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South Dakota State University    
  Sep 20, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

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Kurt Cogswell, Department Head
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Architecture, Mathematics, and Engineering 209


Ross Abraham, Kurt Cogswell, Donna Flint, Dan Kemp, Christine Larson, Daniel Schaal, Robert Schmidt

Associate Professors:
Matthew Biesecker, Thomas Brandenburger, Gemechis Djira, Xijin Ge, Jung-Han Kimn, Cedric Neumann, Christopher Saunders, Donald Vestal, Sharon Vestal, Jixiang Wu

Assistant Professors:
Gary Hatfield, John Jasper, Semhar Michael, Thomas Roe

Sarah Clark, Rebecca Diischer, Carri Hales, Zheng Hao, Erin Ulvestad

Wendy Ahrendsen, William Alsaker, Alvin Bahr, Joseph Christensen, Kelly Huls, Young-Hee Ji, Deborah Leiferman, LeAnn Werner

Clara Ayers, Charles Clever, Robert Lacher, Maurice Monahan, Howard Nielsen, Kenneth Yocom


The SDSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a large, diverse, and active organization. The department’s mission is to provide excellent instruction, conduct high-quality research and scholarly activity, and prepare graduates and provide mathematical and statistical services that are both regionally relevant and internationally competitive. The curriculum includes a broad range of challenging and highly applicable undergraduate courses, allowing students to specialize in financial engineering, computational science, mathematics education, or data science. The consistent high placement rate of graduates into K12 and university teaching positions, financial institutions, businesses, manufacturing firms, research organizations, and graduate programs speaks directly to the department’s success in preparing graduates for a wide variety of outstanding careers.




Graduate Programs*

  • Data Science (M.S.)
  • Mathematics (M.S.)
  • Mathematics (M.S.) - Statistics Specialization
  • Statistics (M.S.)
  • Computational Science and Statistics (Ph.D.)
  • Data Science Certificate

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities and Services

The department offices are located in the Architecture, Mathematics, and Engineering Building (AME), room 209. The Math Help Center, located in AME 292 and in the Biostress Basement 0020, provides free walk-in tutoring for students in MATH 095, 102, 103, 115, 120, 121, 123, 125, and STAT 281.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

Math majors can engage in research through the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates.  Students can also participate in the two student organizations, Math Club and the student chapter of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, that combine fun with professional development opportunities. Students meeting certain GPA requirements are also eligible to become members of the Gamma chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the honor society for Mathematics.

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