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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics!

We’re excited that you’re considering studying mathematics with us. Our highly qualified faculty, dedicated to high standards, assures you a rich, knowledge-filled experience.

Our students travel beyond mathematics to learn such cutting-edge technologies as Super Computing and 3-D printing, and compete against the nation’s top schools in NASA research competitions. With us, you prepare for the best jobs in the nation.

Mathematicians Land Top Spot in New Ranking of Best and Worst Occupations in the U.S. – The Wall Street Journal

Nine out of 10 of the best jobs fell into the STEM career category, with the 'numbers guys,' in particular, locking in three of the top four spots. – USA TODAY

Our bachelor’s programs can be tailored to meet your needs, with concentrations to enter industry, graduate school or professional fields like finance, law or teaching.

Our master’s degree specializes in data science, mathematics education, pure mathematics or applied mathematics.

Join the best and brightest. Develop your know-how!

Meet Our Graduates

Every semester our program sees a number of our students off to graduation. Our graduates range from undergraduate to graduate degrees. Many go on to have successful careers and we're proud of the work they do. We believe they show the range of career possibilities for those with an interest in Mathematics. 

Consider us for your Master's Degree in Mathematics

Our rigorous 30-hour master's in mathematics trains you to solve problems, think critically, analyze data, understand complexity, write code, and communciate technically to prepare for an exciting, successful career in industry research, or education.

Data Science

  • Mathematician, Statistician, and Software Developer are 3 of the top 5 non-medical jobs in 2020 (US News & World Report). We train you in all 3!
  • 100% job placement with top employers like Amazon, Capital One, and SpaceX.
  • Graduate Research Assistants earn $25,000/year to solve real-world problems using data science for the Tarleton Analytics Institute, Center for Agribusiness Excellence, and external partners such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and the USDA.

Pure or Applied Mathematics

  • Research with faculty in mathematical biology, dynamical systems, stochastic processes, particle modeling, combinatorics, topology and statistics.
  • Master cutting edge technology like GPU-powered parallel processing and timeless truths like abstract algebra and real analysis.

Mathematics Education

  • Teach math at any level: community college/university, high school dual credit/advanced placement, junior high/elementary, or district level mathematics curriculum director.
  • Gain classroom expirence as instructor of record throguh paid Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Why Choose Tarleton's M.S in Mathematics?

  • Individual attention from talented faculty mentors invested in your success
  • Funded Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) available.
  • One of the most affordable graduate programs in Texas. Check out your tuition cost!

Degrees

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees

Earn a Master of Science in Mathematics, specializing in data science, mathematics education, pure mathematics, or applied mathematics. 

Here's a link to a description of three areas of specialization for the Master of Science Degree in Mathematics along with career opportunities in a diversity of fields.

Math Department News, Announcements, and Events

Math Day 2021, Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Math Day program, organized by Dr. Wyatt, Dr. Cook, and Dr. Mitchell was held on Wednesday, May 5. The program host was Dr. Wyatt.

Awards and Recognitions

The following individuals received recognition:

  • Dr. Jeremiah Bass, who is leaving Tarleton for work in Cincinnati
  • Jenica McGill, recipient of the Pamela Littleton Oustanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Kayce Lewis, recipient of the Outstanding Mathematics Department Undergraduate Award
  • Janice Groseclose, recipient of the Timothy L. Flinn Annual Faculty Excellence Award

    Faculty Showcase Talks

    The faculty gave presentations on their topics of interest this year. Here is the list of faculty talks:
  • Dr. Jesse Crawford, "Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Analytics"
  • Dr. Christopher Mitchell, "Researching Research in a Research Pandemic: a Pandemic Approach to Research"
  • Dr. Kathy Smith, "Sabbatical during Covid-19 Pandemic: What I learned"
  • Michael Warren, "Some things I’ve Noticed"
  • Dr. John Gresham, "Marden’s Theorem: A GeoGebra Illustrator"
  • Janice Groseclose, "Go Ahead Give Me that Extra Straw This Camel’s Back Ain’t Broke Yet"
  • Dr. Bryant Wyatt, "F2F-Online Duality: Teaching in a Quantum State"
  • Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, "We can’t do it the way we’ve always done it anymore…"
  • Edward Smith, "I Promise I’ve Been Busy"
  • Dr. Beth Riggs, "Spring 2021 Book Study: A Real Page-Turner"
  • Dr. Scott Cook, "I Think Stochastically, Therefore I Probably Am"
  • Dr. Keith Emmert, Department Head, "State of the Union Address"

