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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. 

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Degrees Offered

Undergraduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees

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

Math Department News, Announcements, and Events

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.

Group photo at scholarship ceremony

John Garner Memorial Mathematics Scholarship Established May 17, 2019

Tarleton State University is pleased to announce the establishment of the John Garner Memorial Mathematics Scholarship. John Garner was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tarleton. He taught and served with dedication for 30 years. He touched the lives of many students and faculty, and was well respected by all. Some of his students went on to complete doctorate degrees and teach mathematics. The announcement ceremony hosted at the Trogdon house, was attended by family, faculty, and friends.

Tarleton College of Science and Technology Hosts CanSat 2019 June 14-16

International and United States teams met for CanSat 2019, held again this year at Tarleton State University. Forty teams, including international teams from Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Poland, and Turkey, along with United States teams from as far away as Hawaii participated in the competition. Faculty and staff from the College of Science and Technology assisted, and Steve Merwin of the Mathematics Department served as event coordinator.

See this Press Release for the Tarleton News and Information article.

For event pictures, see this article in The Flash Today.

You can find the list of teams, more photos, and videos at the Mathematics Department Facebook page.

 

Oakwoods Enrichment Day

Dr. Kathy Smith, Dr. Scott Cook, Dr. Chris Mitchell, along with Tarleton students and Oakwoods students at Math Enrichment Day

Fifth Grade Math Enrichment Day at Oakwoods Elementary in Granbury, November 1, 2019

On November 1, the Tarleton Math Club traveled to Granbury to run Math Enrichment Day for 110 fifth-graders at Oakwoods Elementary School. The students played the math games of Set, Chocolate, and 24 and learned how math can fight gerrymandering.

Those Amazing Graduates: May 10, 2019

Congratulations to our Mathematics graduates! Earning a Master of Science degree and graduating in the May 10, 2019, ceremony were

Clayton E. Boone
Hanna G. Grant
Tu Anh Nguyen
Pedro Romero
Edward Landreth Smith
Jurgen Xhafaj

These graduates were also recognized by the Mathematics Department in a special hooding ceremony, hosted by Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry and attended by faculty, family, and friends.

Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree were

Zachary Dayne Carlton
Aser Garcia
Sabrina Faith Hetzel, magna cum laude
Casey Renee Sutton, cum laude
Maria Susana Tovar, summa cum laude

Best wishes to all our graduates! For pictures, check our Facebook page.

Tarleton Math Day 2019 Held May 2, 2019

Students and faculty gave presentations in the areas of Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Engineering, and Biology at TSU Math Day 2019. Special judges for the student presentations were:

Dr. Karen R. Murray: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. Charlie Stenholm: 13-time United States congressman
Dr. Mark Morvant: Associate Vice President of Academic Administration
Dr. Javier Garza: Vice President for Enrollment Management
Dr. James Pierce: Dean of the College of Science and Technology
Mr Dwain Mayfield: Retired Vice President of Program Development at Lockheed Martin

Thirteen student research teams competed in the student competition portion of Math Day 2019. The students were judged in 4 categories: Written Abstract, Table Presentation, Oral Speed Presentation, People’s Choice. Prize money was donated to the top three teams by Bill and Winnie Wyatt.

First Place
Hakiem Grant, Jaryd Domine, Wyatt Young
N-body Adaptive Optimization of Lattice Towers

Second Place
Abigail Ballard, Shey Andrews
Parameter Estimation and Simulation of Bacteriophages Infection Model

Third Place
Preston Ward, Susy Tovar, Diana Dinh-Andrus, Tyra Buchanan
Math V Gerrymandering

Next, the Mathematics Department awarded plaques to the following individuals:

Department of Mathematics’ outstanding undergraduate
Maria (Susy) Tovar

Department of Mathematics’ Pam Littleton outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
Edward Smith

Department of Mathematics’ Timothy L. Flinn Faculty Excellence award
Beth Riggs

Pictures from Math Day 2019 may be seen at the Department Facebook Page.

 

 

Conferences 2019-20

Tarleton Students Travel to Texas A&M at Commerce for Differential Equations Challenge Competition, November 9, 2019

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, students from Tarleton brought their mathematical descriptions/models to share with fellow students and faculty as part of an international event--a competition with local site host schools in both the United States and other countries. In all, over 600 students from many schools worked as teams of three at their home school for over a week on one of three real-world problem scenarios. Six TSU math students travelled to our local host site at Texas A&M Commerce to share their results and get feedback from faculty judges.

This year two teams from Tarleton State University participated. Johnny Seay, Sidney Davis, and Jaryd Domine, coached by Dr. Mitchell, were awarded Outstanding for their project over the movement of objects on small microgravity environments such as asteroids. Abigail Ballard, Dashon Mitchell, and Aurod Ounsinegad, coached by Dr. Wyatt, were awarded Meritorious for their project over chemical signals from wasps and butterflies which relate to reproduction and egg deposits.

