DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS (MATH)
Professor Zhijian Wu, Chairperson
Office: 345 Gordon Palmer Hall
Mathematics placement. Each student entering the University takes a mathematics placement examination. A student placed in MATH 005 must complete MATH 005 as a prerequisite for MATH 100. A student placed in MATH 100 must complete MATH 100 as a prerequisite for MATH 110, MATH 112, MATH 115, or any other MAdesignated course. A grade of "C" or higher is required in all prerequisite mathematics courses.
Requirements for a major in mathematics. There are five tracks leading to the B.S. degree with a major in mathematics, each requiring 36 hours of mathematics courses. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. Each track requires an additional 7 hours consisting of CS 114:116, and either CS 124 or ST 260.
The requirements for each track are specified below. All course prerequisites must be satisfied before a student enrolls in any math course.
Pure Mathematics Track
Students considering graduate study in mathematics are advised to incorporate into their programs MATH 465, MATH 471, and MATH 481, as well as MATH 485 or MATH 583.
Required courses  Hours 
MATH 125, MATH 126, and MATH 227  12 
MATH 238  3 
MATH 237 or MATH 257^{1}  3 
MATH 371, MATH 470, and MATH 486  9 
MATH 465, MATH 471, or MATH 487  3 
Approved MATH electives^{2}  6 
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^{2}Approved mathematics electives for mathematics majors: MATH 300, MATH 301, MATH 307, MATH 343, MATH 355, MATH 371, MATH 382, MATH 410, MATH 411, MATH 413, MATH 421, MATH 428, MATH 432, MATH 441, MATH 442, MATH 451, MATH 452, MATH 460, MATH 465, MATH 466, MATH 470, MATH 471, MATH 485, MATH 486, MATH 487, MATH 495
Applied Mathematics—Numerical Track
Students considering graduate work in computational mathematics are advised to complete at least three of the following: MATH 371, MATH 382, MATH 413, MATH 432, MATH 486.
Required courses  Hours 
MATH 125, MATH 126, and MATH 227  12 
MATH 238  3 
MATH 237 or MATH 257  3 
MATH 343, MATH 410, MATH 411, and MATH 441  12 
Approved MATH electives^{1}  6 
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Applied Mathematics—Classical Track
Students in this track must complete PH 105 and PH 106 in addition to the math requirements below. Students considering graduate work in analytical applied mathematics are advised to take MATH 382, MATH 410, MATH 413, and MATH 486.
Required courses  Hours 
MATH 125, MATH 126, and MATH 227  12 
MATH 238  3 
MATH 237 or MATH 257  3 
MATH 300 or MATH 411  3 
MATH 343, MATH 441, MATH 442, and MATH 485  12 
Approved MATH elective^{1}  3 
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Applied Mathematics—Optimization Track
Students in this track who are considering graduate work in optimization are advised to complete MATH 343, MATH 371, MATH 421, MATH 428, MATH 451, and MATH 486.
Required courses  Hours 
MATH 125, MATH 126, and MATH 227  12 
MATH 237 or MATH 257  3 
MATH 238, MATH 301, or MATH 382  3 
MATH 300 or MATH 411  3 
MATH 355 and MATH 410  6 
Two courses selected from MATH 419, MATH 420, MATH 421, and MATH 428  6 
Approved MATH electives^{1}  3 
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Mathematical Statistics Track
Students in this track who are considering graduate work in mathematical statistics are advised to complete MATH 380, MATH 382, MATH 470, and MATH 481.
Required courses  Hours 
MATH 125, MATH 126, and MATH 227  12 
MATH 238  3 
MATH 237 or MATH 257  3 
MATH 300, MATH 301, MATH 382, or MATH 411  3 
MATH 355, MATH 451, and MATH 452  9 
Approved MATH^{1} and/or ST^{2} electives  6 
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Mathematics Education Track
This track should only be followed by students planning to enter the teaching profession. Students are advised to also incorporate MATH 380 into the program of study.
Required courses  Hours 
MATH 125, MATH 126, and MATH 227  12 
MATH 257  3 
MATH 301, MATH 355, and MATH 470  9 
MATH 402 and MATH 405  6 
Approved MATH electives^{1}  6 
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^{2}Approved statistics electives for the mathematical statistics track: ST 450, ST 451, ST 465, ST 475
Requirements for a minor in mathematics. The math minor consists of 20 hours including MATH 125, MATH 126, and 12 hours in mathematics courses numbered above 199, of which 6 hours must be numbered above 299. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.
Requirements for a minor in mathematical statistics. The minor in mathematical statistics consists of 21 hours including MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 227, MATH 355, MATH 451, and one additional course selected from MATH 237, MATH 257, and MATH 452. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.
Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Mathematics Major
The following examples of course selections for mathematics majors are offered only as guides. Students who cannot begin mathematics study in MATH 125 must modify the program.  
Pure Mathematics Track^{4}  
FRESHMAN YEAR  



