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.

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 |

MATH 301 | Discrete Mathematics | 3 |

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 Hours | 40-45 |

## 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

Hours | ||
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Core mathematics courses | ||

MATH 470 | Prin Modern Algebra I | 3 |

MATH 485 | Intro Complex Variables | 3 |

MATH 486 | Introduction to Real Analysis I | 3 |

Select two of the following: | 6 | |

Advanced Linear Algebra | ||

Intro General Topology | ||

Prin Modern Algebra II | ||

Introduction to Real Analysis II | ||

Total Hours | 15 |

### Applied Mathematics – Scientific Computation Track

Hours | ||
---|---|---|

Core mathematics courses | ||

MATH 300 | Intro Numerical Analysis | 3 |

MATH 343 | Appl Diff Equations II | 3 |

MATH 410 | Numerical Linear Algebra | 3 |

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 | ||

MATH 486 or | Introduction to Real Analysis I | |

Undergraduate Research Experience | ||

Total Hours | 15 |

### Applied Mathematics – Classical Track

Hours | ||
---|---|---|

Core mathematics courses | ||

MATH 300 | Intro Numerical Analysis | 3 |

MATH 343 | Appl Diff Equations II | 3 |

MATH 441 | Boundary Value Problems | 3 |

MATH 485 | Intro Complex Variables | 3 |

Select one of the following: | 3 | |

Numerical Linear Algebra | ||

Integral Transf & Asympt | ||

Introduction to Real Analysis I | ||

Total Hours | 15 |

### Applied Mathematics – Optimization Track

Hours | ||
---|---|---|

Core mathematics courses | ||

MATH 300 | Intro Numerical Analysis | 3 |

MATH 355 | Theory Of Probability | 3 |

MATH 410 | Numerical Linear Algebra | 3 |

Select two of the following: | 6 | |

Linear Optimization Theory | ||

Non-Linear Optimization Theory | ||

Total Hours | 15 |

### Mathematical Statistics Track

Hours | ||
---|---|---|

Core mathematics courses | ||

MATH 300 | Intro Numerical Analysis | 3 |

MATH 355 | Theory Of Probability | 3 |

MATH 451 | Math Stats W/Applictn I | 3 |

MATH 452 | Math Stats W/Applictn II | 3 |

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 Hours | 15 |

### 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.

Hours | ||
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Core mathematics courses | ||

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 470 | Prin Modern Algebra I | 3 |

MATH 486 | Introduction to Real Analysis I | 3 |

Total Hours | 16 |

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