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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 MA-designated course. A grade of "C" or higher is required in all prerequisite mathematics courses except MATH 110 (see the course description in this catalog for prerequisites for MATH 110). After passing a 200-level mathematics course, a student cannot take any lower-numbered prerequisite mathematics course for credit toward a degree.
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. In addition, each requires 7 hours of computer science consisting of CS 114:116, CS 124, and 6 hours of mathematics related electives.
The requirements for each track are specified below. All course prerequisites must be satisfied before a student enrolls in any math course.
The coursework below is required; in addition, students must earn at least 9 hours in 400-level mathematics courses. 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 380, and MATH 470 | 9 |
MATH 465, MATH 471, or MATH 481 | 3 |
Approved mathematics electives^{2} | 6 |
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36 |
Applied Mathematics — Numerical Track
Students in this track who are considering graduate work in computational mathematics are advised to complete at least three of the following: MATH 371, MATH 380, MATH 382, MATH 413, MATH 432.
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 mathematics electives^{1} | 6 |
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36 |
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 380, MATH 382, MATH 410, and MATH 413.
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 mathematics electives^{1} | 3 |
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36 |
Applied Mathematics — Optimization Track
Students in this track who are considering graduate work in optimization are advised to complete MATH 343, MATH 371, MATH 380, MATH 421, MATH 428, and MATH 451.
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 321, MATH 355, and MATH 410 | 9 |
MATH 421 or MATH 428 | 3 |
Approved mathematics electives^{1} | 3 |
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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 mathematics^{1} and/or statistics^{2} electives | 6 |
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36 |
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 mathematics electives^{1} | 6 |
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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, MATH 321, and MATH 452. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.
A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Mathematics Major |
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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 | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 125 | 4 | MATH 126 | 4 | |
EN 101 | 3 | EN 102 | 3 | |
CS 114 and CS 116 (lab) | 4 | CS 124 | 3 | |
Humanities^{1} | 3 | Fine arts^{1} | 3 | |
Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
SOPHOMORE YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 227 | 4 | MATH 238 | 3 | |
MATH 237 or MATH 257 | 3 | MATH 371 | 3 | |
EN 225 | 3 | EN 226 or EN 227 | 3 | |
Natural science | 4 | Natural science | 4 | |
History^{1} | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
JUNIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 380 | 3 | Approved mathematics electives^{4} | 3-6 | |
MATH 470 | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
Minor | 3 | History or social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
Computer science^{3} | 3 | Electives | 6 | |
Electives | 3-6 | ___ | ||
___ | 15-18 | |||
15-18 | ||||
SENIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
Approved mathematics electives^{4} | 3-6 | Approved mathematics electives^{4} | 3-6^{} | |
Electives | 6 | Minor | 6 | |
Minor | 6 | Electives | 3-6 | |
___ | ___ | |||
15-18 | 15-18 | |||
Total: At least 120 |
Applied Mathematics — Numerical Track | ||||
FRESHMAN YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 125 | 4 | MATH 126 | 4 | |
EN 101 | 3 | EN 102 | 3 | |
CS 114 and CS 116 (lab) | 4 | CS 124 | 3 | |
Humanities^{1} | 3 | Fine arts^{1} | 3 | |
Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
SOPHOMORE YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 227 | 4 | MATH 238 | 3 | |
MATH 237 or MATH 257 | 3 | Approved mathematics elective | 3 | |
EN 225 | 3 | EN 226 or EN 227 | 3 | |
Natural science | 4 | Natural science | 4 | |
History^{1} | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
JUNIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 343 | 3 | MATH 410 | 3 | |
MATH 411 | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
Computer science^{3} | 3 | History or social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
Minor | 3 | Electives | 3-6 | |
Elective | 3 | ___ | ||
___ | 15 | |||
15 | ||||
SENIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 441 | 3 | Approved mathematics elective | 3^{} | |
Minor | 6 | Minor | 3-6 | |
Electives | 6-9 | Electives | 9 | |
