Build on your passion for mathematics and problem solving

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs in Mathematics at St. Edward’s reflect the dialogue between the "pure" and "applied" aspects of mathematics.

Whether motivated by practical problems such as cryptography or environmental modeling, or abstract problems such as Fermat's Last Theorem, mathematicians seek out patterns and relationships between quantities and structures in order to describe and understand them. Our coursework provides opportunities to...

  • Benefit from the university’s state-of-the-art computer infrastructure, software and data storage for innovative research
  • Build strengths and explore interests through enrollment in faculty-guided research courses
  • Acquire programming and computational skills using relevant programming languages, mathematic presentation software and computer algebra systems

All of our programs provide a solid foundation for graduate work in mathematics, statistics, and related fields as well as for employment in business and other industries.

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

Alumni Outcomes

With a degree in Mathematics, you’ll have the practical and professional experience needed for success in multiple fields.

Our graduates are working in:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • Cryptography
  • Aeronautics
  • Biological research
  • Computer technology
  • Government
  • Urban development
  • Market research

In addition, many of our students go on to pursue graduate and doctoral degrees. Mathematics alumni have enrolled in the Engineering program at Purdue and the Actuarial Science and Mathematics PhD programs at University of Texas at Austin. 

Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.

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.