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Applied Mathematics Major

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Math is everywhere—it tells stories, solves problems, powers entertainment platforms, and so much more. But what can you do with a degree in math? Whatever you dare—the possibilities are infinite in today's data-driven world. 

Why Study Applied Math at Champlain?

There's no better place to study what you love and then try it out for yourself than Champlain College: we don’t just teach you advanced math, we want to see what you do with it.

The Applied Mathematics program is unique in that it provides the rigorous foundation of math theory and concepts that you'd expect in a B.S. in Mathematics program, but also the space and structure to find what gives you meaning with math. That fusion isn't standard in every math college curricula, but we deviate from the norm here to prepare our students to become outliers in the workplace. By the time you graduate from Champlain, you won’t just be solving math problems, you’ll be solving real problems through math.

Beyond your traditional classroom studies, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience through projects, client-based work, and internships. Plus, Champlain's Applied Mathematics curriculum is designed to encourage a semester of international study, allowing you to study abroad and still graduate on time.



The annual median salary of math professions in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Job growth for mathematical careers expected between 2020 - 2030 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Different ways to combine the curriculum's applied elective options (of course, we did the math!) to shape the "applied" portion of your degree.

Upside-Down Curriculum and Academic Experience

Through Champlain’s Upside-Down Curriculum, there’s no waiting to take the courses you’re most interested. Your first year will include applied math courses, while also giving you room to explore other areas of study that appeal to you.

The Applied Mathematics curriculum includes four main components:

Math Foundation
The math foundation is a sequence of seven courses, including Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Probability/Statistics, and Programming, that develop the math theory and skills required to progress in your major and deepen your studies. 

Math Electives
These courses allow you to focus on particular areas of math that interest or excite you most.

Applied Electives
Applied elective coursework is vast and varied, giving you access to courses across every discipline across the college. These will supplement your understanding of how math operates beyond an equation to build systems, find actionable solutions, and empower change.

General Electives
The curriculum provides enough general elective credits to allow you to choose any of Champlain’s minors, further customizing your education to your interests and career goals.

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Dr. Melanie Brown, Applied Mathematics Program Director, teaches a small class

Many students choose Champlain because of the community and personalized learning environment. Our small class sizes mean you can engage in deeper discussions with your professors and your peers, which is particularly valuable for this broad field and flexible major. Your professors will know you and look forward to seeing you in class—your presence and perspective are valued here.

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Always In-Demand

A Champlain education in Applied Math can prepare you for all kinds of careers-including some that might not even exist yet. Your knowledge and skills will be in high demand across the industries, and highly transferable to many careers. Adding a minor to your repertoire can help you focus your interests and build your expertise in select topics. Round out your education with a minor in Data Science or Accounting, or whatever else inspires you. Explore our minors.

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Study Abroad

Champlain Abroad is a unique opportunity that Applied Mathematics students are encouraged to explore. With campuses in Dublin, Ireland, and Montreal, Canada, you can take your same Champlain courses and pay your same Champlain tuition while you're out there mastering the metric system. Champlain's exchange programs provide more global options in countries like New Zealand or Morocco, and you can go just about anywhere else in the world via an approved third-party institution.

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