Welcome to the University of St. Thomas Department of Mathematics!


Come Discover How Magical Mathematics Can Be


The Department of Mathematics recognizes both the inherent beauty in the discipline and the many areas of practical application of mathematics. Our faculty are active researchers and are fully invested in our students. We have several exciting programs and centers including: the Mathematics Resource Center (MaRC), which provides placement advising, testing and free tutoring, and the Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM), which provides the opportunity for meaningful undergraduate research and uses mathematics to solve real-world problems for business, industry and government. We offer several majors: B.S. in Actuarial Science, and a B.A. in Mathematics with specialties in Pure Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics, or Applied Mathematics.


Questions about Math placement or transfer credits?

Please contact the MaRC Director, Molly Peterson, with questions about Math placement exams: pete1476@stthomas.edu or 651-962-5529.

Please contact Dr. Melissa Loe, Associate Dept. Chair, with questions about transfer credits:msloe@stthomas.edu or 651-962-5534.

Latest News from the Department

Math Professor Cheri Shakiban receives the UST Distinguished Educator Award.
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Math professor Cheri Shakiban and two St. Thomas math students published in journal.
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Mathematics major Emily Vecchia earned Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention - Spring 2016.
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Three UST Actuarial Science students have been named 2016 Spencer Educational Foundation Scholars.
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UST students Alex Bates and Laura Fink will be giving a CAM colloquium. Join us Monday, May 2, in the 3M Auditorium (OWS 150), from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Cookies and beverages will be available.

Abstract: Zero forcing is a fairly new concept in mathematical research, with various applications in mathematics, physics, and the spread of information in networks. Zero forcing refers to the process of coloring the vertices on a graph by following a specified color change rule. Topics of particular interest for this research project are zero forcing sets, or initial sets which will eventually force or color all of the vertices of a graph, and the amount of time this process takes. Results of this research include upper and lower bounds for size of the initial zero forcing sets on circulant graphs of the form C[n, {s, t}]. Results also include insight into the specific nature of circulant graphs and proofs for the isomorphisms of certain families of circulant graphs.

Bio: Senior Alex Bates and sophomore Laura Fink were awarded the 2015 CAM Outstanding Summer Research Award. Alex and Laura worked with faculty advisor, Prof. Brenda Kroschel.

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