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Mathematical Sciences (B.S.)
Mathematics is both a profession and an indispensable tool for many
types of work. As a tool, mathematics is a universal language which
has been crucial in formulating and expressing ideas not only in science
and engineering, but also in many other areas such as business and the
social sciences. As probably the oldest and most basic science, it provides
the key to understanding the major technological achievements of our
time.
Of equal importance, knowledge of mathematics may help provide a student
with the type of uncompromising and clear sighted thinking useful in
considering the problems of many other disciplines. The Mathematical
Sciences degree program encompasses mathematics, statistics, and applied
mathematics.
Applied mathematics and statistics continue to enjoy a rapid growth.
Students have the opportunity of applying their expertise to any of
a number of fields of application. For the student to be more effective
in such applications, Mathematical Sciences also offers degree programs
allowing additional emphasis in the areas of actuarial science, computer
science, electrical engineering, and management.
Those interested in obtaining both a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences
and Teacher Certification in the state of Texas should consult the Office
of Teacher Education for specific requirements as soon as possible after
formal admission to the University. See the Teacher Education section
of this catalog for additional information.
The Mathematical Sciences degree program also prepares students for
graduate studies. An accelerated B.S./M.S. Fast Track program is available
which provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to satisfy
some of the requirements of the master’s degree while they are
completing the bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences.
Faculty
Professors: Larry P. Ammann, Michael
I. Baron, Sam Efromovich, M.
Ali Hooshyar, Patrick L. Odell (Emeritus), Istvan Ozsvath, Viswanath
Ramakrishna, Ivor
Robinson (Emeritus), Robert Serfling, Janos Turi, John W. Van Ness
(Emeritus), John Wiorkowski
Associate Professor: Michael I. Baron
Assistant Professor: Yan Cao, Pankaj
Choudhary, Mieczyslaw Dabkowski
Affiliated Faculty: Titu Andreescu, Thomas R. Butts
(Science and Mathematics Education)
Senior Lecturers: Frank R. Allum, William Donnell, Bentley Garrett, Yuly Koshevnik, Grigory Kramer, David L. Lewis, Joanna
R. Robinson, William Scott, Paul Stanford, H. Edward Stone
The Options
Students seeking a degree in the Mathematical Sciences may specialize
in Mathematics, Statistics, or Applied Mathematics. Each option allows
some flexibility in electives so that students can better adapt their
degree plans to their educational goals.
Mathematics: For students interested in a career in mathematics and
for students interested in continuing on to graduate work in mathematics,
applied mathematics, math education, and related areas.
Statistics: For students interested in probability and statistical
models and their use in data analysis and decision making and for students
interested in continuing on to graduate work in statistics, biostatistics,
actuarial science, and other statistics related areas.
Applied Mathematics: For students interested in mathematics for the
purpose of using it broadly in various areas of application and for
students interested in continuing on to graduate work in applied mathematics
and related areas.
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master’s Degrees
For students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Mathematical
Sciences, the Mathematics Department offers an accelerated B.S./M.S.
Fast Track that involves taking graduate courses instead of several
advanced undergraduate courses. Acceptance into the Fast Track is based
on the student’s attaining a GPA of at least 3.20 in all mathematics
classes and being within 30 hours of graduation. Fast Track students
may, during their senior year, take 15 graduate hours which may be used
to complete the baccalaureate degree. After admission to the graduate
program, these 15 graduate hours may also satisfy requirements for the
master’s degree. Fast Track programs are offered in math, applied
math, and statistics.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Degree Requirements (120 hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements^{1}:
42 hours
A. Communication (6 hours)
3 hours Communication
(RHET 1302)
3 hours Communication
Elective (NATS 4310 or
MATH 4390 or MATH 4398)^{2}
B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
6 hours Government (GOVT
2301 and 2302)
6 hours American History
3 hours Social and Behavioral
Sciences Elective
C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS
