College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

Message from the Chair

The Department of Mathematics at Washington State University is committed to teaching and research excellence. With approximately 35 regular faculty representing major fields of current research, and 14 instructors, it is one of only two mathematics PhD granting departments in Washington State. There are 72 graduate students, of whom 36 are doctoral candidates, and there are 172 undergraduate majors. Seminars, collaborative research, and colloquiums keep the department vibrant and add to its distinguishing characteristics.

Department offices are located in Neill Hall next to the Owen Science Library, which contains an up to date collection of mathematics books and journals. Within Neill Hall the department is a flourishing mathematical community alive with students and faculty collaborating in research and learning. The building contains three outstanding computer laboratories with both Linux and Windows operating systems, and classrooms designed for seminars and education. Tutoring and help sessions are available throughout the week at times most convenient to students.

The graduate program leads to a Master of Science, Doctorate, or Doctorate with Teaching Emphasis. The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics that has four option choices: actuarial sciences, applied mathematics, theoretical mathematics, and secondary mathematics teaching. Graduates go on to hold positions in industry, government or higher education.

Faculty collaborate with researchers from other disciplines within Washington State University, other academic institutions and federal research laboratories. These collaborations have been extremely productive in generating joint research publications and research funding. Faculty have authored and co-authored research papers that have been published in various top-tier mathematics journals and in disciplines other than mathematics, in addition to publishing mathematical books.

The University is surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of the Palouse. A National Geographic cover story called the region, “A Paradise Called the Palouse” and the October 2001 National Geographic Traveller Magazine featured the Palouse region in their cover story, “50 Places of a Lifetime.” Students and faculty enjoy outdoor recreational activities such as wild river kayaking, Hell's Canyon, the Idaho wilderness, as well as access to multiple lakes and rivers that are within easy driving distance.

We welcome inquiries to study mathematics at Washington State University. Feel free to email the department for undergraduate matters at or for graduate matters at

Join us in your pursuit for academic excellence,

Charles N. Moore, Chair


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Charles N. Moore, Department Chair


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