## Why study Applied Mathematics?

- Applied Mathematics is one of the most prestigious and favored professions. It combines the excitement of an abstract science and engineering, a wit of chess, and a grandiose of architecture.
- Applied Mathematics problems are inspired by natural phenomena or
social needs. The treatment of the problem can be abstract and
rigorous; sometimes, a study of a problem leads to development of
novel areas (
*calculus, differential geometry, linear algebra, or probability*, to name a few) - Applied mathematicians are employed in Quantitative Finance, Material Science, Computer Science, Epidemiology, Genetics, City Planning, Climate Science, and so on. Our work is of exceptional social value as well as of a great beauty and elegance.
- And, yes, we also
*can teach*. In academia, we work on our own problems and collaborate with colleagues in departments of science, engineering, mining, finances, and medicine. - Applied mathematics results last as long as the problems are
interesting. (
*Pythagoras theorem will never be outdated*). The results are appreciated not only by other mathematicians, but also by scientists, engineers, and even the general public.

## Applied Mathematics at the University of Utah

### Undergraduate studies

Our undergraduate program offers two
**Applied Mathematics oriented Majors**:

- The Applied Mathematics BS
which is designed to
- Encourage exploration by Math Majors of other Science and Engineering areas (by allowing certain electives to be fulfilled with classes in Science and Engineering)
- Encourage Science and Engineering Majors to deepen their knowledge of Mathematics by taking some core Math classes.

- The Mathematics Major with Mathematics of Computation
Emphasis allows Math
Majors to delve deeper into how to use a computer to solve
mathematical problems, and includes a
**special project**where the student is mentored by a faculty member into doing computations for a real world problem.

### Graduate studies (Masters or PhD)

You can get a **graduate degree** focusing in
Applied Mathematics by attending the Mathematics graduate
program and working with one of our Applied
Mathematics faculty. Our faculty has ongoing collaborations with Science and Engineering faculty (inside and outside the university) and with the industry, so interdisciplinary graduate projects are possible.

## Who founded Applied Mathematics?

The founding fathers of applied mathematics include practically all math geniuses, e.g. Archimedes, Newton, Euler, Cauchy, Gauss, Fourier, Lagrange, Hilbert, Kolmogorov and others.

## Other resources

- The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
(SIAM) is the leading international association
for Applied Mathematicians. You may be interested in:
- SIAM Nuggets a blog with interesting applications of Mathematics to important problems.
- SIAMâ€™s Thinking about a career in Applied Mathematics? has more information about career choices for Applied Mathematicians.

**Acknowledgments**: Thanks to Andrej Cherkaev for proposing this page and for contributing to it. The famous mathematicians images come from the MacTutor History of Mathematics Index.

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