    Student Speed Round Talks

    As a part of Math Day 2021, ten students gave short presentations about their research. The VIP judges this year were:

    Dr. Karen Murray: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Mr. Dwain Mayfield: Ex-Vice President Lockheed Martin
    Dr. Rupa Iyer: Vice President for Research
    Dr. Kelli Styron: Vice President for Student Affairs
    Dr. Jordan Barkley: Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Administration
    Dr. Credence Baker: Dean College of Graduate and Global Studies
    Dr. Barry Lambert: Associate Dean College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    Dr. Keith Emmert: Head Department of Mathematics
    Joining us virtually
    Dr. Michael Huggins: Dean College of Science and Technology
    Dr. Lesley Leach: Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development

    After judging, here are the names and topics of the top three presenters:
  • 1st Place: Justin Sullivan, "An Alternative Model for Zika Virus," Faculty Mentor Dr. Chris Mitchell
  • 2nd Place: Ethan Reaves, "Parallel Algorithm for Background Subtraction," Faculty Mentors Dr. Sotirios Diamantas, Dr. Bryant Wyatt
  • 3rd Place: Aurod Ounsinegad, "Dynamics of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Infection Rates: A Mathematical Approach," Faculty Mentor Dr. Chris Mitchell

We congratulate all the students who presented. All the talks were of high quality, reflecting the hard work by the students and their mentors. For pictures from Math Day 2021, go to the Mathematics Department Facebook Page.

 

Mathematics Faculty Win University Awards, April 9, 2021

The following faculty in the Mathematics Department have received Tarleton State University Awards for 2021:

  • Dr. Kathy Smith, Jack and Louise Arthur Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Scott Cook, Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award

Congratulations to these winners. These recognitions represent their ongoing dedication and hard work as members of the Mathematics Department. It should be noted that this is the second consecutive year in which Dr. Cook has received a University Faculty Award, having received the Engaged Faculty Award in 2020.

Pictures of the winners with presentation by Tarleton President Dr. James Hurley, can be found on the Tarleton State University Mathematics Department Facebook page.

 

Mathematics Faculty Receive 2020-2021 Faculty Excellence Awards from the College of Science and Technology

The following mathematics faculty received awards from the College of Science and Technology for 2020-21:

  • Dr. Scott Cook, Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award
  • Dr. Kathy Smith, O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Christopher Mitchell, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

 Congratulations to each of these for the recognition of their dedication and service!


Math Clinic Now Offers Virtual Tutoring

Here are the steps to use this new service:

  1.  Use your NTNET credentials to log onto EAB Navigate.
  2.  Select Virtual Math Clinic and your course and calendar with available appointments will appear.
  3.  Select an appointment and then click on the "Confirm Appointment" button on the bottom right hand corner of the page.
  4.  The student and tutor will both be sent an email with the appointment information.
  5.  The student will then log onto Zoom at the scheduled time using the link provided and meet with the tutor.

lf you have questions call the Math Clinic at (254) 968-0570.


Joint Meetings of Math Club and T.E.A.M. in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

This semester, Math Club and T.E.A.M. are meeting together. We hope you will all join us online by Zoom on the following dates: September 10th, September 24th, October 8th, October 22nd, November 12th, and November 19th. All meetings are at noon.

September 10, 2020 - Travis Salzillo, Tarleton Alumnus and Cancer Researcher, he recently began his Advanced Fellowship in Radiation Physics at MD Anderson. Here's a link to the video of this meeting.

September 24, 2020 - 12:00-12:50pm - Shayla Priddy Hoffman, Digital Learning Integration Specialist and Kathy Goodwin, Technology Support Specialist at Stephenville ISD 

Shayla Hoffman is a former T.E.A.M. member and Mathematics alum. They will talk about the technology that SISD is using in general and in particular, mathematics. Video of Zoom meeting

Presentation slides

October 8, 2020 - Mayowa Awe, PhD Sr. Research Engineer; Engineering Process Group, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Link to flyer with speaker biography.

Video of October 8 Zoom meeting

 October 22, 2020 - Pamela Harris, Multiplicative, Proportional, and Functional Reasoning Mathematics Education Consultant
Mathisfiguroutable.com

November 12, 2020 - Bobby Lindsey, Machine Learning Specialist for Amazon Web Services. Graduate of Tarleton with Masters in Data Science 2018. 

