College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

Plan -YOUR- Career in Mathematics!

Our Programs

The Department of Mathematics at Washington State University provides programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Majoring in mathematics will prepare you for a broad range of careers, and employers place high value on math degrees from Washington State University. Math graduates are excellent problem solvers, critical thinkers, good writers, and function well as team members.



Undergraduate math majors have exciting opportunities. These include conducting research and computer analysis, as well as pursuing special studies with highly regarded faculty members. Students have the opportunity to participate in industry internships and competitive research programs in the United States and abroad. A student may earn a stipend as an undergraduate teaching assistant by tutoring, grading papers, or leading tutorial sessions for introductory level math classes.


Many students earn a minor in mathematics or statistics. Students majoring in agriculture, engineering, biology, business, computer science, chemistry, economic sciences, physics, or other majors, may find that earning a minor in either mathematics or statistics requires only one or two additional courses. To learn more about the requirements and procedures to obtain a minor in mathematics click here.


Graduate students study with mathematics faculty who are on the forefront of research in areas of current global interest such as: mathematical modeling in population genetics, muscle physiology, and biomolecular systems; optimization problems on high performance computing environments; partial differential equations in control theory, swimming phenomenon, materials research, microwave heating and inverse problems; geometric analysis with a parallel focus on applications to data modeling and analysis; statistics related to bioinformatics and large data, multiple comparisons, experimental design, linear models, change-point problems, quality control, engineering reliability and risk analysis; probability including martingale methods, stochastic differential equations, stochastic simulation, and extreme value theory; matrix algebra including both computational and theoretical analyses; mathematics education research associated with teacher preparation, use of technology, and culturally relevant pedagogy; discrete mathematics that includes cryptography, combinatorics, and number theory; and environmental mathematics such as contaminant transport in groundwater, population ecology, and predator-prey problems. Graduate students participate in graduate seminars and undertake collaborative and cross-disciplinary research.

**NEW** Middle Level Mathematics Endorsement

Beginning summer 2010, a partnership between the Mathematics and Teaching and Learning Departments will provide classes for a Middle Level Mathematics Endorsement in teaching! The endorsement has five classes to add to a secondary or elementary certificate, and is designed for both in-service and pre-service teachers. For more information please visit our Math Education page, or the College of Education page.

Recent Faculty Authored Books

Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers

- by Calvin T. Long, Duane W. DeTemple, and Richard S. Millma

Fundamentals of Matrix Computations, 3rd Edition

- by David S. Watkins

Controllability of Partial Differential Equations Governed by Multiplicative Controls

- by Alex Khapalov

For more information about these books and to read about other recently published faculty books, please >>Click here.







Grants and Fellowship Opportunities

Get help with fellowship and research proposals. The College of Sciences Grant and Fellowship Support (GFS) team can help you obtain extramural grants and fellowships. For more information >> click here.

New Faculty

Several new faculty have joined the department this fall. Read more >> New Faculty

Math Professors Analyze Numbers - Determine Best Way to Control H1N1 Influenza Virus

When the first cases of the H1N1 influenza virus hit WSU in 2009, assistant professor Elissa Schwartz was teaching her students about the behavior of epidemics in a closed population. With the help of clinical associate professor Sergey Lapin, and using real live data, they simulated transmission of the influenza virus to analyze its infection rate thereby determining the best way to contain it. Read more >> Washington State Magazine, or WSU News.

Be COOL - own a Math Club Shirt!

The Math Club is taking pre-orders for their latest t-shirt. Get one and be cool. For more information click here.


Help is just a few steps away!
Visit the MLC (Math Learning Center) in Cleveland 130 for FREE math help. See how easy it is to get help!

New Grants Awarded

Voulgarakis, Nikolaos (PI) "Modeling Nanoscale Fluid-Solid Interfaces." $151,170. NSF. 7/15/14 - 6/30/17.

Khapalov, Alex "Modeling, wellposedness and control for swimming phenomenon" (collaborative research between WSU and the University of Rome ``Tor Vergata’’), PI, Simons Foundation, 10/1/14-9/30/19, $35,000.

Dillon, Robert (PI) with Prashanta Dutta (Mechanical Engineering). $380,939. CDS&E (Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering): Mathematical models and computational methods for the tumor microenvironment. Abstract. NSF. 8/1/13 - 7/31/16.

Krishnamoorthy, Bala with Tamal Dey (Ohio State) and Anil Hirani (Illinois) as collaborators. $915,600. AF: Medium: Collaborative research: Optimality in Homology – Algorithms and Applications. NSF. 8/1/11-7/31/15. WSU Portion $260,121.

Knott, Libby . $4,996,103. MMRE: Making Mathematical Reasoning Explicit. NSF, 6/1/11 – 5/31/16. Joint proposal with University of Idaho. WSU Portion $3,411,221.

For information on more faculty funded grants >> click here.

Department of Mathematics, PO Box 643113, Neill 103, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-3113 Phone: 509-335-3926 Fax: 509-335-1188 Contact Us