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  Feb 24, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematical Sciences - Mathematics Concentration, (B.S.)

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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.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements. Note the following requirements specified for the Mathematical Sciences major:

The Major (41-42 hours in addition to University General Education Program)

Major Core (17 hours):

Completion of

Concentration (21 -22 hours):

Mathematics (21-22 hours):

The Following Are Examples of Approved Course Selections.

  1. Applied Mathematics    
  2. General Mathematics  
  3. Graduate Study in Mathematics  
  4. Secondary Mathematics Education  
  5. Actuarial Science    

All approved programs will include no more than 9 semester hours chosen from MATH 4607 , MATH 4635 , MATH 4636 , MATH 4637 , MATH 4640 . Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to plan their programs.

Additional Course (3 hours):

Each major must take one additional upper division MATH course.


Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

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:

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.

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