Applied Mathematics (BS)

Applied Mathematics (BS)

Are you a problem solver? Are you intrigued by connections between math and other fields? Do you enjoy using math in practical situations? A major in applied mathematics could be perfect for you!


Applied mathematics concentrates on using mathematical models and techniques to solve problems, often in science, engineering, economics, finance, business or industry. The discipline involves specialized knowledge and understanding of sophisticated mathematics.

More and more students are finding applied mathematics appealing because of the wealth of opportunities. You can work in financial services, health care, energy, electronics, software, management consulting – you name it!

- Thomas Shimkus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Why Applied Mathematics is in Demand:

  • Mathematics is one of the 10 highest paying majors according to the National Bureau for Economic Research.
  • Employment of mathematicians is expected to grow much faster than average in the coming years. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Applying mathematics leads to new ideas and discoveries. In some way, shape or form, math is everywhere.
  • Logic, creativity, curiosity and critical thinking are necessary in any career.
  • The career options for trained mathematicians are extensive – graduates are well-qualified to use their skills in research, business or other professional environments. 

Is it for me?

  • Are you interested in connecting math to other fields?
  • Are you eager to solve problems?
  • Do you enjoy numerical calculations?
  • Are you curious and patient?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Applied Mathematics (BS)

Strong community.   Discover a close-knit group of people from diverse backgrounds with one important common denominator: a passion for mathematics.
High-tech facilities.   Self-proclaimed math geeks unite in The University of Scranton Math Lab. With 20 state-of-the-art computers and applications designed specifically for math majors, you'll have access to all of the tools you need to succeed on campus.
Experiential learning.   Math majors gain hands-on, real-world experience through our Faculty Student Research Program (FSRP) and internship opportunities.
Dedicated faculty.   Faculty and staff members make a point to ask simple but all-important questions, like “How are you?” and “How can I help?” They offer individual help, flexible office hours and friendly open-door policies to ensure successful outcomes for each and every student.
Small class sizes.   You're more than a face or number at The University of Scranton. We keep our class sizes small, averaging between 10-20 students, for a personalized learning experience.

Mathematics is fundamental to advancements in science, technology, finance and other growing industries where many students may find future careers.

Jason Graham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn how to:

    • Analyze and solve complex problems
    • Formulate and utilize mathematical models
    • Apply mathematical principles to practical situations
    • Think both critically and creatively


    Students are encouraged to check out the American Mathematical Society website for a list of internships and co-ops.

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus


    As an applied mathematics major at The University of Scranton, you’ll have a solid foundation of calculus, linear algebra and computer science. In addition, you will take courses in Differential Equations, Applied Combinatorics, Applied Probability and Mathematical Statistics and Numerical Analysis along with supporting electives in math and other fields.

    Click here to see the curriculum. 

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    You’ll be a trailblazer as an applied math major at Scranton. The new major capitalizes on the strength of the mathematics department in offering a rigorous program with contemporary relevance.

    Some students, for example, physics, engineering, chemistry, computer science, economics or finance majors, may choose Applied Mathematics as a second major to complement their major. 


Where will Applied Mathematics take me?

As societal problems become more complex and data becomes more and more accessible, the need for quality professionals to analyze that data grows exponentially. Applied math graduates are equipped with essential knowledge and energized to solve real-world problems using mathematical approaches. The opportunities are exciting!  

Top Graduate Schools

Although the applied mathematics major is new, a look at the success of past graduates of our department can give you an idea of the possibilities ahead.

Forty percent of math majors pursue graduate school and advanced study in fields ranging from pure mathematics and engineering to economics and statistics. Graduates of our department have continued their education at top schools across the country, including: 

  • Lehigh University
  • University of Virginia
  • Boston University
  • Colorado State University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of California
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • Wharton School of Business
  • Yale University

Employment Opportunities:

From military service to work in higher education, our graduates have a broad scope of successful career outcomes. Here are just a few examples: 

  • Biostatistician, Cardiovascular Research Foundation
  • Navy Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Associate Research Specialist, Princeton University
  • Senior Investment Analyst, The Vanguard Group
  • Economic Analyst, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Technical Analyst, GUARD Insurance
  • Actuary, AXA Equitable
  • Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman
  • Actuarial Associate, Voya Financial

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

The strong community and dedicated faculty at The University of Scranton help prepare graduates to be confident scholars and professionals. As a graduate, you will enter the workforce or advanced education with a highly respected degree from the Scranton mathematics department. As an applied mathematics major, you will have a practical degree that represents the most contemporary needs of workplaces and research labs.  

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572

Department of Mathematics
Thomas Shimkus, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematics
(570) 941- 4493