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We have a job openings for a Lecturer of Statistics and Adjunct Instructors to begin Fall 2024! Please click on 'Job Openings' in the page menu for more information.

Congratulations to two of our faculty who were recently recognized for their outstanding service to the Department!

Dr. Yu Chen, Professor, was a recipient of ISU's Distinguished Faculty award in the category of Outstanding Teacher.

Annik Martin, Senior Lecturer, was an inaugural recipient of the ISU Excellence in General Education Teaching Award.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics maintains a highly trained and research-active faculty with a balanced commitment to teaching, research and service. Our mission is to provide our students with the best possible education in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics through instruction in the classroom and to support our university, community and profession through a variety of service roles.

Our department has been instrumental in developing the Early College Program to offer advanced placement mathematics courses to students in high school so they can earn college credit in advance of attending university.

We provide mathematics courses that satisfy general education requirements for all students at ISU as well as courses that are specifically required for students pursuing education in teaching, physics, engineering, health professions, computer science, biological sciences and business.

Our department offers the following degree programs:

  • Mathematics: Doctorate of Arts, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science, Minor and Associate of Science
  • Applied Mathematics: Bachelor of Science and Minor
  • Statistics: Bachelor of Science and Minor

Our majors are encouraged to enrich their education with practical experience by participating in undergraduate research, math modeling competitions, STEM outreach activities and engaging with each other and as members of the department's Math Club. We endeavor to provide students with research opportunities to develop their skills and provide them with real-world experience for future employment or to prepare them for graduate-level study.


Mission Statement

We empower people to discover meaning and joy in mathematical thinking through creative problem solving
and applying mathematics to the real world.


On the Pocatello campus, our department is located on the 3rd floor of the Physical Science Building on the south-west corner of 8th Avenue and Carter Street.

Department Office:  Room 318

Phone:  (208) 282-3350



On the Idaho Falls campus, our instructors' offices are located in the Tingey Administration Building (TAB) at 1784 Science Center Dr.

Effective Fall 2022:

MATH 1199, 'Intro to Business Math', 3 cr, will no longer be offered in the Math Department. This class is now offered in the College of Business as MGT 1116, 'Mathematics for Business'.
By earning a C- or better, it may be used as a prerequisite for College of Business courses instead of Math 1108 (specifically MGT 2216 and ACCT 2201). This course will cover mathematical and problem-solving skills needed for future business courses and careers in business. Class will focus on business applications specific to, but not restricted to, the disciplines of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Health Care Administration, Informatics, Management, and Marketing.



First, we'd like to get you connected with an advisor in our department. He or she will help guide you throughout your time here at ISU and in your program. Your advisor will help you decide what classes you should begin with and which ones would be most helpful to you in your career or future higher education goals.

We have four default department advisors who are math faculty in the department. Depending on the program you are interested in, please contact one of the advisors listed below to set up a time to meet with him or her. You can also meet with the ISU academic advisor for mathematics. 


Mathematics:  Dr. Tracy Payne, tracypayne@isu.edu, (208) 282-3650

Applied Mathematics:  Dr. Yunrong Zhu, yunrongzhu@isu.edu, (208) 282-3819

Statistics: Dr. Shu-Chuan 'Grace' Chen, scchen@isu.edu, (208) 282-4137

(I.F. Campus) Michael Jacobson, michaeljacobson@isu.edu, (208) 520-1985

(Central Academic Advising) Jay Broda, jaybroda@isu.edu, (208) 282-4408

Your advisor has and will help you to complete the form to declare the degree you are interested in.

For more advising information and resources, also visit: Office of Academic Advising