Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics

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With the advent of big data, our world has become more quantitative than ever. Our ability to collect and process enormous amounts of data has revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives, from medicine to climate prediction, from risk management to marketing strategies.

As an applied mathematics major, you'll acquire the tools and methods of the field's main frameworks—probability, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis and differential equations—and learn to develop mathematical models to solve real-world problems. You'll learn to apply this knowledge across many disciplines, including biology, chemistry, economics, engineering and social sciences. In fact, applied mathematics might interest you as a second major if you are already majoring in physics, computer science, biology, neurobiology, economics, or business.

The new bachelor of science degree program was developed in response to the need for applied mathematicians to model solutions for the world's most pressing problems. As a well-trained applied mathematician, you will have highly-valued skills that will open doors to career opportunities at public institutions, research centers or private companies that use quantitative methods to understand and solve complex problems. You'll also be well-prepared to pursue further study and a career in academia.

Why Brandeis?

Our department ranks among the top departments in the country, but because we're Brandeis, you'll get to work with top scholars who are also dedicated teachers and mentors. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and accessible community, even as we embrace intellectual rigor.

Minutes from campus, Boston is a thriving city with first-rate universities, including Boston University, Harvard, MIT and many others, so you'll be able to connect with many other fellow math and science lovers. And because you can't study all the time, you might take advantage of Boston's many cultural offerings, from historic landmarks to live music to modern art.

Academics and Research

Interdisciplinary Approach

In our program, you will learn to develop mathematical models to solve real-world problems across many disciplines. As an applied mathematics major, you will take electives offered by other departments and programs, such as biology, computer science, neuroscience, and physics.


If you're prepared for the challenge, you may pursue a BS degree with honors. To achieve honors, you must earn at least a B in every course and complete and defend an honors thesis.

Faculty Excellence

Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty are not only dedicated teachers, they are scholars who are widely recognized for their work. Here are some recent faculty highlights:

  • Jonathan Touboul applies mathematical tools to biological questions, including understanding the interplay of structure and function in the brain.

  • Thomas Fai's research deals with the scientific computing and mathematical modeling of complex biological fluids, including the fluids inside of blood vessels and cells. Before coming to Brandeis, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard.

  • John Wilmes received the Outstanding Postdoctoral Research award from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Brandeis, John studies the symmetries of discrete structures and developing rigorous analyses of machine learning algorithms.

  • Professor Bong Lian is a principal investigator on a newly awarded Simons Collaboration on Homological Mirror Symmetry.

Graduate Study, Careers and Alumni

Graduate Programs and Career Opportunities

Our applied mathematics majors will be prepared to go on to graduate school to pursue their doctorate, or to pursue careers at public institutions, research centers or private companies.

Renowned Alumni

While the BS in applied mathematics is new, many Brandeis mathematics majors have become well-known mathematicians and leaders, including:

  • Ruth Charney ’72, professor of mathematics at Brandeis and former president of the Association for Women in Mathematics

  • Robert Zimmer ’68, president of the University of Chicago

  • Ulrike Tillmann ’85, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford

  • Harald Helfgott ’98, researcher at CNRS/ENS in Paris and winner of the Leverhulme, Whitehead and Adams prizes

  • Thordur Jonsson ’76, chairman of the board, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics