Applied Mathematical Science/Dual Degree in Engineering

Major: Applied Mathematical Science
Related Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience
Related Minors: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics
Program Director: Joseph A. Iskra, Jr.Associate Professor of Mathematics
Academic Catalogue

In an increasingly interdisciplinary world, the application of mathematics to the physical sciences, engineering, biology and economics is becoming ever more important. The Applied Mathematical Science (AMS) program prepares students to apply their computational and mathematical skills to the solution of practical problems in a wide variety of fields by providing students with a solid background in mathematics, the physical sciences and/or economics.

The Applied Mathematical Science major is specifically designed to allow completion in three years, for the student who enters college mathematically prepared to study calculus in her first semester. The "3-2" Dual Degree in Engineering (DDE) is a cooperative arrangement between Wesleyan College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University , and Mercer University. Under this program, the students spends three years at Wesleyan in pre-engineering studies under the Applied Mathematical Science major. If the student meets the transfer requirements for the cooperating university, the student may then complete her studies in one of a variety of engineering fields in as little as two additional years. Upon completion of this program the student graduates with a B.A degree in Applied Mathematical Science from Wesleyan and a B.S. degree in Engineering from the cooperating university.

The AMS/DDE program provides motivated students with the best of both worlds: a broad-based liberal arts education from a premier private college and rigorous technical education from a premier national university. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.  

Related Programs
Students interested in completing a traditional four-year program, with a stronger foundation in basic theory and research, may combine the Applied Mathematical Science major with a second major in Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics, Biology, or Neuroscience.

The AMS/DDE program shares facilities with its host departments of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics and Professional Studies. Most science labs are located in the Munroe Science Center, a recently-completed, state-of-the-art, 40,000 square-foot facility with 11 teaching laboratories, multiple research spaces, and nearly $1,000,000 in modern instrumentation. Physics teaching and research labs are located in Taylor Hall, newly renovated for Spring 2011. Math offices, classrooms, and computer facilities are located in a newly-remodeled suite in Tate Hall.

Scholarships & Awards
AMS/DDE students at Wesleyan may be supported by federal, state, and college scholarships, grants, and loans, as well as work-study monies administered by the Financial Aid Office.

The Wesleyan Scholars program supports academic scholarships awarded to student chosen by their regional high schools or college preparatory schools.

The Munroe Scholarship Program supports special academic scholarships awarded by the college on a competitive basis. These provide tuition support, academic year research funds, and summer research stipends to outstanding natural science and mathematics students. Two Munroe Scholars are named each year from among incoming first-year presumptive applied mathematical science, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and neuroscience students and may continue to receive this financial support for all four years of their Wesleyan careers. The Munroe Endowment also provides competitive research support grants for students who are not in the Munroe Scholar program.

Engineering fields dominate national lists of the top-paying entry-level jobs and professional careers for college graduates. Wesleyan boasts recent graduates in electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering.


Charles BeneshCharles Benesh Associate Professor of Physics. B.S. (Physics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1982; Ph.D. (Physics) University of Washington 1988. My primary research involves the description of sub-atomic particles and interactions in terms of their quark and gluon constituents. Taylor

Joe IskraJoseph A. Iskra, Jr. Herbert Preston and Marian Haley Associate Professor of Mathematics. B.A. (Mathematics) Florida Southern College 1976; M.S. (Mathematics) Vanderbilt University 1978; Ph.D. (Mathematics) Vanderbilt University 1983. My research interests are in abstract algebra, specifically semigroup theory. I have some knowledge in related areas such as lattice theory, graph theory, and set theory. Tate 218.

randyheatonRandy Heaton  Assistant Professor of Mathematics;B.S. (Applied Mathematics) Georgia Institute of Technology 2006; Ph.D. (Pure Mathematics) Florida State University 2012. I am interested in cryptographic problems related to trap-door functions and exploits on cryptographic schemes. I also am interested in symbolic computation problems related to elliptic curves and modular forms. Tate 14.

 Keith L. Peterson Professor of Chemistry. B.S. (Chemistry) Arizona State University 1976; Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry) Michigan State University 1981. I am interested in applying artificial neural networks to chemical data sets in general, and in determining quantitative structure-activity relationships in particular. MSC

Taylor, PhilPhilip Davis Taylor Clara Carter Acree Chair of Social Sciences, Professor of Economics, Director of Graduate Business Programs. B.A. (Economics) University of North Carolina 1971; M.B.A. (Finance) University of North Carolina 1973; M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1989. My primary interests include the valuation of stocks and bonds and their derivative instruments and the impact of globalization on the financial institutions that trade these securities. Taylor 217.