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Rose Math - Prospective Students and Current Rose Students

Message from the Department Head


Hi, my name is David Rader and I am the head of the Mathematics Department at Rose-Hulman. I am are very pleased that you are considering Rose-Hulman and the mathematics department, or consider changing majors to mathematics. I urge you to explore our programs further. We have excellent and challenging programs, while at the same time a nurturing atmosphere focused on undergraduate student learning and development.  We believe the more you find out what’s expected of you, the more you’ll agree that ours is a very different approach from what you’ll find elsewhere.

All the faculty in the department have come to Rose-Hulman because they are dedicated teachers and scholars who enjoy working with undergraduate students both in the classroom, as well as a casual chat in the office or hallway.

You might begin your Rose-Hulman experience early through our Fast Track Calculus, Accelerated Math Physics, or guest student programs. Advanced Placement credit is another great way to get a head start. Whether you’re a prospective student with questions or are already on campus, you’ll want to know what kinds of policies pertain to your mathematics study.

Our program serves all Rose-Hulman students with the foundational mathematics that will integrate with whatever course of study they’re following. For majors or minors, we add in-depth preparation for careers or graduate study involving mathematics. We also believe strongly that research isn’t just for faculty or grad students, so we open the door to many meaningful undergraduate research opportunities.

Finally, what are the opportunities after you leave Rose- Hulman. To get ready for that day explore career options or perhaps see what our alumni do.


David J Rader
Professor and Head of Mathematics

Rose Math Department at a Glance

  • 25 faculty, all of whom are active and dedicated teacher-scholars, with interests in many fields of pure and applied mathematics (faculty expertise page)
  • a friendly, happy department where professors have strong  personal contact with their students
  • math program has a strong general education component in the humanities and science and concentrations in
    • general mathematics,
    • applied discrete math,
    • applied continuous math, and
    • statistics and operations research
  • the program is flexible and can be adjusted either for graduate school preparation or direct entry into careers in business, industry and government
  • a strong double majors program with the programs science, engineering and economics, with more than half the math majors as double majors
  • three area minor programs: mathematics, statistics, computational science
  • a large number of students who are interested in mathematics, even though they may not be math majors
  • even though not all students are math majors, we start at calculus and 45% of entering freshman have one to three courses of AP credit in math
  • students graduating with a major or double major in mathematics, have career opportunities on par with engineering and science majors
  • computing intensive curriculum with good computing facilities
  • opportunities for undergraduate research and hands on projects, especially in our senior thesis / senior project program
  • strong program in mathematics competitions