Laying a Mathematical Foundation as You Build Your College Success

A hand builds a neat tower of blocks

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

The Math Department Says Farewell to the 2017-18 School Year

Math Dept. Senior Lunch 2018 group photo

The Math Dept. gathered at St. Clouds Restaurant, near the Seattle U. campus, for their annual celebration of graduating math majors. Students, faculty, and staff came together for a festive meal and to share memories of notable achievements and good times, in the year just past. Included was the presentation of the department’s yearly awards, made to graduating seniors. Each award is named in recognition of beloved faculty members past. The Mirbagheri-Yandl Award for mathematical achievement went to Elsa Magness. The Janet E. Mills Award for undergraduate research went to Morgan Rozman. The Wynne Alexander Guy Spirit of the Mathematics Department Award went to Joseph Nakao. The medals were presented by Math Chair Dylan Helliwell, who had high praise for all of the winners, each of whom went above and beyond to share their enthusiasm for math. We wish all our graduating seniors well, as they move on to graduate school, new careers, and the further exploration of mathematical possibility!

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

Professor Brian Fischer Wins National Institute of Health Grant to Study Sound Localization

Portrait of Profesor Brian Fischer

Dr. Fischer and colleagues at UC San Diego, UC Davis, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine recently were awarded a five-year, $3 million National Institutes of Health grant under the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative. The grant will support research to use novel anatomical, physiological, and statistical tools to understand the microcircuit basis of sound localization behavior, from the network architecture to populations of neurons and how they change during learning. Nearly $462,000 of the grant will support Fischer and undergraduate students to do statistical analysis of the huge amount of data the other researchers will generate, as well as to perform mathematical modeling.