Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics is equal parts exploration and inspiration; art and science; a process of discovery that can bring us face to face with the patterns at the very heart of our universe.

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Mathematics is also opportunity. In a world that’s increasingly inundated with data and technology, the need for people who are intellectually nimble, technologically savvy, and mathematically literate is at an all-time high. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 23% job growth for mathematicians around the country from 2012-2022 — more than double the growth rate across all industries in the U.S.

USF’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics is both academically rigorous and highly social. Our students work hard, but do so within a strong community of like-minded scholars. Weekly Math Tea, regular colloquia, and ongoing undergraduate research projects are just a sample of the many opportunities to foster these close relationships with fellow students and faculty members.

Degree Options

Our department offers a major, minor, honors degree, and teaching credential in mathematics. Many students even double major or minor in complementary areas like data science, physics, and computer science.

Major & Minor

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is an outstanding way to introduce our mathematics students to tackling challenging problems in a wide variety of fields. Math faculty have mentored projects in the fields of topology, knot theory, number theory, logic and computability, quantum computing, fluid dynamics, partial differential equations, mathematical modeling, image processing, and sports analytics.

Our students have presented their work at national mathematics meetings and several have gone on to publish their work. Students have attended prestigious summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at UCLA, Williams, and other institutions.

Math Circles

USF students explore issues of equity in education while teaching middle- and high-school students in mathematical circles around the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Awards & Scholarships

Our students successfully compete in national math compititions and are awarded scholarships for excellence. Some examples include:

  • Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition - The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual contest for college students established in 1938 in memory of its namesake, by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam.
  • The Batey Prize - The Batey Prize is awarded to the most outstanding graduating senior in mathematics and includes a purse, a gift of the Batey family.
  • The Mike and Millie Lehmann Scholarship - Established in 2004 by the USF Faculty Association in honor of the Lehmanns' dedication to their USF students and significant contributions to the Faculty Association, the Lehmann Scholarship provides a $1000 scholarship to Math majors and Economics majors each year.

Contact Info

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mon-Fri, 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.

Harney Science Center 222, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1082 (415) 422-6747 (415) 422-5747