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.

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.

Abigail Basener presents her senior thesis during VMI's honors week on detecting AI-generated writing vs. student writing.

Basener Creates Model to Detect Computer Generated Writing

Abigail Basener '24 addressed plagiarizing and cheating concerns when it comes to the use of Artificial Intelligence during her thesis presentation, “Detecting AI-Generated Writing vs. Student Writing,” for VMI's Honor's Week.

Sebastian Ramirez '24, part of Marine Company as the Midshipman Company Gunnery Sergeant and physical training instructor.

Midshipmen Moments: Sebastain Ramirez ’24

Sebastian Ramirez ’24 became fond of the challenging lifestyle that came with attending Virginia Military Institute after attending an open house. He said the high standards that cadets endured on a daily basis was something he wanted.

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