Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Georgia State University!

Our department is committed to excellence in teaching and research. Its diverse faculty and staff serve the multifarious interests and activities in which GSU immerses itself. The Department cherishes the cultural heterogeneity of its faculty, staff, and students.

Our Department is in charge of all mathematics core courses (more than 11 courses) at the Downtown Campus, with the most teaching hours among all departments/units at GSU. Apart from traditional lectures, three of our most popular courses (Elementary Statistics, College Algebra, and Precalculus) are taught in emporium format, a hybrid of classroom lectures and active laboratory learning. Imbued with immense talent and dedication, we, in the last 10 years, have achieved superior student success rates in college mathematics, which in turn helps the university increase students’ graduation rates. Some of our courses have become national success models and have attracted visitors from many other universities and colleges.

Our Department offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. Additionally, the Department offers two accelerated dual degree programs with combination of a B.S. in mathematics, and an M.S. degree with concentrations in either mathematics or statistics. Under the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department recently developed an M.S. degree in data science, jointly with the Department of Computer Science.

Our undergraduate programs enroll an average of about 230 students and graduate almost 45 students annually. Our faculty are dedicated to students’ success. In 2020, GSU was ranked #3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching by U.S. News. Undergraduates have ample opportunities to work on mathematical research with faculty through the Research in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Statistics (RIMMES) program administered by the Department.

The majority of our M.S. graduate students are in statistics and related fields. In general, our M.S. programs enroll 70 students and graduate around 30 students each year. The concentrations in the M.S. program include Discrete Mathematics, Scientific Computing, Bioinformatics, Statistics, Biostatistics, and Statistics and Allied Field.

Our Ph.D. program in mathematics offers three concentrations: Mathematics, Biostatistics, and Bioinformatics. The Ph.D. program enrolls roughly 50 students and graduates about 10 Ph.D. students per year.

The Department has a diverse faculty actively engaged in research covering broad areas in mathematics, statistics, and their applications. In particular, we have internationally recognized experts in the following areas: algebra, biostatistics, biomathematics, combinatorics and graph theory, dynamical systems, mathematics education, matrix analysis, and numerical analysis. Our faculty regularly publish in top-ranked journals, and on average more than 1/2 of the research faculty members are supported by various federal funded grants. Several members have been serving on editorial boards of journals.

You are invited to explore our website, and contact us if you would like to join the Department or need further information.

Guantao Chen, Ph.D.
Chair and Regents’ Professor