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Mathematics – Student Opportunities

You can enrich your college experience by diving into our many out-of-the-classroom math opportunities.

Undergraduate Math Conference

Have you ever wanted to do something cool with math or work hard on some math research that you wanted to share with others? Or do you want to learn about cool math that you don't see in your standard course? Then you should check out our Undergraduate Math Conference.

The conference spotlights the accomplishments of undergraduate mathematicians. The conference usually includes three speakers who are professional mathematicians and features talks by undergraduates. The presentations run the gamut from challenging class projects to expository talks on interesting mathematical topics, to work done with a faculty member or other research. We also host panel discussions about business, industry, and government careers and graduate school options.

Our conference has been running for more than 30 years and typically attracts about 140 attendees from surrounding states.
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Undergraduate Mathematics Journal

  • The Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal started in 2000 and has been publishing two issues each year since. The articles are original research by undergraduate students from around the world. The journal is a great opportunity to get some experience in the world of published academic work. 
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Competitions

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved in local and national math competitions. We participate in several annual events, including the Alfred R. Schmidt Freshman Mathematics Competition, the Virginia Tech Regional Competition, the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the Indiana College Mathematics Competition, and more. We also like to help mentor K-12 students who share our love for math. We conduct the Rose-Hulman High School Math Contest, the MATHCOUNTS program for middle schoolers of our area, and get involved in lots of other events.

Our dedicated faculty love helping young people, and Rose-Hulman will give you many opportunities to improve your skills and also help younger scholars as they delve deeper into the exciting world of mathematics. 

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Accelerated Programs

Fast Track Calculus is an intensive five-week course intended for outstanding students who have had one year of calculus in high school. In these five weeks, we’ll cover differential and integral calculus, all of multivariable calculus, and become familiar with the computer implementation of mathematics. Successful completion of Fast Track Calculus means that the normal 15 hours of freshman calculus is complete. You’ll receive 15 hours of academic credit and can enter sophomore-level mathematics courses as a freshman. In other words, you get credit for Calculus I, II, and III in just five weeks and before you start your freshman year!

All Fast Track participants must live on campus for the five-week program. Housing and meals are included in your fee, which was $3,940 in 2016. The only additional fees would be for incidental expenses. Financial aid is not available for Fast Track.

The Accelerated Math Physics program will advance your academic career in both mathematics and physics. That means you’ll be ahead of the game, and able to start some sophomore courses at the beginning of freshman year. You’ll be able to accommodate many possible choices during your time at Rose-Hulman from double majors, multiple minors, interdisciplinary minors, second majors, or a master's degree in four years.

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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Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

- Albert Einstein

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.