Dr. Meri Hughes, Chairperson

The aim of the department of mathematics & physics is to develop in our students critical thinking and problem solving skills through mathematical reasoning.  We offer two degree programs to adequately prepare our majors for success in graduate school, for mathematical careers in business and industry, and to be effective secondary teachers.  Features of the student-focused department include small upper-level course sizes, access to professors, an active Delta Psi Theta math club, undergraduate research and conference attendance opportunities, Kappa Mu Epsilon honor society, and a student-led tutoring center.


Students desiring to certify to teach math in a public school at the secondary level, will complete a B.S. or B.A. degree in math as outlined below.  In addition, they will need to fulfill the certification requirements of the College of Education.

View BA degree plan.

View BS degree plan.

Placement in MATH 1300

All degrees at UMHB require either MATH 1304 (Quantitative Reasoning) or MATH 1306 (College Algebra) or higher.  MATH 1304 has no prerequisites or required SAT/ACT scores.

In keeping with the Texas Success Initiative, the testing prerequisites for enrolling in MATH 1306 are*:

SAT:  a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1070 or higher with a minimum of 500 on the math test


ACT:  a composite score of 23 or higher with a minimum of 19 on the math test

Students with lower scores will be placed into Mathematics Review (MATH 1300).  In order to appeal that placement, the student must take one of the placement tests in mathematics which is accepted by UMHB. That test score will be used to determine whether the student can place into MATH 1306.

*Although UMHB currently uses Accuplacer to determine placement in Mathematics, other placement tests are acceptable.  The table below gives the scores required to place out of MATH 1300 and into MATH 1306.

Placement Test

Score to Place out of MATH 1300 and into MATH 1306

Accuplacer (Algebra)

63 or above

THEA (Math)

230 or above

Compass (Algebra)

39 or above

ASSET (Algebra)

38 or above

Note:  If a student scores a 27 or higher on the ACT MATH section, they will receive credit for MATH 1306.