
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Mathematical Sciences Major (B.S.)
Program objectives for a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences are to: (a) understand the
notion of a real valued function; (b) understand the concept of differentiation and
be able to apply the rules of differentiation to functions of one real variable. Be
able to use these techniques to solve problems in optimization; (c) understand the
use of vector analysis to describe the geometry of higher dimensional spaces; (d)
understand how to extend the concepts of the calculus of functions of one variable
to higher dimensions; (e) use matrices to solve systems of linear equations and to
describe linear transformations; (f) understand abstract structures in mathematics;
(g) be able to read and present mathematical proofs including an understanding of
the basic types of proofs; (h) be able to formulate their own proofs of simple mathematical
statements; (i) be able to use a computer to assist with the solution of mathematical
problems; (j) Have advanced knowledge of at least one specialist area of mathematics:
Statistics, Mathematics, or Teaching Mathematics.
A. University General Education Program (41 hours)
See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements. Note the following requirements
specified for the Mathematical Sciences major: Mathematics: MATH 1910; Natural Science:
CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121, or PHYS 2110/2111, 2120/2121.
B. College and Degree Requirements (12 hours)
The College and Bachelor of Science requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.
C. The Major (3536 hours in addition to University General Education Program and
B.S. degree requirements)
1. Major Core (14 hours):
Completion of MATH 1910 (this course is included in the University General Education
Program requirements), MATH 1920, 2110, 2702, and 3242 (majors are encouraged to consider
the departmental honors program described below); plus the following courses: CHEM
1110/1111, and 1120/1121 or PHYS 2110/2111, 2120/2121 (these courses are included
in the University General Education Program requirements).
2. Concentration (21 22 hours):
a. Mathematics (2122 hours): COMP 1900 or COMP 4001 and 18 semester hours of upper
division courses with departmental approval. The following are examples of approved
course selections.
(1) Applied Mathematics: MATH 3120, 4391, 4635, 4721, and six upper division hours
from the following: MATH 3221, 4242, 4261, 4350, 4351, 4361, 4392, 4640.
(2) General Mathematics: MATH 3120, 4350, 4261, 4635, and 6 upper division hours chosen
from: MATH 3221, 4242, 4351, 4361, 4391, 4411, 4636, 4721.
(3) Graduate Study in Mathematics: MATH 4261, 4350, three courses chosen from: MATH
4242, 4351, 4361, 4411, and one additional course from: MATH 3120, 3221, 4242, 4351,
4361, 4391, 4411, 4635.
(4) Teacher Licensure in Secondary Education: MATH 3221, 3581, 4151, 4261, 4635, and
either MATH 4636, or 4637.
(5) Actuarial Science: MATH 4020, 4022, 4025, 4635, 4636 and FIR 3410.
NOTE: All approved programs will include no more than 9 semester hours chosen from
MATH 4607, 4635, 4636, 4637, 4640. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors
to plan their programs.
b. Statistics (21 hours): COMP 4001, MATH 4635, 4636, 4640, and one of MATH 4607 or
4637, and 6 additional upper division hours chosen from: MATH 3120, 4242, 4261, 4350,
4351, 4361, 4391, 4551, 4607, 4637, 4643, 4721.
Accelerated BS/MS Degree Program, with concentrations in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics,
and Statistics
This program allows outstanding undergraduates to complete both a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mathematical Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences
with concentration in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or Statistics. Students admitted
into the program will follow a carefully designed program of study which allows them
to begin course work for the Master of Science program during their senior year. Interested
students are encouraged to consult with their undergraduate advisor in the Department
of Mathematical Sciences and to begin planning to enter the accelerated BS/MS degree
program early in their undergraduate career. Through careful coordination with their
undergraduate and graduate advisors students will be able to graduate with both a
bachelor's and master's degree within a five year period.
To apply, students must have finished 18 credit hours of course work in mathematics
by the end of the semester of their application. Applicants must have a cumulative
GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) as well as a GPA of 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale) in their mathematics
courses. The initial application for the accelerated BS/MS degree program consists
of the following two parts:
1. A letter of intent including two letters of reference and a copy of
the applicant's transcript to be submitted to the Department of Mathematical Sciences
2. Application with the Graduate School for "combination senior" status
To continue in the program beyond the bachelor's degree, students must also apply
for full admission into the Graduate School and be accepted into the master's program
by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and
graduate programs. Details on courses that can be applied will be available in the
Department of Mathematical Sciences. However, any graduate course work will not be
used to calculate the undergraduate GPA.
D. Electives
Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.
E. Honors Program
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers an honors program in Mathematics and
Statistics for the talented student. To be admitted into the program, an entering
freshman must score at least 29 on the Math ACT, and have a highschool GPA of 3.50,
although exceptions may be made by the freshman's advisor, based upon an interview
at the time of initial registration.
Currently enrolled students may be admitted into the Honors Program upon an interview
with the Departmental Honors Director. The basic requirements will be a 3.5 GPA on
all MATH courses, an overall GPA of 3.25, and timely progress toward a degree. Such
students may be admitted into MATH 1421, 2421, or 2422. Upon completion of the entry
course with a grade of at least B, such students will retroactively receive credit
for any previous course(s) in the Honors Sequence. A student may not enroll in MATH 3402 without having previously completed MATH 2422.
The successful candidate will complete the Major Core as listed about under item
C, and complete one of the Areas of Concentration listed about, with the following
exceptions and additions:
 In place of MATH 1910, 1920, 2110, and 3432, the Honors student must complete the
fourcourse sequence of Honors Mathematics courses (MATH 1421, 2421, 2422, and 3402),
and two semesters of the Mathematics Honors Seminar, MATH 3410 and 3411.
 Upon successful completion of the courses listed above, the studnet shall be considered
to have completed MATH 3242, and MATH 3120 for prerquisite and graduation purposes.
 The Honors student must take MATH 4402  Senior Honors Seminar.
 Each of MATH 1421, 2421, 2422, 3402, 3410, 3411, 4402 must be completed with at least
a grade of B.
 A GPA of 3.50 in all MATH courses must be maintained.
Upon completion of the program, the successful candidates will be recognized at the
commencement ceremony by having their degrees conferred "With Honors in Mathematical
Sciences," and their diplomas and records at the University of Memphis will reflect
this distinction.
F. Second Major in Mathematical Sciences for majors in Chemistry, Computer Science,
Economics, Engineering, and Physics (2930 hours): MATH 1910, 1920, 3242 and (a) 9 hours from upper division MATH courses approved by
the Chair or Chair's designee of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, plus one
of COMP 2700, MATH 2702, MATH 2110, or an additional upper division MATH course approved
by the Chair or Chair's designee of the Department of Mathematical Sciences; (b) 6
hours of mathematically oriented courses approved by the Chair or Chair's designee
of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Mathematical Sciences Minor
A minimum of 20 semester hours, including MATH 1910 (4), 1920 (4), and 9 additional
upper division semester hours in MATH courses approved by the Chair or Chair's designee
of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, plus one of COMP 2700, MATH 2702, MATH
2110, or an additional upper division MATH course approved by the Chair or Chair's
designee of the Department of Mathematics.
Typical 4Year Mathematics Concentration Sequence
Freshman Year
ENGL 1010 
3 
ENGL 1020 
3 
MATH 1910 
4 
MATH 1920 
4 
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 
3 
Natural Science** 
4 
Elective 
3 
Foreign Language/B.S. 
3 
Foreign Language/B.S. 
3 






