Welcome from the Chair

We are passionate about mathematics and are glad you are visiting our website. As one of only two mathematics Ph.D. granting departments in Washington State, we are committed to teaching at all levels and to research excellence. Whether you're thinking about majoring in mathematics or interested in graduate school, you've come to the right place.

Our undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with four option choices: actuarial sciences, applied mathematics, theoretical mathematics, and secondary mathematics teaching. We offer graduate programs that can lead to a Master of Science, Doctorate, or Doctorate with Teaching Emphasis. Our graduates go on to good positions in industry, government or higher education.

We're very excited about the Math Learning Center (MLC). Opened in August 2012, the MLC offers free tutor-assisted help for mathematics courses. It's been a great success and we anticipate its continuing success as increasing numbers of students utilize it for valuable help to succeed in their mathematics courses. Attendance rose to over 26,000 student visits during the 15 weeks of the Fall 2013 semester.

The Master's in Computational Finance program enters its second year. This is an exciting option for students who are interested in working in analytical positions in any finance related field: banking, insurance, brokerage houses, government, or consulting.

For a second year, we have offered “enhanced” sections of Math 106. These courses cover the same material as standard sections, but in smaller classes of only 30 students, along with the added support of a required tutorial (Math 116). Students meet daily with the same professor and peers, learning concepts at a steady, manageable pace. The enhanced course is proving to be effective and a tremendous help to those students who need a little more time and individualized instruction.

We're offering a brand new two-week two-credit program called "Calculated Success" this August to prepare students for success in their first math class at WSU. Students will live on campus and will work with a mathematics instructor on an individualized program that will focus on developing successful math skills. The program also features practice and mentoring in college study skills and time management techniques. We expect strong results from this new program. Research shows that the grade earned in your first math class is the strongest predictor of future success in STEM majors.

Our offerings for students interested in actuarial science are expanding. In the Fall of 2014 we will offer a one-credit course designed to prepare students for the actuarial profession's examination on Financial Mathematics. In Spring 2015 we will offer a three-credit course designed to prepare students for the Probability examination of the actuarial profession. By Fall of 2015, we will start a yearly cycle of offering a three-credit course each fall to prepare students for the Financial Mathematics exam, and a three-credit course each spring to prepare students for the Probability exam.

In an effort to improve student learning, beginning Fall semester 2014, "Learning Catalytics" will be implemented in our Calculus courses. "Learning Catalytics" is an innovative teaching tool that incorporates interactive instruction into the classroom and has been recognized worldwide for driving dramatic improvements in student learning. This new technology facilitates and measures student engagement and creates an outstanding learning experience for students based on frequent feedback, which is critical to learning. Faculty members have been working during the summer of 2014 to learn to effectively use this tool and are excited for students to experience the learning benefit of this new cutting-edge method of teaching.

The Mathematics Department has grown to 38 faculty members and 18 instructors. This year we will have one visiting faculty member, and have filled a new postdoctoral position. In the next few years we are aiming to increase the number of postdoctoral positions so that our department becomes recognized as a leader in postdoctoral training. The department has 86 undergraduate majors. This past year the number of graduate students in the department rose to 85; a number of those will graduate, and we are looking forward to the arrival of at least 21 new graduate students who will study with us beginning in the Fall of 2014.

All our faculty members are active researchers at the forefront of current global interests. We have faculty members making discoveries in the areas of Mathematical Modeling, Optimization, Partial Differential Equations, Statistics, Mathematics Education, Discrete Mathematics, Mathematical Biology, Numerical Analysis, Analysis and Geometric Measure Theory, and Linear Algebra. Faculty are collaborating 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 mathematics books. Graduate students and many undergraduate students are actively involved with some of these research projects. Seminars, collaborative research, and colloquiums keep the department vibrant with the sharing of mathematical information between faculty and students.

We welcome your inquiry to study mathematics at Washington State University, or to learn more about our department. Feel free to email the department regarding undergraduate matters at or graduate matters at

We hope you will join us in your pursuit for academic excellence.


Charles N. Moore
Chair of the Mathematics Department
Professor of Mathematics