Build on your passion for mathematics and problem solving

The Mathematics program at St. Edward's reflects 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. 

Coursework provides an opportunity to:
  • Acquire programming and computational skills using relevant programming languages, mathematic presentation software and computer algebra systems.
  • 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.

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. 

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.



The Department of Mathematics offers three degree tracks: 

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

  • A comprehensive exploration of mathematics that prepares students for advanced programs or professional careers
  • Offers more latitude in the choice of general electives 
  • Appropriate for students seeking a double major or minor

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

  • Ideal for students who prefer a broader course of study that incorporates more laboratory science 
  • Explores calculus, modern algebra and other advanced topics in their purest form
  • Design and interpret prediction models for diverse industries, such as aeronautics, urban development and green energy
  • Includes the same coursework as the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics but with two additional semesters of laboratory science

Dual Degree in Civil Engineering

  • A five-year program that prepares you to design, construct and manage essential infrastructure projects that shape our society
  • Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from St. Edward's and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Carroll College in Helena, Montana
  • Freshman, sophomore and junior year studies focus on physics, calculus, modern algebra and other advanced mathematics at St. Edward's University
  • Final two years are spent in Helena, Montana and focus on engineering-specific coursework that includes transportation and environmental engineering, thermodynamics, water distribution, structure design, hydrolics and fluid mechanics

Dual Degree in Engineering

  • Students in the dual degree program will develop strong oral and written communications, problem-solving and teamwork skills
  • After your junior or senior year at St. Edward’s, complete two years at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Earn a second degree in one of the following: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Systems Science and Engineering

Placement Into Mathematics Courses

What mathematics course should I take?

For information on mathematics course placement, refer to the following page:



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

Mathematics majors pursue work in areas such as:
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • Biological Research
  • Computer Technology
  • Government
  • Cryptography 
  • Aeronautics
  • 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. 

Mathematics students can enhance their education by participating in various activities outside the classroom, including:
  • Research talks on campus
  • The Texas Undergraduate Topology & Geometry Conference
  • The Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America 
  • Events of the larger mathematical community, such as the global effort to build the largest fractal ever
  • Volunteering at an elementary school's science day
  • Presenting or attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings

Meet the Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members are scholar-practitioners with creative passions of their own. They stay active in their fields and bring their expertise to the classroom.

Faculty Research Interests:
  • Low-Dimensional Topology
  • Knot Theory
  • Hyperbolic Manifolds
  • Discrete Groups
  • Intersection of Discrete Dynamical Systems and Topology
  • Algebraic and Enumerative Combinatorics
  • Partially Ordered Sets
  • Integer Partitions
  • Applied Statistics
  • Algebraic Geometry
  • Gravitational Wave Astronomy
  • Numerical Relativity
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Teaching with Technology
  • History of Mathematics and Mathematicians (Especially Euler)
  • Connections between Mathematics and Humanistic Disciplines
Faculty Achievements:
  • Carol Gee, PhD, and Monica Cicciarelli were named 2014-2015 Innovation Fellows
  • Jason Callahan, PhD, was named a finalist for the University's Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Michael Saclolo, PhD, earned the University's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009
  • Ahmad Kamalvand earned the University's Outstanding Adjunct Award in 2013

About the Minor

Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics 

Students must satisfactorily complete the following Mathematics courses in addition to six hours of electives: 
  • Calculus I, Lab
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
Elective courses include:
  • Discrete Mathematics or Inquiry and Proof
  • MATH 3000+ Upper-Division courses (excluding 4150 and 4157)