Why Math Modeling

Mathematical Modeling is an option within the Environmental Systems Graduate Program at Humboldt State. That means that graduate students in Mathematical Modeling take a number of courses with students from other Environmental Systems programs, including environmental resources engineering and geology.

The interaction with other programs does not end there. Students must complete a thesis project, and the thesis committee must have one member from outside the department. Students also must take a course outside of math to round out their studies, emphasizing connections with other disciplines.

Students also develop a context for the mathematics they use. The required math modeling practicum course involves a semester-long group project; students choose a faculty research problem and develop a model from scratch to address that problem. In this way, students get exposure to the practical use of the mathematics they study.

Our graduates go on to a variety of fields. Some continue their studies in PhD programs, and many teach at the college level. Others go on to research positions in fields as diverse as wildlife management, energy distribution, and statistical and environmental consulting.