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B.A. in Mathematics

Description

The undergraduate mathematics program offers a diversity of courses designed not only to enable the student to pursue a profession in mathematics itself, but also to enhance the student's competence in the fields of engineering, the physical sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences. The program emphasizes the broad nature of modern mathematics and its close associations with the real world and prepares students for careers in industry or secondary education, as well as entry into graduate school.

Requirements

Minimum 45 credit hours; 30 credit hours in major coursework (core) and 15 credit hours in concentration (track) coursework in one of the following three concentrations: Applied/Computational Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or General Mathematics. Click the colored bars below to view details. You may also view a list of all undergraduate mathematics courses.

Core Coursework

B.A. in Mathematics Core Information

Core Requirement

Minimum 45 credit hours; 30 credit hours in major coursework and 15 credit hours in concentration coursework. Upon completing the three requirements below (30 credit hours), students are required to complete one of the following three concentrations: Applied/Computational Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, or General Mathematics.

Majors must complete the following seven courses (24 credit hours):

  • MAC 2311 — Calculus I or MAC 2281 — Engineering Calculus I
  • MAC 2312 — Calculus II or MAC 2282 — Engineering Calculus II
  • MAC 2313 — Calculus III or MAC 2283 — Engineering Calculus III
  • MAS 3156 — Vector Calculus
  • MAP 2302 — Differential Equations
  • MGF 3301 — Bridge to Abstract Mathematics
  • MAS 3105 — Linear Algebra

Algebra Requirement

Majors must complete the following course (3 credit hours):

  • MAS 4301 — Elementary Abstract Algebra I

Symbolic Computations Requirement

Majors must complete the following course (3 credit hours):

  • COP 4313 — Symbolic Computations in Mathematics

Additional Major Requirements

Mathematics-Related Courses (Minimum 6 credit hours)

Students must take two courses in Science which are required courses for the majors within those departments. The two courses need not be in the same department. Science courses must include laboratories and be offered by the Departments of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Geology; Integrative Biology or Physics.

Residency Requirement

Majors are required to take the minimum of 12 credit hours of required courses in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at USF.

Foreign Language Requirement

Math majors are required to fulfill both a foreign language entrance requirement and a foreign language exit requirement. A description of these requirements can be found at Foreign Language Requirement. As mentioned at this website, students should go to the Department of World Languages in CPR 419 to determine exactly what must be done to fulfill the foreign language exit requirement.

Note: Math majors are encouraged to take French, German, or Russian to fulfill the language requirement since these are the primary languages, other than English, in which higher-level mathematics is written. However, the student may choose another language if he/she desires.

Exception: American Sign Language may not be used by math majors to fulfill the language requirement.

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Applied/Computational Mathematics Concentration Coursework

B.A. in Mathematics (Applied/Computational Mathematics Concentration)

Description

This concentration is designed for majors whose interests lie in applications and/or computations. Majors who complete this concentration will be well prepared to explore problems from science, industry and government.

Core Information

Majors in this concentration must complete at least one (1) course (three credit hours) in each of the following areas: Numerical/Algorithms, Partial Differential Equations and Applications, Discrete Mathematics, and Statistics/Probability. Additionally, students must choose one elective course.

Core Courses

Numerical/Algorithms Requirement (choose one course)

  • MAD 4401 — Numerical Analysis I
  • MAD 4402 — Numerical Analysis II
  • MAP 4202 — Optimization

Partial Differential Equations and Applications Requirement

  • MAP 4341 — Introduction to Partial Differential Equations

Discrete Mathematics Requirement (choose one course)

  • MAD 4203 — Introduction to Combinatorics
  • MAD 4301 — Introduction to Graph Theory
  • MAD 4504 — Theory of Computation
  • MAD 4471 — Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory

Statistics/Probability Requirement (choose one course)

  • STA 4321 — Essentials of Statistics
  • STA 4442 — Introduction to Probability I

Elective Courses

Majors must complete at least one (1) course (three credit hours) from the following electives. This course may not be used to fulfill any of the above requirements.

  • MAD 4203 — Introduction to Combinatorics
  • MAD 4301 — Introduction to Graph Theory
  • MAD 4401 — Numerical Analysis I
  • MAD 4402 — Numerical Analysis II
  • MAD 4504 — Theory of Computation
  • MAD 4471 — Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory
  • MAP 4202 — Optimization
  • MAP 4341 — Introduction to Partial Differential Equations

MAT 4930 — Selected Topics in Mathematics may be taken as an elective with the prior approval of the Department Chair.

One course from another department which is of high mathematical content may also be taken as an elective, with the prior approval of the Department Chair.

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Pure Mathematics Concentration Coursework

B.A. in Mathematics (Pure Mathematics Concentration)

Description

This concentration is designed for majors whose interests lie in mathematical theory. Majors who complete this concentration will be well prepared to continue mathematical studies in graduate school and/or to explore mathematical theory in government and industry.

Core Information

Students in this concentration will need to complete the Analysis requirement and complete the course requirement in one of the following areas: Algebra and Discrete Mathematics, Advanced Analysis, Geometry and Topology. Additionally students must choose one elective course.

