Department of Mathematics and Physics
The Department of Mathematics and Physics offers majors in Mathematics, Mathematical Studies and Physics. In addition, a major in Composite Science is offered jointly by the Department of Mathematics and Physics and the Department of Chemistry. Students who major in Mathematics, Mathematical Studies or Physics pursue a BS degree. Honors programs are available for students majoring in Mathematics or Physics. Minors in Mathematics and Physics are also offered.
We also offer a Pre-Engineering program, which allows you to complete essential coursework in mathematics and physics before transferring to a cooperating university to complete a degree in engineering. Mathematics and physics courses are also offered to support programs in business, chemistry, and the health professions.
You will benefit from the many advantages and opportunities our department offers. Our faculty members are actively involved in research and enjoy guiding and mentoring students to explore and research in mathematics and physics. The student-to-faculty ratio is very low, which makes for an excellent learning environment. Additionally, the faculty is highly dedicated to your education through both curricular and extracurricular activities.
We maintain our own computer lab, which offers a variety of software for student use including Maple, MATLAB, Minitab, Geometer’s Sketchpad, TexStudio, MikTex, TI NSpire CX CAS Teachers Software and Microsoft Office.
The department also provides free tutoring for freshmen-level math and physics courses.
Our local chapter of the Society of Physics Students is open to any HBU student with an interest in physics.
We also have a local chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, which is the national honor society for physics students.
The student-led Math Club is fun and engaging.
There are other fun activities like:
- Talks by alumni and physicists from NASA, Century Cancer Center, and other universities
- Physics, Math, and Science movie nights
- Star-BQ with astronomical observations
Students work closely with faculty to further explore and research topics in mathematics and physics. Areas of interest for research include commutative algebra, math biology, quantum mechanics, and bio-physics. Undergraduate students have published papers in physics journals and presented research at the annual HBU Celebration of Scholarship Symposium.
- “Effects of the Generalized Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Tunnelling“; authored by Trevor Prescott, James Jennings, Joshuah Ceyanes and Rafael Sepulveda, under the supervision of Dr. Gardo Blado; published at the European Journal of Physics, volume 37, January 2016.
- “Butterfly Effect for Physics Laboratories“; authored by John Valentine, under the supervision of Dr. James Claycomb; published at Physics Education, volume 50, number 2, February 2015.
- “Quantum Wells and the Generalized Uncertainty Principle“; authored by Constance Owens and Vincent Meyers, under the supervision of Dr. Gardo Blado; published at the European Journal of Physics, volume 35, September 2014.
They have gained off-campus research experience at Rice University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Princeton University, the Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology (INSB) in Nove Hrady, Czech Republic, Jefferson Laboratory, and other universities around the U.S.
They have been admitted as graduate students at Indiana University, University of Texas at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University, University of Houston, Rutgers University, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Rochester, and Brandeis University.
They have become medical students at Texas A&M University Medical School, University of Texas at Galveston Medical School, and Texas Tech University.