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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UC Denver

Master's Programs and Degrees

Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics

The Department of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences at UC Denver offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Mathematics and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Mathematics. These degrees are designed to give candidates a contemporary, in-depth education in applied mathematics and to provide research opportunities in the special fields of computational mathematics, computational biology, discrete mathematics, mathematics of science and engineering, operations research, optimization, probability, and statistics.

Faculty are involved in a wide array of collaborative research projects, with strong student participation. We bridge the gap between theory and practice through the development and analysis of mathematical models. Research projects include:

  • Image processing and radiation therapy: A variety of optimization methods are used to develop methods of delivering radiation to tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue; the same research has led to improvements in image understanding and diagnosis.
  • Molecular biology: Linear programming methods, once applied to problems in business and management, are now used to understand metabolic pathways and the regulation of genes.
  • Population genetics: Mathematical models relying on differential equations are used to predict the evolution of multiple traits in a selective gene pool. Graph theory applications: Algorithms being designed to handle problems in DNA mapping and quantum random walks.
  • Operations research: modeling, analysis and computation of solutions to a wide variety of problems in government, industry, and science.

For additional information about and requirements for this program, visit the Mathematics Department website.