Mathematical Sciences - Applied Mathematics, B.S.

Mathematical Sciences - Applied Mathematics, B.S.

What is an Applied Mathematics Degree?

Applied Mathematics DegreeApplied math is a rigorous math program focusing on the theory and applications of mathematics to other disciplines such as engineering and the sciences. Mathematics is applied to solve problems such as underground water pollution, traffic jams, inflation, unemployment and climate change.

Students seeking an applied mathematics degree get a strong mathematics foundation, combined with the study of advanced topics including partial differential equations, modeling, computational math, calculus, and operations research. Whether you want to study the intricacies of discrete mathematics, design neural networks or develop a better web search algorithm, an applied mathematics degree from Florida Tech prepares you for a variety of professional mathematics careers with strong salary potential.

Gain Practical Experience Through Research

Because graduates with an applied mathematics degree typically are employed in scientific, engineering, business or government environments, applying a mathematics background to the analysis and solution of real-world problems is a valuable educational tool. Research projects in applied math at Florida Tech vary from real life challenges, which you might find in a job, to theoretical problems that will set the foundation of applied mathematics.

Theoretical problems usually involve proving theorems and developing new theories. In addition, a number of computational projects are available for numerical solutions and simulations of complicated real life problems. Students have an opportunity to undertake independent or collaborative (with a peer or professor) research in a topic of their choosing. The result is practical experience that is perfect for a job search portfolio or as preparation for a graduate or doctoral program.

Build Professional Relationships

Beyond the classroom, applied mathematics degree majors build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like the American Mathematical Society, Society of Actuaries, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Student Astronomical Society, Student Government and over 100 other student organizations.

Get Recruited Upon Graduation

Employers that have recruited Florida Tech students with an applied mathematics degree for internships and careers include Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, DRS Optronics, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, and the Space Telescopic Science Institute.

Earn An Advanced Degree

After receiving an applied mathematics degree, about 90 percent of our graduates go to master's and doctoral programs at Florida Tech and other prestigious universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley and Duke.

Discover how an applied mathematics degree from Florida Tech can offer a wide variety of career options.

Why Pursue an Applied Mathematics Degree at Florida Tech?

There are many reasons to choose Florida Tech as your applied mathematics university. Florida Tech offers students the tools and resources that you expect to find at a larger university at a private college in a smaller, more intimate setting.

A Degree with Flexibility

One of the first benefits of an applied mathematics university is that it teaches math application in areas such as engineering, the physical and life sciences, environmental science, social science and business–so that when you graduate, careers in all of these fields will be open to you. Careers in mathematics are some of the highest-paying, most available jobs for graduates.

Small Classes – World Renowned Faculty

The classes at Florida Tech are small, with less than 50 undergraduate students in the program. This small faculty-to-student ration creates a close-knit academic community and intensive faculty interaction that is rare for an applied mathematics university.

The professors in the math department have doctoral degrees and teach the classes (not graduate students). They are engaged in meaningful research currently being studied in the field including stochastic finance, partial differential equations, finite elements, parallel computing, hyperbolic systems and critical point theory. Professors are always available for advising students, and often counsel the same groups of students through their entire applied mathematics university experience.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

In addition to being encouraged to participate in internships in industry and/or government agencies, all students are also urged to participate in research on many topics including operations research, mathematical modeling and methods of nonlinear analysis. Mathematics students complete a capstone research experience designed to prepare them for graduate school and careers of the future.

High-Tech Laboratory Facilities

The facilities and resources available for students are important for any applied mathematics university, and Florida Tech doesn't disappoint. Besides the engineering and science labs available in other departments, there are two computer labs in the math department with sophisticated mathematical and statistical software packages such as MATLAB, Mathematics, SAS, Mathematica R and Sage, as well as a parallel computing lab. Students may also seek assistance from the Academic Support Center on campus, which offers free individual tutoring, group tutoring and study sessions.

Great Florida Location

One of the benefits Florida Tech has as an applied mathematics university is being located within the Florida High Tech Corridor, the home of more than 5,000 high-tech companies and the fifth largest high-tech workforce in the nation.

The Florida Tech campus is just minutes away from Atlantic Ocean beaches; Florida Tech's own Botanical Gardens, a 30-acre tropical garden with trails and streams; a 32,000-square-foot Panther Aquatic Center; and tennis and sand volleyball courts. Located in the region are other attractions such as NASA Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, Sebastian Inlet and Orlando theme parks.

