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 Accelerated Masters 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 Accelerated Masters 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.

Hours | ||
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Core Courses | ||

MATH 125 or | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 145 | Honors Calculus I | |

MATH 126 or | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 146 | Honors Calculus II | |

MATH 227 or | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 247 | Honors Calculus III | |

MATH 237 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 3 |

MATH 238 | Appld Diff Equations I | 3 |

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 | ||

Theory Of Probability and Math Stats W/Applictn I | ||

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: | 2-6 | |

CS I for Majors | ||

Computer Science Principles | ||

Programming for Elec/Comp Eng | ||

Algorithm Devl Implementation | ||

Econ Forecasting & Analysis and Financial Analysis & Modeling | ||

RRS Freshman 1 | ||

Total Hours | 38-42 |

## 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

Hours | ||
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MATH 355 | Theory Of Probability | 3 |

MATH 485 | Intro Complex Variables | 3 |

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 Hours | 12 |

### Pure Mathematics Concentration

Hours | ||
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MATH 470 | Prin Modern Algebra I | 3 |

MATH 486 | Real Analysis I | 3 |

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 Hours | 12 |

### 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.

Hours | ||
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MATH 355 | Theory Of Probability | 3 |

MATH 403 | Adv Math Connections & Devlpmn | 3 |

MATH 404 | Topics Math Secondary Teachers | 1 |

MATH 405 | Geometry For Teachers | 3 |

MATH 409 | Advanced Data Analysis | 3 |

Total Hours | 13 |

### Statistics and Optimization Concentration

Hours | ||
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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 Hours | 12 |

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