Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematics is the application of mathematical methods by different fields, such as science, engineering, business, computer science, and industry. Thus, applied mathematics is a combination of mathematical science and specialized knowledge.

Studying Applied Mathematics at VMI provides a foundation for careers in operations research, statistics, or computational mathematics found in military, government, and private business and industry sectors.

There are numerous opportunities for applied math majors to gain hands-on experience including, the Applied & Industrial Mathematics (AIM) program and internships with agencies including the Center for Army Analysis, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Labs, MIT Lincoln Labs, and NASA.

Applied Mathematics Newsletter Summer 2019 | Applied Mathematics Newsletter Summer 2018


Degrees and Programs

Major(s): Applied Mathematics

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


The cadet who majors in applied mathematics obtains a sound basic education required for a career in the fields of Operations Research, statistics, or computational mathematics. Our approach emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, extensive use of technology, and modeling of real world problems. A variety of positions in the military, government, industry, and business are available to a graduate with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.

Applied Mathematices in the News

Find out more about the department's cadets and faculty in recent VMI news.

Photo of VMI cadets posing in front of conference at the 2021 SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).

“SURFers” Share Research Projects

Maj. Sarah Patterson and Maj. Blain Patterson from the Department of Applied Mathematics had the privilege of accompanying 11 cadets as they presented their research on a variety of topics, ranging from identifying glycans with neural networks to women in counterterrorism.

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2021-22 New and Promoted Faculty

Brig. Gen. Robert “Bob” Moreschi, deputy superintendent for academics and dean of the faculty, has announced the promotion and granting of tenure to several faculty members.