The event, SCUDEM IV 2019 (SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equations), for high school and undergraduate students was sponsored by SIMIODE – Systemic Initiative for Modeling investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations. Anyone interested in modeling with mathematics, specifically with the STEM pivotal material known as differential equations, can join SIMIODE (free at www.simiode.org ).

16th Annual Texas A&M University System Pathways Research Symposium at Texas A&M International, Laredo, November 7-8, 2019

The Pathways Student Research Symposium provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students across multiple academic disciplines to present their research findings in a poster or oral format. The Symposium provides students with the valuable experience of networking and showcasing their research with faculty, judges, and other participants to supplement their education.

At this year's meeting the Tarleton Mathematics Department extended to a fifth consecutive year its string of having at least one first place award. Preston Ward took 1st place in the graduate Math & Physical Sciences category for "Big Jumps or Little Steps: Fighting Gerrymandering with Random Walks." The Math vs Gerrymandering research team has won three straight 1st place awards at Pathways (in 3 different categories). Jaryd Domine took 5th place in undergraduate Math & Physical Sciences category for "N-Body Adaptive Optimization of Lattice Towers."

Second Annual Meeting of the SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section, Southern Methodist University – Dallas, Texas, November 1–3, 2019

Two Tarleton students traveled to the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathemetics meeting at Southern Methodist University and gave poster presentations.

  • N-Body Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem – Johnny Seay
  • Big Jumps or Little Steps: Fighting Gerrymandering with Random Walks – Preston Ward

15th Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, University of Texas at Tyler, October 25-26, 2019

Five faculty from the Tarleton State University accompanied students to the 2019 Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, Dr. Christopher Cox, Dr. Christopher Mitchell, Dr. Scott Cook, and Dr. Bryant Wyatt accompanied 18 undergraduate students to the conference where students presented their research:

  • GPU Modeling of Binary Star Mass Transfer – Mason McCallum
  • N-body Adaptive Optimization of Lattice Towers – Jaryd Domine
  • An N-body Approach to the Travelling Salesman Problem – Johnny Seay
  • Counter-intuitive No Matter How You Cut It – Nicholas Petela
  • Parameter Estimation and Simulation of Bacteriophage Infection Model – Abigail Ballard
  • Big Jumps or Little Steps: Fighting Gerrymandering with Random Walks - Shawn Brody, Tyra Buchanan

Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) July 10-12, 2019

This year's hottest math conference, in terms of temperature and attendance, is the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, held in San Antonio. Tarleton faculty attending this year's conference were Dr. Kathy Smith, Michael Warren, Joseph McMahan, Colleen Seaman, Dr. Beth Riggs, Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, Imelda Salinas, and Diane Casey. Presentations were given by


Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry "Find the Gold in the Golden Ratio"
Michael Warren "Teacher Noticing for Preservice Teachers in a Summer Field Experience (AMTE-TX)"

Tarleton students attending were Kierah Caldwell, Vasiliki Martinez, Payton Costlow, Alexandria Hart, Jordan McCain, and Austin Alexander.

Learn more about CAMT 2019 here and on the Tarleton Mathematics Department Facebook page.

MAA Texas Section Meeting March 28-30, 2019

The 99th Annual Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Texas Section was held March 28-30, 2019, and hosted by Tarleton State University. Highlights of the meeting included keynote addresses by Dr. Ed Burger, President of Southwestern University, and by Dr. Eli Luberoff, CEO of Desmos. There was a Math vs. Gerrymandering Workshop, and a Math Bowl competition for teams from around the state. For more information, see the Tarleton Conference Web Site.

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry served as this year's Local Arrangements Chair. Mr. Michael Warren served as Student Activities Chair, and led the Math Bowl competition on Thursday evening.

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry received the Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award.

Dr. Bryant Wyatt, MAA Texas Section Distinguished Teacher 2018, presented an invited address "Thor onto Democritus: A Topological Isomorphism on Atoms and the Void."

Recognitions for best presentations went to the following Tarleton Students:

  • Nicholas Petela, Jaryd Domine; advisor Dr. Scott Cook, "A toy Problem and its Twisted Solution"
  • Hakiem Grant, Wyatt Young, Jaryd Domine; advisor Dr. Bryant Wyatt, "N-body Adaptive Optimization of Lattice Towers"
  • David Kiker, Shey Andrews, Michaela Aguirre; advisors Dr. Dustin Edwards, Dr. Keith Emmert, "Parameter Estimation and Simulation of Bacteriophage Infection Model"