Core Courses

Analysis Requirement

Majors in this concentration must complete the following course (3 credit hours):

  • MAA 4211 — Intermediate Analysis I

Majors in this concentration must also complete one (1) course (3 credit hours) in each of the following areas:

Algebra and Discrete Mathematics Requirement (choose one course)

  • MAD 4203 — Introduction to Combinatorics
  • MAD 4301 — Introduction to Graph Theory
  • MAD 4504 — Theory of Computation
  • MAD 4471 — Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory
  • MAS 4302 — Elementary Abstract Algebra II

Advanced Analysis Requirement (choose one course)

  • MAA 4212 — Intermediate Analysis II
  • MAA 4402 — Complex Variables
  • MAP 4341 — Introduction to Partial Differential Equations

Geometry and Topology Requirement (choose one course)

  • MTG 4214 — Modern Geometry
  • MTG 4254 — Differential Geometry
  • MTG 4302 — Introduction to Topology

Elective

Majors must complete at least one (1) course (three credit hours) from the following electives. This course may not be used to fulfill any of the above requirements.

  • MAA 4212 — Intermediate Analysis II
  • MAA 4402 — Complex Variables
  • MAD 4203 — Introduction to Combinatorics
  • MAD 4301 — Introduction to Graph Theory
  • MAD 4504 — Theory of Computation
  • MAD 4471 — Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory
  • MAP 4341 — Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • MAS 4302 — Elementary Abstract Algebra II
  • MTG 4214 — Modern Geometry
  • MTG 4254 — Differential Geometry
  • MTG 4302 — Introduction to Topology

MAT 4930 — Selected Topics in Mathematics may be taken as an elective with the prior approval of the Department Chair.

One course from another department which is of high mathematical content may also be taken as an elective, with the prior approval of the Department Chair.

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General Mathematics Concentration Coursework

B.A. in Mathematics (General Mathematics Concentration)

Description

This concentration is designed for students whose interests lie in both applications and theory. Students who complete this concentration will be exposed to a variety of topics to help prepare the student for future endeavors in either aspect.

Core Information

Majors in this concentration must complete at least one (1) course (three credit hours) in each of the following areas: Applied Mathematics and Pure Mathematics. Additionally students must choose three elective courses.

Core Courses

Applied Mathematics Requirement

Majors in this concentration must complete one (1) course from the list below.

  • MAD 4401 — Numerical Analysis I
  • MAD 4402 — Numerical Analysis II
  • MAD 4504 — Theory of Computation
  • MAD 4471 — Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory
  • MAP 4202 — Optimization
  • MAP 4341 — Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • STA 4321 — Essentials of Statistics
  • STA 4442 — Introduction to Probability I

Pure Mathematics Requirement

Majors in this concentration must complete one (1) course from the list below.

  • MAA 4211 — Intermediate Analysis I
  • MAA 4212 — Intermediate Analysis II
  • MAA 4402 — Complex Variables
  • MAD 4203 — Introduction to Combinatorics
  • MAD 4301 — Introduction to Graph Theory
  • MAS 4302 — Elementary Abstract Algebra II
  • MTG 4214 — Modern Geometry
  • MTG 4254 — Differential Geometry
  • MTG 4302 — Introduction to Topology

Elective Courses

Majors in this concentration must complete three (3) courses (9 credit hours) from the list below. These courses may not be used to fulfill any of the above requirements.

  • MAA 4211 — Intermediate Analysis I
  • MAA 4212 — Intermediate Analysis II
  • MAA 4402 — Complex Variables
  • MAD 4203 — Introduction to Combinatorics
  • MAD 4301 — Introduction to Graph Theory
  • MAD 4401 — Numerical Analysis I
  • MAD 4402 — Numerical Analysis II
  • MAD 4504 — Theory of Computation
  • MAD 4471 — Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory
  • MAP 4202 — Optimization
  • MAP 4341 — Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • MAS 4302 — Elementary Abstract Algebra II
  • MTG 4214 — Modern Geometry
  • MTG 4254 — Differential Geometry
  • MTG 4302 — Introduction to Topology

MAT 4930 — Selected Topics in Mathematics may be taken as an elective with the prior approval of the Department Chair.

One course from another department which is of high mathematical content may also be taken as an elective, with the prior approval of the Department Chair.

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Progress

Students interested in pursuing a major in mathematics can declare the major on-line at Major Declaration. Majors are encouraged to regularly check DegreeWorks to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made toward earning a degree.

Advising and Permits

All majors are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor. The Undergraduate Advisor for Mathematics and Statistics is TBA at The advisor can answer general questions about courses in mathematics and statistics. Students interested in either a minor in mathematics or the mathematics or statistics major should contact TBA.

Admitted Transfer Student Information

General Information for all College of Arts and Sciences students can be found on the College's New Transfer Student Information page.

Transfer students who intend to major in Mathematics or Statistics can find specific information on our Advising page.

Advanced options

Those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in Mathematics may also be interested in the Honors Program and/or the Accelerated BA/MA Program.

Benefits

We encourage you to consider the benefits of a math major.

Opportunities for Current Math Majors

Opportunities for current majors

The USF Math Club

The Math Club at the University of South Florida (USF) is the USF chapter of the Mathematical Association of America. The Club meets bi-weekly to bring together students from diverse areas of mathematical interest. The purpose is to share knowledge and pursue mathematical endeavors. Graduate and undergraduate students of all majors are encouraged to attend.

For further information about club events, please visit the Math Club homepage.

The mission of the Math Club is three-fold:

  • Provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate students to present papers, research, ideas, etc.
  • Facilitate formal, as well as informal, interaction between faculty and students.
  • Stimulate interest in Mathematics outside of the classroom.

The faculty advisors of the USF Math Club are Dr. Fernando Burgos and Dr. Ivan Rothstein.

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