Pursue your passion for problem-solving with a major in Mathematics, and prepare for high-impact careers in engineering, statistics, finance, cryptography, aeronautics, scientific research or business.

Deepen your understanding of calculus, modern algebra, physics and statistics, and build your programming and computational skills in applied computer science courses.

Partner with professors to conduct research in your areas of interest, whether that’s biology or political science. You’ll benefit from the university’s state-of-the-art computer infrastructure, software and data storage for innovative research. Take advantage of Austin’s dynamic technology and innovation scene and the mathematics meetings that happen in the city each semester. Leave St. Edward’s ready to continue your education in graduate school or immediately begin your career in urban development, market research, computer technology, government or teaching.

What do our graduates do?

Mathematics majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Data analyst for Apple
  • Procurement analyst for SpaceX
  • Data analyst for the National Security Agency
  • Mechanical designer at Fugro Oil & Energy Company
  • Full stack developer at T3
  • Graduate research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • PhD candidates in Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin, Human & Statistical Genetics at Washington University, and Physics at Vanderbilt University and Case Western Reserve University
  • Master’s students in mathematics at Emory University, the ESTEEM Graduate Program for entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame, mechanical engineering at Purdue University and University of Texas, statistics and data science at the University of Houston, and education and school leadership at Harvard University.

A Day at St. Edward’s

A Day at St. Edward’s

A summer internship connects Mathematics major Stella Cunningham ’21 to the city of Austin and a possible career. Read about her day as a St. Edward's University student and the exciting research she completed.

Tracks and Degree Requirements

Students pursuing a degree in mathematics have two options to choose from.

1. Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

This program provides a comprehensive exploration of mathematics that prepares students for advanced programs or professional careers. This option offers more latitude in the choice of general electives and is appropriate for students seeking a double major or minor.

Major Requirements: 56 hours of major coursework is required and is made up of a combination of mathematics courses and supporting coursework from physics and science.

General Education Requirements: 57 hours of general education courses plus major courses and electives are required.

View and download the full degree plan for the BA in Mathematics major (PDF).

2. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

This program includes the same coursework as the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics but with two additional semesters of laboratory science. This option explores calculus, modern algebra and other advanced topics in their purest form. Additionally, students learn to design and interpret prediction models for diverse industries, such as aeronautics, urban development and green energy.

Major Requirements: 67 hours of major coursework is required, and is made up of a combination of mathematics courses and supporting courses from physics, biology and chemistry.

General Education Requirements: 57 hours of general education courses plus major courses and electives are required.

View and download the full degree plan for the BS in Mathematics major (PDF).

Questions about placement into Mathematics courses? Refer to our placement guide for more information.

The Department of Mathematics also offers a dual degree option in Mathematics and Civil Engineering and a dual degree option in Mathematics and Engineering.

Our Faculty and Student Support Services

"Our mathematics faculty members have research backgrounds spanning a variety of fields -- low-dimensional topology, combinatorics, dynamical systems, algebraic geometry, history of mathematics, and mathematics education, to name a few -- but they share in common a passion for teaching undergraduates, mentoring student research endeavors, and instilling an appreciation for mathematics in its broadest sense."

Carol Gee, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair

Student Support Services

Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:

  • Academic counseling and advising
  • Supplemental instruction and tutoring
  • Career preparation and advising 
  • Writing Center consultation
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Student disability support

 

 

Learn more about these services.

Outside the Classroom

Austin is home to a rich community of technology and innovation. Our programs seek to facilitate student interactions with this vibrant community through engagements such as conference attendance and research opportunities. We believe that real-world exposure helps develop student interests and guide career growth. Here are some ways our students get involved.

Students on campus share their passion for math and science by becoming a part of organizations such as:

  • Math Club
  • Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
  • Academy of Science
  • Natural Sciences Living Learning Community
  • Dean's Leadership Council - Natural Sciences

Talks, Events, and Research Presentations

Several research talks and presentations are happening around Austin each semester, including the Texas Undergraduate Topology and Geometry Conference, the Joint Mathematics Meetings and the Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. Other research symposiums and conferences include:

  • Texas Undergraduate Math Conference
  • Texas Women in Math Symposium
  • Field of Dreams Conference
  • School of Natural Sciences Senior Seminar
  • St. Edward’s University Lucian Symposium
  • St. Edward’s University SOURCE Symposium
  • Texas Oklahoma Research Undergrad Symposium (TORUS)
  • The Young Mathematicians Conference
  • Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship

Scholarships

Students in mathematics-related majors at St. Edward’s University may apply for the McKemie Fund undergraduate research scholarships — including a summer scholarship that provides a six-week stipend to conduct research.

About the Minor

Students minoring in Mathematics must satisfactorily complete the following courses in addition to 6 hours of electives:

Required Courses:

  • Calculus I, Lab
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations

Elective Courses:

  • Discrete Mathematics or Inquiry and Proof
  • MATH 3000+ upper-division courses (excluding 4150 and 4157)

Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.

Math Students Launch Balloons into Hurricane Harvey

Math Students Launch Balloons into Hurricane Harvey

Three math majors assisted faculty with graduate-level research to produce the only sounding data available in Southcentral Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Meet the students and hear how they got involved.