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2015-2016 Course Catalog: Applied Mathematics Department

Amanda Hattaway, Chair
Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, Room 319


Mathematics courses comprise part of the core of each Wentworth student's college program. Our departmental offerings are designed to help facilitate student success across all programs at the Institute.

The B.S. in Applied Mathematics program links mathematics and the worlds of science, technology, engineering and social science. Mathematical principles are used to derive such varied types of information as the strength of materials, the behavior of fluids, the spread of disease and the rate of inflation. Students will learn to integrate analytical and computational tools in the modeling of physical, biological and/or economic processes. The problem solving skills that the Applied Math major develops will apply across disciplines.


Applied Mathematics (BSAM)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a three-year B.S. in Applied Mathematics, in which Applied Math majors take six semesters of classes and complete two marketable applied math internships . Graduates, in addition to continuing their education at the graduate level, may seek employment in a variety of fields such as: government, finance, risk-management and actuarial science, predictive modeling, research, operations, software engineering, statistics, biomedicine or informatics.

While the degree is designed as a three year program, students may opt to complete the degree in four years. Please contact the Applied Mathematics department for more information.

Applied Mathematics Program Objectives

Program graduates will be able to:

  • Apply mathematical concepts to perform computations, model phenomena, and write proofs.
  • Effectively use mathematical software packages for computation, modeling and presentations.
  • Write code in a high-level computer programming language.
  • Deliver clear and precise, written and oral presentations, demonstrating: (1) comprehension of mathematical content and (2) the ability to communicate that mathematical content to different audiences.
  • Apply mathematics in a professional setting.

Total Required Credits: 120

This is a three-year program that begins in the fall semester of the student’s first year and ends in the summer semester of the student’s third year. Students interested in completing the program in four years should contact the department office.

Please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section for information regarding the English sequence and the Humanities and Social Sciences elective requirement.

A total of 16 semester credit hours of technical electives must be taken as a part of the program. Students may choose, after consultation with their faculty advisor, among the electives offered each semester. Technical elective courses include biological, financial and physical science applications through courses offered by the Applied Mathematics Department (such as: Actuarial Mathematics, Introduction to Abstract Algebra, Calculus IV, Machine Learning, Dynamical Systems and Chaos, Complex Variables, Real Analysis I, Real Analysis II, Topology, Math Methods in Science/Engineering, and Real Analysis I) as well as courses offered by other departments (with approval from the Applied Math Department Chair and the student’s advisor); examples include: MGMT 2750 Integrative Financial Accounting, COMP3673 Introduction to Biostatistics with Applications and COMP3370 Algorithm Design and Analysis.

Applied Mathematics (BSAM)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 20)

MATH1550, Foundations of Applied Mathematics I
MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
PHYS1250, Engineering Physics
COMP1070, Computer Science I
ENGLISH, English Sequence

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 20)

MATH1575, Foundations of Applied Mathematics II
MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
COMP1071, Computer Science II
PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
ENGLISH, English Sequence

First Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Second Year, Fall Semester (total credits 20)

MATH2100, Probability and Statistics for Engineers
MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
MATH2500, Differential Equations
MATH2300, Discrete Mathematics
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Second Year, Spring Semester (total credits 20)

MATH2200, Advanced Statistics
MATH3900, Introduction to Numerical Analysis
MATH2860, Linear Algebra & Matrix Theory
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Second Year, Summer Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Semester I

Third Year, Fall Semester (total credits 20)

MATH4900, Partial Differential Equations
MATH3700, Operations Research
MATH5000, Applied Mathematics Final Year Design I
ELECTIVE, Technical
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Third Year, Spring Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Semester II

Third Year, Summer Semester (total credits 20)

MATH5500, Applied Mathematics Final Year Design II
ELECTIVE, Technical
ELECTIVE, Technical
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

In addition to the above coursework requirements (see chart above), students are required to complete the following non-coursework degree requirements:

  • Two public lectures
  • A website
  • A poster presentation


The minor in applied mathematics provides a focus for students who are interested in the subject and want to integrate an aspect of applied mathematics with their major.

To earn the minor, the student must complete three core courses and two elective courses, all with a grade of C or higher.

Core Courses

MATH2100, Probability and Statistics for Engineers
MATH2750, Differential Equations and Systems Modeling OR
MATH2500, Differential Equations
MATH2860, Linear Algebra and Matrix Theor

Elective Courses

MATH3500, Calculus IV
MATH3700, Operations Research
MATH3900, Introduction to Numerical Analysis
MATH4150, Math Methods in Science/Engineering
MATH4400, Introduction to Abstract Algebra
MATH4475, Actuarial Math
MATH4575, Complex Variables
MATH4675, Topology
MATH4875, Real Analysis I
MATH4975, Real Analysis II
MATH2200, Advanced Statistics
MATH4900, Partial Differential Equations
MATH4950, Dynamical Systems and Chaos
MATH4050, Machine Learning