Video of November 12 Zoom meeting

November 19, 2020 - Tom Frazier, Interim Principal at Godley Middle School, “Building Relationships to Build Academic Success” 

Video Part 1 of November 19 meeting

Video Part 2 of November 19 meeting

February 24, 2021 - Renato Feres, PhD, Professor of Mathematics, Washington University in St. Louis, "Thinking geometrically in Math, Science and Beyond"

Video of February 24 meeting

March 31, 2021 - Dr. Alicia Prieto Langarica, Professor, Youngstown State University, "What is undergraduate research in math and who gets to do it?"

Video recording of March 31 Zoom meeting

April 7, 2021 - A Panel Discussion on Belonging to Professional Organizations

Panel includes:
Dr. Trena Wilkerson, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Dr. Megan Che - President, Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML)
Dr. Christa Jackson - President, School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA)
Ms. Jennifer Hylemon - President, Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM)
Dr. Cody Patterson - Level II Director of the Texas Section of Mathematics Association of America (MAA)
Dr. Linda Fulmore - President, TODOS: Mathematics for All

Recording of April 7 Zoom meeting

April 14, 2021 - Shelby Gilson, Student and Faculty Mental Wellness, Professional Counselor I, Student Counseling Services, Tarleton State University

Recording of April 14 Zoom meeting

Math Department Students Featured in Tarleton Research and Innovation Magazine

Mathematics professors Scott Cook, Jesse Crawford, and Bryant Wyatt and students Taylor Hutrya, Preston Ward, Suzy Tovar, Mary Barker, Ed Smith, Jarred Sumpter, Jonathon Petz, and Baylor Fain are featured in the current edition of Tarleton's Research and Innovation magazine. Click the link above to read about their research using math to fight gerrymandering, detect waste/fraud/abuse in health care, and obtain advantages in online gaming.

Mathematics Faculty Win University Awards, March 3, 2020

The following faculty in the Mathematics Department have received Tarleton State University Awards for 2020:

  • Dr. Keith Emmert, Barry B. Thompson Service Award
  • Dr. Bryant Wyatt, Faculty Excellence in Student Success Award
  • Dr. Scott Cook, Engaged Faculty Award

Congratulations to these winners. These recognitions represent their ongoing dedication and hard work as members of the Mathematics Department.

Pictures of the winners accompanied by Tarleton President Dr. James Hurley, Provost Dr. Karen Murray, College of Science and Technology Dean Dr. Michael Huggins, and Mathematics Department Head Dr. Bowen Brawner can be found on the Tarleton State University Mathematics Department Facebook page.

COST Awards 2020

Six Faculty Members Receive Recognition at COST Awards Dinner February 6, 2020

On Thursday, February 6, the College of Science and Technology held its Annual Awards Dinner. Each award recipient was nominated by his or her peers with letters of support from faculty and students. The following, from left to right in the picture, were recognized:

  • Dr. Scott Cook, Mathematics Department, Engaged Faculty Award
  • Dr. Richard Winton, Mathematics Department, Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award
  • Dr. Bryant Wyatt, Mathematics Department, Faculty Excellence in Student Success Award
  • Dr. Victoria Chraibi, Biological Sciences, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
  • Mr. Daren Davis, Engineering Technology, O.A. Grant Teaching Award
  • Dr. Keith Emmert, Mathematics, Barry B. Thompson Service Award

Congratulations to all these for their hard work and service to Tarleton State University!

Dr. Kathy Smith Authors New Resource Book for Teachers

Dr. Kathy Smith, and coauthors Molly Weinburgh and Cecilia Silva, are pleased to announce the publication of their new book “Supporting Emergent Multilingual Learners in Science Grades 7-12,” published by the National Science Teachers Association, ISBN: 978-1-68140-481-3. The book is a resource for teachers facing the challenge of working with students who need to learn both STEM content and English. It combines science, math, and language teaching strategies with down-to-earth help for emergent multilingual learners using the 5R Instructional Model: Replace, Reveal, Repeat, Reposition, and Reload. The book lays out the need for a special teaching approach and moves from theory to practice, ending with examples from actual classrooms. Congratulations to Dr. Smith and her colleagues in creating this valuable and useful resource.