These factors combine to make Florida Tech the applied mathematics university of choice.

How Will an Applied Mathematics Degree Prepare Me for The Future?

Applied mathematics internships are available to Florida Tech students from many different government agencies and industries, including:

  • National Security Administration
  • NASA
  • Homeland Security
  • Scripps Oceanographic Institute

These internships provide opportunities for our students to use the skills they've learned in their coursework to develop solutions for complicated real-life problems they'll encounter in applied mathematics jobs.

High-Tech Research

Research projects in applied mathematics vary from real-life problems to theoretical problems that establish a foundation of applied mathematics for applied mathematics jobs. Some of the real-world problems students research include:

  • Underground water pollution
  • Traffic jams
  • Vehicle aerodynamics
  • Rising inflation rates
  • Hurricane path prediction

Florida Tech students also work alongside faculty in high-tech faculty research teams. By involving themselves in original research endeavors, our students are better able to conduct research after graduating college and in applied mathematics jobs. Current areas of interest noted by mathematics professors include:

  • Mutation rates
  • Infectious diseases
  • Medical imaging
  • Modeling
  • Coral bleaching
  • Tumor growth modeling

Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Applied Mathematics Degree

The student chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is dedicated to bringing together mathematics, technology and science to inspire cooperative efforts to fix many of the world's biggest problems.

Infinity Math Club is a student-run group that brings together students of all disciplines to learn more about mathematics and discover new ways of looking at the field. The club holds regular meetings to discuss different projects and theories in math. Being part of a club is an excellent way to network and learn about internships, research projects and applied mathematics jobs.

What Can You Do With an Applied Mathematics Degree?

Applied mathematics careers involve exploring theoretical content in applied mathematics disciplines such as mathematical biology. Florida Tech has one of only 30 applied mathematics programs in the United States. Providing students the opportunity to pursue the intersection between biology and math, applied mathematics careers involve a great deal of research in such widely varied areas as methods of nonlinear analysis, mathematical modeling and applied statistics, to name but a few.

Career Outlook

Mathematics can be applied to solve problems such as underground water pollution, traffic jams, inflation, unemployment and climate change. Some Florida Tech applied mathematics graduates accept teaching positions or go to jobs in finance or business. One of the most important aspects of the applied mathematics program is that it teaches you how to apply math in areas such as engineering, the physical and life sciences, environmental science, social science and business so that when you graduate, careers in all of these fields will be open to you.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook. It shares information on applied mathematics careers such as nuclear engineers, physicists, pharmacists and economists. According to the bureau, careers in math are forecast to continue to grow 14 percent on average through 2020. Check the handbook for job descriptions, job outlook and information on similar occupations.

Career Options

Undergraduate and graduate students with degrees in applied mathematics can look forward to applied mathematics careers such as:

  • Actuary

  • Civil Engineer

  • Computer Programmer

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Database Administrator

  • Economist

  • Financial Analyst

  • Logistician

  • Market Research Analyst

  • Mathematician

  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Nuclear Engineer

  • Operations Research Analyst

  • Physicists and Astronomer

  • Postsecondary Teacher

  • Statisticians

  • Survey Researcher

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level applied mathematics salaries are reported by PayScale.com to be $50,800 with potential to grow to $102,000. PayScale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation.
Other careers in mathematics that also provide good salary potential are:

Actuarial mathematics: $56,100 – $112,000
Statistics: $49,300 – $99,500
Economics: $48,500 – 94,900

Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on this and other careers.

Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates

Employers that have recruited Florida Tech graduates for applied mathematics careers include:

  • Harris Corp.

  • Microsoft

  • U.S. Department of Education

  • NASA

  • Boeing

  • IBM

  • National Defense Agencies

  • Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Economic Development Agencies

  • Public Health Providers and Agencies

  • Consumer Advocate Groups

Graduate & Doctoral Programs

A Bachelor of Science Applied Mathematics degree from Florida Tech offers extensive career options. In addition to the many applied mathematics careers you'll find, you can also continue your education in a graduate and doctoral program. In fact, about 90 percent of Florida Tech graduates who majored in one of the mathematical sciences pursue higher degrees at schools such as:

  • California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
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