During the course of their studies, applied math students engage in research projects mentored by faculty in mathematics and/or other departments.
The applied mathematics curriculum focuses on mathematics as an interdisciplinary science used as the primary tool in other sciences such as economics, physics, biology, ecology, epidemiology, pharmacology, chemistry, engineering and the social sciences. Modern scientific research is increasingly relying on mathematical and computational tools to complement traditional experimental methods. An important focus of the applied math curriculum is put on the techniques of mathematical modeling, i.e. the methods by which a scientific problem is translated into a mathematical framework (a model), to enable the use of the powerful tools of theoretical mathematics to find a solution.
Students who "double-major" (mathematics and another science) receive a rigorous theoretical and experimental training in their majors, but may not always get a clear vision of the ways in which mathematical methods and computations tools are integrated in the other sciences. A background in applied mathematics is an extremely valuable asset in many industries who seek to hire professionals with very strong mathematical and computational skills in additional to experimental expertise.