School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematics (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 Mathematics 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, Mathematics 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 Mathematics 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 Mathematics 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 Mathematics.


Professors: Larry P. Ammann, Michael I. Baron, Sam Efromovich, M. Ali Hooshyar, Wieslaw Krawcewicz, Patrick L. Odell (Emeritus), Istvan Ozsvath, Viswanath Ramakrishna, Ivor Robinson (Emeritus), Robert Serfling, Janos Turi, John W. Van Ness (Emeritus)
Associate Professor: Zalman I. Balanov, Pankaj Choudhary, Mieczyslaw Dabkowski
Assistant Professor: Yan Cao, Tobias Hagge, Quiongxia (Joanne) Song
Affiliated Faculty: Herve Abdi (BBS), Titu Andreescu, Alain Bensoussan (JSOM), Thomas Butts (SME), Raimond Ober (EE), John Wiorkowski (JSOM)
Senior Lecturers: Malgorzata Dabkowska, Anatoly Eydelzon, Bentley Garrett, Yuly Koshevnik, David L. Lewis, Joanna R. Robinson, William Scott, Paul Stanford

The Programs in Mathematics

Students seeking a degree in Mathematics may specialize in Traditional Mathematics, Statistics, or Applied Mathematics. Each specialization 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.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1

  1. Communication (6 hours)
    3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
    3 hours Communication Elective (NATS 4310, or MATH 4390 or MATH 4398)2
  2. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)
    6 hours American History
    3 hours Social and Behavioral Science Elective
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
    3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
  4. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
    6 hours Calculus (MATH 2417 and 2419) 3
  5. 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 CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory
And an additional acceptable science course

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 48 hours

Major Preparatory Courses (15 hours)

Major Core Courses (21 hours)

Major Related Courses (12 hours)

Applied Math Specialization
Mathematics Specialization
Statistics Specialization
    STAT 3355 Data Analysis for Statisticians and Actuaries
    STAT 4352 Mathematical Statistics
    STAT 4382 Stochastic Processes
    3 hour upper-division guided elective 4

2 A Major course requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. If hours are counted in the Core Curriculum, students must complete additional coursework to meet the minimum requirements for graduation. Course selection assistance is available from the undergraduate advisor.
3 Two hours of Calculus are counted as electives; six hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
4 Approval of Mathematical Science department advisor required.
* Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling in upper-division classes.

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 upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.

Free Electives (24 hours)

Both lower- and upper-division courses may count as electives, but the student must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.

Mathematics Programs with Actuarial Science Emphasis

Refer to the Actuarial Science B.S. degree program.

Mathematics Programs with Computer Science Emphasis

Applied Mathematics Specialization or Statistics Specialization 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 3340 Computer Architecture

Mathematics Programs with Electrical Engineering Emphasis

Applied Mathematics Specialization or Statistics Specialization 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

Mathematics Programs with Management Emphasis

Mathematics Specialization, Applied Mathematics Specialization or Statistics Specialization 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

NOTE: Students transferring into Mathematics at the upper division level are expected to have completed all of the 1000- and 2000- level mathematics core course requirements.

Minor in Mathematics

Students not majoring in Mathematics 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 upper-division mathematics courses that satisfy degree requirements by students in Mathematics.
    Statistics Minor: STAT 4351, STAT 4352 and two more upper-division mathematics courses that satisfy degree; requirements by students in Mathematics.

Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master’s Degrees

For students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Mathematics, 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 3.200 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.