Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Physics


Department of Mathematics and Physics


The Department of Mathematics and Physics offers degree programs in Mathematics (M.S., B.S., and B.A.), and minor programs in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Mathematics is carefully tailored and developed to address the needs in the region and beyond. The integral part of the program is that our graduate students are prepared to undertake research in any mathematics branch through the program coursework. Students may also pursue an education track in this degree program by choosing graduate courses from the College of Education. The department also offers the B.A. in Mathematics program with Grades 7th - 12th Certification. Our faculty is highly qualified and devoted to serving our students and integrating their scholarship into teaching and service. Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art computers and instruments to facilitate both teaching and research. The department currently manages six laboratories that support the various disciplines in the department. Our goal is to prepare students to be successful in their professional careers through the provisions of high quality educational programs and excellent learning and research environments. Our graduates find employment in a wide range of settings, including business enterprises, manufacturing plants, state and local government agencies, health-care services, service organizations, local school districts, and community colleges. Our graduates also seek to choose graduate education in mathematics at TAMIU and elsewhere should they decide to opt for a terminal master's with the straightforward option to pursue doctoral work in the subject.

The learning of mathematics has never been more important for now and the foreseeable future. Mathematical skills are crucial for a wide range of analytic, technological, scientific, security and economic applications and advancement. Providing adequate training for students to become adept users of mathematics and to appreciate its usefulness is of paramount importance for the future of the globe. If someone is doing mathematics and helping others to understand how mathematics can be useful and important to them, mathematics education can certainly be your passion. In addition, the skills necessary to advance overall growth in the new knowledge-based economy and healthcare and problem solving naturally come from mathematics.

Mathematics teacher education has become an area of national need so the demand for mathematics educators throughout K-12 is very high in the nation’s agenda and cannot be simply ignored. At Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) we have an excellent program and experienced faculty that will train you in the latest developments on the pedagogy, teaching and learning of mathematics, including how technology can be profoundly useful and impact these ideas in achieving the goals. Learning to communicate plainly about mathematics with learners will be a primary component of the training as you step into today’s school classrooms working with students during your training in preparing for this task. With an earned B.A. in Mathematics program with Grades 7th - 12th Certification from TAMIU, your credentials will put you in a great advantage to begin the crucial work of training our next generations with the right aptitude in an ever-shifting society.

Our Mission

The faculty and staff of the Department of Mathematics and Physics are committed to excellence in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The programs within the Department lead to discovery, analysis, and dissemination of the knowledge of astronomy, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, and statistics. The Department provides a foundation in its disciplines for all graduate and undergraduate students as well as for teacher certification programs for mathematics and physical sciences majors. Our goals are to equip the graduates with the tools necessary to fully participate in a technological society and competitive global environment. The Department is committed to:

  • Transmit ideas and knowledge pertaining to disciplines within the Department through teaching, including active learning, and related activities.
  • Contribute to the advancement of the disciplines within the Department through quality research and sponsored projects.
  • Utilize the Department's resources to serve the University and community.
  • Serve as a resource of knowledge and pedagogy of the disciplines within the Department for the benefit of the University and community through outreach activities.

Department Chair

Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake

Rohitha Goonatilake, Ph. D.
Professor and Chair

(956) 326-2588 

We at the Department of Mathematics and Physics play an important role in ensuring Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Laredo, Texas moves forward and effectively responds to the ever changing mathematical needs of the students at the University and in the region of South Texas.

The generosity of our faculty allows us to continue offering quality mathematics skills and experiences that redefine academic excellence through immersive learning experiences, leading-edge technology, novel approaches, and state-of–the-art facilities. Our planetarium has a diverse set of both entertaining and educational programs, usually with an astronomical focus. Show times are available on the website for those interested in a feast for both eyes and mind. Our computer labs are empowered with educational software and used in many classes as invaluable instructional aids to facilitate learning.

We also offer several graduate mathematics degrees where students are typically offered paid assistant-ships and have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, vibrant and knowledgeable faculty in many branches of pure and applied mathematics.

The department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The programs within the department lead to discovery, analysis, and dissemination of the knowledge of astronomy, computer science, mathematics, physics, and statistics.

We invite you to explore our website and inform yourself of the exciting programs that are being offered in our department in order to fulfill our commitments to this mission.

Program Directors

Dr. Runchang Lin

Director of Mathematics

Dr. Runchang Lin
Associate Professor of Mathematics

(956) 326-2569

Dr. Juan Hinojosa

Director of Physics

Dr. Juan Homero Hinojosa
Professor of Physics

(956) 326-2595


Department of Mathematics and Physics
5201 University Boulevard, Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center 312, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956-326-2440 E-mail: joan.davis@tamiu.edu

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