May 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics and Statistics

Department Chair: Will Murray
Undergraduate Associate Chair: Florence A. Newberger
Department Office: Faculty Offices (FO3-120)
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4721 / (562) 985-8227

Faculty: Babette M. Benken, Joseph Bennish, Ryan C. Blair, John O. Brevik, Linda H. Byun (Emeritus), Bruce J. Chaderjian, Jen-Mei Chang, Joshua D. Chesler, Scott W. Crass, Yu Ding, Morteza Ebneshahrashoob (Emeritus), Tangan Gao, Yihnan David Gau, Brian Katz, Eun Heui Kim, Sung Eun Kim, YongHee Kim-Park, Olga Korosteleva, Melvin D. Lax, Chung-Min Lee, Xuhui Li, Xiyue Liao, Kathryn McCormick, Robert A. Mena (Emeritus), Hojin Moon, Will Murray, Florence A. Newberger, Norma A. Noguera (Emeritus), Jeffrey Pair, Joshua H. Sack, Alan M. Safer, Angelo Segalla (Emeritus), Kagba N. Suaray, Hui Sun,  Robert C. Valentini (Emeritus), Ngo N. P. Viet (Emeritus), James H. von Brecht, Lihan Wang, Wen-Qing Xu, Tianni Zhou, William K. Ziemer

Administrative Support Coordinator: Sofia Aguilera



  • General - Jeffrey Pair
  • Applied Math - Melvin D. Lax
  • Statistics - Olga Korosteleva
  • K-9th Teaching - Babette M. Benken

Honors in the Major: Jeffrey Pair

Credential:Joshua D. Chesler


  • General - John O. Brevik
  • Applied - James H. von Brecht
  • Mathematics Education - Xuhui Li
  • Statistics - Kagba N. Suaray

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics  


Career Possibilities

Mathematician • Statistician • Operations Research Analyst • Computer Programmer • Wage/Salary Analyst • Teacher • Systems Analyst • Financial Analyst • Corporate Accountant • Actuary • Surveyor • Information Scientist • Econometrist • Securities Analyst • Efficiency Engineer • Meteorologist • Technical Writer • Demographer (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see Various entry-level trainee positions in business and industry are available for graduates regardless of academic discipline.


Mathematics is fundamental to all scientific knowledge, including not only the traditional natural sciences but increasingly the social and economic sciences. Mathematics is also a vital aid to critical and philosophical thinking.

The Department offers instruction for students at all levels beyond high school mathematics. Its courses provide the computational and analytic skills needed for a variety of majors, as well as the advanced theoretical topics for specialists in mathematics.

Academic Advising and Facilitated Enrollment into Classes

All entering students who declare a major in a degree program offered by this department need to contact the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ (CNSM) Academic Advising Center (HSCI 164) and participate in the College’s Science Safari to Success (for first time freshmen) or EONS (Enrollment and Orientation in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics for transfer students) Program. These programs are held in June/July for those starting in the Fall Semester and in January for those starting in the Spring Semester. Department advisors will be available to provide an overview of the students’ chosen baccalaureate degree program, to assist with academic advisement, to provide information on the many career opportunities available, and to aid students in enrolling in classes. Contact the CNSM Academic Advising Center, Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (HSCI 164), or department office for additional information.

Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment at Another College

Students who wish to take coursework at a community college or other college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate department for prior approval to earn credit for specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be complied with; see ’Concurrent Enrollment’ and eTransfer of Undergraduate Credit’ in this catalog. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the department.

Single Subject Teaching Credential Mathematics

Subject matter competence for the Single Subject Teaching Credential may be demonstrated by completion of the Option in Mathematics Education with (1) a 2.75 GPA or higher in required MATH, MTED, and STAT courses, and (2) no grade lower than a C in those courses. There are alternative means of demonstrating subject matter competence; consult with the Single Subject Mathematics Education Advisor for specific academic advisement. Note that the above demonstration of subject matter competence is required for a Teaching Credential, but is not a requirement of the BS degree.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Teaching Credential, prospective Math teachers are also required to complete 45 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education  section of this catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

How to Apply

See department’s website:

To apply for admission to a graduate program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, you must apply to the department and to the university.

To apply to the department, send one of the following appropriate prerequisite worksheet (available online at above website or from the department office) to the Graduate Advisor by June 1 for fall admission or November 1 for spring admission:

  • Pure Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet;
  • Applied Mathematics Prerequisite Worksheet;
  • Applied Statistics Prerequisite Worksheet;
  • Mathematics Education for Secondary Teachers Prerequisite Worksheet.


    Graduate and Professional DegreesUndergraduate DegreesMinor


      Early Start MathematicsMathematics and Statistics
      Mathematics Education

      Please note: Admission to the Option in Mathematics Education is currently suspended.

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