area of interest
  • Present mathematical models and technical analysis, both orally and in writing
  • Tailor oral and/or written presentations both to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in interdisciplinary environments, including the natural sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, neuroscience, etc.), business, and other fields
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a team

Related BW programs include:

Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's applied mathematics program.

Students in the applied mathematics program build a portfolio showcasing projects that demonstrate both technical and soft skill competencies. These portfolios are an outstanding resource that can be used when applying for graduate school and/or employment.

Students also benefit from experiential learning initiatives like research, independent study, internships and co-curricular activities. Opportunities include:

Student Clubs & Organizations

Math Club

The Math Club's purpose is to stimulate interest in mathematics, serve the community and foster a community among students interested in mathematics.

Kappa Mu Epsilon

This organization is the National Mathematics Honor Society. Its members have achieved standards of scholarship, professional merit and academic distinction.

STEM Scholars

Rigorous course studies combined with outstanding hands-on learning opportunities, mentoring and peer support make BW STEM Scholars exceptional and transformative for students. Entry into this program is by application only.


Nearly all BW mathematics majors who have applied have been accepted into graduate programs. The most common areas of study are mathematics, statistics, management science, business and computer science.

Recent BW mathematics graduates are finding their success in a variety of careers and in graduate, law and professional schools across the country, including Johns Hopkins University; Miami University of Ohio; The Ohio State University; The University of Chicago; Clemson University; Bowling Green State University; Case Western Reserve University; University of California, Berkeley; Georgia Institute of Technology; New York University; University of Connecticut; and University of Virginia School of Law.

photo of Joel KavarasJoel Kavaras '19 is a naturalist at Great Basin Institute in Reno, Nev. He is applying for doctoral programs in applied and pure mathematics while continuing research he started during his time at BW.

photo of Stephanie EglerStephanie Egler '18 a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University pursuing a degree in pure mathematics. Her BW senior thesis was published in the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal. Stephanie is thankful for the continued support from BW professors.

photo of Helen NguyenHelen Nguyen '18 is the youngest analyst in the business intelligence sector at American Greetings. The coding knowledge and critical thinking skills she gleaned from her program at BW helped her become a marketable candidate for multiple jobs.

photo of Sandra ZlojutroSandra Zlojutro '17 is client analyst and product education specialist at Qwickly, an educational software company in Cleveland. Sandra completed an internship with Qwickly as a junior, which paved the way for her employment after graduation.

photo of Devan MacDonaldDevan MacDonald '16 found employment with Progressive Corporation as a marketing process analyst immediately after his graduation from BW. He attributes this success to the supportive faculty who provided opportunities to develop his skills and pursue his interests.

Amy NowackiAmy Nowacki ’02 is associate professor of medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University and associate staff biostatistician in the quantitative health sciences department at the Lerner Research Institute. From Saegertown, Pa., she holds an M.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in biostatistics. 



Full-Time Faculty

Brent Strunk
Chair, Mathematics Department
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Purdue University

David T. Calvis
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Laura Croyle
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Melissa Dennison
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Chungsim Han
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Catherine Lane
Associate Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
ED.D., University of Cincinnati

Maria Mathews
Math Placement Administrator
M.A., The Ohio State University

Aaron Montgomery
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Oregon

Peggy Slavik
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Core Mathematics Coordinator
Ph.D., Kent State University

Adjunct Faculty

Barbara T. Aylward
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.A. Mathematics, John Carroll University

Fred Dillon
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.A., The Ohio State University

John Domanski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S.E.E., Cleveland State University

Don Fedorchak
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S., University of Alaska

Amy Nowacki
Lecturer in Mathematics
Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina

Sally A. Sikorski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S., The Ohio State University

Sandra J. Sikorski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.Ed. John Carroll University

Christine Strunk
Lecturer in Mathematics
Ph.D., Purdue University