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 in the Department of Mathematics is available to qualified undergraduate mathematics majors. Research experiences are possible for advanced undergraduate students (http://undergraduateresearch.ua.edu/). 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.

Major in Mathematics Requirements

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.

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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
Students must complete one of the following sequences.6
Adv Math Connections & Devlpmn
and Geometry For Teachers
Numerical Linear Algebra
and Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis I
and Numerical Analysis II
Linear Optimization Theory
and Non-Linear Optimization Theory
Appl Diff Equations II
and Boundary Value Problems
Math Stats W/Applictn I
and Math Stats W/Applictn II
Prin Modern Algebra I
and Prin Modern Algebra II
Real Analysis I
and Intro to Real Analysis II
Electives
Select 12 additional hours of MATH electives at or above 300.12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 36
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 one of the following courses outside the major:
Select one of the following:2-4
CS I for Majors
Computer Science Principles
Programming for Elec/Comp Eng
Algorithm Devl Implementation
RRS Freshman 1
Total Hours38-40

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 or a second major.

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.

Optional Major Concentrations

Students who wish to enhance their knowledge in a particular area of study within the mathematical sciences may elect to organize their coursework around the four concentrations listed below. Though not required, these concentrations allow the students to develop an area of specialization within the major and would be part of their required upper division sequence and/or electives listed in the major.

Applied Mathematics Concentration

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MATH 355Theory Of Probability3
MATH 485Intro Complex Variables3
Complete one of the following sequences:6
Appl Diff Equations II
and Boundary Value Problems
Numerical Linear Algebra
and Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis I
and Numerical Analysis II
Linear Optimization Theory
and Non-Linear Optimization Theory
Total Hours12

Pure Mathematics Concentration

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MATH 470Prin Modern Algebra I3
MATH 486Real Analysis I3
Choose one from the following:3
Intro Differential Geom
Intro General Topology
Choose one from the following:3
Advanced Linear Algebra
Prin Modern Algebra II
Intro to Real Analysis II
Total Hours12

Mathematics Education Concentration

This concentration is open to all students and should be followed by those planning to enter the teaching profession in the future. Please note that this concentration 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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MATH 355Theory Of Probability3
MATH 403Adv Math Connections & Devlpmn3
MATH 404Topics Math Secondary Teachers1
MATH 405Geometry For Teachers3
MATH 409Advanced Data Analysis3
Total Hours13

Statistics and Optimization Concentration

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Choose four from the following:12
Linear Optimization Theory
Non-Linear Optimization Theory
Math Stats W/Applictn I
Math Stats W/Applictn II
Stochastic Processes I
Applied Regression Analysis
Total Hours12

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Types of Jobs Accepted

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