2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

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



Ross Abraham, Kurt Cogswell, Donna Flint, Xijin Ge, Christine Larson, Daniel Schaal, Robert Schmidt

Associate Professors

Matthew Biesecker, Thomas Brandenburger, Gemechis Djira, Jung-Han Kimn, Gary Hatfield, Cedric Neumann, Christopher Saunders, Donald Vestal, Sharon Vestal, Jixiang Wu

Assistant Professors

John Jasper, Semhar Michael, Hossein Moradi Rekabdarkolaee


Rebecca Diischer, Rong Fan, Carri Hales, Erin Ulvestad


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


Clara Ayers, Charles Clever, Daniel Kemp, 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 Specialization
  • Computational Science and Statistics (Ph.D.) - Mathematics Specialization
  • Computational Science and Statistics (Ph.D.) - Statistics Specialization
  • Advanced Graduate Mathematics Certificate
  • Data Science Certificate
  • Graduate Mathematics Certificate

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

Facilities & Services

The department offices are located in the Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Hall (AME), room 209. The Math Help Center, located in AME 292, provides free walk-in tutoring for students in MATH 021 , MATH 101 , MATH 103 , MATH 114 , MATH 115 , MATH 120 , MATH 121-121L , MATH 123 , MATH 125 , and STAT 281 .

Student Support & 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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