Students in mathematics have a wide variety of interests. They generally have strong logical, analytical and computational skills.

Admission into the Major

Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students may declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Special Opportunities

Mathematics majors can complete a second major in computer science, electrical engineering, economics or finance, among others. On campus employment as a math tutor in the Mathematics Technology Learning Center, or as a grader for undergraduate courses in the Math Department, is available to qualified undergraduate mathematics majors. Research experiences are possible for advanced undergraduate students. The University of Alabama also has a chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society. The Department of Mathematics participates in the University Scholars Program, allowing highly motivated students to pursue closely integrated undergraduate and graduate programs that may lead to the simultaneous completion of requirements for both master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Students usually apply for admission prior to the junior or senior year. For more information about the University Scholars Program, visit graduate.ua.edu or consult the University of Alabama Graduate Catalog.

Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in mathematics must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

The major in mathematics requires the successful completion of 36-37 semester hours, including the core mathematics courses, a specific track and ancillary courses.

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Core Courses
MATH 125 or Calculus I4
MATH 145 Honors Calculus I
MATH 126 or Calculus II4
MATH 146 Honors Calculus II
MATH 227 or Calculus III4
MATH 247 Honors Calculus III
MATH 237Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH 238Appld Diff Equations I3
MATH 301Discrete Mathematics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 21
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in mathematics for all tracks requires the successful completion of the following (2) courses outside the major:
Select one of the following:2-4
CS I for Majors
Computer Science Principles
Programming I
Select one of the following:2-4
CS II for Majors
Programming II
Statistical Data Analysis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4-8
Track
Select a track (see below)15-16
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15-16
Total Hours40-45

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Required Minor

The mathematics major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

Tracks

Pure Mathematics Track

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Core mathematics courses
MATH 470Prin Modern Algebra I3
MATH 485Intro Complex Variables3
MATH 486Introduction to Real Analysis I3
Select two of the following:6
Advanced Linear Algebra
Intro General Topology
Prin Modern Algebra II
Introduction to Real Analysis II
Total Hours15

Applied Mathematics – Scientific Computation Track

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Core mathematics courses
MATH 300Intro Numerical Analysis3
MATH 343Appl Diff Equations II3
MATH 410Numerical Linear Algebra3
Select two of the following:6
Theory Of Probability
Linear Optimization Theory
Non-Linear Optimization Theory
Graph Theory & Applictns
Boundary Value Problems
Intro Complex Variables
Introduction to Real Analysis I
Undergraduate Research Experience
Total Hours15

Applied Mathematics – Classical Track

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Core mathematics courses
MATH 300Intro Numerical Analysis3
MATH 343Appl Diff Equations II3
MATH 441Boundary Value Problems3
MATH 485Intro Complex Variables3
Select one of the following:3
Numerical Linear Algebra
Integral Transf & Asympt
Introduction to Real Analysis I
Total Hours15

Applied Mathematics – Optimization Track

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Core mathematics courses
MATH 300Intro Numerical Analysis3
MATH 355Theory Of Probability3
MATH 410Numerical Linear Algebra3
Select two of the following:6
Linear Optimization Theory
Non-Linear Optimization Theory
Total Hours15

Mathematical Statistics Track

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Core mathematics courses
MATH 300Intro Numerical Analysis3
MATH 355Theory Of Probability3
MATH 451Math Stats W/Applictn I3
MATH 452Math Stats W/Applictn II3
Select one of the following:3
Mathematics For Finance I
Stochastic Processes I
Introduction to Real Analysis I
Statistical Methods in Research I
Statistical Methods in Research II
Total Hours15

Mathematics Education Track

This track is open to all students and should be followed by those planning to enter the teaching profession in the future. Please note that this track does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in earning teacher certification must be admitted through the College of Education. For more information, visit here.

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Core mathematics courses
MATH 355Theory Of Probability3
MATH 403Adv Math Connections & Devlpmn3
MATH 404Topics Math Secondary Teachers1
MATH 405Geometry For Teachers3
MATH 470Prin Modern Algebra I3
MATH 486Introduction to Real Analysis I3
Total Hours16

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