Mathematics Program

The Hardin-Simmons Department of Mathematics offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Behavioral Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Our students are encouraged to learn by doing mathematics.

Our professors also address theory, and experience is provided in a variety of interesting applications. Computers and the science of computing play important roles in the programs in our department.

Mathematics preparation is provided to help our students take advantage of career opportunities in business, government, and education. Prerequisites for advanced study in mathematics at the graduate level are also included in the department’s programs.

Contact Us

Dr. Andrew Potter

Professor of Mathematics, Head of Mathematics Department 325-670-5826

Majors

  • Mathematics (B.A.)
  • Mathematics (B.S.)

Minors

  • Mathematics Minor (B.A., B.S., B.B.S.)

Why study Mathematics at HSU?

Varied Career Options

Our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees train you to be a professional mathematicians or use mathematics in a career other than teaching. Our Bachelor of Behavioral Science (B.B.S.) degree allows you to teach secondary school mathematics. And, if you want to go into computer science or one of the natural sciences, the B.S. program is right for you.

Excellent Faculty

Each faculty member has a terminal degree in mathematics or a related field and/or a large amount of teaching experience at the secondary, undergraduate, and/or graduate level.

Tutoring Available

Our Mathematics department offers a large number of peer tutorial hours in which students can get help in their mathematics classes.

Program Details

Bachelor of Arts

A major in mathematics consists of at least 30 semester hours and must include MATH 1320, 1321, 2320, 2321, 3305, 3310, 3315, 3320, 4340, and one approved advanced course. CSCI 1320, 2320 and a second sophomore-level English course are required in addition to the requirements in the General Outline of the B.A.

Bachelor of Science

A major in mathematics consists of at least 33 semester hours and must include MATH 1320, 1321, 2320, 2321, 3305, 3310, 3315, 3320, 4310, 4340, and one approved advanced course. Required supporting courses are CHEM 1410, 1411; CSCI 1320, 2320; and PHYS 2401, 2402.

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

A minor in mathematics consists of at least 21 semester hours and must include MATH 1320, 1321, 2320, 2321, 3305, 3310, and one approved advanced course. CSCI 1320 and 2320 are also required.

Bachelor of Behavioral Science

A major for which a student receives Certification for Grades 4-8 consists of at least 33 hours and must include MATH 1320, 1321, 2302, 2305, 2306, 3302, 3312, 3315, 4301, 4340 and one approved advanced course. CSCI 1320 is also required.

A major for which a student receives Certification for Grades 8-12 consists of at least 30 hours and must include MATH 1320, 1321, 2301 or 2320, 3302, 3305, 3310, 3312, 3315, 4301, and 4340. Also required are CSCI 1320 and 2320.

A minor in mathematics consists of at least 18 semester hours and must include MATH 1320, 1321, 3305, 3310, 3312, and one approved advanced course. CSCI 1320 is also required.

All HSU students are eligible for this program.

A student who graduates with a major in mathematics will:

  1. Have the knowledge and skill to set up and solve problems.
  2. Be able to use computers in support of mathematics problem-solving.
  3. Be able to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, mathematical ideas and results.
  4. Have an appreciation for the place of mathematics in culture.

Students who plan to become professional mathematicians or who plan to use mathematics in a career other than teaching should choose a program in either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. If you have a special interest in computer science or one of the natural sciences, the Bachelor of Science degree program should be selected. Students who plan to become secondary school mathematics teachers should choose the program in the Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree (refer to the Irvin School of Education section of the Course Catalog).