COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE

Mathematics & Statistics

Program Highlights

The Louisiana Tech Mathematics & Statistics degree program begins with an integrated freshman and sophomore curriculum which exposes students to mathematics’ connections to the sciences. This exposure can help a student decide on a minor in the sciences, but minors are not limited to the sciences. Minors of mathematics graduates include aviation, biology, business administration, computer science, English, finance, and physics. For students interested in engineering, we offer an engineering concentration instead of a minor, and for students who want to focus solely on mathematics, we offer a concentration in mathematics and statistics. Because mathematics is so closely related to engineering and the sciences, it is not uncommon for mathematics majors to earn a degree in one of these fields in addition to their mathematics degree. The flexibility of mathematics is reflected in the curriculum, which, aside from fundamental classes in Linear Algebra, Logic and Set Theory, Abstract Algebra, and Analysis, consists entirely of electives; students can tailor their curriculum to their interests.

Job Opportunities

  • Actuarial science (risk assessment)
  • Data science
  • Information technology, computing
  • Business, management, consulting
  • Teaching at the elementary or secondary school level

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Advising Materials

For a list of prerequisites and required courses, select the curriculum sheet below.

Mathematics and Statistics Curriculum Sheet

Faculty

Dr. Brian Barron

Senior Lecturer

Departments: Integrated STEM Research Center, Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 310

Phone: 318-257-2453

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: bbarron@latech.edu

Carl Boyet

Instructor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 348

Phone: 318-257-2589

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: cboyet@latech.edu

Steve Crow

Instructor

Departments: Integrated STEM Research Center, Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 306

Phone: 318-257-4179

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: crow@latech.edu

Dr. Weizhong Dai

Professor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: NETH 233

Phone: 318-257-3301

Fax: 318-257-4922

Email: dai@latech.edu

Allyson Donald

Instructor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Fax: 318-257-2182

Dr. John Doyle

Assistant Professor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 334

Phone: 318-257-3460

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: jdoyle@latech.edu

Dr. Katie Evans

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Director – Mathematics and Statistics and Online Programs

Departments: Administrative and Technical Staff, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, Industrial Engineering, Integrated STEM Research Center, Mathematics and Statistics

Office: BOGH 201C

Phone: 318-257-3011

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: kevans@latech.edu

Pat Gaston

Instructor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 308

Phone: 318-257-2164

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: pgaston@latech.edu

Dr. Richard Greechie

Professor Emeritus

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 336

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: greechie@latech.edu

Tiera Harris

Administrative Coordinator 3

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 330

Phone: 318-257-2538

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: tsharris@latech.edu

Dr. Songming Hou

Professor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 372

Phone: 318-257-3270

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: shou@latech.edu

Dr. David Irakiza

Lecturer

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 324

Phone: 318-257-4505

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: dirakiza@latech.edu

Cassidi Jacobs

Visiting Instructor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Fax: 318-257-2182

Dr. Jinko Kanno

Associate Professor

Departments: Center for Secure Cyberspace, Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 350

Phone: 318-257-3329

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: jkanno@latech.edu

Dr. Don Liu

Professor

Departments: Mathematics and Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Science and Nanotechnology

Office: GTMH 374

Phone: 318-257-4670

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: donliu@latech.edu

Dr. Stacey McAdams

Lecturer

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 328

Phone: 318-257-3266

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: smcadams@latech.edu

Stan McCaa

Instructor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 340

Phone: 318-257-2343

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: smccaa@latech.edu

Dr. David Meng

Program Chair, Senior Lecturer

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 342

Phone: 318-257-3007

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: dmeng@latech.edu

Dr. Raj Nassar

Professor Emeritus

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 364

Phone: 318-257-2566

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: nassar@latech.edu

Dr. Charles Patterson

Instructor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 332

Phone: 318-257-3224

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: charlesp@latech.edu

Dr. Seyyed Nima Salehy

Lecturer

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 318

Phone: 318-257-2493

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: nsalehy@latech.edu

Dr. Jason Terry

Lecturer

Departments: Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 322

Phone: 318-257-2455

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: jterry@latech.edu

Dr. Shanaz Tiwari

Lecturer

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 360

Phone: 318-257-3839

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: stiwari@latech.edu

Dr. Galen Turner

Director, Professor

Departments: Computer Science, Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mathematics and Statistics

