Mathematics Program

Program Overview/Mission

The department of mathematical sciences offers students an excellent environment in which to study mathematics and statistics and their applications. The program features both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The graduate program leads to the Master of Science in Mathematics and Master of Science in Statistics; the undergraduate program leads to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. 

Why study Mathematics?

Many people mistakenly believe that a degree in mathematics only prepares one for a career as a teacher or an actuary. A major in mathematics, on the contrary, is excellent preparation for professions in finance, economics, or business. Almost every branch of the federal government employs mathematicians. Many fields demand skills in applied science and technology, such as medicine, DNA forensics, weather forecasting, environmental science, and computer programming.

Careers consistently named as the five most sought-after jobs - Computer System Analyst, Computer Programmer, Actuary, Software Engineer, and Mathematician - recruit employees with a strong mathematics background. UHCL's campus neighbors include Houston's premiere medical, aerospace, and chemical engineering companies. Those firms continually hire many of our Mathematics MS graduates.

  Mathematical Sciences B.A.
 

The bachelor of arts in Mathematical Science prepares students for a career in industry or education. It also lays the groundwork for graduate study in mathematics, statistics, operations research, or other math-based disciplines. Students will explore the classical foundations of mathematics while they consider the modern implications of numeric for computer technology. Refer to the curriculum requirements on the Mathematical Science B.A. degree plan.

  Mathematical Sciences B.S.
 

The bachelor of science in Mathematical Science is designed to prepare the student for a career in industry or education, or for graduate study in mathematics, statistics, operations research or other mathematically based disciplines. Students will encounter both the classical foundations of mathematics and the modern concern with numerical issues that the computer has spawned.  Refer to the curriculum requirements on the Mathematical Science B.S. degree plan.

  Mathematics Sciences M.S.
 

The graduate plan in Mathematical Sciences leads to the master of science degree. This degree is designed to prepare the student for a career in industry or education. It also prepares the student for further advanced study in mathematics, statistics, operations research or other mathematically based disciplines. The course work combines classical mathematics and applied mathematics. The University of Houston-Clear Lake also offers a Master of Science in Statistics, the two programs sharing courses and faculty.  Refer to the curriculum requirements on the Mathematical Science M.S. degree plan.

   Mathematics M.S./Statistics M.S. (Dual Master Degree)
 

The graduate plan in Mathematics and Statistics leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Statistics. This plan emphasizes a curriculum that is designed to educate students in both Mathematics and Statistics. The plan is suitable for students with degrees in engineering, science or other fields with an undergraduate background in mathematics.

  Teaching Certification
 

Students who are seeking teaching certification will follow the degree plan and certification. For additional information please contact CSE Office of Academic Advising.

  • 4-8 Mathematics, BA Mathematical Science
  • 7-12 Mathematics, BA Mathematical Science
  • 7-12 Mathematics, BS Mathematical Science

UHCL's Alternative Certification Program (ACP)

The UHCL College of Education offers the Alternative Certification Program in cooperation with local school districts. This training program allows teaching certificate candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree to work as full-time teachers while they complete their certification.


Program Degrees

 

Teacher Certifications

Minors

Admission Requirements

  • Math M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (150 Quantitative)
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Math; Students with other degrees may apply if undergraduate course work includes a substantial number of advanced credit hours in math courses.

Additional Admission Information

Program Faculty

Nelson Carter
Nelson Carter

Nelson Carter

Lecturer of Mathematics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3730
Email: carter@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-9

Faculty Bio

Tom Fox
Tom Fox

Tom Fox

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3723
Email: fox@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-12

Faculty Bio

Kalanka Jayalath
Kalanka Jayalath

Kalanka Jayalath

Assistant Professor of Statistics ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3778
Email: jayalath@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-7

Faculty Bio

Yingfu Li
Yingfu Li

Yingfu (Frank) Li

Program Chair of Statistics and Associate Professor of Statistics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3728
Email: li@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-10

Office hours:
TR 12:15 - 2:45pm

Faculty Bio

Jingjing Ma
Jingjing Ma

Jingjing Ma

Department Chair of Mathematics and Statistics and Professor of Mathematics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3727
Email: ma@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-8

Office hours:
Tuesday & Thursday
4:30-5:30p.m.

Faculty Bio

Frank Matthews
Frank Matthews

Frank Matthews

Associate Professor of Mathematics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3725
Email: matthews@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-6

Faculty Bio

Zokhrab Mustafaev
Zokhrab Mustafaev

Zokhrab Mustafaev

Associate Professor of Mathematics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3735
Email: mustafaev@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-11

Faculty Bio

Teresa Rivas
Teresa Rivas

Teresa Rivas

Lecturer of Mathematics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3736
Email: rivas@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-2

Faculty Bio

LieJune Shiau
LieJune Shiau

LieJune Shiau

Professor of Mathematics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3724
Email: shiau@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-14

Faculty Bio

Yipeng Yang
Yipeng Yang

Yipeng Yang

Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3737
Email: yangy@uhcl.edu
Office: B3521-5

Faculty Bio

Student Data and Outcomes

Career Opportunities
 
Many students take mathematics courses out of love for the subject, with little regard for the opportunities to pursue the discipline after graduation (other than in education). Careers that require a very strong background in mathematics include software engineer, actuary, computer systems analyst, computer programmer and mathematician . A career in mathematics holds particular benefits for women and members of ethnic minorities. Because women and minorities have been under-represented in careers that require backgrounds in the mathematical sciences, many employers are especially eager to rectify those imbalances.

Careers that require a very strong background in mathematics are listed as the five best job areas, namely Computer System Analyst, Computer Programmer, Actuary, Software Engineer and Mathematician. University of Houston-Clear Lake has a strong record of Master of Science in Mathematics graduates employed in local community colleges.