Tarleton Study Abroad students holding Tarleton flag

Math Students Study Abroad in London, July 16 - August 6, 2019

If it's Tuesday this must be London. The class in Math History taught by Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry and Dr. Kathy Smith will be visiting numerous museums and points of interest in London and the United Kingdom. These include the Tower of London, St. Paul's, the London Eye, Westminster Abby, the British Science Museum, and Hampton Court. There will be side trips to Bletchley Park (codebreakers in World War II worked here), Paris, Greenwich (want to stand at 0 degrees longitude?), Oxford, Cambridge, Stonehenge, Bath (Roman era city), Edinburgh, and Loch Ness (extra points for spotting Nessie).

Keep checking on this great experience at the Tarleton Mathematics Department Facebook page.

Conferences 2020-21

TAS 2020 winners
Shawn Brody, Jaryd Domine, Mason McCallum

Tarleton Students Win Awards at the 2020 Texas Academy of Science Meeting at Stephen F. Austin University, February 28-29, 2020

Seven students and four Tarleton faculty members traveled to Stephen F. Austin University to attend the TAS annual meeting.

The following gave presentations:

  • "Big jumps or little steps: Fighting gerrymandering with random walks," Shawn Michel-Alexander Brody; Advisors Dr. Scott Cook and Dr. Chris Mitchell
  • "Salamander Classification With Convolutional Neural Networks," Preston Ward; Advisor Dr. Chris Mitchell
  • "Counterintuitive No Matter How You Cut It," Nicholas Alexander Petela; Advisor Dr. Jesse Crawford
  • "N-body Adaptive Optimization of Lattice Towers," Jaryd Stone Domine, presenter, Hakiem Grant, Wyatt Young; Advisor Dr. Bryant Wyatt
  • "N-Body Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem," Clayton Tobin, presenter, Johnny Seay; Advisor Dr. Bryant Wyatt
  • "Parameter Estimation and Simulation of Bacteriophage Infection Model," Abigail Rose Ballard; Advisors Dr. Keith Emmert and Dr. Chris Mitchell
  • "N-body Simulation of Contact Binary Star Evolution Using Nvidia GPUs," Mason Andrew McCallum; Advisor Dr. Bryant Wyatt
  • "Generalizations of the Trigonometry Functions," Dr. Bryant Wyatt, presenter, Dr. John Gresham, Dr. Jesse Crawford

Dr. Scott Cook attended and served as Vice Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Section. Dr. Cook has become Chair of this section for the 2021 meeting. Dr. Chris Mitchell attended and was elected Vice Chair for the 2021 meeting.

At the Awards Banquet at the end of the conference the following received Awards and Cash Prizes:

  • Jaryd Domine, first place, Amir Moez Award in Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science Section
  • Mason McCallum, first place, Physics and Engineering Oral Presentation
  • Shawn Brody, second place, Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition

We congratulate these winners. We are proud of the effort and preparation that all our presenters and advisors have put into their talks at the TAS 2020 meeting.

Tarleton Students and Faculty Attend Texas Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium, Cameron University, February 15, 2020

Dr. Scott Cook, Dr. Chris Mitchell, and Dr. Bryant Wyatt took ten students to this year's TORUS meeting. Presentations given were:

  • "Parameter Estimation and Simulation of Bacteriophage Infection Model," Abigail Ballard
  • "N-Body Adaptive Optimization of Lattice Towers," Jaryd Domine
  • "Counterintuitive No Matter How You Cut It," Nicholas Alexander Petela
  • "Landing Rovers in Microgravity Environments," Sidney Davis and Jaryd Domine
  • "Randomly Walking Away from Gerrymandering," Diana Dinh-Andrus
  • "N-Body Simulation of Binary Star Mass Transfer," Mason McCallum
  • "N-Body Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP)," Clayton Tobin
  • "Mathematical Approaches to Redistricting," Tristan Florence
  • "Exploring the Relationship Between Aphrodisiac and Anti-Aphrodisiac Chemicals in a Model for Pieris Brassicae and the Trichogramma Wasp," Dason Mitchell and Aurod Ounsinegad
  • "A Predator-Prey Model for Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish," Trace Patterson

This one-day conference provides an excellent opportunity for presenters who would like to propose a course project, undergraduate research, or related material in the mathematical sciences in an encouraging atmosphere. It is one of highlights of the spring conference season.