Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematics is the application of mathematical methods by different fields, such as science, engineering, business, computer science, and industry. Thus, applied mathematics is a combination of mathematical science and specialized knowledge.

Studying Applied Mathematics at VMI provides a foundation for careers in operations research, statistics, or computational mathematics found in military, government, and private business and industry sectors.

There are numerous opportunities for applied math majors to gain hands-on experience including, the Applied & Industrial Mathematics (AIM) program and internships with agencies including the Center for Army Analysis, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Labs, MIT Lincoln Labs, and NASA.

Applied Mathematics Newsletter Summer 2019 | Applied Mathematics Newsletter Summer 2018


Degrees and Programs

Major(s): Applied Mathematics

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


The cadet who majors in applied mathematics obtains a sound basic education required for a career in the fields of operations research, statistics, and computational mathematics. The department emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, extensive use of technology, and modeling of real-world problems. A variety of positions in the military, government, industry, and business, is available to a graduate with a B.S. in applied mathematics. 

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