Office: NETH 121

Phone: 318.257.2161

Fax: 318.257.2562

Email: gturner@latech.edu

Dr. Jonathan Walters

Lecturer

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 352

Phone: 318-257-4051

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: walters@latech.edu

Rebecca Williams

Instructor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 316

Phone: 318-257-2406

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: rebecca@latech.edu

Dr. Sophia Zhong

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Office: GTMH 344

Phone: 318-257-3453

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: xzhong@latech.edu

Minors

Students who wish to obtain a more intensive degree program with a concentration in statistics-mathematics-engineering are not required to declare a minor if they earn credit for 21 semester credit hours of mathematics, statistics, or engineering courses which are approved by the student’s advisor. Note: No course may count toward the required mathematics and statistics courses in the mathematics curriculum and also the statistics-mathematics-engineering concentration.

Minor in Mathematics

Students in other departments who wish to minor in mathematics are required to take Math 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245 and an additional 9 semester hours earned in statistics courses or mathematics courses numerically above Math 300 and Statistics 200 (other than STAT 402). No more than 6 semester hours may be in statistics. All courses applied toward the minor must be completed with the grade of “C” or higher.

Minor in Actuarial Science

What Is Actuarial Science

Actuaries manage and reduce risk, working in a range of fields, including positions in industrial and government jobs, that analyze the potential for undesirable events to occur and plan for those events. Actuaries are in high demand and, currently, earn a median income of $100,000. As part of the Actuarial Science minor, students will take courses that will prepare them to complete the first two professional exams and will be prepared to begin their careers as actuaries upon graduation.

What Are the Course Requirements

The minor in Actuarial Science requires 18 credit hours to complete.

Actuarial Science Minor
Course
Course Name
# Hours
Corresponding Actuary Test
Mathematics and Industrial Engineering Prerequisite
MATH 240 Mathematics for Engineering and Science 3  
MATH 241 Calculus I 3  
MATH 242 Calculus II 3  
MATH 243 Calculus III 3  
MATH 244 Calculus IV 3  
INEN 300 Engineering Economics 2 Exam 3F/MFE—Models for Financial Economics
Statistics
STAT 405 Statistical Methods 3 Exam 1/P—Probability
MATH 490 (STAT 506) Regression Analysis 3 Exam LC—Models for Life Contingencies
MATH 490 (STAT 520) Theory of Probability 3 Exam 1/P—Probability
MATH 490 (STAT 521) Theory of Statistics 3 Exam ST—Models for Stochastic Processes and Statistics
Business-Oriented Classes
INEN 301 Industrial Cost Analysis 3 Exam 3F/MFE—Models for Financial Economics
MATH 315 Financial Mathematics 3 Exam 2/FM—Financial Mathematics
Total # of Hours Required (beyond prerequisite courses):  18

NOTE: For Mathematics majors who wish to minor in Actual Science, MATH 315, STAT 405, and nine hours of MATH 490 used for the Actuarial Science minor cannot be counted towards their major requirements; a 300-level or above mathematics course needs to be used in place of INEN 301 to fulfill the major requirement.

Who Do I Contact for More Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Dave Meng at dmeng@latech.edu.

Research and Consulting

Research

The faculty conducts research in Numerical Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Differential Equations, Algebra, Topology, Discrete Mathematics and Mathematics Education. Some of this research is being funded by the National Science Foundation, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and other funding agencies. Some faculty members also advise graduate students in the Computational Analysis and Modeling program, an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Computational Analysis and Modeling.

Statistical Consulting Lab

The Statistical Consulting Lab provides programs, departments and organizations help in analyzing statistical information. Check back for more information.