___ | ___ | |||
15-18 | 15-18 | |||
Total: At least 120 |
Applied Mathematics — Classical Track | ||||
FRESHMAN YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 125 | 4 | MATH 126 | 4 | |
EN 101 | 3 | EN 102 | 3 | |
CS 114 and CS 116 (lab) | 4 | CS 124 | 3 | |
Humanities^{1} | 3 | Fine arts^{1} | 3 | |
Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
SOPHOMORE YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 227 | 4 | MATH 238 | 3 | |
MATH 237 or MATH 257 | 3 | Approved mathematics elective | 3 | |
EN 225 | 3 | EN 226 or EN 227 | 3 | |
PH 105 | 4 | PH 106 | 4 | |
History^{1} | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
JUNIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 411 | 3 | MATH 485 | 3 | |
MATH 343 | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
Minor | 3 | History or social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
Computer science^{3} | 3 | Electives | 6 | |
Electives | 3-6 | ___ | ||
___ | 15 | |||
15-18 | ||||
SENIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 441 | 3 | MATH 442 | 3 | |
Minor | 6 | Minor | 3-6 | |
Electives | 6-9 | Electives | 6-9 | |
___ | ___ | |||
15-18 | 15-18 | |||
Total: At least 120 |
Applied Mathematics — Optimization Track | ||||
FRESHMAN YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 125 | 4 | MATH 126 | 4 | |
EN 101 | 3 | EN 102 | 3 | |
CS 114 and CS 116 (lab) | 4 | CS 124 | 3 | |
Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
Humanities^{1} | 3 | Fine arts^{1} | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
SOPHOMORE YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 227 | 4 | MATH 238, MATH 301, or MATH 382 | 3 | |
MATH 237 or MATH 257 | 3 | Approved mathematics elective^{4} | 3 | |
EN 225 | 3 | EN 226 or EN 227 | 3 | |
Natural science | 4 | Natural science | 4 | |
History^{1} | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
JUNIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 411 | 3 | MATH 321 | 3 | |
MATH 355 | 3 | MATH 410 | 3 | |
Minor | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
Computer science^{3} | 3 | History or social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
Elective | 3 | Elective | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
15 | 15 | |||
SENIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
Approved mathematics elective^{4} | 3 | Approved mathematics elective^{4} | 3 | |
Minor | 3-6 | Minor | 3-6 | |
Electives | 6-9 | Electives | 6-9 | |
___ | ___ | |||
15 | 15 | |||
Total: At least 120 |
Mathematical Statistics Track | ||||
FRESHMAN YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 125 | 4 | MATH 126 | 4 | |
EN 101 | 3 | EN 102 | 3 | |
CS 114 and CS 116 (lab) | 4 | CS 124 | 3 | |
Humanities^{1} | 3 | Fine arts^{1} | 3 | |
Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
SOPHOMORE YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 227 | 4 | MATH 238 | 3 | |
MATH 237 or MATH 257 | 3 | Approved mathematics elective^{4} | 3 | |
EN 225 | 3 | EN 226 or EN 227 | 3 | |
Natural science | 4 | Natural science | 4 | |
History^{1} | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
JUNIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
Approved mathematics elective^{4} | 3 | Approved mathematics electives^{4} | 6 | |
MATH 355 | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
Minor | 3 | History or social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
Computer science^{3} | 3 | Elective | 3 | |
Elective | 3 | ___ | ||
___ | 15 | |||
15 | ||||
SENIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 451 | 3 | MATH 452 | 3 | |
Minor | 3-6 | Minor | 3-6 | |
Electives | 6-9 | Electives | 6-9 | |
___ | ___ | |||
15-18 | 15-18 | |||
Total: At least 120 |
Mathematics Education Track | ||||
FRESHMAN YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 125 | 4 | MATH 126 | 4 | |
EN 101 | 3 | EN 102 | 3 | |
CS 114 and CS 116 (lab) | 4 | CS 124 | 3 | |
Humanities^{1} | 3 | Fine arts^{1} | 3 | |
Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | Social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
SOPHOMORE YEAR | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 227 | 4 | MATH 301 | 3 | |
MATH 257 | 3 | MATH 355 | 3 | |
EN 225 | 3 | EN 226 or EN 227 | 3 | |
Natural science | 4 | Natural science | 4 | |
History^{1} | 3 | Minor | 3 | |
___ | ___ | |||
17 | 16 | |||
JUNIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 402 | 3 | Approved mathematics electives | 3-6 | |
MATH 470 | 3 | Minor | 3-6 | |
Computer science^{3} | 3 | History or social and behavioral sciences^{1} | 3 | |
Minor | 3 | Electives | 3-6 | |
Electives | 3-6 | ___ | ||
___ | 15-18 | |||
15-18 | ||||
SENIOR YEAR^{2} | ||||
First Semester | Second Semester | |||
Course | Hours | Course | Hours | |
MATH 405 | 3 | Approved mathematics electives | 3-6^{} | |
Minor | 6-9 | Minor | 6 | |
Electives | 6 | Electives | 6-9 | |
___ | ___ | |||
15-18 | 15-18 | |||
Total: At least 120 |
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.
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