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Applied Mathematics Department

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

FACULTY

Professors

Gary M. Simundza

Associate Professors

Robert C. Cournoyer

Dwight F. Horan

Donald C. Filan

Anita A. Penta

Amanda Hattaway, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

Sukanya Basu, Ph.D.

Barry Husowitz, Ph.D.

Ophir Feldman, Ph.D.

Grace Kennedy, Ph.D.

Georgi Gospodinov, Ph.D.

Emma Smith Zbarsky, Ph.D

John Haga, 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

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.

DEGREE DETAILS

Total Required Credits: 120

This is a three year program that begins in the fall semester of the student’s first year and is planned to complete 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 Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate  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 will include biological, financial and physical science applications through courses offered by the Applied Mathematics Department (such as: Actuarial Mathematics, Abstract Algebra, Machine Learning, Dynamical Systems and Chaos, Complex Variables, Partial Differential Equations, Topology, Math Methods in Science/Engineering, and Real Analysis I) 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.

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

First Year

MATH270

Methods and Topics in Applied Mathematics I

4

MATH275

Methods and Topics in Applied Mathematics II

4

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

MATH285

Engineering Calculus I

4

MATH295

Engineering Calculus II

4

 

MATH410

Discrete Mathematics

4

COMP201

Computer Science II

4

COMP128

Computer Science I

4

PHYS310
Engineering Physics I

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

20

20

Second Year

MATH505

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

4

MATH310

Operations Research

4

COOP400

Co-op Work Semester I

0

MATH515

Multivariable Calculus

4

MATH320

Introduction to Numerical Analysis

4

 

MATH625

Differential Equations

4

MATH890

Linear Algebra & Matrix Theory

4

PHYS320
Engineering Physics II

4

ELECTIVE

Technical

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

20

20

0

Third Year

MATH297

Exposition in Applied Mathematics

1

COOP600

Co-op Work Semester II

0

MATH691

Applied Mathematics Final Year Design II

4

MATH605

Advanced Statistics

4

 

ELECTIVE

Technical

4

MATH690

Applied Mathematics Final Year Design I

4

ELECTIVE

Technical

4

ELMC805

Advanced Mathematical Modeling

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Technical

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS

20

0

20

 

Minor

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 a student must pass three core courses and two elective courses.

 

Course

 

Credits

Core Courses

MATH505

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

4

MATH615

Differential Equations and Systems Modeling OR

4

MATH625

Differential Equations

4

MATH890

Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory

4

Elective Courses

MATH310  

Operations Research

4

MATH320

Introduction to Numerical Analysis

4

MATH330

Math Methods in Science/Engineering

4

MATH470

Introduction to Abstract Algebra

4

MATH520

Actuarial Math

4

MATH525

Complex Variables

4

MATH530

Topology

4

MATH600

Real Analysis I

4

MATH605

Advanced Statistics

4

MATH635

Partial Differential Equations

4

MATH645

Dynamical Systems and Chaos

4

MATH650

Machine Learning

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR

20

 

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