Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Mathematics (MTH)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 27.0101 (Track 1 of 4)

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

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 from a Florida College System institution should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

A student who transfers without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • COP XXXX A Scientific Programming Course designed for Computer Science Majors
  • MAC X311 Calculus I
  • MAC X312 Calculus II - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MAC X313 Calculus III - Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
  • MAP X302 Differential Equations

Total Major Hours: 54 Hours

Major Core Courses - 27 Hours

  • Core Requirement. Majors must complete the following six courses (21 credit hours):
  • Algebra Requirement: Majors must complete the following course (3 credit hours):
  • Analysis Requirement: Majors must complete one of the following courses (3 credit hours):

Majors who complete both MAA 4211 and MAS 4156 may count one of these towards the Elective Requirement below.

Major Elective Courses - 27 Hours

Majors must complete seven courses from the following electives (Minimum 21 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.

Optional Accelerated Program

B.A./M.A. 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. and M.A. degree in Mathematics in four to five years.

The program meets all the requirements for the BA degree but requires the student to take the graduate-level courses required for the M.A. degree during the last two years in the program. Up to 20 hours of graduate courses may be counted towards the M.A. degree as well as the B.A. degree but not towards the undergraduate major (that is, as free electives).

For admission to the program, a student must:

    1. have completed at least 30 hours of college credit including 8 hours of 3000-level or above Mathematics courses;
    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 taken at the 3000-level or above.

To apply for admission, send a letter to the Chair of the Department of Mathematics stating your qualifications and desire to enter the program. An important benefit of this program is that a student is eligible to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship once he or she has completed the undergraduate Mathematics major courses.

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  Honors Program

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