Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Mathematics (MTH) with a concentration in General Mathematics (GMM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 27.0101 - Track 1 of 3

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.

Concentration Description

This concentration is designed for students whose interests lie in both applications and theory. Students who complete this concentration will be exposed to a variety of topics to help prepare the student for future endeavors in either aspect.

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.

  • 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: 45 Hours

Major Core

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.

Major Core Courses - 30 Hours

  • Core Requirement: Majors must complete the following seven courses (24 credit hours):
  • Algebra Requirement: Majors must complete the following course (3 credit hours):
  • Symbolic Computations Requirement: Majors must complete the following course (3 credit hours):
    • COP 4313 Symbolic Computations in Mathematics

Concentration Core

Majors in this concentration must complete at least one (1) course (three credit hours) in each of the following areas: Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics. Additionally students must choose three elective courses.

Concentration Core Courses - 6 Hours

Applied Mathematics Requirement (3 credit hours) - Majors in this concentration must complete one (1) course from the list below.

Pure Mathematics Requirement (3 credit hours) - Majors in this concentration must complete one (1) course from the list below.

Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

Majors in this concentration must complete three (3) courses (9 credit hours) from the list below. These courses may NOT be used to fulfill any of the above requirements.

  • MAA 4211 Intermediate Analysis I
  • MAA 4212 Intermediate Analysis II
  • MAA 4402 Complex Variables 
  • MAD 4203 Introduction to Combinatorics
  • MAD 4301 Introduction to Graph Theory
  • MAD 4401 Numerical Analysis I
  • MAD 4402 Numerical Analysis II
  • MAD 4504 Theory of Computation
  • MAD 4471 Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory
  • MAP 4202 Optimization
  • MAP 4341 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • MAS 4302 Elementary Abstract Algebra II
  • MTG 4214 Modern Geometry
  • MTG 4254 Differential Geometry 
  • MTG 4302 Introduction to Topology
  • MAT 4930 Selected Topics in Mathematics (may be taken as an elective with the prior approval of the department chair)

One course from another department that is of high mathematical content may also be taken as an elective, with the prior approval of the department chair.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

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.

Major Grade Requirement

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.

Major Residency Requirement

Majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of required courses in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at USF.

Major Other Requirements

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.

Optional Honors Program


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:

  1. have completed MAS 4301 Elementary Abstract Algebra;
  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.

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:

  1. Completion of the requirements of the major in Mathematics;
  2. Completion of MAA 4211 Intermediate Analysis I;
  3. Completion of MAT 4970 Mathematics Senior Thesis;
  4. Completion of eight Mathematics courses at or above the 4000-level;
  5. At least a 3.0 average for all college courses; and
  6. 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.

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