What is an applied mathematics degree?
Students interested in applied mathematics are motivated by finding, exploring and explaining connections between mathematics and other disciplines, applying math to problems that arise in various areas such as science, business and industry, engineering or other fields. Students gain essential skills in programming and mathematical modeling and have the opportunity to apply these skills in other fields.
Why study applied mathematics at Furman?
As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman is dedicated to developing identity and purpose, agency and integrity, intellectual curiosity, and civic and global engagement in its students. You’ll work closely with respected faculty, gaining the opportunity to find unique connections between academic disciplines and your individual passions. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.
How will you learn?
On campus, your studies will take you from the classroom to the lab, Mathematics Resource Center, Sanders Science Library and a host of other onsite resources. Your studies will also lead you from the campus to the community. The applied mathematics major enjoys a high participation rate in undergraduate research and internships, with many recent projects involving other disciplines such as biology, business, computer science, sports analytics, physics and earth and environmental science. Small class sizes result in individualized attention from faculty. You can also take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, for example, on the one-of-a-kind Math and the Mouse Study Away Experience program, which investigates the mathematical modeling that The Walt Disney Company uses to make their Florida theme parks and resorts run efficiently. Your work will include foundational courses, computer programming, mathematical modeling, proof-based mathematics and custom experiences based on your own academic interests.
Careers for applied mathematics majors
The study of applied mathematics builds skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, digital technology, and teamwork and collaboration, all critical tools to take into graduate school or the workplace.
Graduates with an applied mathematics degree have found success as:
- Business analysts
- Data analysts
- Operations research professionals
- Computer scientists
- Aerospace, biomedical, industrial/systems, civil or electrical engineers
- Health care professionals
Featured applied mathematics courses
87%Applied mathematics majors participating in a high-impact experience
57%Applied mathematics majors who went on to graduate school
69%Applied mathematics majors pursuing a double major
Applied mathematics builds an array of skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork and collaboration, as well as expertise in digital technology. Those are all vital skills to continue your studies in graduate school or enter the job market for a variety of occupations. Many applied mathematics graduates have gone on to thrive in fields like computer science, business analysis, data analysis, actuarial science, consulting, biostatistics, management science, chemistry, engineering, law and medicine.
On average, those with an applied mathematics B.S. earn $62,720 per year, according to Ziprecruiter although some annual salaries have been recorded as high as $148,500 or more.
The B.S. in applied mathematics at Furman is typically a four-year program.
Yes, the applied mathematics major is designed to be interdisciplinary, allowing students to use quantitative upper-level courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, economics and physics as part of the major. In fact, 69% of applied mathematics majors are double majors.