Stephen F. Austin State University


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is located in the Mathematics and Nursing Building directly south of Steen Library. Faculty offices and computer laboratories are located on the third floor with classrooms located on the second floor. The first floor houses the School of Nursing. The role of the department is to provide a sound curricula for students who wish to pursue a career in the mathematical sciences and to provide diverse courses for students who are majoring in some other subject, but who need mathematics or statistics as a tool or to satisfy general degree requirements.

Majors & Minors

The department offers a 36-hour undergraduate major in mathematics and a 39-hour undergraduate major in mathematics with high school teaching certification. The department offers undergraduate minors in mathematics and applied statistics with 18-21 hours of mathematics or statistics required for each program. An area of specialization in mathematics for middle-level teacher certification also is offered and requires 24 hours of mathematics.

A Master of Science degree with graduate majors in mathematics or statistics requires 36 graduate hours of mathematics and statistics. A Master of Science degree with graduate majors in school mathematics teaching, middle-school level or secondary-school level, requires 36 graduate hours of mathematics education. Graduate minors in mathematics and applied statistics, which support graduate students in other departments, require at least nine hours of mathematics or applied statistics. Graduate assistantships are available for qualified graduate students.

Student Organizations

A student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Membership is open to any student interested in the mathematical sciences.

Benefits include reduced membership fees for the MAA and informative meetings about topics in mathematical sciences and career opportunities in mathematical sciences. Interested students should consult the MAA Student Chapter faculty sponsors.

Pi Mu Epsilon is a mathematical honor society that promotes scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions and among staffs of qualified nonacademic institutions. A chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon may be chartered only in an academic institution where standards are excellent in all liberal arts departments and particularly in mathematics. The Texas Delta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon is located at SFA. Interested students should consult with one of the faculty sponsors about membership requirements and nominations for memberships.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Several undergraduate scholarships are available to promising mathematics students in memory of C.E. Ferguson. The Alexander, Hurd, Neel and Pinson Scholarships also are available to qualified students through the SFA Alumni Association. The department also administers the Jason Balusek Memorial Scholarship. Details and application information can be found at

The department uses revenues from some textbooks authored by faculty to fund student scholarships based on academic excellence. Mathematics majors, mathematics and statistics minors, and middle and elementary mathematics teaching specialists are eligible to apply by contacting the department. Details and an application form can be found under the "Scholarships" link on the department's webpage:

Part-time employment is available for mathematics majors and minors who have completed designated courses with good academic records.

For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at or 936.468.3805.