Department of Mathematical Sciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Mathematics is both a profession and an indispensable tool for many types of work. As a tool, mathematics is a universal language which has been crucial in formulating and expressing ideas not only in science and engineering, but also in many other areas such as business and the social sciences. As probably the oldest and most basic science, it provides the key to understanding the major technological achievements of our time.

Of equal importance, knowledge of mathematics may help provide a student with the type of uncompromising and clear-sighted thinking useful in considering the problems of many other disciplines. The Mathematical Sciences degree program encompasses mathematics, statistics, and applied mathematics.

Applied mathematics and statistics continue to enjoy a rapid growth. Students have the opportunity of applying their expertise to any of a number of fields of application. For the student to be more effective in such applications, Mathematical Sciences also offers degree programs allowing additional emphasis in the areas of actuarial science, computer science, electrical engineering, and management.

Those interested in obtaining both a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences and Teacher Certification in the state of Texas should consult UTEACH Dallas or the Teacher Development Center for specific requirements as soon as possible after formal admission to the University.

The Mathematical Sciences degree program also prepares students for graduate studies. An accelerated B.S./M.S. Fast Track program is available which provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to satisfy some of the requirements of the master’s degree while they are completing the bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences.

The mission of the undergraduate program in Mathematical Sciences is to provide students a strong background in the mathematics and its applications. The goal of the program is to prepare students for competitive positions in a variety of settings where their analytical, mathematical and modeling skills will be called upon, including teaching, and also to prepare them for continuation into a Mathematics graduate education program at leading graduate institutions.

The mission of the Bachelor program in Actuarial Science is to give students a rigorous mathematical background including all the major courses taken by students majoring in mathematics or statistics. Further, ten courses devoted to finance, economics, applied statistics, insurance and actuarial science are required. Upon completion of this program, a student will have the knowledge and business background necessary to pursue a career as an actuary, as well as to pass three actuarial exams, have three VEE accreditations, and undertake graduate study in actuarial science, statistics, mathematics, economics or finance.


As a result of a unique partnership with Pioneer Natural Resources, our Mathematical Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) research program with its prestigious fellowship is available to undergraduate juniors and seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Please visit our RESOURCES webpage for more details.

  • Updated: February 10, 2015