SOPHOMORE YEAR  



JUNIOR YEAR^{2}  



SENIOR YEAR^{2}  


^{2}Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300 and 400level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
^{3}Three hours in a course designated C must be included in the junior or senior year.
^{4}The pure mathematics track requires at least 9 hours of 400level mathematics courses and at least one of the following courses: MATH 465, MATH 471, MATH 481.
Applied Mathematics—Numerical Track  
FRESHMAN YEAR  



SOPHOMORE YEAR  



JUNIOR YEAR^{2}  



SENIOR YEAR^{2}  


^{2}Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300 and 400level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
^{3}Three hours in a course designated C must be included in the junior or senior year.
^{4}The optimization track requires either MATH 421 or MATH 428.
Applied Mathematics—Classical Track  
FRESHMAN YEAR  



SOPHOMORE YEAR  



JUNIOR YEAR^{2}  



SENIOR YEAR^{2}  


^{2}Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300 and 400level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
^{3}Three hours in a course designated C must be included in the junior or senior year.
Applied Mathematics—Optimization Track  
FRESHMAN YEAR  



SOPHOMORE YEAR  



JUNIOR YEAR^{2}  



SENIOR YEAR^{2}  


^{2}Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300 and 400level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
^{3}Three hours in a course designated C must be included in the junior or senior year.
^{4}The optimization track requires two courses selected from MATH 419, MATH 420, MATH 421, MATH 428.
Mathematical Statistics Track  
FRESHMAN YEAR  



SOPHOMORE YEAR  



JUNIOR YEAR^{2}  



SENIOR YEAR^{2}  


^{2}Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300 and 400level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
^{3}Three hours in a course designated C must be included in the junior or senior year.
^{4}The mathematical statistics track requires at least one of the following courses: MATH 300, MATH 301, MATH 382, MATH 411.
Mathematics Education Track  
FRESHMAN YEAR  



SOPHOMORE YEAR  



JUNIOR YEAR^{2}  



SENIOR YEAR^{2}  


^{2}Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300 and 400level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
^{3}Three hours in a course designated C must be included in the junior or senior year.
Minor in mathematics education. A minor is mathematics education is available to mathematics majors (mathematics education track). The mathematics education major does not lead to teaching certification. Successful completion of the minor provides foundation coursework for admission to the alternative certification program in the College of Education that leads to master's level teaching certification in secondary education.
Enrollment in the mathematics education minor is limited and requires students to take courses in a specified sequence (see below). In addition, students must complete requirements for the Teacher Education Program (TEP) during the second semester of the junior year. These requirements include an overall GPA of 2.75, a 2.5 GPA in the teaching field, and a passing score on the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP). Information about the APTTP can be found on the Alabama Department of Education website at http://www.alsde.edu. Students may register for the APTTP online at http://www.act.org/alabamapttp.
Requirements for the minor in mathematics education
Junior Year  
Fall Semester  
SPE 300 Survey of Special Education and  
Accommodation Strategies  3 
BEF 360/BEP 360 Social and Psychological Foundations of Education  3 
Spring Semester  
CSE 390 Instruction and Accommodation in Secondary Schools  3 
ST 260 Statistical Data Analysis  3 
Senior Year  
Fall Semester  
CRD 412 Improving Reading in Secondary Schools  3 
Spring Semester  
CSE 401 Computers in Secondary Mathematics  3 
CSE 406 Curriculum in Secondary Mathematics  3 
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Total hours: 21 
Graduate programs. The Department of Mathematics offers programs leading to the master of arts and the doctor of philosophy degrees. The requirements for these degrees are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.