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Theoretically, mathematics can take you anywhere

As you progressed through your elementary, middle and high school years, learning the fundamentals of mathematics was something you accepted, perhaps loved and most likely questioned: “How will I use this in the real world?”

The answer: Anywhere and everywhere!

Opportunities for real-world employment

Today’s employers value mathematical skills, and a mathematics degree from SFA paves the way to career opportunities.

  • Biomathematics – Modeling natural and biological processes using mathematical techniques and tools
  • Actuarial Science – Applying mathematics principles to finance and insurance industries
  • Operations Research – Employing mathematics to elicit a best possible solution to a problem
  • Cryptography – Securing sensitive communications and information using the principles of mathematics theory
  • Financial Mathematics – Developing investment strategies or designing a financial plan for clients

Learn more about career opportunities for mathematics majors.

Get out of the classroom and into the real world

As a mathematics major at SFA, you’ll see how mathematics can be used to solve problems, build connections and open doors in the real world. You’ll have opportunities to attend professional conferences and network with scholars and practitioners in your field. You may elect to present at a mathematics conference or participate in a meeting organized by the department’s math clubs.

You’ll also be able to put your mathematics skills to the test. You could work with local schools or work side-by-side with your professors on research projects that investigate real-world problems like how to manage dominant species in fisheries. Lumberjack mathematicians also explore how "hive mentality" can be modeled by participating in swarm exercises designed to simulate hive behaviors observed in honeybees. You might decide to work with mathematicians who are developing virtual reality apps that will enable people to visualize mathematical concepts. Tomorrow, you might be part of a research project designed to study a problem that doesn’t even exist today. 

Undergraduate programs and requirements

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

A bachelor's in mathematics prepares you for work in a wide range of today's leading industries; its emphasis on logic and analytical thinking is a trait valued by employers throughout the world. This degree program also prepares you for graduate studies in mathematics or statistics.

To earn a bachelor's in mathematics, you'll need to complete the following requirements:

  • 40 credit hours required for a mathematics major
  • Required courses (37 hours): MTH 233, 234, 311, 317, 333, 337, 359, 360, 412, 439, 440 and 463
  • Elective courses (3 hours): MTH 305, 351 or 415

Check out a sample degree plan. 

Mathematics minor

A minor in mathematics complements a range of majors, from engineering to psychology, and provides the edge needed to be competitive in your career path.

To earn a minor in mathematics, you’ll need to complete the following requirements:

  • 18 credit hours required for a mathematics minor
  • Required courses (8 hours): MTH 233 and 234
  • Elective courses (at least 10 hours) chosen from: MTH 305, 311, 317, 333, 337, 351, 359, 360, 412, 415, 439, 440 and 463

*See General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements

Graduate programs and requirements

Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

If you’re looking to take your ability to analyze and solve problems to the next level, an M.S. in mathematical sciences is a must. Our graduate program prepares you for a doctoral program in mathematics and/or statistics, a teaching position (colleges, universities or public schools) and for positions in business and industry.

To earn an M.S. in mathematical sciences with an emphasis in mathematics, you’ll need to complete the following requirements:

  • Thesis option
    • 30 credit hours of graduate coursework
      3 semester hours of thesis research
      3 semester hours of thesis writing
  • Non-thesis option
    • 36 credit hours of graduate coursework, including:
      • MTH 502, 505, 508, 511, 512, 513, 517 and 539
      • Four additional courses as advised


Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Address:
Math Building
Suite 301

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13040, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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