1301)
3 hours Humanities (HUMA
1301)
D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6
hours)
6 hours Calculus (MATH
2417 and 2419)^{3}
E. Science (9 hours)
Math/Applied Math Options
PHYS
2125 Physics Laboratory I
PHYS
2126 Physics Laboratory II
PHYS
2325 Mechanics
or
PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I  Mechanics and Heat
PHYS
2326 Electromagnetism and Waves
or PHYS 2422 Honors Physics II  Electromagnetism and Waves
And
an additional acceptable science course
Statistics Option
PHYS
2325/2125 Mechanics with Laboratory
and
PHYS
2326/2126 Electromagnetism and Waves
with Laboratory
or
PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I  Mechanics and Heat with Laboratory and
PHYS 2422 Honors
Physics II  Electromagnetism and Waves with Laboratory
or
CHEM 1311/1111
and 1312/1112
General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory
And
an additional acceptable science course
II. Major Requirements: 48 hours
Major Preparatory Courses (15 hours)
CS
1337 Computer Science I*
MATH
2417 Calculus I^{3}
MATH
2418 Linear Algebra*
MATH
2419 Calculus II^{3}
MATH
2420 Differential Equations with Applications*
MATH
2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications*
Major Core Courses (21 hours)
MATH
3310 Theoretical Concepts of Calculus
MATH
3311 Abstract Algebra I
MATH
3379 Complex Variables
MATH
4301 Mathematical Analysis I
MATH
4302 Mathematical Analysis II
MATH
4334 Numerical Analysis
NATS
4310^{2} Advanced Writing in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics
STAT
4351 Probability
Major Related Courses (12 hours)
Applied Math Option
MATH
4341 Topology
MATH
4355 Methods of Applied Mathematics
MATH
4362 Partial Differential Equations
STAT
4382 Stochastic Processes
Mathematics Option
MATH
3312 Abstract Algebra II
MATH
3321 Geometry
MATH
4341 Topology
3 hours upperdivision guided elective
Statistics Option
STAT
3355 Data Analysis for Statisticians and Actuaries
STAT
4352 Mathematical Statistics
STAT
4382 Stochastic Processes
3 hour upperdivision guided elective
III. Elective Requirements: 30 hours
Advanced Electives (6 hours)
All students are required
to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major
field of study. These
must be either upperdivision classes or lowerdivision classes that
have prerequisites.
Free Electives (24 hours)
Both lower and upperdivision
courses may count as electives, but the student must
complete at least 51 hours of upperdivision credit to qualify for graduation.
Mathematical Sciences Options with Actuarial Science Emphasis
Statistics Option together with following courses:
AIM 2301 Introductory Financial Accounting
BA 3341 Business Finance
BA 3351 Introduction to Management Information
Systems
BA 4345 Money and Capital Markets
BA 4346 Investment Management
STAT 4372 Actuarial Science
And any two of the following courses:
AIM 2302 Introductory Management Accounting
AIM 3331 Intermediate Financial Accounting
I
BA 4347 Applied Corporate Finance
ECO 4330 Law and Economics
Mathematical Sciences Options with Computer Science Emphasis
Applied Mathematics Option or Statistics Option together with following
courses:
CS 2305 Discrete Mathematics for Computing
I
CS 2336 Computer Science II
CS 3305 Discrete Mathematics for Computing
II
CS 3335 C and C++
CS 3345 Data Structures and Introduction
to Algorithmic Analysis
CS 4337 Organization of Programming Languages
CS 4340 Computer Architecture
Mathematical Sciences Options with Electrical Engineering Emphasis
Applied Mathematics Option or Statistics Option together with following
courses:
EE 3101 Electrical Network Analysis Laboratory
EE 3111 Electronic Circuits Laboratory
EE 3120 Digital Circuits Laboratory
EE 3301 Electrical Network Analysis
EE 3311 Electronic Circuits
EE 3320 Digital Circuits
EE 4301 Electromagnetic Engineering I
Mathematical Sciences Options with Management Emphasis
Mathematics Option, Applied Mathematics Option or Statistics Option
together with following courses:
AIM 2301 Introductory Financial Accounting
AIM 2302 Introductory Management Accounting
BA 2301 Business and Public Law
BA 3341 Business Finance
BA 3351 Introduction to Management Information
Systems
BA 3361 Organizational Behavior
Minor in Mathematical Sciences
Students not majoring in Mathematical Sciences may obtain a minor
in Mathematics or Statistics by satisfying the following requirements:
18 credit hours of mathematics or statistics, 12 hours of which must
be chosen from the following courses:
Mathematics Minor: MATH 3310, MATH
4334 and two more upperdivision mathematics courses that satisfy
degree requirements by students in Mathematical Sciences.
Statistics Minor: STAT 4351, STAT
4352 and two more upperdivision statistics courses that satisfy
degree requirements by students in Mathematical Sciences.
