Small classes and personal attention make Methodist University an excellent choice for the study of mathematics. A most demanding major, mathematics challenges you to open your mind, think in abstract terms, and put it all back together in a practical application. The emphasis is on concepts, and professors work one-on-one with you to ensure you understand and are able to take what you learn to the next level. Independent studies are available. Many mathematics majors opt for teacher licensure. The department is a member of the Mathematical Association of America.  We invite you to follow the Department of Mathematics on Facebook.


The mission of the Department of Mathematics is to promote the field of Mathematics and to ensure that every Methodist University student acquires the necessary mathematical skills to succeed in his/her chosen career.


  1. Students who complete the General Education/Core courses in Mathematics will be adept in basic mathematical skills.
  2. Students who graduate with a major in Mathematics or Mathematical Education will be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school or pursue careers in teaching, industries, or a related field.


Computer Labs

Allison Hall has two computer labs which fit the needs of all levels of math and computer science students. There is software on these computers tailored to those majors dealing with programming and complex mathematics.

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring in Mathematics is available through the Tutoring Center, located in Davis Memorial Library.

Requirements for the major in Mathematics

53 s.h.: MAT 2200, 2310, 2320, 2500, 2600, 3050, 3090, 3100, 3120, 3160, 4110, 4140, CSC 2010 or 2020, and six additional s.h. above MAT 2500 (excluding EDU 4140), PHY 1510 and 1520 or PHY 2510 and 2520.

Requirements for the minor in Mathematics

18 s.h.: MAT 2310, 2320, 2500, 3090, 3100, and 3120

Requirements for the A.S. concentration in Mathematics

MAT 2310, 2320, 2500, and 3120 plus 9 additional s.h. beyond 2500 for a total of 21 s.h. of Mathematics; SCI 1410, 1420, and 1430 for a total of 9 s.h.; 30 s.h. for the concentration

Program Faculty & Staff

Peggy Batten, Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Peggy Batten

Professor of Mathematics
(910) 630-7131
Daniel Bennett, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Daniel Bennett

Associate Professor of Mathematics
(910) 630-7456
Dr. Kathy Fick, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Kathy Fick

Associate Professor of Mathematics
(910) 630-7229
Shivappa Palled, Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Shivappa Palled

Chair, Mathematics
(910) 630-7133
Beth Ruff, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Beth Ruff

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
(910) 480-8473

Dr. Lewis Walston

Professor of Mathematics
(910) 630-7130
Jie Zhou, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Jie Zhou

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
(910) 480-8401

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