Department of Mathematics and Statistics

About Us

One of the fastest growing universities in Texas, Sam Houston State University is a comprehensive public institution of higher education located on a 316-acre main campus in historic Huntsville, 60 miles north of Houston in the Piney Woods region of East Texas. The university has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 taught by more than 700 full-time faculty. 

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has 31 tenured, tenure track and visiting faculty in mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics. The BA, BS, MA, and MS degrees are offered in Mathematics.  The MS degree is offered in Statistics, along with Statistics minors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Detailed information about these programs  can be found in the links on the right.

Math Center

Students make sure to check the Math Center to learn more about their diverse array of tutoring programs.  

Department Spotlight

Dr. Luis Garcia Puente, Associate Professor of Mathematics, was recently highlighted in the American Mathematical Society's prestigious AMS Notices, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Dr. Garcia Puente has a rich research record in algebraic geometry and algebraic statistics, as well as a history of mentoring others. These accomplishments earned him the recognition by the AMS on October 4, 2016. To learn more about Dr. Garcia Puente, please visit the AMS website.


Dr. Scott Chapman, Professor of Mathematics and Editor of the American Mathematical Monthly, was recently named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Dr. Chapman was awarded this honor for his contributions to algebra and service to the mathematical community. For more information, please visit the AMS website.

Education Highlight

Dr. Luis Garcia Puente developed a Numberphile video on the topic of sandpiles and how they produce amazing "fractal zeroes", while serving as a mentor at the Berkeley University Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. To learn more about MSRI-UP 2017, click here.