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Mathematics

Mathematics underlies nearly all we do at Rose-Hulman, and a Mathematics or Biomathematics major opens the door to a vast range of career and research possibilities. Now is the perfect time to study math at Rose-Hulman!

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

Our award-winning professors give you hands-on experiences that bring your classroom learning to life! Or, if you are intrigued by the use of mathematics in the life sciences, our new major in biomathematics blends mathematics, biology, and computer science to prepare you for a career in the quantitative life sciences or for graduate study. Or you can consider a mathematics or biomathematics minor or a double major in math and another STEM field. Whatever your path, you'll be well served by a strong foundation in mathematics!

Majors & 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!

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My math background has given me a more rigorous view of change than many other people in my field - who seldom measure the impact of what they do.

- Marshall Goldsmith, Math, 1971

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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

Department News

Learn about the latest happenings, recent research, and more about Mathematics and Biomathematics at Rose-Hulman.
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David Rader

Dr. Rader, department head, joined the Mathematics faculty in 1997 and earned the rank of full professor in 2011. He often teaches upper-level courses in probability, statistics, and operations research. He 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 been a leading contributor to the success of the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, where he has served as editor and assistant editor. Rader earned his doctorate in operations research from Rutgers University. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond.