Welcome to the Mathematics Department website. We hope your visit here will give you a sense of excitement the students and faculty of our department share in our unique south Louisiana setting.

Attention Math Teachers…

Nicholls State University is offering a Master’s Degree designed for teachers of mathematics taught through distance learning!
This new Master of Science in mathematics is uniquely designed to serve teachers seeking professional development.  The program consist of a mathematics/teacher education core consistent with post-secondary mathematics education training.  The curriculum will strengthen secondary teachers’ content understanding by enriching their knowledge of logic, mathematics, and technology, as well as curriculum and instruction methods.  The majority of the courses are offered online, allowing teachers the convenience of studying at home at their own pace.  The structure of this program is unique in the State of Louisiana.  The program is titled Master of Science in Community/Technical College Mathematics in order to also attract prospective math instructors for community or technical colleges.

We are excited to offer this unique program to teachers who are interested in obtaining their master’s degree. In addition to being a convenient way of obtaining a degree, this program is the only one in the state which allows teachers to obtain a Master of Science in mathematics while improving their instruction techniques.  This program will not only strengthen a teacher’s knowledge of math, but will add successful , modern, teaching techniques to his/her foundation, including successful new methods using technology.  The additional knowledge of higher mathematics, along with proven teaching techniques will enhance the teacher’s approach to instruction, as well as create a fresh, new outlook.

The teachers will not be the only ones to benefit from this extraordinary program. The students will also benefit from this new approach.  Our students will recognize and appreciate the additional knowledge they will gain, as well as, the change that could take place in the classrooms. These changes include a more creative teaching approach with emphasis on new technology, which is the very thing that today’s students have embraced.

We are looking forward to a brighter future for our math teachers and our future generations of students.


Who is a Mathematician?

This is not an easy question to answer.  The tasks assigned to mathematicians are usually as diverse as the companies that employ them.  Mathematicians are frequently assigned to serve as mathematical consultants within teams of other specialists (engineers, accountants, sociologist, to name a few) and they are often part of a scientific team. A mathematician’s exposure to diverse areas of mathematics (calculus and non-calculus based analysis, numerical analysis, statistics, operations research), he or she may perform the function of researching and guiding a project group to and through a certain method of analysis.  Clearly the increased use of computers has greatly influenced the role of a mathematician.  He or she may perform the function of preparing a problem to obtain a solution on computing devices.  In many instances this may mean programming on the computer.  In other cases the mathematician may never actually see the computer.

Numerous industry and government agencies have recruited our graduates.  Representatives from such agencies have been regularly invited to NSU to discuss applications of mathematics and to advise our majors of career opportunities.  Mathematics graduates from Nicholls are currently employed by such firms as Bell Laboratories, Texaco, Bell South, Entergy, McDermott, Whitney National Bank, NASA, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Louisiana State University, Blue Cross, the University of Arkansas, and others.  Other graduates have elected to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics and science.

The Challenge of a Career?

In today’s world there is an ongoing effort to quantify many aspects of our society.  There is always a need for mathematicians to numerically formulate and solve new problems.  There is demand for good applied mathematicians in all areas of our technological world: business, engineering, government, science, and others.  People at the helm of mathematics are vital to our progress as a society.  Careers for such people are diverse and abundant.  A mathematician may be employed in the areas of:

  • Statistics
  • System Analysis
  • Teaching
  • Civil Service (Government)
  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Consulting
  • Operations Research
  • Industrial Research and Development

For more information about the program please contact:

Dr. Brian Heck, Department Head (Interim)
Email: brian.heck@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985.448.4383

Dr. Heather Gamel, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Email: heather.gamel@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985.448.4380