Our Department

Welcome! The JMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics has over 50 full-time faculty in mathematics and statistcs, focused on undergraduate teaching and undergraduate research. To find a particular department member, please see our Faculty and Staff Directory

programs-image2.jpgAll of the courses for math and science majors are taught in small sections by full-time faculty. This provides our students with the best of both worlds. They get the kind of in-depth faculty-student collaborative experiences that are usually only found in smaller liberal arts institutions, along with the breadth and diversity of offerings of a large institution. 

The faculty in our department lead active research programs in statistics, pure mathematics, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, and mathematics education. We are committed to incorporating student projects into our research, guiding our undergraduates through the processes of proposing and carrying out professional level research projects in mathematics and statistics. Our department offers research courses, independent projects, honors theses, summer research opportunities, and an NSF-funded summer REU program. We also have a diverse array of research labs that allow additional faculty-student collaboration. Check out our Research Opportunities page to learn how you can get involved. 

programs-image1.jpgThere are several active student-run organizations within the department including the Math/Stats Club, the Mathematics Teachers Organization, the Association for Women in Mathematics, and the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. We also run numerous annual events and conferences and there is even a class for beginning majors that is taught by more senior majors! Learn more about our active mathematical community at our Events & Clubs page. 

Our Programs

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the B.A. and B.S. degrees with a major in mathematics and the B.S. degree with a major in statistics. There is an option within the mathematics major to also qualify for initial teaching licensure. Minors are offered in both mathematics and statistics.

In collaboration with the College of Education, the Department also offers a Master of Education (MEd) in Mathematics, a fully online program for secondary mathematics teachers.

Read more about our degree programs at these links:

Besides mathematics, statistics, and education, our department offers a concentration in computational sciences, and is involved in a new university program for Data Analytics. For students interested in early or middle grades education we have a Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS) Major consisting of a collection of lower-division courses along with two upper-level concentrations. We also offer an Algebra I Add-On Endorsement for IDLS majors.

Placement and Policies

Do you have a question about placing into a class, course credit, or department policies? Check out the links below; if you can't find the answer to your question, contact current Department Head Lou Ann Lovin or Administrative Assistant Brenda Wilkinson

  • Information on Freshman Advising, including math course suggestions for entering students, and when to enter the calculus or elementary statistics streams

  • The Math Placement Matrix shows which math classes to take based upon major and your Math Placement Exam score

  • Frequently Asked Questions for students concerning overrides, first week policies, and so on
Quick Links for Current Students

Upcoming course offerings: 

  • Course Descriptions and semesters offered
  • Special topics course for Spring 2022: Math for Industrial Careers. Instructor: Dr. Hala Nelson; Dr. Roger Thelwell. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: MATH 237, MATH 300 or MATH 238, and MATH 248 or permission of instructor. Note: This course is offered as part of the “Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences” (PIC Math) program (https://www.maa.org/node/255138).
  • Special topics course for Fall 2021: Open research problems in mathematics. Instructor: Dr. Joshua Ducey. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: Math 245 and Math 238/300, or permission of instructor.

For mathematics majors and minors:

For statistics majors and minors:

For math education degree seekers: 

Find or become a tutor:

In addition to office hours offered by course instructors, students can visit the Science and Math Learning Center during open hours for help in most lower-level mathematics courses. If desired, students can also hire a mathematics tutor for individual help. A list of mathematics tutors can be picked up from the math department office directly outside Roop 308. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please fill out the application available outside Roop 308.

Honors College and Senior Honors Project:

All current students are eligible to apply for the honors program if the cumulative GPA is at least 3.25. For more information, contact the University Honors College. Students with a GPA of at least 3.25 may choose to satisfy 6 credits of their mathematics elective requirements by completing a Honors Capstone Project (HCP). The HCP involves directed independent study with a faculty member and culminates in a written Honors thesis. Honors theses represent “substantial scholarship” and should not be undertaken lightly. Track I and II Honors students are required to complete an HCP. Other qualified students may elect to do so, which admits them to Track III of the Honors College. More information on Honors College options. Interested students should read the details specific to the HCP.


Students graduating with mathematics, statistics, or math education degrees from JMU have a wide variety of career options. Some of our students go on to careers in industry or education, and others pursue graduate study. 

Graduate School, Internships, and Career Information:

The JMU Career and Academic Planning office has information on employers, internships, job planning, resumes, interviewing, and more. The following links contain career and graduate school information from various mathematical and statistical professional organizations:

Curious about what you can do with a math degree after graduation? Check out these links:

Are you a JMU graduate with a degree from our department? Let us know what you're up to these days by filling out this short survey (coming soon). 

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