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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015


Interim Chair: Madhuri Mulekar
Graduate Coordinator: Silver


Professors: Carter, Pillen, Prokhorov, Silver, Williams, Zhang
Associate Professors: Benko, Brick, Feldvoss
Assistant Professors: Bulka, Byrne, Lopez-Garcia
Professorial Lecturer: Jellett
Senior Instructors: Farmer, Murdick
Instructors: Dasinger
Associate Professor Emeritus: Dodd
Professors Emeriti: Kovacs, Mattics
Professors: Mulekar, Rainosek, Wang
Associate Professors: Mishra
Assistant Professor: Bindele, Dey
Senior Instructor: Farmer
Professor Emeritus: Shah
Department of Mathematics and Statistics web site
The purpose of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is to provide a well-rounded program for students majoring in the mathematical sciences and to fulfill the mathematical science needs of students in other fields of study. To this end, the department emphasizes excellence in teaching, and encourages the professional growth of its faculty through study, research, and consulting.
The Department offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Statistics. We also offer a minor in mathematics and a minor in applied statistics. Students pursuing a degree in Mathematics and Statistics also must have a minor in another discipline.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. ST 335 will fulfill the technology proficiency requirement.

The core requirements for this major provide the student with a balanced program of undergraduate mathematics and statistics in areas that have proven applications. The program produces a graduate who is employable based on good inductive and deductive inferential, problem formulating and solving, and communication skills.
  • Introductory courses: Calculus (MA 125, MA 126), Statistics (ST 210 or ST 315)
  • Intermediate courses: Multivariable Calculus (MA 227), Linear Algebra (MA 237)
  • Quantitative modeling courses: Differential Equations (MA 238) and Regression (ST 335)
  • Upper division courses: 21 additional hours of 300 level or above courses in mathematics or statistics, including at least three courses chosen from MA 334; MA 335, or 400 and 500 level courses. Students who wish to concentrate in a specific area should choose these additional courses accordingly. Recommended concentrations are available at
    http://www.southalabama.edu/mathstat/css-undergrad.shtml. Students in the major are encouraged to take MA 320 as soon as possible after taking MA 125.

    The program also requires an approved minor.
General Education Requirements for Mathematics and Statistics are specified on the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that the Mathematics section of Area III is satisfied by the major requirements specified above.
The requirements for a minor in mathematics are MA 125 and MA 126, plus four additional courses from among:
MA 227, MA 237, MA 238, MA 267, MA 311, MA 316, MA 320, MA 321, MA 332, MA 334, MA 335, MA 354, MA 367, MA 410, MA 413, MA 414, MA 434, MA 436, MA 437, MA 451, MA 458, MA 467, MA 481, MA 490, ST 315.
At least two of the courses chosen for the minor must be 300 level or higher.
The requirements for a minor in applied statistics consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours chosen as follows:
1. ST 210, or ST 315, but not both, and ST 335 and ST 340.
2. At least three courses selected from: ST 345, ST 350, ST 355, ST 415, ST 425, ST 450, ST 475, ST 460, MA 451 and ST 550. One statistics oriented course from any other discipline may be counted toward this requirement with the approval from the department chair.
Where to Begin in the Mathematics Courses
Students must begin at the proper level and in the proper track in mathematics. Students who lack college level credit in mathematics should take the placement exam at least 48 hours prior to registering for a mathematics course. Students must call 251-460-6264 to register to take the test. Times and days of the test are available at www.southalabama.edu/mathstat/css-placements.html
Note 1: To Avoid Duplication:
1. Credit for both MA 112 and MA 115 is not allowed.
2. Credit for both MA 113 and MA 115 is not allowed.
3. Credit for both MA 120 and MA 125 is not allowed.
4. Students may receive credit for only one of the following: ST 310, ST 315 or
ST 320.
Note 2: MA 110 is not a prerequisite course for any other course required by mathematics and statistics major.
A Master of Science degree in Mathematics is offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The program has been designed to meet the varied needs and goals of most students seeking advanced degrees in mathematics. The course of study accommodates students interested in traditional and modern mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission).
1. A bachelor's degree in mathematics or in a mathematics-related field from an accredited institution of higher education with a concentration of upper-level mathematics courses including a sequence in advanced calculus or real analysis.
2. Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. Normally a minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections or a minimum score of 600 on the quantitative section (without regard to the score on the verbal section). An advanced degree or other standardized test score may be considered in lieu of a GRE score.
Applicants who do not meet all requirements for regular admission, but who do meet the Graduate School requirements for provisional admission, will be considered for provisional admission. Applicants must have an undergraduate major in mathematics or a closely related field with a concentration of upper-level mathematics courses. Applicants who are deficient in their undergraduate preparation may be denied admission or may be required to take undergraduate courses in the areas of deficiency without graduate credit in addition to the normal degree requirements listed below.
Applicants who do not meet all the conditions for provisional admission or who are not interested in earning a graduate degree may apply for non-degree admission. Adequate undergraduate preparation in mathematics which indicates a reasonable chance of success in graduate mathematics courses is required for non-degree admission. After admission, permission of the department graduate coordinator is required for each course taken. In cases where undergraduate preparation is inadequate for a particular graduate course, a plan of study including additional undergraduate courses can be worked out in consultation with the graduate coordinator.
Graduate students holding assistantships are usually assigned duties such as tutoring or supervising recitation sections in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Awards are normally made for the academic year, but positions occasionally become available during the year. An assistantship application can be obtained from the Graduate Coordinator in the department and online. Three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Graduate Coordinator are required. Graduate Assistants are required to enroll in MA 592 (Seminar) each semester.
Several degree options are available. MA 501, MA 502, MA 503, MA 504, MA 505, MA 506 do not satisfy degree requirements except as stated below.
1. A minimum of 32 semester hours of course work including MA 535, MA 536 and MA 599.
2. In addition to MA 535 and MA 536, at least one two-course sequence must be completed.
3. Complete a thesis. A maximum of six semester hours of credit will be granted for the thesis. A student may not enroll in MA 599 (Thesis) until a thesis prospectus has been approved by the Graduate Coordinator and the Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.
4. Complete a comprehensive examination covering a collection of course work specified by the Graduate Coordinator.
5. Complete MA 592 (Seminar) during at least two semesters.
1. A minimum of 32 hours of course work including MA 535 and MA 536.
2. In addition to MA 535 and MA 536, at least one two-course sequence must be completed.
3. Completion of a comprehensive examination covering a collection of course work specified by the Graduate Coordinator.
4. Complete MA 592 (Seminar) during at least two semesters.


1. A minimum of 23 semester hours of Mathematics courses including MA 535 and MA 536 and a minimum of nine semester hours of Computer Science courses approved by the Mathematics Graduate Committee.
2. MA 521 or MA 525.
3. At least three courses in Computer Science approved by the Mathematics Graduate Committee.
4. Complete a comprehensive examination covering a collection of courses specified by the Graduate Coordinator.
5. Complete MA 592 (Seminar) during at least two semesters.
The document "Department Policies and Procedures for the MS Degree Program in Mathematics" is posted on the departmental web site. It contains details concerning advising, the comprehensive examination, graduate assistant duties, student meetings and colloquia.
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