Department of Applied MathematicsWestern Science

Course Information

Our selection of undergraduate courses allows you to easily focus your application areas to any of the following fields:

Mathematical Biology:

In the last century, our understanding of biology has sky-rocketed, and so has the need for sophisticated mathematical tools to understand and model this expanding new universe. Research in our department includes diverse topics such as the evolution of drug-resistance in HIV, blood flow through the arteries, neural networks and predator-prey interactions. Students interested in this area are advised to take a major in Applied Mathematics and a minor which incorporates Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and/or Genetics. Our flagship course is AM311, An Introduction to Mathematical Biology.

Computational Methods and Numerical Analysis:

"Number crunching" is a fairly well-known phrase. Performing a calculation accurately and quickly is a challenging problem in mathematics as well as computer science, because the fastest computer in existence cannot solve a problem without an algorithm to find the solution. The study and analysis of methods for solving mathematical problems in science and engineering is called numerical analysis. Students can study this topic by itself as part of a major in applied mathematics, but it also makes a useful addition to any major that uses computation - from engineering to economics.

Theoretical Physics:

Members of the theoretical physics group are involved in the mathematical aspects of physical systems. The tools we use range from analytical calculations to high performance computing. Our interest span the whole spectrum of length scales that occur in nature: From very small distances associated with elementary particles, through the nanometer length scales relevent in modern material physics all the way up to cosmological distances where black holes and gravitational waves occur. Students interested in this area can take our Major in Theoretical Physics with courses chosen in consultation with a faculty member working in this area.