The Department of Mathematics at St. Edward’s combines creativity and imagination with logic and precision
We believe in the importance of both theory and application. We seek to provide a balanced exposure to both, thereby preparing students for bachelor's level jobs or graduate study.
Whether motivated by practical problems such as cryptography or environmental modeling, or abstract problems such as Fermat's Last Theorem or the Riemann Hypothesis, mathematicians seek out patterns and relationships between quantities and structures in order to describe and understand them. The Mathematics department provides students with a practical background to understand these theories. A four-semester research sequence designed by student and mentor ensures that classroom learning translates into hands-on investigation and problem solving.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics students have the unique option of pursuing a dual bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Civil Engineering through a 5-year program offered by St. Edward's in Austin and Carroll College in Helena, Montana.
Faculty & Staff
Placement into Mathematics Courses
Students entering St. Edward's university are required to take the online ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine their first mathematics course. More information regarding the placement assessment can be found on this page: https://www.stedwards.edu/natural-sciences/mathematics/online-math-placement.
A signature component of the mathematics degree at St. Edward's is the four-semester research program. In the program, students complete a research sequence that builds on the strengths and interests of each individual. Program participants often present their research findings at regional conferences and have gone on to submit their work to national conferences in addition to various publications.
Beyond the four-semester sequence, students are encouraged to participate in outside research and study opportunities. These programs bring together faculty and students from different institutions. Many programs pay for all expenses and provide stipends.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics students also have the option to earn a bachelor's and/or master's degree in Mathematics and Engineering through a dual degree program offered by St. Edward’s in Austin and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Students can choose to pursue a degree in Medical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Systems Science and Engineering.
Additional Programs and Research Opportunities
- Nebraska IMMERSE (Intensive Mathematics: a Mentoring, Education and Research Summer Experience)
- Smith College Junior Program for undergraduate women in mathematics
The Mathematics department at St. Edward's encourages students to attend relevant conferences and seminars to network within their field and learn more about their area of study. We recommend students explore the list of programs below in addition to other programs of interest.
- Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Internships allow students to acquire first-hand experience in relevant fields and provide many networking opportunities. We recommend that students participate in an internship program in addition to a four-year research sequence.
Helpful resources for finding an internship in mathematics:
Math Club is the St. Edward’s University student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). All students, regardless of major are welcome to join through Collegiate Link.
The club’s general objective is to promote the interests of the mathematical sciences through community service and research.
Recent activities include:
- Trips to regional conferences such as the MAA Texas Section Meeting and the Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
- Participation in the global MegaMenger collaborative fractal build
- Volunteer work at local schools such as math presentations and science fair support
- Student and alumni research talks
- Club t-shirt designing, Halloween pumpkin carving, bowling, laser tag, pizza parties and more
Interested students may contact the club's faculty sponsor and advisor | jasonc [at] stedwards.edu (Dr._Jason_Callahan) |.