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Computing Resources

Our networked classrooms and residence halls give you access to pervasive computing anywhere, anytime, in any course. Your workstation class laptop comes with a substantial computing suite accessible in any classroom, residence hall, or elsewhere on campus. Also, our casual study space, provides a coffee-shop atmosphere (BYOC) with small tables, a reference library and whiteboard where spontaneous eruptions of mathematics discussions have been known to break out.
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LINUX and Cluster Computing

Our "beyond the laptop" Linux-based computing is supported by high-performance Linux computer servers and an MPI cluster in the computer and data center shared with our sister department, Computer Science and Software Engineering. The Linux servers have multiple CPUs and GPUs, and lots of memory. All the standard laptop software is available in addition to software for advanced modeling, simulation and optimization for course areas such as cryptography, image processing, operations research, statistical modeling, computational science, and computational biochemistry

Majors and Minors

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Mathematics

As a math major, you’ll get a broad education in both theoretical and applied mathematics. You’ll also gain the scientific knowledge and the problem-solving, computing, and communications skills critical to a successful career. We offer a solid grounding in calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability, and statistics. These courses are complemented by upper-level courses in areas such as complex analysis, abstract algebra, numerical analysis, operations research, advanced statistics and more.

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Biomathematics

A biomathematics degree blends mathematics, biology, and computer science to prepare you for graduate studies or a job in the quantitative life sciences. As a biomathematics major, you'll receive a comprehensive education in applied math, the fundamentals of biology, computational skills, and an introduction to several related fields, such as computational biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, and more.

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Double Major and Minors

Math majors are encouraged to gain a strong background in a related area of science or engineering through a double major or with a minor. By selecting the right courses, you can complete a double major in another field, such as computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, or economics, in four years. A double major or minor will greatly expand your career horizons!

Quote

“Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense.”

- Charles Darwin

Careers

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Insurance Actuary

Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty, using mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to assess the probability that an event will occur. They help clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk. Actuaries’ largely work in the insurance industry. Their median annual wage was $97,070 in 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Mathematician

Mathematicians conduct research to develop and understand mathematical principles. They also analyze data to help solve real-world problems. Employment for mathematicians is expected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze an increasing volume of electronic data. Their median annual wage was $111,110 in 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Statistician

Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and to help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields. About a third of statisticians work for the federal government or for scientific research and development companies. Although statisticians work mostly in offices, they may travel to collect data or to oversee a survey’s design or implementation. The median annual wage for statisticians was $80,110 in 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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David Rader

Dr. Rader joined came to Rose-Hulman in 1997 and earned the rank of full professor in 2011. He often teaches upper-level courses in probability, statistics, and operations research, and has authored or co-authored several journal articles, conference presentations and the textbook, Deterministic Operations Research: Models and Methods in Linear Optimization (2010). He has also contributed to the success of the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, where he has served as editor and assistant editor.