Why Study Applied Mathematics at New College?

Applied Mathematics at New College is both challenging and exciting. Working closely with faculty, you will have the chance not only to learn advanced mathematical methods but also to individually tailor your academic program to match your unique interests and needs. And well before graduation, you will be able to work on advanced material that students often encounter only in master's programs, thus giving you an advantage when it comes to graduate school and future employment.

applied Mathematics area of concentration

The Applied Mathematics Area of Concentration at New College is designed to provide students the foundations of mathematics and the skills needed to apply mathematics to real-world applications. The program offers students with strong analytical skills, technical abilities and hands-on experiences. While this dynamic and fast growing field once had a heavy emphasis on physics, today at New College and around the world it combines the use of advanced mathematical methods in seeking answers to complex problems in the biological sciences, engineering and industry. Many New College students pursue an Applied Mathematics AOC all on its own, while others combine the major with studies in Biology, Physics, Economics and other concentrations in what we call a “slash” degree.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

Minimal requirements for a degree in Applied Mathematics:

  • Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3
  • Linear Algebra
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Numerical Methods
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Probability/Mathematical Statistics
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • A course in programming

In addition, a course in Complex Analysis is highly recommended.

Other requirements for the major include:

  • A two semester introductory sequence (or two semesters of more advanced material) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Economics.
  • Three semesters of Math Seminar.
  • A senior thesis involving Applied Mathematics.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

  1. The minimal course work for a joint degree in Applied Mathematics:

    • Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3
    • Linear Algebra
    • Ordinary Differential Equations
    • Mathematical Modeling
    • Numerical Methods

In addition, a course in Programming is highly recommended.


Recent Theses

  • Delay differential equation model for G-protein pathway dynamics
  • Mathematical modeling of protein synthesis with Autoregulation
  • Mathematical modeling of MAPK dynamics and signal adaptation
  • A systems biology approach to study differential regulation of MAPK dynamics
  • Mathematical modeling and optimal experimental design in systems biology

Careers of Applied Mathematics Graduates

Risk Appetite, Calculations & Methodology Associate
Credit Suisse, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Catastrophe Modeling Analyst
JLT Re, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Research Associate
Navy Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland

SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

These pathways show how you could complete the AOC requirements within 4 years at New College or within 2 years after earning an associate’s degree. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine the most appropriate courses for your area of concentration.