Bryant Mathews, PhD


Professor, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6536

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Segerstrom Science Center, Room 108

Video Introduction

Bryant Mathews, Ph.D., teaches a variety of mathematics courses at APU. He enjoys helping students to combine visual intuition, logical reasoning, and creative experimentation to solve problems. Mathews coaches APU's team for the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition and serves on the board of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS). He has served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, Chair of the Undergraduate Program Review Committee, and Interim Director of General Education. Mathews studied algebraic geometry in graduate school and wrote a thesis computing the canonical dimensions of certain projective homogeneous varieties. His publications are in the areas of algebraic geometry, mathematics pedagogy, and the integration of faith and mathematics. At APU, Mathews has mentored students pursuing summer research projects in tropical linear algebra, graph labeling, and voting theory. He is currently leading a combinatorial game theory research team. Mathews's other interests include the philosophy of mathematics, New Testament studies, and hiking with his family. He recently served as Chair of a School Site Council and Secretary of the District Advisory Council in the Pasadena Unified School District.


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, Harvard University

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Courses Taught

  • GE 100 - First Year Seminar
  • MATH 90 - Elementary Algebra
  • MATH 99 - Self-Paced Mathematics Lab
  • MATH 100 - Mathematics Seminar I
  • MATH 110 – College Algebra
  • MATH 115 - Analytical Inquiry
  • MATH 149 - Fundamentals of Precalculus
  • MATH 150 – Precalculus
  • MATH 161 - Calculus I
  • MATH 162 – Calculus II
  • MATH 166 - Calculus II
  • MATH 250 - Data Analysis
  • MATH 263 – Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 268 - Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 270 – Differential Equations
  • MATH 280 – Discrete Mathematics and Proof
  • MATH 290 – Linear Algebra
  • MATH 340 - Geometry
  • MATH 400 – Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 450 – Introduction to Real Analysis
  • MATH 460 – Topology
  • MATH 470 - Complex Analysis
  • MATH 496 - Senior Seminar