Applied Mathematics

Undergraduate Program

Applied Mathematics is an inherently interdisciplinary subject which applies to many problems that arise in the physical, life and social sciences as well as in engineering.

Applied Math Graduates
Applied Mathematics graduates join together outside of Saint Stephen's Church on the day of Commencement.

 Our undergraduate program offers a robust, flexible curriculum that meets the goals and interests of a wide variety of Brown students. Our four concentrations, including joint concentrations with Biology, Computer Science, and Economics, promote interdisciplinary collaboration and prepare our students for a broad range of potential career opportunities.


Our undergraduate program offers concentrations in:

  • Applied Mathematics (A.B. and Sc.B.) 
  • Applied Mathematics-Biology (Sc.B.) 
  • Applied Mathematics-Computer Science (Sc.B.)
  • Applied Mathematics-Economics (A.B. and Sc.B.)

All concentrations have options for professional degrees.

We offer a wide range of courses, and our faculty actively involves undergraduates in summer research projects and offers many independent studies every year. Information about these concentrations, including concentration requirements, concentration advisors, honors program, alumni career paths and recent job placements, can be found in the Undergraduate Program Finder or in our Undergraduate Handbook.  


Our Applied Mathematics concentrations prepare students for a variety of careers. Our former students work in many different areas, including

  • actuarial science and insurance companies
  • banking, finance, and investment companies
  • computer and software development
  • consulting companies
  • data analytics, and data science
  • teaching
  • graduate study in applied mathematics, mathematics, economics, and operations research
  • law and medical school

Applied mathematicians are often hired by companies who seek employees with strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills: our courses and concentrations help you develop these skills. A list of positions that Brown Applied Math concentrators moved into after graduating can be found at the CareerLAB website

If you would like to find out more about the careers pursued by applied mathematicians, please have a look at the SIAM's career brochure, or go to the career pages of AMS, MAA and SIAM.  

More Information

For more details about applied mathematics, possible career paths, and our concentrations, please check out our Undergraduate Handbook or contact one of our concentration advisors.