Jun 26, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Mathematics Minor

Department Contact:

Chair: Dr. Rachel Wagner, rwagner@francis.edu

Program Description:

Applied mathematics is a broad field that has grown to include a wide variety of subjects - statistics, biomathematics, cryptography, scientific computation, mathematical modeling, economics, financial mathematics, operations research and engineering. It provides a foundation in the mathematical techniques used in these subjects and trains the student to use these skills in real world problems.

Applied mathematicians and computational scientists work for federal and state governments, the military, financial services, scientific research and development services, and consulting services specializing in management, science, and technology. Software publishers, insurance companies, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturing companies also employ applied mathematicians and computational scientists. Many also work in academia, teaching the next generation and developing innovations through their own research.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, student will:

  • Have the ability to make vague ideas precise by representing them in mathematical notation, when appropriate;
  • Have an ability to apply techniques for solving problems expressed in mathematical notation;
  • Have the ability to model physical and other phenomena with some to all of the following methods: approximation and optimization techniques, linear programming, numerical/computational methods;
  • Have an ability to problem-solve and exercise modeling skills.

Total Credits Required:

15 credits