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Mathematics – Majors & Minors

Math majors chose from four concentrations: Math, Continuous Applied Math, Discrete Applied Math, or Statistics and Operations Research. 

Major Requirements - Mathematics

  • 63 Mathematics coursework - core, concentration, and electives.
  • 8 Mathematics Senior Project/Thesis
  • 2 Contemporary Mathematical Problems
  • 24 Physical and Life Sciences
  • 8 Computer Science
  • 36 Humanities & Social Science Credits
  • 54 Technical Electives (24)/Free Electives (28)/Misc. (2)
195 Total Credits Required


  • 56 Math & Biomathematics Core Credits
  • 40 Basic Science Credits
  • 36 Humanities & Social Science Credits
  • 48 Math, Technical, Domain & Free Electives
  • 4 Computer Science
  • 1 College and Life Skills
  • 8 Capstone Experience
193 Total Credits

Computational Science Minor

Any student may obtain an area minor in Computational Science by taking the following courses:

  • Five courses in foundational mathematics: MA111, MA112, MA113, MA211,  MA212
  • Basic computing course: CSSE 120 or departmental equivalent of at least 4 credit hours
  • Introductory Computational Science courses:
    • MA332 Introduction  to Computational Science
    • MA342 Computational Modeling
  • Four credit hours of applied Computational Science course from list A
  • Four credit hours of additional Computational Science course from list B

Why Math?

Our major will prepare you for a math-based career or for graduate school. In addition to a deeper and broader study of mathematics, you’ll improve your ability to formulate and solve problems from a mathematical perspective. You’ll also become familiar with the use of math in other fields and build competence applying math to at least one other area. You’ll also gain important skills for communicating with technical and nontechnical audiences.

Second Majors & Minors

Nearly half of all Rose-Hulman students graduate with either a minor or a double major. A minor in math can boost career options, provide an extra challenge, and satisfy the needs of those who love math but prefer to major in something else.

Declaring a Math Minor

To achieve a minor, in most cases you’ll need to take four or five extra courses. Most often, you can complete these additional courses through technical and free electives as well as AP credits.

Minoring in math can help open doors to careers in quality assurance, data science, computational science, and cryptography. And the analytical courses will be valuable background should you decide to go to graduate school.

Adding math skills—whether through a minor or a double major—can also make you a more valuable employee. One of our former students was a double major in mechanical engineering and mathematics who went to work for McDonnell Douglas. Her employer noticed her extra math training and asked her to help on a computational fluid dynamics project, an opportunity she might not otherwise have had.


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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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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

A student using a calculator to solve a statistics problem.


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

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

Executive Advisor, Author

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David Rader

Dr. Rader joined 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.