University Bulletin 2016-17

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Mathematics and Statistics Major (BS)

Majors in Arts and Sciences may be completed with a minimum of 120 semester hours unless designated otherwise. At least 30 hours of course work, which represents 25% of the required 120 hours, must be at the upper division level in order to fulfill the University’s residency requirement. At least 15 of the 30 upper-division hours must be in the major or concentration area. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the student’s major or concentration area.

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.

Requirements for the Major are:    
Introductory courses:    
Calculus I MA 125    
Calculus II 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    
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 Majors

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.

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 the department website.

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.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/mathstat/

Undergraduate Studies

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.

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 the department website.

Graduate Studies

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.

Requirements for Admission

Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission).

Regular 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. A minimum combined score of 297 (or 1000 on exam taken prior to July 2011 - good till July 2016) on the verbal and quantitative sections or a minimum score of 148 (or 600 on exam taken prior to July 2011 - good until July 2016) 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.

Provisional Admission

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.

Non-Degree Admission

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 Assistantships

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.

Policies and Procedures

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.