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.
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.
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.
In general, grades of 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. Students whose prerequisites are more than three years old will be expected to take a placement test prior to taking a follow-on course.
Majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of required courses in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at USF.
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.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914 or IDH 4910 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.
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:
- have completed MAS 4301 - Elementary Abstract Algebra ;
- have at least a 3.0 GPA for all college courses; and
- 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:
- Completion of the requirements of the major in Mathematics;
- Completion of MAA 4211 - Intermediate Analysis I ;
Completion of MAT 4970 Mathematics Senior Thesis;
Completion of eight Mathematics courses at or above the 4000-level;
- At least a 3.0 average for all college courses; and
- 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.
Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program
Accelerated B.A. in Mathematics and M.A. in Mathematics
This program is designed for superior students having a solid background in high school mathematics and the ability to handle a fast paced, challenging program leading to a B.A. in Mathematics and M.A. in Mathematics in four to five years.
For more information, see the Graduate Catalog for Accelerated Majors.
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