Applied Mathematics

In Applied Mathematics, Kettering students flex their math muscles to solve current and crucial problems such as:

Not A Bean Counter
  • How can we deliver larger data sets reliably through a communications network?
  • How can we mathematically model the spread of disease in the wake of a bio-terrorist incident?
  • How can we design a series of studies to determine if a drug is safe—avoiding recent problems publicized in the news?

You’ll start to size up and break down complex problems in small classes taught by award-winning faculty members. Classroom study is backed by our top-notch cooperative education program—which puts students to work during their first year on real projects at places like Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, General Motors Acceptance Corp.., and Blue Cross Blue Shield. It’s like getting paid to become an expert.


The U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard ranked Kettering University's Applied Mathematics program first nationally and first in Michigan among four-year mathematics programs in 2015.

Lili Tang wins Applied Mathematics Student Research Award in 2015.

Preparation for Industrial Careers in the Mathematical Sciences (PICMath)

PICMath, short for “Preparation for Industrial Careers in the Mathematical Sciences,” is an NSF-funded project to prepare math science students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from industry. A series of case study videos has been released, each in two parts to cover both the career and the technical background needed. Research problems featured include:

Improving Marketing Strategies
Creating More Realistic Animation for Movies
Building a Better Filter
Finding the Safest Place to Store Nuclear Waste

See the Industrial Math Case Studies videos.

The strong focus of this project is increasing awareness about career options.

Four concentrations are available:

You may also minor in Applied and Computational Mathematics or Statistics—a choice that will enhance your marketability in the real world.

Honors Calculus II is available to those students who qualify.