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Applied Mathematics Department

Amanda Hattaway, Chair
Annex Central Room 207
Phone: 617-989-4368

Faculty

Professors

  • Eleanor K. Canter
  • Michael R. John
  • Francis E. Nestor
  • David E. Stevens
  • Gary M. Simundza

Associate Professors

  • Robert C. Cournoyer
  • Donald J. Filan
  • Amanda Hattaway, Ph.D.
  • Dwight F. Horan
  • Marcia J. Kemen
  • Anita A. Penta

Assistant Professors

  • Ophir Feldman, Ph.D.
  • John Haga, Ph.D.
  • Emma Smith Zbarsky, Ph.D.

Department Vision and Mission Statement

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.

Degree Program

Applied Mathematics: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

Program Description

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a three-year B.S. in Applied Mathematics. In three years, Applied Math majors take six semesters of classes and complete two marketable applied math internships while in the program.  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 mathematics and critical thinking to solve applied problems.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to perform computations, model phenomena, and write proofs.
  • Effectively and efficiently use mathematical software packages to solve problems and to use for written and oral 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.
  • Advance further in applied mathematics, whether in industry or in academia.
  • Work and function in an ever-changing technical and diverse society.

First Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

MATH270 Methods and Topics in Applied Mathematics I 4 0 4
ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
MATH285 Engineering Calculus I 4 0 4
MATH410 Discrete Math 4 0 4
COMP128 Computer Science I 3 2 4
Total 19 2 20

Spring Semester

Course R L C
MATH275 Methods and Topics in Applied Mathematics II 4 0 4
ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
PHYS310 Engineering Physics I 3 2 4
MATH295 Engineering Calculus II 4 0 4
COMP201 Compupter Science II 3 2 4
Total 18 4 20

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

MATH505 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4 0 4
MATH515 Multivariable Calculus 4 0 4
MATH625 Differential Equations 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Technical Elective1 4 0 4
Total 20 0 20

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
MATH310 Operations Research 4 0 4
MATH320 Introduction to Numerical Analysis 4 0 4
MATH890 Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Technical Elective1 4 0 4
Total 20 0 20

Summer Semester

Course R L

C

COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0 0 0

Third Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

MATH690 Applied Mathematics Final Year Design I 4 0 4
ELMC805 Advanced Mathematical Modeling 3 0 3
MATH605 Advanced Statistics 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Technical Elective1 4 0 4
MATH297 Exposition in Applied Mathematics 1 0 1
Total 20 0 20

Spring Semester

Course R L

C

COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0 0 0

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
MATH691 Applied Mathematics Final Year Design II 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Technical Elective1 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Technical Elective1 4 0 4
Total 20 0 20

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

Please refer to the English sequence requirement.

*Please refer to the humanities/social science elective requirement.

1A 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 will include biological, financial and physical science applications through courses offered by the Applied Mathematics Department (such as: Actuarial Mathematics, Abstract Algebra, Mathematical Biology, Dynamical Systems and Chaos, Complex Analysis, and Stochastic Processes) as well as courses offered by other departments besides the Applied Math Department (with approval from the Applied Math Department Chair and the student’s advisor); examples include:  COMP611 Introduction to Biostatistics with Applications and COMP411 Algorithm Design and Analysis.

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