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.
This major requires a substantial portion of the coursework to be completed at the Staunton campus.
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)
A math elective above the 100-level
A minor in a discipline of interest. (Common disciplines include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, and Art and Literature, although 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 Dr. Ong during their first semester at the College, and must sign up and complete the Calculus and Physics sequence during their freshmen year.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (Option B)
Plus 21 semester hours of coursework transferred from the University of Virginia. Note: Credit that counts toward the master’s degree at U. Va. cannot be transferred.
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 her faculty-approved math 401 project in the spring of her 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.
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