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    Aug 03, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics B.A., with Applied/Computational Mathematics Concentration


Mathematics B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

http://math.usf.edu/ug/math/

The 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.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • MAC X311 Calculus I - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X312 Calculus II  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X313 Calculus III  Calculus with Analytic Geometry III - 4 credit hours
  • [(BSC X010 and BSC X010L) or (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or (PHY X048 and PHY X048L) or (GLY X010 and GLY X010L) or BSC X010C or CHM X045C or PHY X048C or GLY X010C]*
  • MAP X302 - 4 credit hours
  • (COP X271C or COP X210 or COPY X270 or COP X272C or COP X001 or COP X500 or COP X006)** - 3 credit hours

*One Laboratory-based Science course for Science majors.

**A Scientific Programing course designed for Computer Science majors.

NOTE that all universities require a ‘C’ grade or better for admission.

Total Major Hours: 30


Major Core (30 Credit Hours)


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.

Core Requirement (24 Credit Hours)

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

Algebra Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

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

Symbolic Computations Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

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

Mathematics-Related Courses (Minimum 6 Credit Hours)

Students must take two courses in Science or Engineering 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.

Applied/Computational Mathematics


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.

Total Concentration Hours: 45


Concentration Core (12 Credit Hours)


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.

Numerical/Algorithms Requirement

Choose one course.

Partial Differential Equations and Applications Requirement

Choose one course.

Statistics/Probability Requirement

Choose one course.

Concentration Electives (3 Credit Hours)


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.

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

Mathematics B.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements): 2.0
General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements): 2.0
USF GPA: 2.0
Overall GPA: 2.0

Grading Requirements


C- or better are required for courses in the mathematics major and minor and in the statistics major. However, C- is not an acceptable grade for any course that is being used as a prerequisite for a follow-on course. For these courses, a grade of C (2.0 grade points) or better is required. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirement


Department Major Academic Residency Requirement - At least 12 hours of the major coursework must be completed at USF.

College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF

Other Program Information


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

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Optional Honors Program


HONORS PROGRAM IN MATHEMATICS

The program is designed for students who wish to obtain a B.A. degree that will indicate unusual strength in the field of mathematics. Successful completion of the program will be prominently displayed on the student’s diploma and will be recorded on the official USF transcript of the student’s work.

Students are eligible for admission to the program when they:

  1. have completed MAS 4301  - Elementary Abstract Algebra;
  2. have at least a 3.0 GPA for all college courses; and
  3. have at least a 3.5 GPA for all Mathematics courses.

Applications are submitted to the Undergraduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The requirements for a B.A. degree in Mathematics with Honors are as follows:

  1. Completion of the requirements of the major in Mathematics;
  2. Completion of MAA 4211  - Intermediate Analysis I;
  3. Completion of MAT 4970  Mathematics Senior Thesis;

  4. Completion of eight Mathematics courses at or above the 4000-level;

  5. At least a 3.0 average for all college courses; and
  6. At least a 3.5 average for all Mathematics courses.

At least 3 (and usually 6) credit hours of Mathematics Senior Thesis are required. There will be a thesis committee and the thesis will need to be successfully defended.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, MathAdvise@usf.edu

4 Year Plan of Study - Mathematics B.A., with Applied/Computational Mathematics Concentration


NOTES:

 

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Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

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Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


  • ✳️ Major Applied Mathematics Elective Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️ Major Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️ Major Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • ✳️ Major Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️ Major Pure Mathematics Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Mathematics B.A., with Applied/Computational Mathematics Concentration


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Science Elective Course Credit(s): 3
  • Science Elective Lab Credit(s): 1
  • Upper Level General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 7

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • MAS 4301 - Elementary Abstract Algebra  Credit(s): 3 
  • Major Numerical/Algorithms Elective Course Credit(s): 3
  • Science Elective Course Credit(s): 3
  • Science Elective Lab Credit(s): 1
  • Upper Level General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • MAS 3156 - Vector Calculus  Credit(s): 3 
  • Major Statistics/Probability Elective Course Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Course Credit(s): 3
  • Upper Level General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 2
  • Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 14