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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.

Check out our NEWEST PROGRAM, beginning in fall 2022--a

Bachelor of Science in Statistics.

We are excited about the opportunities this program will provide for students in data science, one of the fastest-growing fields in the world.

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 communicate 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 experience 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 Faculty Awards and Recognitions 2021-22

University Award 2022, Beth Riggs

Mathematics Faculty Wins University Awards, March 18, 2022

Dr. Beth Riggs has received the 2022 University level award for Faculty Excellence in Student Success.

 

 

Pictured, left to right:

  • Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, Associate Dean, College of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Kathy Smith, Department Head, Mathematics
  • Dr. Aimee Shouse, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Curriculum & Faculty Affairs
  • Dr. Beth Riggs. Associate Department Head, Mathematics
  • Dr. James Hurley, President
  • Dr. Karen Murray, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost

Congratulations to Dr. Riggs!

Mathematics Faculty Recieve Faculty Excellence Awards from the College of Science and Technology, January 5, 2022

The winners of the 2021-2022 College of Science and Technology Faculty Awards included two members of the Mathematics Department faculty:

  • Barry B. Thompson Service Award - Dr. Bryant Wyatt
  • Faculty Excellence in Student Success Award - Dr. Beth Riggs

Congratulations to Dr. Wyatt and Dr. Riggs!

Math Department News, Announcements, and Events

Tarleton to offer Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics

With statistics and data science among the fastest-growing fields in the United States, Tarleton State University will offer an undergraduate degree in statistics for the first time beginning in the fall of 2022.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth of more than 30% nationally for data scientists and statisticians this decade alone, and Texas industry employers have called for more undergraduate-level preparation for positions in statistics and data science.

Michael Warren Wins Award at the 2021 SSMA Annual Convention

One of the sessions in the 2021 School Science and Mathematics Association Convention, held virtually October 28-30, was a Three Minute Thesis - 3MT presentation:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. The three-minute thesis challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. The competition included seven PhD students from across the country who presented their research in three minutes or less during the School Science and Mathematics Association 2021 Annual Conference.

Tarleton's Michael Warren, PhD candidate at Baylor University, won the competition with his presentation titled "Teacher Noticing Skills of Expert MTEs in Content Courses for PSTs."

Congratulations to Michael for his winning performance in this competitive event.

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.

 

 

Conferences 2021-22

Mathematical Association of America, Texas Section Meeting, University of North Texas

March 31-April 2, 2022

Tarleton math faculty and students were prominently featured in this year’s meeting of the MAA Texas section. The 2023 MAA Texas Section meeting will be hosted by Tarleton State University.

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry was elected President, Mathematical Association of America Texas Section.

The Program Invited speakers included Tarleton faculty:

Dr. Scott Cook -Tarleton State University, Dr. William Hager -Texas Lutheran University, Dr. Betseygail Rand - Texas Lutheran University, Gerrymandering Symposium

Undergraduate Presentations were given by Tarleton Students:

Dashon Mitchell, Derek Hopkins; advisor Dr. Chris Mitchell: “A mathematical model for Onchocerciasis and Resistance in Treatment”

Aurod Ounsinegad; advisor Dr. Chris Mitchell: “Dynamics of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Infection Rates: A Mathematical Approach”


Aurod Ounsinegad; advisor Dr. Scott Cook: “Finding Peers & Aspirant Institutions using your University's Strategic Plan”


Avery Campbell, Gavin McIntosh; advisor Dr. Bryant Wyatt: “N-Body Modeling of Supraventricular Tachycardias”


Vianey Rangel, Cody Drolet; advisor Dr. Scott Cook: “Making Unbiased Voting Districts to Pass the ‘Eyeball Test’ Via MCMC Redistricting”


Gavin McIntosh & Avery Campbell; advisor Dr. Bryant Wyatt: “*N-body Art Accelerated on NVIDIA GPUs”

 

Tarleton graduate students and faculty gave presentations:

Brandon Amerine, Nicholas Petela; advisor Dr. Jesse Crawford: “Understanding Social Determinants of Health Using Machine Learning Algorithms”

 


Dr. Bryant Wyatt, coauthors Dr. John Gresham, Michael Warren: “A GeoGebra Illustrator for Marden’s Theorem”

Dr. Bryant Wyatt: “Silicon Building Silicon: Dynamic Modeling of Dust Crystal Formations in a Complex Plasma using NVIDIA GPUs”

Dr. Jesse B. Crawford: “Identification of Upcoding in ER Claims using Hierarchical Clustering”

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry: “Building Learning Communities in STEM”

Dr. Scott Cook: “Evaluating Evaluations: Using Graph Theory to Make Tenure, Promotion, & Annual Evaluations More Fair”

 

NVIDIA Graphical Processing Unit Technology Conference 2022

March 21-24, 2022

This conference is one of the largest and most prestigious high-performance computing conferences in the world. It is held each year in Silicon Valley. This conference is international and highly selective. It pulls in the top researchers from industry and universities from around the world.

Tarleton Poster Presenters: Avery Campbell and Gavin McIntosh, mentor Dr. Bryant Wyatt: “Supraventricular Tachycardia Study using a Dynamic Computer-generated Atria”

Their poster was featured in the conference program listing.

