B.S. in Applied Mathematics

Program Overview

Put your math skills to use in solving real-world problems in research and industry. Many fields — from finance to marketing, from web analysis to medicine — are increasingly reliant on sophisticated mathematical methods. UNE’s Applied Mathematics major integrates technology and theoretical mathematics, emphasizing computer-based modeling and statistical methods that translate to a wide range of disciplines and career opportunities.

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Why UNE for Applied Mathematics

The strength of UNE’s Applied Mathematics major is in our project-based curriculum that draws on our partnerships with local technology employers to give you meaningful professional experiences. In addition to providing opportunities to work on real industry problems, our partner businesses provide crucial internships, which are often pathways to permanent employment.

  • Rewarding undergraduate research experiences
  • Complementary to other disciplines for highly marketable double major combinations
  • Stellar track record  of career success among graduates
Joselle OBrien

Having spent a year thus far in grad school, I am already aware of how fruitful my Mathematics education at UNE has been...

Applied Mathematics

Academics

Examples of Available Courses

There are many ways you can navigate this major. In addition to foundational mathematics, such as calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations, coursework includes:

  • Network Theory and Modeling
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Programming
  • Applied Mathematics Research

Secondary Education with Mathematics Certification

If you are interested in teaching high school mathematics, you can complete a double major in Applied Mathematics and Secondary Education or a major in Secondary Education and a concentration in Mathematics. For more information, see our Education programs.

Double Majors

If you want to double major, you will find that an Applied Mathematics major complements many science, health sciences, and business majors, as mathematics is increasingly used in these areas of study.

Curriculum

CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42
Program Required Courses Credits
MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences Fulfilled by the Core Requirements
MAT 190 - Calculus I 4
MAT 195 - Calculus II 4
MAT 200 - Calculus III 4
MAT 212 - Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 220 - Linear Algebra 3
MAT 225 - Computer Programming w/ MATLAB or DSC 225 - Programming I 3
MAT 315 - Applied Mathematics w/ Differential Equations 3
MAT 321 - Applied Statistics 3
MAT 323 - Applied Regression Analysis 3
MAT 400 - Real Analysis or MAT 405 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis 3
MAT 480 - Mathematics Research Seminar or MAT 490 Topics in Mathematics 3
Total Credits 36
Elective Requirements Credits
Program Elective Courses* 6–8
Open Elective Courses (needed to reach 120 credits) 34–36
Total Elective Credit Requirement 42-44

*Mathematics and/or Science electives at level 300 or above

Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Students wishing to pursue teacher certification in Math can complete a double major with Applied Mathematics and Secondary Education or a major in Secondary Education and a concentration in Applied Mathematics. For more information, see the Secondary Education catalog page.

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.

To learn more about the program visit the Academic Catalog.

Colin Longhurst, B.S. '13, on majoring in Math and Political Science

Careers

Your knowledge of mathematical theory, your skills in analysis and technology, and your on-the-job experience acquired through internships will all add up a rewarding career that will put your passion for mathematics to work for you.

Our graduates have pursued many fascinating careers, including:

  • Business analyst
  • Healthcare analytics specialist
  • Actuary
  • Bioinformatics specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Statistical consultant
  • Secondary Math Instructor

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Beyond the Classroom

Math Club

The Math Club provides activities and events for those interested in solving problems and learning about how math is used in other disciplines. You are welcome to join or visit one of our meetings no matter what your major is. In addition to bi-weekly meetings, the Math Club provides activities and events for those interested in solving problems and learning about how math is used in other disciplines.

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Experiential Learning

At UNE, we know that mathematics isn’t just about knowing — it’s about doing. Whether you’re in class working on a project for a local business, conducting your own original research, or getting on-the-job experience at an internship, hands-on learning always factors into the equation.

Research

Our students have explored a wide variety of research subjects, often combing their interests in mathematics with other passions. Past projects include combinatorial games, data analysis in political science, gender differences in mathematical learning, analysis of DNA sequences with a signal processing approach, and many others.

Potential collaborative research projects

Graph Theory and Discrete Mathematics
  • Tree-like Polyphenyl Systems
  • Gene network identification using Max Flow/Min Cut
  • Applications of Google’s PageRank algorithm to infectious disease transmission networks
  • Vibrational spectra of highly symmetric graphs
  • Games on graphs
  • Food webs and competition graphs
  • Attack and defense in graphs modeling international relations/Roman Defenses
  • Conway’s Game of Life on alternate graphs
  • Minimizing luck in games of low chance
  • Modeling and optimizing organ exchange and donor systems
     
Linear Algebra
  • Max/Min determinants of certain (0,1) matrices with fixed row sums
  • Max/Min norms and condition numbers for matrices with prescribed determinant and Frobenius norm
  • Rank invariant, the eigen-invariant, or the row (column) spaces invariant linear maps
     
Mathematics Education
  • Effectiveness of technology in the classroom
  • Inquiry-based learning in Pre-Calculus and Calculus courses
  • Formative assessment for understanding concepts in secondary mathematics

Internships

A wide array of exceptional internship opportunities exist at institutions including:

  • NASA
  • The National Security Agency
  • Unum
  • Local technology employers

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Mathematics contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or csimon@une.edu

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