Mathematics – Applied

  • John Ong, coordinator

    Applied mathematics explores the connections between mathematics and the physical world, and uses mathematics in studying and solving real-world problems. In this interdisciplinary major, students learn the techniques of modeling, analysis, computing, simulation and data manipulation as applied to their area of interest, such as engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, or economics. Students can pursue a BS with a major in applied mathematics in two ways, either at the college or through the MBC-UVA dual degree program in Engineering.

  • The four year program in Applied Mathematics (Option A)
    Students who are interested in the intersection of mathematics with another discipline at the college should choose this option.

    Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (Option A)

    MATH 211
    MATH 212
    MATH 231
    MATH 233
    MATH 301
    MATH 302
    MATH 304
    MATH 306
    MATH 322
    MATH 398
    MATH 401
    PHYS 201
    PHYS 202
    A math elective numbered above 200-level
    A minor in a discipline of interest (Common disciplines include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, and Music, Art, and Literature, i.e. most disciplines are possible.)

    Note: MATH 401 in this applied mathematics program consists of an in-depth study of mathematics in the student’s chosen minor. The committee formed for evaluating the student’s senior project must include both the mathematics faculty and a member of the faculty from the minor discipline.

    MBC-UVA dual degree program in Engineering (Option B)

    Mary Baldwin College students may elect to participate in a dual degree program in engineering offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. Qualified students attend Mary Baldwin for three years and then, based on their academic performance, are accepted into the University of Virginia for two or more years of study, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from Mary Baldwin College and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Virginia. Interested students should contact John Ong during their first semester at the college, and must sign up and complete the Calculus and Physics sequence during the fall and spring of their freshmen year.

    Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (Option B)

    MATH 211
    MATH 212
    MATH 231
    MATH 233
    MATH 301
    MATH 302
    MATH 304
    MATH 306
    MATH 322
    MATH 400
    MATH 401
    CHEM 121
    PHYS 201
    PHYS 202
    Plus 21 semester hours of coursework transferred from the University of Virginia.
    Credits that count toward the master’s degree at U. Va. cannot be transferred in.

    Note: MATH 401 in this applied mathematics program consists of a study of partial differential equations, or a comparable area of mathematics as applied to an engineering problem. The student will present a faculty-approved Math 401 project in the spring of the third (last) year at the college. It is recommended that each student in the program complete an internship or a summer course in engineering or programming.