SHSU offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics & degree plans that lead to math teacher certification. Minors in statistical methods and statistical theory that are intended to provide an understanding of statistical principles and data analysis techniques are also offered.

Mathematics is a powerful tool for solving practical problems, combining logic and precision with intuition and imagination. The basic goal of mathematics is to reveal and explain patterns — whether the pattern appears as electrical impulses in an animal’s nervous system, as fluctuations in stock market prices, or as fine detail of an abstract geometric figure. At Sam Houston State University, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics.

Students considering a degree in mathematics are strongly encouraged to consult an advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics prior to registering for any courses.

Minor: A minor of at least 18 hours is required. Suggested minors include statistical methods, statistical theory, chemistry, computer science, economics, music, physics, or biology.

There are many opportunities for students to be involved in research projects with faculty. In addition to invaluable experience, research projects provide opportunities for travel to national and regional conferences and often includes stipends for research grants. Possible internships exist with NASA, the National Security Agency, actuarial firms, and in the oil industry.


  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer Science
  • Operations Research
  • Finance
  • Teaching

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