Laying a Mathematical Foundation as You Build Your College Success

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Seattle University’s Mathematics department in the College of Science and Engineering is your home for a variety of degrees and specializations designed to fit your interests and your professional goals. At SU, you will benefit from our notable faculty connecting closely with you through our average 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and from practical, hands-on learning that is built into our programs at every level from class projects to research. Our graduates find themselves in a variety of careers in a diverse set of industries including finance, insurance, software engineering, and the sciences. In addition, some of our mathematics graduates pursue careers in teaching, while others continue their education through top graduate programs in mathematics, finance, statistics and other disciplines.

Our commitment to your educational and career success begins with our direct admission approach, our success with transferring students from a variety of regional and national institutions. We offer various forms of scholarship support for incoming, transfer, and continuing students. Mathematics is an essential tool in the modern world, as well as a fascinating and beautiful subject in its own right. Wherever your passion is focused, we embrace your dedication and will support you along your path toward making a difference. 

Math Dept. News

Undergraduates To Untangle Knot Research

Logo for the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

With a grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM), Professor Allison Henrich will lead a team of three undergraduates in knot theory research throughout the 2019-20 academic year. Their research will seek to learn more about knotting complexity by studying unknotting operations on knotted structures. They will also apply their findings to studying topological-combinatorial games.

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Beloved Math Professor Andre Yandl Dies

Young & old portraits of Math Prof. Andre Yandl

Dr. André Yandl, was a longtime Seattle University math professor. He passed away February 15, 2019. He was born March 28, 1931 in El-Biar, Algeria, and came to the US in 1949. Despite knowing little English, André enrolled at Wenatchee Junior College, earned his AA degree, then completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Washington.

André taught at SU from 1956 to 1965, then from 1966 until he was granted the title of professor emeritus and retired from full-time teaching in 2001. He continued to teach a few classes at SU until 2011, when he finally retired at 80 years old. During his career, André taught for one year at Western Washington University after earning his Ph.D., one term at a university in India in 1969, and was math department chair at SU from 1966 to 1979.

André wrote 6 textbooks and co-wrote 2 more, plus numerous mathematical papers. He was the recipient of the first ASSU Outstanding Teacher Award in 1981 and received the first award by the PNW section of the MAA for Distinguished College and University Teaching of Mathematics in 1992. For many years he was the faculty advisor for the SU math club and served as faculty representative for the athletic department at SU.


Professor John Carter Interviewed by Seattle U. Magazine about his experience as a Fulbright Scholar

Professor John Carter by the Seattle Shoreline

In 2017, Mathematics Professor John Carter, PhD, spent five months researching models of water waves in Norway. His research, conducted in partnership with Henrik Kalisch’s team at the University of Bergen, could result in a scientific breakthrough that would change the wave modeling standard and advance tsunami prediction and renewable energy. Carter and Kalisch expect to publish papers on their findings. For Carter, wave modeling will be an ongoing focus on his research at Seattle U. While in Norway, he also immersed himself in the region, exploring fjords, hiking in the mountains and seeing black metal bands that he can’t see here in the United States. Since 1999, 33 Seattle U faculty and staff have received Fulbright awards to nearly 20 countries.

“The Fulbright allowed me to live in Norway doing science that otherwise would not have been done,” Carter says. “(It) teaches us about other cultures and the world around us directly.”

Excerpt from Seattle University Magazine | Winter 2018

The faculty and advisors in SU’s Mathematics Department are second to none! I am beyond impressed with the passion, care, and enthusiasm that they express inside and outside the classroom. I feel that I’ve received a top-tier education that has established a solid foundation for my future endeavors.

2018 SU Student