202324 University Catalog
Applied Mathematics Department


Return to: University Departments and Programs
Tiernan Fogarty, Department Chair
Professors: J. Fischer, T. Fogarty, C. Negoita, R. Paul, J. Reid, T. Torres
Associate Professors: K. Davis, D. Deb, D. Hammond
Assistant Professors: P. Overholser
General Education
Courses offered by the Department of Applied Mathematics are designed to satisfy the needs of majors and nonmajors interested in mathematics primarily as part of a broad technical education. A major emphasis is on development of skills required to solve applied problems.
Success in mathematics requires that entering students begin their study in the course which best matches their ability and background. Accordingly, all entering students must pass a placement examination at the appropriate level before being allowed to register for their initial mathematics course.
Degrees Offered
 Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
 Bachelor of Science in Data Science
Minors Offered
 Applied Mathematics
 Applied Statistics
Applied Mathematics
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
 Apply mathematical concepts and principles to perform computations
 Apply mathematics to solve problems
 Create, use and analyze graphical representations of mathematical relationships
 Communicate mathematical knowledge and understanding
 Apply technology tools to solve problems
 Perform abstract mathematical reasoning
 Learn independently
Career Opportunities
Upon completing the requirements for the Applied Mathematics degree students will be prepared for a variety of jobs in industry including numerical modeling, signal processing, data analysis, and many others. The degree also provides students a solid foundation to further their education by entering a Masters or Ph.D. program in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
Student Preparation
Students entering the Applied Mathematics Program from high school should have a minimum of two years of algebra, one year of precalculus, one year of geometry, and two years of physical science (physics or chemistry preferred). Additional courses in mathematics, science, English and computer programming will be very helpful. Students entering the Applied Mathematics Program by transfer are requested to contact the Mathematics Department concerning transfer of technical course work.
Data Science
Data scientists use computation and applied mathematics to extract insights from data. In addition to technical duties, they work as part of a team, must communicate effectively, and account for ethical and contextspecific considerations. The B.S. in Data Science degree at Oregon Tech prepares students for these roles by combining coursework from five departments: Applied Mathematics (the program host), Computer Systems Engineering Technology, Communication, Management and Geomatics.
A key element of the program is extensive handson experience. In their junior year, students work in small teams to design or implement applications of material from previous classes. In their senior year, each student completes a capstone project to develop a data driven solution for an outside group, such as a local business or national organization.
The mathematical and programming skills gained in the program enable students to go beyond offtheshelf solutions for machine learning and data processing. Students are introduced to advanced methods for large and/or complex data, such as timeseries, geospatial or text. A special emphasis is placed on using transparent statistical methods, in which assumptions for mathematical models can be clearly communicated to and understood by a nontechnical audience who are then better equipped to rate the value of conclusions draw from such models.
After graduation, students are ready for immediate employment as data scientists or for advanced coursework.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will have the technical skills necessary to gain actionable insights from data, the ability to effectively communicate these insights as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and the necessary foundation in ethics, mathematics, and computer science to thrive in the evolving field of data science.
Graduates will:
 Be prepared for the professional practice of data science or acceptance into a graduate program,
 Have an appropriate foundation in mathematics, statistics, and computer science in order to thrive in an evolving field,
 Be able to identify and incorporate ethical considerations in their work,
 Be able to identify, collect and analyze the data necessary for actionable insights, and
 Be able to effectively communicate findings.
Career Opportunities
Data scientists work in a wide variety of contexts. For example, a data scientist might help design a survey to inform the marketing strategy for a new product, analyze data from electronic health records or gather large amounts of data from websites or government databases.
Graduates may obtain employment under a variety of job titles, which may include data scientist, data analyst, business intelligence analyst, research analyst, and statistician.
Many people currently working as data scientists hold advanced degrees but this trend may change as undergraduate programs begin to produce graduates with appropriate skill sets.
Student Preparation and Admissions
Students must meet the standard Oregon Tech admissions requirements. Transfer students must arrange for official transcripts from each college and university attended to be sent to Oregon Tech and are requested to contact the Applied Mathematics Department concerning transfer of technical course work.
Program Curriculum
Students looking to work within a specific context or apply for a specific graduate program should work closely with their advisor to choose a relevant application for their senior year project and to pursue an appropriate minor or other additional coursework.
ProgramsMajor Minor
Return to: University Departments and Programs
