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Applied Mathematics

The applied mathematics major is designed for students who are interested in mathematics and eager to apply their mathematical skills to engineering, physics, and other scientific fields.

By combining your mathematical training with selected coursework in computing and the sciences, you will prepare for careers in a broad range of disciplines, and join the next generation of technological innovators. Graduates of the program hold positions within computer and computer service firms, chemical and pharmaceutical firms, engineering firms, communication service providers, consulting firms, research laboratories, banks, and insurance companies.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Core coursework covers calculus, linear algebra, and abstract mathematics, along with computing and science courses. Sample courses include:

  • Calculus I
  • Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Numerical Methods with Programming
  • Applied Linear Algebra
  • Partial Differential Equations and Fourier Series
  • Mathematical Statistics

View official B.A. requirements.

Practical Experience

To enrich the coursework, the applied mathematics major requires coursework in a variety of academic areas.

  • Get involved with Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.
  • Work in an engineering, physics, biology, or cognitive modeling laboratory.
  • Participate in faculty research or arrange Independent Study to a specialized topic outside of the standard curriculum.
  • Challenge yourself as a Renée Crown University Honors program student.

Study Abroad

Build your resume and enrich your experience with a semester abroad. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S.,  Syracuse Abroad  has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Applied Mathematics majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in London, Santiago, and Strasbourg, and to our World Partner programs Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Queensland, and Yonsei University (Seoul).

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in mathematics, you’ll be prepared for a multitude of professional careers, including:

  • Computer scientist
  • Physicist
  • Engineer
  • Operations research analyst
  • Teacher
  • Statistician
  • Actuary
  • Inventory planning analyst

Or pursue a graduate degree. Recent graduates of the program have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.