Mathematical Theory and Application for a Successful Future
Some students are fascinated by abstract mathematical concepts, while others are most engaged when they explore what those concepts make possible in the real world. Your studies in the Department of Mathematics will provide a broad background in both the theory and the application of mathematics. The curriculum will help you develop the kinds of computational skills you would expect, along with scientific knowledge and the problem-solving and communications abilities you’ll need to succeed in a mathematically based career.
At Rose-Hulman you’ll get the most out of your mathematics education by taking advantage of the wide range of science and engineering courses available here, as well as offerings in the humanities. You’ll be offered a solid grounding in such foundational areas as calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, discrete and combinatorial algebra, and probability and statistics. Build upon that foundation with elective study in such topics as numerical analysis, operations research, advanced statistics, mathematical modeling, and computational science. You’ll find that the curriculum makes strong use of computer methods, both to enhance your mathematical understanding and develop your skills for using the computer in modeling and problem-solving.
Look further into the department’s undergraduate programs to discover the tracks open to math majors. By choosing your courses carefully, you may complete a double major in mathematics combined with a complementary field, such as computer science, physics, chemistry, applied biology, or economics. An alternative is to combine a major in another discipline with a minor in mathematics.
If you’re an incoming freshman who has had a year of calculus and analytic geometry in high school, you may find the department’s Fast Track Calculus an intriguing option. It’s a five-week summer session that, when successfully completed, takes care of the 15 hours of freshman calculus required of math majors. We also welcome area high school students seeking enrichment in mathematics the option of guest and non-degree programs.