Applied Mathematics

School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computing

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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
The job outlook for mathematicians is projected to increase by 21 percent from 2014-24.

Mathematician is Top Profession

The job outlook for mathematicians is projected to increase by 21 percent from 2014-24, 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.

Related BW programs include:


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.

Nicole BatesNicole Bates ’11 is planning analyst for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Fla. She is pursuing a master’s in mathematics at University of West Florida. BW professors opened her eyes to the variety of careers available to mathematics majors and taught her to think critically. Nicole is from Elyria, Ohio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Susan D. Penko
Professor of Mathematics
M.A., University of Michigan

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

Brent Strunk
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Purdue 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

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