Requirements for the BS in Mathematics
The major in mathematics requires the successful completion of 36 to 37 semester hours, including the core mathematics courses, a specific track, ancillary courses, and a minor.
A complete list of the requirements for the major are listed in the UA Undergraduate Catalog.
Math Major Optional Concentrations
Students who wish to enhance their knowledge in a particular area of study within the mathematical sciences may elect to organize their coursework around the four concentrations listed below. Though not required, these concentrations allow the students to develop an area of specialization within the major and would be part of their required upper division sequence and/or electives listed in the major.
- Pure Mathematics
The concentration in Pure Mathematics focuses on studying the underlying structure of mathematics. The concept of proof is an essential component of this concentration. This concentration is of particular interest to students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in mathematics or theoretical physics, and those students focusing on areas such as cryptography in computer science.
- Applied Mathematics
The Applied Mathematics concentration is composed of several courses to give students a background in the applications of mathematics. All students completing this concentration must take Theory of Probability and Introduction to Complex Variables to gain an understanding of these tools that are used in many different fields. Additionally, students need to complete a sequence in one of the areas of applied mathematics that focus on either modeling through differential equations, modeling through optimization techniques, or the study of numerical techniques. This concentration pairs well with majors in Engineering and Sciences and studies much of the mathematics needed for further studies in those fields.
- Statistics and Optimization
Our information based economy involves problems that require the ability to analyze large amounts of data. This concentration teaches students the mathematical techniques necessary for large scale data analysis from probabilistic, statistical, and/or optimization perspectives. This concentration would be beneficial for students interested in pursuing careers in actuarial science, business analytics, statistics, and other fields that involve data analysis.
- Mathematics Education
This concentration is designed to prepare students to have the content knowledge needed to teach mathematics at the secondary level. This concentration does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in earning teacher certification must be admitted through the College of Education and should either complete the Secondary Education-Mathematics Major, or the Mathematics Education Minor and the Alternative Certification Masters program in conjunctions with these courses.
Many mathematics majors choose to complete second majors in computer science, electrical engineering, economics, and finance, among other fields.
Opportunities for Mathematics Majors on Campus
Several of our majors enjoy on campus employment as tutors in the Mathematics Technology Learning Center (MTLC) or as graders for undergraduate courses. Students may apply for these positions at uastudentjobs.ua.edu.
The Department of Mathematics participates in the University Scholars Program (Accelerated Masters Program), allowing highly motivated students to pursue closely integrated undergraduate and graduate programs that may lead to the simultaneous completion of requirements for both master’s and bachelor’s degrees.
What can I do with a Mathematics Major?
The Mathematics Association of America has a great deal of career resources for students majoring in Mathematics.