Applied Mathematics

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Applied mathematics explores the connections between mathematics and real world problems, and uses mathematics in studying and solving these problems. In this interdisciplinary major, students learn the techniques of modeling, analysis, algorithm development, and simulation as applied in their area of interest, whether it is engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, or economics. Coursework includes ordinary and partial differential equations, probability and statistics, linear and modern algebra, programming, numerical computing, and complex analysis.

Students can pursue a BS with a major in applied mathematics in two ways, either at MBU or through the Mary Baldwin University — University of Virginia dual degree program in Engineering. Students interested in the dual degree program must complete the calculus and physics sequence in their first year at MBU.

GWU Summer Program for Women in Mathematics

The Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women

Student Web site for the Mathematical Association of America

Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship

Shenandoah Undergraduate Conference on Mathematics and Statistics.

SUMSRI: Undergraduate research experience for women and minorities.

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Jennifer, Class of 2016, is a current Mathematics major at Mary Baldwin, who attended a Research Experience for Undergraduates this past summer at the University of Toledo, Ohio. This was an opportunity for a small, select group of undergraduate students from across the nation to participate in research projects. Jennifer’s project was entitled, “Modeling and Simulating Gold Nanoparticle Interactions on a Liquid-Air Interface.” She presented her findings in her Numerical Analysis class at the College.

My REU experience was absolutely wonderful! I feel as if I’ve learned and accomplished more than I would have if I had just taken summer courses instead. At an REU, you have to teach yourself the necessary skills and techniques, but your project advisor helps make sure you don’t get too lost!… You get to also meet new people and take part in tons of different events. What’s not to love?”

Anneliese, Class of 2015, is a current Applied Mathematics major at Mary Baldwin who attended a Research Experience for Undergraduates this past summer at the Valpraiso University, Indiana. The project Anneliese worked on was entitled, “Mathematical Modeling in Ecology: What Killed the Mammoth?” Anneliese presented her research at the Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics conference at James Madison University and the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore this year.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I met so many wonderful people that summer (both other undergraduates and professors from around the country), and I learned so much math. Not only did I learn about modeling, but I learned about so many other cool math concepts and topics during lectures, presentations, and lunch conversations … It was the best summer I’ve had yet.”


Priyanka, Class of 2012, a mathematics minor (pictured at right), attended a summer workshop on the Application of Mathematics to Physiology and Medicine at Duke University. There, she studied a mathematical model of arsenic detoxification. Priyanka has been accepted to the Ph. D. program in Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College with a full fellowship.



John Ong

Associate Professor of Mathematics; BE, University of Malaya; MS, MA, University of Kansas; MS,...
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