2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 04, 2020  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics Major, BS


The undergraduate mathematics major is designed to provide a broad introduction to mathematics which serves as preparation for a wide variety of careers. The requirements below, which provide a solid introduction to four of the core components of mathematics, should be regarded as minimal preparation for careers in mathematics or closely related mathematical fields. Students with special interests and talents are encouraged to take as many other mathematics courses as their schedule permits.

College Requirements


Arts and Sciences

Prerequisites


Major Requirements


The major consists of 37 semester hours of mathematics courses.

Select one sequence:


Select two courses:


Select one course from each category:


SAMPLE PROGRAMS


There are many careers one can pursue with a mathematics major. Sample programs for three different goals are listed below. Additional information is available in the Department of Mathematics office.

Mathematics (Industrial Employment)


   

First Year

Hours Credit

MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 *
8
MATH 171  3
English Composition 6
Foreign Language 6
Lab Science Distribution Requirement 8
   

Second Year

 
MATH 231 , MATH 241  (or MATH 247 ), MATH 251  (or MATH 257 ), and MATH 300  (or MATH 307 ) 13
Non-US History Distribution Requirement 6
Social Science Distribution Requirement 3
Foreign Language (completion of secondary level) 3
Science Distribution Requirement 3
Elective 3
   

Third Year

 
MATH 351 , MATH 431  (or MATH 435 ), MATH 341 , MATH 371   12
Arts and Humanities Distribution Requirement 6
Social Science Distribution Requirement 3
Electives 12
   

Fourth Year

 
MATH 471 -MATH 472 , MATH 423 , MATH 475   12
Upper-Level Distribution Requirement 6
Communicating Orally  Requirement 1-3
Electives 4-6
   
 

Total 120 minimum

 

Mathematics (Preparation for Graduate School)


   

First Year

Hours Credit

MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 *
8
MATH 171  3
English Composition 6
Foreign Language (beginning level, preferably French, German, or Russian) 6
Lab Science Distribution Requirement 8
   

Second Year

 
MATH 231 , MATH 247 , MATH 257 , and MATH 307  (or MATH 300 ) 13
Non-US History Distribution Requirement 6
Social Science Distribution Requirement 3
Foreign Language (completion of secondary level) 3
Science Distribution Requirement 3
Elective 3
   

Third Year

 
Upper-Division Mathematics Electives 12
Arts and Humanities Distribution Requirement 6
Social Science Distribution Requirement 3
Electives 12
   

Fourth Year

 
Upper-Division Math Sequence (possibly Honors) 6
Honors Upper-Division Math Sequence 6
Upper-Level Distribution Requirement 6
Communicating Orally  Requirement 1-3
Electives 4-6
   
 

Total 120 minimum

 

Mathematics (Secondary Education)


   

First Year

Hours Credit

MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 *
8
MATH 171  3
First Year Composition 6
Foreign Language 6
Lab Science Distribution Requirement 8
   

Second Year

 
MATH 231 , MATH 241  (or MATH 247 ), MATH 251  (or MATH 257 ), and MATH 300  (or MATH 307 ) 13
Non-US History Distribution Requirement 6
Social Science Distribution Requirement 3
Foreign Language (completion of secondary level) 3
Science Distribution Requirement 3
Elective 0-2
   

Third Year

 
MATH 323 , MATH 341 , MATH 351 , MATH 371 , MATH 400   15
Arts and Humanities Distribution Requirement 6
Social Science Distribution Requirement 3
EDPY 210   3
   

Fourth Year

 
MATH 445 -MATH 446 , MATH 460 , MATH 421  (or MATH 411 , MATH 431 ) 12
Upper-Level Distribution Requirement 6
Communicating Orally  Requirement 1-3
EDPY 401   3
SPED 402   3
TPTE 352  (1), TPTE 355  (3), TPTE 486  (3) 7
   
 

Total 120 minimum

 

Honors Concentration


The Mathematics Department Honors Program offers highly talented students an accelerated curricular path that permits them to enroll in graduate-level mathematics courses as early as the junior year, making them highly competitive for graduate fellowships upon completion of a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition to a more rapid curriculum, the honors program offers enhanced academic advising and opportunities for students to interact with their peers through the Undergraduate Honors Seminar (MATH 497 ) in which honors students will discuss their theses and other undergraduate research projects.

For purposes of the mathematics honors requirements, the upper-division mathematics GPA (MGPA) consists of the GPA for MATH 300  (MATH 307 ), all mathematics courses used to fulfill the requirements for part (2) of the mathematics major, and mathematics graduate courses numbered 510 or higher.

Students who wish to participate in the honors concentration must meet the requirements for, and officially declare, a mathematics major with honors concentration. A student may declare this concentration after completing MATH 300  (or MATH 307 ) if his/her cumulative MGPA is at least 3.4. The mathematics honors concentration must be declared prior to the last 60 hours of enrollment (usually this means prior to the beginning of the junior year). The 60 hours requirement may be waived for students having a large number of transfer, AP, or other credits not earned at the University of Tennessee.

To continue as a mathematics major with honors concentration the student must:

  • Maintain a 3.4 or higher cumulative MGPA. (Any mathematics honors student whose cumulative MGPA drops below 3.4 in a given semester may keep the honors concentration provided the cumulative MGPA returns to 3.4 after the subsequent semester and remains above 3.4 until graduation.)
  • Attend at least three mathematics-related public lectures (such as the Mathematics Junior Colloquium or a departmental seminar) during each semester.
  • Make adequate progress towards completing the mathematics honors thesis at least one full semester prior to graduation.

The requirements to graduate with honors in mathematics are the same as those for the mathematics major except in part (2) only six courses at the 300-400 level are required, and at least two 400-level two-semester sequences must be taken, at least one of which must be an honors sequence. Moreover, the following requirements must be met.

  • Graduate with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 and an MGPA of at least 3.4.
  • Complete at least 4 hours of MATH 497 
  • Complete at least 3 hours of MATH 498  and submit a completed thesis at least 30 calendar days prior to the end of the final semester of enrollment.
  • Complete a total of 24 hours of honors courses or mathematics courses numbered 510 or higher (except seminars) for undergraduate credit, which may include courses used to fulfill other requirements to graduate with a mathematics honors concentration.

The honors category upon graduation is determined as follows: MGPA at least 3.4 – Honors; MGPA at least 3.6 – High Honors; MGPA at least 3.8 – Highest Honors.

Fifth Year Master of Science Program


   

First Year

Hours Credit

MATH 147 -MATH 148  and MATH 307  (or MATH 300 ) 11
First Year Composition 6
Foreign Language (preferably French, German, or Russian) 6
Lab Science Distribution Requirement 8
Social Science Distribution Requirement 3
   

Second Year

 
MATH 171 , MATH 231 , MATH 247 , MATH 257  12
Upper-Division Mathematics Courses 9
Non-U.S. History Distribution Requirement 6
Foreign Language 3
Science Distribution Requirement 3
   

Third Year

 
Upper-Division Math Sequence (possibly honors) 6
Honors Upper-Division or Graduate Math Sequence 6
Humanities Distribution Requirement 6
Social Science Distribution Requirement 3
Upper-Level Distribution Requirement 3
Electives 2
   

Fourth Year

 
Upper-Division Honors or Graduate Math Sequences 12
Upper-Level Distribution Requirement 3
Communicating Orally  Requirement 1-3
Electives 9-11
   
 

Total 120 minimum

 

Fifth Year Master of Science in Statistics Program


Students may earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics and a Master of Science with a major in statistics in five years following a similar program as above. For more information, contact the Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science.