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Bryant Mathews, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics
Phone: (626) 815-6000 Ext. 6536
Bryant Mathews, Ph.D., teaches a variety of mathematics courses at APU. He especially enjoys helping students to refine their spatial intuition and proof-writing skills. Mathews coaches APU's team for the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition and chairs the university's Undergraduate Program Review Committee.

Mathews studied algebraic geometry in graduate school and wrote a thesis computing the canonical dimensions of certain projective homogeneous varieties. His recent work has focused on faith integration (the development of virtue through the study of mathematics) as well as pedagogy (innovative techniques for teaching proof-writing). His current research is in the field of algebraic statistics. Mathews has mentored APU students pursuing summer research projects in tropical linear algebra, graph labeling, and voting theory.

Mathews's other interests include the philosophy of mathematics, New Testament studies, and hiking with his wife and daughter.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Harvard University


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Mathematics and Physics

Courses Taught

  • MATH 110 – College Algebra
  • MATH 150 – Precalculus
  • MATH 161 – Calculus I
  • MATH 162 – Calculus II
  • MATH 263 – Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 270 – Differential Equations
  • MATH 280 – Discrete Mathematics and Proof
  • MATH 290 – Linear Algebra
  • MATH 400 – Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 450 – Introduction to Real Analysis
  • MATH 460 – Topology