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

Math Course Placement

What mathematics class should I take?

Determining which coursework is right for you may be difficult to assess. You will need to consider both major requirements and your existing knowledge of mathematics. 

The best way to determine appropriate courses is to:
  • Consult with your advisor
  • Attend two courses for the first few days of the semester to help you decide if the class is right for you
  • Take a diagnostic test 
Diagnostic tests are based on assignments given in the first week of class and can help you determine if you are ready for a particular class:
  • Math 1314 College Algebra
  • Math 2312 Precalculus
  • Math 2313 Calculus I

Coursework recommendations based on student SAT/ACT scores

SAT/ACT Score Recommended Course Level
SAT Math 500+/ACT Math 20+  MATH 1312/1314
SAT Math 600+/ACT Math 25+  MATH 2312
Math 600+/ACT Math 25+ *  MATH 2313
* Or completion of high school precalculus with a grade of B or higher

If you think that you should start in a higher class than your SAT score indicates, you will need to take the mathematics placement test as confirmation of your prerequisite knowledge. You should contact your advisor for placement test details. 


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)