Semester Totals 
16 hrs 

14 hrs 
Sophomore Year
History* 
3 
History* 
3 
ENGL 2201 or 2202 
3 
MATH 2702 
3 
MATH 2110 
4 
COMM 2381 
3 
Natural Science** 
4 
Humanities/Fine Arts* 
3 
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 
3 
Elective 
3 




Semester Totals 
17 hrs 

15 hrs 
Junior Year
MATH 3242 
3 
UD MATH 
3 
UD Social Science/B.S. 
3 
Humanities/Fine Arts* 
3 
COMP 4001 
3 
UD elective 
3 
Humanities/B.S. 
3 
Elective 
3 
UD elective 
3 
UD MATH 
3 




Semester Totals 
15 hrs 

15 hrs 
Senior Year
UD MATH 
3 
UD MATH 
3 
UD MATH 
3 
UD MATH 
3 
Elective 
3 
Elective 
3 
Elective 
3 
UD elective 
3 
UD elective 
3 
Elective 
1 




Semester Totals 
15 hrs 

13 hrs 
Total Hours: 120
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120
*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement
**Choose one Natural Science sequence: CHEM 1110/1111 and 1120/1121, OR PHYS 2110/2111
and 2120/2121.
Typical 4Year Statistics Concentration Sequence
Freshman Year
ENGL 1010 
3 
ENGL 1020 
3 
MATH 1910 
4 
MATH 1920 
4 
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 
3 
Natural Science** 
4 
Foreign Language 
3 
Foreign Language 
3 
Elective 
3 






Semester Totals 
16 hrs 

14 hrs 
Sophomore Year
History* 
3 
History* 
3 
ENGL 2201 or 2202 
3 
MATH 2702 
3 
MATH 2110 
4 
COMM 2381 
3 
Natural Science** 
4 
Humanities/Fine Arts* 
3 
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 
3 
Elective 
3 




Semester Totals 
17 hrs 

15 hrs 
Junior Year
MATH 3242 
3 
MATH 4635 
3 
UD Social Science 
3 
MATH 4636 
3 
COMP 4001 
3 
Humanities/Fine Arts* 
3 
UD Humanities 
3 
UD elective 
3 
Elective 
3 
UD elective 
3 




Semester Totals 
15 hrs 

15 hrs 
Senior Year
MATH 4640 
3 
MATH 4607 or 4637 
3 
UD MATH*** 
3 
UD MATH*** 
3 
Elective 
3 
Elective 
3 
Elective 
3 
UD elective 
3 
UD elective 
3 
Elective 
1 




Semester Totals 
15 hrs 

13 hrs 
Total Hours: 120
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120
*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement
**Choose one Natural Science sequence: CHEM 1110/1111 and 1120/1121, OR PHYS 2110/2111
and 2120/2121.
***Choose from MATH 3120, 4242, 4261, 4350, 4351, 4361, 4391, 4551, 4607, 4637, 4643,
4721
