Welcome to the Department of Mathematics

We understand that mathematics is a powerful tool for understanding the world around us and a cornerstone of progress across all sectors.

About the Mathematics Department

The Department of Mathematics at CWU is a vibrant hub of academic excellence, innovation, and inspiration that stands at the center of a better future. We offer a rich selection of programs, including actuarial science, applied mathematics, data science, and various levels of mathematics education. Each program is designed to provide a solid foundation in mathematical theories while emphasizing their real-world applications.

Student Information

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Kryptos Challenges

Index page for the Kryptos Challenges section of the Mathematics department site.

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CWU Scholarships

Scholarships at Central Washington University

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Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate mathematics degrees

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Departmental Policies

Departmental policies for the Department of Mathematics

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Mission Statement

Mission statement for the Department of Mathematics

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Request Information

Request information on the Math Department at CWU

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Middle-level Mathematics Request Form

Request more information on the Middle-level Mathematics program at CWU.

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Why Study Math at CWU?

Learning at CWU extends beyond textbooks and lectures.

Our department hosts workshops, seminars, research projects, and community outreach initiatives. We don't just teach mathematics—we explore it. Our faculty of mathematicians and educators are not only experts in their field. They serve as mentors, providing individualized attention and fostering an environment that encourages questioning, discovery, and innovation.

Degree Options

Join the CWU Mathematics Department and choose from our undergraduate and certificate programs designed to further your education and prepare you for a rewarding career.


  • Mathematics: Middle-Level Education, BA
  • Mathematics: Secondary Education, BA
  • Actuarial Science, BS
  • Applied Mathematics, BS
  • Data Science, BS - Statistical Data Science Specialization

Minors and Certificates

  • Mathematics Honors Certificate
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Mathematics: Elementary Math Minor
Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact the Academic Advising Center.


Breaking Ciphers

CWU Mathematics students regularly compete in the annual Kryptos competition, which is centered around the breaking, or cryptanalysis, of ciphers (secret writing). In 2022, CWU students Ethan Davis, James Mathis, Alice Williams, and Ashlyn Huber were recognized for their code-cracking skills.

Teaching STEM

Central Washington University has received a $1.5 million, six-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which will be used to establish the Washington STEM Teachers Engaging in Leadership, Learning and Research (WA-STELLAR) program.

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Mathematics Department

Samuelson Hall Rm. 208