Department of Mathematical Sciences
Number Theory

The number theory group at Clemson covers a wide range of interests touching on many areas of number theory. The diverse interests of the faculty provide for numerous number theory courses so that graduate students leave Clemson with an overview of the entire subject. There is a weekly ADM seminar run by the Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, and Number theory group as well as a weekly algebraic geometry and number theory seminar. Graduate students are funded to attend the Palmetto Number Theory Series (PANTS), a conference held three times a year featuring talks by prominent number theorists from across the country. Once students have begun their research they are encouraged to give contributed talks at these meetings. The Southeast Regional Meeting on Numbers (SERMON) is also held once a year with faculty and graduate students from Clemson playing a prominent role.

During the 2016-2021 academic years Clemson will host an NSF funded Research Training Group (RTG) in Cryptography, Coding Theory, and Number Theory. For more information please visit the RTG website.

Students with an interest in number theory should feel free to e-mail or stop by and speak with any of the number theorists at Clemson. Potential graduate students with an interest in number theory should visit the webpages of the number theorists listed below and contact any one of us with any questions about number theory at Clemson University.


Jim Brown (picture)

Jim Brown

Kevin James (picture)

Kevin James

Hui Xue (picture)

Hui Xue

Graduate Students

Hugh Geller (picture)

Hugh Geller

Luke Giberson (picture)

Luke Giberson

Huixi Li (picture)

Huixi Li

Recent Graduates in Number Theory

The following are recent PhD graduates in number theory, their advisor, and employment at the time of graduation.

  • Rodney Keaton (Ph.D. 2014, Jim Brown), Three year postdoctoral position at the University of Oklahoma
  • Dania Zantout (Ph.D. 2013, Jim Brown) Visiting Assistant Professor at Clemson University
  • Jeff Beyerl: (Ph.D. 2012, Kevin James and Hui Xue) One year visiting position at Furman University
  • Catherine Trentacoste: (Ph.D. 2012, Kevin James and Hui Xue) Research Analyst at Center for Naval Analyses
  • Ethan Smith: (Ph.D. 2009, Kevin James) Tenure track position at Michigan Technological University.
  • Bryan Faulkner: (Ph.D. 2007, Kevin James) Tenure track position at Ferrum College.

Number Theory Concentration

The following are courses that run regularly that are important for a number theory concentration. It is important to take Math 8510 and 8520 as soon as possible. In particular, a student interested in number theory should take 8510 her/his first semester at Clemson.

  • Matrix Analysis
  • Abstract Algebra I & II
  • Introduction to Number Theory
  • Algebraic Number Theory
  • Analytic Number Theory
  • Cryptography
  • Algebraic Geometry I & II
Introduction to Number Theory is run in the fall of odd numbered years, followed by Algebraic Number Theory in the spring. Analytic number theory is offered in the spring the following year. Students with an interest in number theory are encouraged to enroll in these classes as soon as possible to help them choose a branch of number theory that will comprise their master's thesis as well as their Ph.D. research should they choose to continue for their Ph.D.

In addition to the courses run each semester, there is a number theory seminar that meets weekly. This is typically used to help students gain background in material that will not appear in a course in the near future. Some recent topics have been Drinfeld modules, elliptic curves, L-functions, and modular forms.

Recommended Courses for first two years for Number Theory Students

Additional Number Theory Links