Congratulations to the Tarleton Poster Team!

International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics 2022

March 14, 2022

Dr. Bryant Wyatt, Dr. John Gresham, and Michael Warren attended the virtual conference ICTCM 2022 on Monday, March 14 (pi day). One of the highlights of the program was a keynote presentation by Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book "Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race."

Video Presentation: Michael Warren, coauthors Dr. Bryant Wyatt and Dr. John Gresham, “A GeoGebra Illustrator for Marden’s Theorem”

The 49th Annual Conference of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning

March 3-5, 2022, Grapevine, Texas 

This year’s RCML conference was attended by faculty members Dr. Kathy Smith, Melissa Eubank, Michael Warren, Dr. Beth Riggs, and Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry. 

Presentations by Tarleton faculty:

Michael Warren, coauthors Sandi Cooper; Kenley Ritter; Melissa Donham;, “Learning to Notice: PSTs Noticing During a Varied Field Experience”

Dr. Kathy Smith, Melissa Eubank, Michael Warren, Dr. Beth Riggs, and Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, “PST Assessment Experiences Across Mathematics Education Courses”

Texas Academy of Science 2022 Annual Meeting,

February 25-27, 2022, The University of Houston-Clear Lake

Tarleton State University math professors Dr. Bryant Wyatt and Dr. Chris Mitchell and their students achieved recognitions and rewards at the Texas Academy of Science 2022 Annual Meeting, February 25-27, at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Dr. Chris Mitchell chaired the Mathematics and Computer Science Section of the conference.  

Dr. Bryant Wyatt was selected to chair the Physics and Engineering Section for the 2022-24 biennium.

Presentations:

Dr. Wyatt was the featured faculty oral presenter: “Silicon Building Silicon: Dynamic Modeling of Dust Crystal Formations in a Complex Plasma using NVIDIA GPUs.”

Cody Drolet, senior math major advised by Dr. Scott Cook: “Improving Recombination MCMC for Texas Political Redistricting.” Drolet won the Amir Moaz Award for Mathematics and Computer Science Oral Section for his presentation.

Dashon Mitchell, senior mathematics and electrical engineering major advised by Dr. Chris Mitchell: “A Mathematical Model for Onchocerciasis and Resistance in Treatment,” first place in the Biomedical Oral Section.

Aurod Ounsinegad, senior mathematics major advised by Dr. Chris Mitchell: “Dynamics of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Infection Rates: A Mathematical Approach,” third place in the Biomedical Oral Section.

Gavin McIntosh, junior mathematics major advised by Dr. Bryant Wyatt, poster presentation:  took first place with his poster presentation, “Supraventricular Tachycardia Study Using a Dynamic Computer-Generated Atrium,” top honors in poster awards.

Vianey Rangel, senior math major advised by Dr. Cook: “Making Unbiased Maps to Pass the Eyeball Test via MCMC Redistricting,” second place in poster awards

Avery Campbell, senior electrical engineering major advised by Dr. Wyatt, oral presentation: “Supraventricular Tachycardia Study Using a Dynamic Computer-Generated Atrium.”

Brandon Amerine, Graduate math student advised by Dr. Jesse Crawford: “Understanding Social Determinants of Health using Machine Learning Algorithm.”

Fourth Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Texas-Louisiana Section

November 5-7, 2021, South Padre Island, Texas

 This year’s joint SIAM conference was attended by Tarleton faculty and students led by Dr. Bryant Wyatt, Dr. Scott Cook, and Dr. Chris Mitchell. Here is a list of the presentations, along with a winner in the poster section.

 

Oral presentations: 

 Mathematics and Computation in Biomedicine

Bryant Wyatt, Professor: “Supraventricular Tachycardia Study Using a Dynamic Computer-Generated Atria” 

 Redistricting: Mathematical and Political Perspectives

Scott Cook, Associate Professor: “Improved Recombination MCMC with 2020 Census Results for Texas Redistricting” 

Dr. Anne Egelston and Dr. Scott Cook, “Validating Mathematical Assumptions: A political science perspective”

 

 Poster Presentations:

Aurod Ounsinegad, mentor Dr. Chris Mitchell, “Dynamics of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Infection Rates: A Mathematical Approach”

 

Avery Campbell and Gavin McIntosh, mentor Dr. Bryant Wyatt, “Supraventricular Tachycardia Study Using a Dynamic Computer-Generated Atria”

 

Cody Drolet and Vianey Rangel, mentor Dr. Scott Cook, “Making unbiased maps to pass the ‘eyeball test’ via MCMC redistricting”

 

Kaylee Terrell and Dashon Mitchell, mentor Dr. Chris Mitchell, “A mathematical model for Onchocerciasis and Resistance in Treatment,” First place, undergraduate student research posters 

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 visited numerous museums and points of interest in London and the United Kingdom. These included the Tower of London, St. Paul's, the London Eye, Westminster Abby, the British Science Museum, and Hampton Court. There were 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 (a Roman era city), Edinburgh, and Loch Ness (extra points for spotting Nessie).