The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics is committed to the study and development of mathematical disciplines in order to solve real-world problems that society is currently facing. The curriculum emphasizes the synthesis of mathematics, statistics, and computation to solve a wide variety of relevant problems. There are many opportunities for students to perform research in the following branches of modern applied mathematics.
Biology is the scientific study of life, encompassing living organisms and life processes from the molecular, through cells and individual organisms to populations and whole communities of plants and animals. Students are prepared for careers in industry or government, for graduate study and professional schools in health careers like dentistry, medicine and physical therapy. Offerings include undergraduate and graduate tracks in Biology, Molecular Biology, and an interdisciplinary program in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences. Students can obtain certification to teach biology by completing the professional sequence, and a minor in biology is also available.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry, sometimes called the “central science,” focuses on the study of molecular-scale interactions and connects other sciences, such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science, to each other. A bachelor’s education in chemistry provides excellent preparation for professional positions in industry, education, health careers like medicine or dentistry, public service and graduate school.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society. The department offers programs leading to the following undergraduate degrees: BSc in Chemistry, BSc in Chemistry with ACS certification or BSc in Biochemistry. An MS in Chemistry may also be earned either through the graduate program or as a five year combined BS/MS program. The department has teaching laboratories for introductory, general, organic, physical and analytical, and biochemistry courses. There are additional research and instrument labs used both for coursework and for faculty and student research.
Computer Science and Information Technology are exciting, challenging fields with impacts in nearly any area or industry. The areas of specialization include computer vision, networking, database systems, computer-human interaction and numerical and symbolic computation. Computer science graduates are some of the most sought-after and earn among the highest salaries of all new college graduates. Our students are prepared to apply their knowledge in fields such as medicine, communications, security, law and business.
Earth and Environmental Studies encompasses Geography, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. Our students are trained to investigate and understand the earth’s natural systems and human interactions with, and impacts on, those systems. We integrate physical science, social science, economics and business. Career opportunities include environmental consulting and geoengineering, climate change prediction and adaptation, natural hazard preparedness and mitigation, natural resource conservation and management, environmental law and policy and urban planning.
The Department of Mathematics trains students in analytical thinking, critical thinking, modeling and quantitative skills sought by a wide range of employers. Graduates are employed in a variety of careers including business, engineering, finance, government service, research and teaching and also prepared to deal with important societal issues.
The Mathematics Department offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can obtain certification to teach mathematics by completing the professional sequence. The Department hosts a PhD program which is the culmination of a long history of national leadership in mathematics education. The department’s faculty are active in research and professional activities, with opportunities for students for both research and mentorship.
Physics and Astronomy
From the big bang and black holes to atoms and photons, Physics and Astronomy are about studying nature on a fundamental level, from scales large to small. Curious about how the world works? Interested in gaining an incredible skill set that will make you attractive to a wide range of employers? Join our journey of discovery through space and time!