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Applied Mathematics

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Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences

Applied Mathematics


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

Learn about quantitative design in God's creation and develop skills to describe logical, physical, financial, and scientific phenomena from expert mathematicians. The applied mathematics major is designed to meet the increasing need for mathematicians in areas of science and technology and to prepare you for further graduate study in mathematics.

Why study applied mathematics at Northwestern?

Students learn mathematical concepts like the infinite, dimension, and mathematical certainty while seeking to know the mind of an orderly Creator. We also investigate how faith has shaped the development of quantitative disciplines.

At Northwestern, you will use applied and theoretical mathematics to solve quantitative problems in business, government, and technology while developing new mathematical tools and ideas. You will learn from professors with professional expertise, like a former statistician for the state of Ohio and a globally accomplished engineer with numerous patents.

Here you can participate in local, regional, national, and international mathematics competitions.

You can also attend and present your work at local and national conferences. Subject tutoring is available if you would like to sharpen your math skills and tutor other students who are completing general education mathematics courses.

Our graduates are well poised for applying their knowledge and skills in careers related to financial mathematics, computer technologies, mathematics research, mathematics teaching, statistics, and scientific analysis. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving business and math industries.

If you know that numbers matter, enjoy thinking in an abstract manner, and want a career using your mathematical talents, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, and solve problems.

Some classes include:

  • C Programming
  • Problem Solving
  • History of Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Discrete Mathematics
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My education at Northwestern has greatly prepared me to show people how God works in mathematics—from Fractal Geometry, to the concept of Infinity, and so much more. The kindness and faithfulness I have seen from my Professors during my time at UNW has really inspired me to continue chasing after and learning about God's creation while studying in a STEM field.
Melissa Faust

Careers in applied mathematics

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in applied mathematics.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Data Collection
  • Information Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Data Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Statistician
  • Underwriting/Claims
  • Investment Analyst
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Operations Researcher
  • Applied Mathematical Scientist
  • Statistical Analyst

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Government labs, research offices and agencies
  • Federally funded contractors
  • Engineering research organizations
  • Computer information and software firms
  • Energy systems firms
  • Electronics and computer manufacturers
  • Consulting firms
  • Aerospace and transportation equipment manufacturers
  • Financial service and investment management firms
  • Transportation service providers
  • Chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Medical device companies
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of seniors felt their major encouraged critical thinking

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of Northwestern’s applied mathematics graduates are professionally employed

96%

of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • Develop computer and research skills. Learn to use relevant software packages.
  • Gain relevant experience through internships, volunteering, summer, or part-time jobs.
  • Volunteer to assist a professor with research.
  • Gain knowledge of computer languages and programming.
  • Master technical writing skills.
  • Acquire a business minor or take supplemental courses in business or statistics.
  • Become the treasurer of an organization.

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