## Mathematical Sciences Major (B.S.)

Program objectives for a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences are to: (a) understand the notion of a real valued function; (b) understand the concept of differentiation and be able to apply the rules of differentiation to functions of one real variable. Be able to use these techniques to solve problems in optimization; (c) understand the use of vector analysis to describe the geometry of higher dimensional spaces; (d) understand how to extend the concepts of the calculus of functions of one variable to higher dimensions; (e) use matrices to solve systems of linear equations and to describe linear transformations; (f) understand abstract structures in mathematics; (g) be able to read and present mathematical proofs including an understanding of the basic types of proofs; (h) be able to formulate their own proofs of simple mathematical statements; (i) be able to use a computer to assist with the solution of mathematical problems; (j) Have advanced knowledge of at least one specialist area of mathematics: Statistics, Mathematics, or Teaching Mathematics.

## Honors Program

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers an honors program in Mathematics and Statistics for the talented student. To be admitted into the program, an entering freshman must score at least 29 on the Math ACT, and have a high-school GPA of 3.50, although exceptions may be made by the freshman’s advisor, based upon an interview at the time of initial registration.

Currently enrolled students may be admitted into the Honors Program upon an interview with the Departmental Honors Director. The basic requirements will be a 3.5 GPA on all MATH courses, an overall GPA of 3.25, and timely progress toward a degree. Such students may be admitted into MATH 1421 , MATH 2421 , or MATH 2422 . Upon completion of the entry course with a grade of at least B, such students will retroactively receive credit for any previous course(s) in the Honors Sequence. A student **may not** enroll in MATH 3402 without having previously completed MATH 2422 .

The successful candidate will complete the Major Core as listed about under item C, and complete one of the Areas of Concentration listed above, with the following exceptions and additions:

- In place of MATH 1910 , MATH 1920 , MATH 2110 and MATH 3242 , the Honors student must complete the four-course sequence of Honors Mathematics courses (MATH 1421 , MATH 2421 , MATH 2422 and MATH 3402 ), and two semesters of the Mathematics Honors Seminar, MATH 3410 and MATH 3411 .
- Upon successful completion of the courses listed above, the student shall be considered to have completed MATH 3242 ,
**and** MATH 2120 for prerequisite and graduation purposes.
- The Honors student must take MATH 4402 - Senior Honors Seminar .
- Each of MATH 1421 , MATH 2421 , MATH 2422 , MATH 3402 , MATH 3410 , MATH 3411 , MATH 4402 must be completed with at least a grade of B.
- A GPA of 3.50 in all MATH courses must be maintained.

Upon completion of the program, the successful candidates will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degrees conferred “With Honors in Mathematical Sciences,” and their diplomas and records at the University of Memphis will reflect this distinction.