# School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

## Mathematics (BS)

Mathematics is both a profession and an indispensable tool for many types of work. As a tool, mathematics is a universal language that has been crucial in formulating and expressing ideas not only in science and engineering, but also in many other areas such as business and the social sciences. As probably the oldest and most basic science, it provides the key to understanding the major technological achievements of our time.

Of equal importance, knowledge of mathematics may help provide a student with the type of uncompromising and clear-sighted thinking useful in considering the problems of many other disciplines. The Mathematics degree program encompasses mathematics, statistics, and applied mathematics.

Applied mathematics and statistics continue to enjoy a rapid growth. Students have the opportunity of applying their expertise to any of a number of fields of application. For the student to be more effective in such applications, Mathematics also offers degree programs allowing additional emphasis in the areas of actuarial science, computer science, electrical engineering, and management.

Those interested in obtaining both a BS in Mathematics and Teacher Certification in the state of Texas should consult the Teacher Development Center or UTeach Dallas office for specific requirements as soon as possible after formal admission to the University. See the Teacher Education Certification Programs section of the catalog for additional information.

The Mathematics degree program also prepares students for graduate studies. An accelerated BS/MS Fast Track program is available which provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to satisfy some of the requirements of the master's degree while they are completing the bachelor's degree in Mathematics.

### Faculty

**Professors:** Larry P. Ammann, Michael I. Baron, Vladimir Dragovic, Sam Efromovich, Matthew J. Goeckner, M. Ali Hooshyar, Wieslaw Krawcewicz, Susan E. Minkoff, Dmitry Rachinskiy, Viswanath Ramakrishna, Robert Serfling, Janos Turi, John Zweck

**Professors Emeritus:** Patrick L. Odell, Istvan Ozsváth, Ivor Robinson, John W. Van Ness

**Associate Professors:** Zalman I. Balanov, Yan Cao, Pankaj K. Choudhary, Mieczyslaw K. Dabkowski, Yulia Gel

**Clinical Associate Professor:** Natalia Humphreys

**Assistant Professors:** Mohammad Akbar, Swati Biswas, Bhargab Chattopadhyay, Min Chen, Tobias Hagge, Qingwen Hu, Oleg Makarenkov, Qiongxia (Joanna) Song

**Senior Lecturers III:** Bentley T. Garrett, David L. Lewis, Paul Stanford

**Senior Lecturers II:** Manjula Foley, Yuly Koshevnik, William M. Scott

**Senior Lecturers I:** Diana Cogan, Malgorzata Dabkowska, Anatoly Eydelzon, Brady McCary, Jigarkumar Patel

**Affiliated Faculty:** Hervé Abdi, Titu Andreescu, Alain Bensoussan, Raimund J. Ober, John J. Wiorkowski

**Adjunct Faculty from the Research for Mathematics of the Mexican Council and Technology (CIMAT):** José Carlos Gómez Larrañaga, Adolfo Sánchez Valenzuela

### The Program in Mathematics

Students seeking a degree in Mathematics may specialize in Mathematics, Statistics, or Applied Mathematics, and receive a BS degree. Each specialization allows some flexibility in electives so that students can better adapt their degree plans to their educational goals.

Mathematics Specialization: For students interested in a career in mathematics and for students interested in continuing on to graduate work in mathematics, applied mathematics, math education, and related areas.

Statistics Specialization: For students interested in probability and statistical models and their use in data analysis and decision-making and for students interested in continuing on to graduate work in statistics, biostatistics, actuarial science, and other statistics related areas.

Applied Mathematics Specialization: For students interested in mathematics for the purpose of using it broadly in various areas of application and for students interested in continuing on to graduate work in applied mathematics and related areas.

The UTeach option may be added to the BS degree in Mathematics. UTeach Dallas Option degree plans are streamlined to allow students to complete both a rigorous Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and all coursework for middle or high school teacher certification in four years. Teaching Option degrees require deep content knowledge combined with courses grounded in the latest research on math and science education. While most graduates go on to classroom teaching, UTeach alums are also prepared to enter graduate school and to work in discipline related industry.

### Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

#### Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

All majors with specialization in either Mathematics or Statistics are strongly urged to meet with assigned departmental advisors every semester.

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours^{1}

**Communication (6 semester credit hours)**

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**Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)**

**Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)**

**Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)**

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**Science (9 semester credit hours)**

*Mathematics/Applied Mathematics Specialization*

*Statistics Specialization*

II. Major Requirements: 48 semester credit hours

**Major Preparatory Courses (15 semester credit hours)**

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**Major Core Courses (21 semester credit hours)**

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**Major Related Courses (12 semester credit hours)**

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III. Elective Requirements: 30 semester credit hours

**Electives (30 semester credit hours)**

**BS in Actuarial Science**

**Mathematics or Statistics with Computer Science Emphasis**

*Applied Mathematics Specialization or Statistics Specialization together with following courses:*

**Mathematics or Statistics with Electrical Engineering Emphasis**

*Applied Mathematics Specialization or Statistics Specialization together with following courses:*

**Mathematics or Statistics with Management Emphasis**

*Mathematics Specialization, Applied Mathematics Specialization or Statistics Specialization together with following courses:*

NOTE: Students transferring into Mathematics at the upper-division level are expected to have completed all of the 1000- and 2000- level mathematics core course requirements.

### Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with UTeach Option

#### Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours^{1}

**Communication (6 semester credit hours)**

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**Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)**

**Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)**

**Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)**

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**Science (9 semester credit hours)**

*Mathematics/Applied Mathematics Specialization*

*Statistics Specialization*

II. Major Requirements: 50 semester credit hours

**Major Preparatory Courses (17 semester credit hours beyond core curriculum)**

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III. Elective Requirements: 28 semester credit hours

**Electives (6 semester credit hours)**

**UTeach Requirements (18 semester credit hours beyond core curriculum and electives)**

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**Free Electives (4 semester credit hours)**

### Minor in Mathematics

Students not majoring in Mathematics or Statistics may obtain a minor in Mathematics or Statistics by satisfying the following requirements: 18 semester credit hours of mathematics or statistics, 12 semester credit hours of which must be chosen from the following courses:

Mathematics Minor: MATH 3310 and MATH 4334 and two more upper-division mathematics courses that satisfy degree requirements by students in Mathematics.

Statistics Minor: STAT 4351 and STAT 4352 and two more upper-division mathematics courses that satisfy degree requirements by students in Statistics.

### Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees

For students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Mathematics, the Mathematics Department offers an accelerated BS / MS Fast Track that involves taking graduate courses instead of several advanced undergraduate courses. Acceptance into the Fast Track is based on the student's attaining a GPA of at least 3.200 in all mathematics classes and being within 30 semester credit hours of graduation. Fast Track students may, during their senior year, take 15 graduate semester credit hours that may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree. After admission to the graduate program, these 15 graduate semester credit hours may also satisfy requirements for the master's degree. Fast Track programs are offered in mathematics with specializations in applied mathematics and statistics.

- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- A Major course requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. If semester credit hours are counted in the Core Curriculum, students must complete additional coursework to meet the minimum requirements for graduation. Course selection assistance is available from the undergraduate advisor.
- Two semester credit hours of Calculus are counted as electives; six semester credit hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
- Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling in upper-division classes.
- MATH 2417 and MATH 2419 requirements can be fulfilled by completing MATH 2413, MATH 2414, and MATH 2415.
- Approval of Mathematics department advisor required.
- Another MATH course, i.e. MATH 3380, may be substituted if MATH 3321 is not offered.