Jul 04, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics Department

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Dan Van Peursem, Chairperson
Patterson Hall, Room 132
(605) 658-5970




José Flores, Numerical Analysis
Yuhlong Lio, Stochastic Processes
Dan Van Peursem, Applied Mathematics

Associate Professors:

Catalin Georgescu, Dynamical Systems
Nan Jiang, Numerical Analysis
Gabriel Picioroaga, Operator Algebras and Wavelets

Assistant Professors:

Ramiro Lafuente-Rodriguez, Ordered Algebraic Structures and Lattice Theory; Mathematics Education


Sally Schmidt, Core Mathematics
Clark Bennett, Core Mathematics
Teresa Chasing Hawk, Core Mathematics
Lynnette Crawford, Core Mathematics
Shannon Kortan, Core Mathematics
Kristen Maxon, Core Mathematics
Sandra Shumaker, Business Mathematics
Kathleen Tracy, Core Mathematics
Clare Wagner, Core Mathematics


Mathematics, B.S.


Mathematics: Composite

Mathematics has been called the universal language of the world. This language is used to describe and model phenomena in the sciences, humanities, and arts. Even more exciting than the questions that have been answered by mathematicians are the questions that have yet to be answered or have yet to be posed. To provide students with the foundation and skills for pursuing those questions, the mathematical sciences department provides courses in both pure and applied mathematics, as well as in statistics. Mathematics majors choose diverse career directions, including but not limited to, mathematics education, positions in business and industry, professional schools, and graduate studies in mathematics or statistics. The undergraduate program in mathematics reflects the diversity of student interests as well as the diverse nature of the mathematical sciences. In their study of mathematics, students will develop and hone their problem solving and critical thinking skills that will “open doors wider”, serving well both society and the students in all aspects of their lives.


Please contact the department for additional information about available scholarships and awards. Also see College of Arts & Sciences  for college/school level scholarships.

  • Bessie Kimball Thurber Memorial Scholarship
  • Cleland Cook Math Scholarship
  • Curtis & Lynda Olson Mathematics Scholarship
  • David Walish Scholarship (Honor Bill Ekman)
  • David Walish Scholarship (Honor Howard Connors)
  • Dr. Alexander Pell Scholarship
  • Dr. Andy E. Karantinos Scholarship
  • Dr. Marjorie H. Beaty Math/Computer Science Scholarship
  • Dr. Wayne W. Gutzman Family Scholarship in Mathematics
  • Ekman Gutzman Leadership Coyote Commitment Scholarship
  • Even & Anne Larson Scholarship
  • Howard Connors Math Scholarship
  • L. Fred & Rose E. Hart Scholarship
  • Lt. Colonel Vernon E. Staum Scholarship
  • Math Scholarship-Clearing
  • Merten M. Hasse Scholarship
  • Merten M. Hasse-Math Contest Scholarship
  • Nelontine Maxwell Larsen Award
  • Pi Mu Epsilon/Thomas Emery McKinney Mathematics Award
  • Ralph Richardson Memorial Scholarship
  • Reise Officer Math Scholarship
  • Robert L. Walter Scholarship
  • Royal & Cora Scott Family Scholarship
  • William E. Ekman Scholarship



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