Solve problems that change the world with a major in applied mathematics. Mathematics is the fundamental tool of the sciences and the heart of issues impacting society today. From engineering and physics, to finance and business, applied mathematics offers the key to solving real-world challenges. RMC prepares future problem-solvers through hands-on learning led by award-winning faculty who understand you’re much more than a number. 

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In and Beyond the Classroom

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Hands-on Research

The applied mathematics major, established in 2021, is highly interdisciplinary and emphasizes practical mathematical applications that provide valuable insights and data for use in problem-solving across industries. The program is well-suited for students to complete funded summer research through the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). What’s more, all applied mathematics majors complete a semester-long research project, applying mathematical methods to addressing an industry or issue that matters to you.


You don’t need to wait until graduation for the chance to tackle real-world problems. Recent RMC internships include a variety of options that reflect the many industries and companies for which an applied mathematics degree gives you a leg-up including:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Security Agency
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Hanover County Public Schools

advising and mentorship

Though the applied mathematics major was added to RMC’s curriculum only recently, math has been taught at RMC since its founding. RMC mathematics faculty know you by name. Experienced faculty members (never teaching assistants) mentor you as part of individualized independent study courses, where you work one-on-one with a professor as your guide every step of the way. 

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global education

Our innovative travel course, Traditional Japanese Mathematics (MATH 270), immerses students in time and culture through study abroad. This one-of-a-kind, immersive experience regularly takes students to Japan, where we focus on the geometry of the country’s 18th century cultural blossoming and during its self-imposed isolation from the scientific revolution in Europe. 

  • 26%
    mathematics-related majors earn 26% more than other majors
  • 4
    award-winning mathematics research and teaching faculty at RMC
  • 33%
    the faster than average rate mathematics-related jobs grow year-to-year
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Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

(A very small sample)

MATH 350

Game Theory

Learn the theories and mathematical mechanisms of lotteries, utility functions, bargaining, cooperative and non-cooperative games, mixed strategies, zero-sum games, and Nash equilibria.

MATH 372


To better understand our complex, data-driven world, students will learn the mathematics behind the collection, analysis, and presentation of complex data including experimental and statistical design.

MATH 470


Take a mathematical journey through ancient Greece, the Islamic world, medieval Europe, the scientific revolution, the enlightenment and all the way to the gradual evolution of modern day mathematics.  

Opportunities Worth Grabbing

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