Department of Mathematics and Statistics

About Us

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Sam Houston State University consists of three programs:

  • MAA monthlyMathematics, offering the BS and MS degrees
  • Statistics, offering the MS degree
  • Mathematics Education, offering the BS, BA and MA degrees

More information about these programs can be found through the links on the right. 

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is also the current home of the American Mathematical Monthly, the premier journal of the Mathematical Association of America.

For more information, consider:


Department Spotlight

Dr. John Alford, Associate Professor of Mathematics, specializes in Mathematical Biology. In addition to teaching a variety of courses, from Calculus to Statistics to Analysis, Dr. Alford recently published a chapter, entitled "The Virtual Reptile: Mathematical Models and Simulations of Thermoregulatory Strategy," in Reptiles in Research by SHSU's own Dr. William I. Lutterschmidt.

Reptiles in Research Book Cover

Research Highlight

With the generous support of the National Science Foundation, Sam Houston State University is proud to announce the Sam Houston State Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mathematics Program (SAMREU). The 2016 Program will run from June 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016.

Project areas for 2016 include: 

1.       Mathematical Modeling of Ecosystems (led by professors John Alford and Ed Swim)

2.       Computational Algebra (led by professor Martin Malandro)

3.       Discrete Morse Theory and Applications (led by professor Brian Loft)

Participants will receive a $4,500 stipend, round-trip transportation to and from the program, and paid housing. For more information, click here.



Colloquium/Seminar Series

1/27    Teaching Seminar

2/3      John Alford

2/10    Teaching Seminar

2/17    Anthony Varilly-Alvarado
           Rice University

2/24    Anton Dochtermann
           Univ of Texas, Austin

3/2     Efren Ruiz
           Univ of Hawaii - Hilo

3/16    Sarah Wolff
           Denison University              

3/23    Teaching Seminar

3/30    Tugba Karabiyik

4/6      Teaching Seminar

4/13    Azmy Ackleh
           Univ of Louisiana, Lafayette 

4/20   Sara Pollock
           Texas A & M Univ

4/27    Greg Friedman
           Texas Christian Univ

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