Welcome

Greetings from the McMurry University Department of Mathematics. At McMurry, our well-qualified faculty provides a high-quality education in the field of mathematics, as well as the specific training needed to build a career teaching mathematics to primary and secondary school students. These career tracks require full fluency in specific sub-fields of mathematics, including basics such as algebra, geometry and calculus, along with advanced areas like differential equations, mathematical proofs, and statistics and numerical analysis. An academic career in physics, engineering or economics often has its beginnings with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. Alternatively, a minor in mathematics can be obtained by taking 19 credit hours of coursework.

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Areas of Study

The study of mathematics encompasses the skills upon which almost all scientific analysis and modeling are based. We offer three undergraduate degree majors (all Bachelor of Science degrees), as well as a minor program.

Mathematics

Mathematics is a field of study that contributes to virtually every area of human inquiry, especially the natural and social sciences. The Bachelor of Science in mathematics at McMurry is designed to be flexible. In addition to required core modules, you can select from a wide range of electives. This allows you to construct a degree program that prepares you for the career or higher education options you are most interested in. Mathematics

Mathematics Grades 4-8

This bachelor’s degree is for anyone who seeks to gain certification teaching mathematics to students in grades 4-8. You’ll learn all you need to know about basic and advanced math and how to reach out to young students in the classroom. This major requires you to take a minor in curriculum and instruction. Mathematics Grades 4-8

Mathematics Grades 7-12

The Bachelor of Science grades 7-12 provides the skills to teach more advanced mathematical principles to junior high and high school students. You’ll learn basic and advanced mathematical techniques, as well as the pedagogical and classroom management skills you’ll need to teach teenagers. This major requires you to take a minor in curriculum and instruction. Mathematics Grades 7-12
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Student Opportunities

Scholarships and Awards

Annual awards are presented by the department of mathematics each spring, with individual awards for outstanding freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. In addition, several scholarships are awarded to exceptional students. A junior is awarded the Jennie Tate, Clyde A. and Mary Long Memorial Scholarship, which can be used in that student’s senior year; a sophomore is awarded the Dr. Bill Dulin Memorial Scholarship; and a freshman, sophomore or junior is awarded the Paula McCoun Memorial Scholarship.

Departmental Honors

Honors Program

Undergraduate Research

The faculty of the department of mathematics welcomes promising undergraduate students into a range of research programs every year. This opportunity teaches students real-world research skills and helps them begin raising their academic profile.

Kappa Mu Epsilon Honors Society

McMurry proudly hosts a chapter of the Kappa Mu Epsilon honors society for mathematics. Kappa Mu Epsilon

William Lowell Putnam Competition

All McMurry students are invited to participate in the national William Lowell Putnam Competition every year, the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the U.S. and Canada. During two three-hour sessions, students work individually on six challenging mathematical problems. The Putnam Competition is held on campus on the first Saturday in December. Putnam Competition

Global Learning Endorsement

The Global Learning Endorsement provides an opportunity for students to highlight academic achievement in global/international studies on their transcript. This endorsement will provide helpful documentation of the student’s expertise for employment in an increasingly globalized world. Learn More
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Beyond McMurry

Careers

An undergraduate education in mathematics or mathematics teaching is an excellent foundation for a broad range of careers and advanced degrees:
  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Advertising Consultant
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Business Analyst or Consultant
  • Computer Programmer
  • Cryptanalyst or Cryptographer
  • Engineer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Engineer
  • Financial Advisor
  • High School Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Operations Research Consultant
  • Physician
  • Software Developer
  • Statistician
  • U.S. Military Officer

Join the Ranks of Accomplished Alumni

Many of McMurry’s mathematics graduates pursue advanced degree programs or move directly into careers in technical fields. You’ll find that the department's excellent reputation will be a great help in your job search early on, as will the networking opportunities provided by the department’s clubs and honors society. You’ll find McMurry mathematics alumni leading the way in a wide range of fields:
  • Accounting and Financial Analysis
  • Bioinformatics and Biomedical Modeling
  • Computer Programming and Software Engineering
  • Statistics and Mathematical Modeling

Faculty and Staff

Dr.
Kathryn Flores Department chair / Associate Professor of Mathematics
Mrs.
Rachael Bein Director of Academic Enrichment / Instructor of Developmental Mathematics
Mrs.
Roxana Dita Instructor of Mathematics
Mrs.
Carmen Horn Visiting instructor of Mathematics
Dr.
Cynthia Martin AVPAA for Student Success, Professor of Mathematics
Dr.
Kelly McCoun Associate Professor of Mathematics
Mrs.
Beth St Jean Instructor of Mathematics • Academic Enrichment Center Math Coordinator
Dr.
Mark Thornburg Associate Professor of Mathematics

Resources