Mathematics Major, B.S.

Department of Mathematics

http://www.math.unc.edu

Phillips Hall, CB# 3250

(919) 962-1294

Richard McLaughlin, Chair

Jeremy Marzuola, Director of Undergraduate Studies

marzuola@email.unc.edu

Linda Green, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies

greenl@email.unc.edu

Elizabeth Davidson, Manager of Student Services

elizabeth_davidson@unc.edu

Mathematics has always been a fundamental component of human thought and culture, and the growth of technology in recent times has further increased its importance.

Students majoring in mathematics may enter either the B.A. or the B.S. program. The B.S. program is more comprehensive; it provides solid preparation for work or for further study in mathematics and related fields. Within the B.S. program there is an applied option, which is designed for students who are primarily interested in using mathematics for the study of other sciences.

Department Programs

Majors

Minor

Graduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the mathematics program (B.A., B.S.), students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the core of mathematics recognized as essential by national professional mathematics organizations
  • Demonstrate mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Mathematics Majors, B.S.

Core Requirements
One of the following:3
Introduction to Programming H
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Computer-Assisted Mathematical Problem Solving
MATH 381Discrete Mathematics 1, H3
MATH 383First Course in Differential Equations H3
MATH 521Advanced Calculus I H3
One of the following:3
Advanced Calculus II H
Functions of a Complex Variable with Applications
Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences I
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
One of the following:3
Elementary Theory of Numbers
Elements of Modern Algebra
Algebraic Structures
Combinatorial Mathematics
MATH 547Linear Algebra for Applications (preferably before the senior year)3
or MATH 577 Linear Algebra
At least three additional MATH courses numbered above 520, excluding MATH 528L and MATH 529L9
Eighteen hours of C or better (not C-) in MATH courses numbered above 520
Additional Requirements
MATH 231Calculus of Functions of One Variable I3-4
or MATH 241 BioCalculus I
MATH 232Calculus of Functions of One Variable II3-4
or MATH 283 BioCalculus II
MATH 233Calculus of Functions of Several Variables H4
One or two semesters of physics chosen from the following options:4-8
Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity (recommended)
General Physics I: For Students of the Life Sciences
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Mechanics
and Electromagnetism and Optics H
At least four courses in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (beyond the General Education requirements), but not in mathematics12
Remaining General Education requirements and enough free electives to accumulate 122 academic hours66
Total Hours122-128
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

A current or former major in statistics and analytics (mathematical decision sciences) may substitute STOR 215 for MATH 381.

Mathematics Major, B.S.–Applied Option

Core Requirements
COMP 110Introduction to Programming H3
or COMP 116 Introduction to Scientific Programming
MATH 381Discrete Mathematics 1, H3
MATH 383First Course in Differential Equations H3
MATH 521Advanced Calculus I H3
Five courses chosen from the following list: 215
Advanced Calculus II H
Functions of a Complex Variable with Applications
Elementary Differential Equations
Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences I 2
Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences II 2
Introduction to Probability
Combinatorial Mathematics
Mathematical Modeling in the Life Sciences 2
Introduction to Numerical Analysis 2
Scientific Computation I 2
Methods of Applied Mathematics I 2
MATH 547Linear Algebra for Applications3
or MATH 577 Linear Algebra
Eighteen hours of C or better (not C-) in MATH courses numbered above 520
Additional Requirements
MATH 231Calculus of Functions of One Variable I3
or MATH 241 BioCalculus I
MATH 232Calculus of Functions of One Variable II3
or MATH 283 BioCalculus II
MATH 233Calculus of Functions of Several Variables H4
One or two semesters of physics chosen from the following options:4-8
Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity (recommended)
General Physics I: For Students of the Life Sciences
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Mechanics
and Electromagnetism and Optics H
Strongly recommended:
Introduction to Probability
Mathematical Statistics
At least four courses in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (beyond the General Education requirements), but not in mathematics. STOR 555 can be counted for this requirement.12
Remaining General Education requirements and enough free electives to accumulate 122 academic hours66
Total Hours122-126
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

A current or former major in statistics and analytics (mathematical decision sciences) may substitute STOR 215 for MATH 381.

2

with at least three from MATH 528, MATH 529, MATH 564, MATH 566, MATH 661, MATH 668, sequence MATH 383L + MATH 528L + MATH 529L.

Students must complete either the B.S. or B.S.-Applied Option for a B.S. degree with a major in mathematics. All Foundations, Approaches, and Connections requirements of the General Education curriculum apply to students in both options.

Following are suggested course selections (within the degree requirements) for students who have an interest in a particular direction.

Course Suggestions for Pure Mathematics

These courses provide a solid theoretical understanding of central mathematics and excellent preparation for graduate study in mathematics or the mathematical sciences.

MATH 521Advanced Calculus I H3
MATH 522Advanced Calculus II H3
MATH 577Linear Algebra3
MATH 578Algebraic Structures3
Enough upper-level mathematics courses to satisfy the degree requirements
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Those planning graduate study in mathematics or the mathematical sciences may consider taking some of MATH 653, MATH 676, MATH 680, or subsequent courses.

Course Suggestions for Mathematical Biology

For students interested in careers or further study in mathematical life sciences.

BIOL 101Principles of Biology H3
CHEM 101General Descriptive Chemistry I3
or CHEM 102 General Descriptive Chemistry II
At least one of:4
Ecology and Evolution H
Molecular Biology and Genetics H
Cellular and Developmental Biology H
At least two of:6
Evolutionary Genetics
Computational Genetics H
Comparative Biomechanics
Mathematical and Computational Models in Biology
MATH 521Advanced Calculus I H3
One of:3
Advanced Calculus II H
Functions of a Complex Variable with Applications
Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences I
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
One of:3
Elements of Modern Algebra
Combinatorial Mathematics
Algebraic Structures
MATH 547Linear Algebra for Applications3
or MATH 577 Linear Algebra
Three or more mathematics courses numbered above 500. Consider especially MATH 524, MATH 529, MATH 535, and MATH 5649
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Special Opportunities in Mathematics

Special activities for qualified students include an undergraduate Mathematics Club, problem-solving seminars, the Putnam Mathematical Competition, and the Virginia Tech Mathematics Contest. Students interested in these activities should consult the departmental honors advisor.

Qualified undergraduate students may work as research assistants in the Fluid Laboratory or as tutors in the Math Help Center. Students can conduct original research with the guidance of a faculty member, usually in conjunction with the preparation of an honors project. Study Abroad opportunities include semester or yearlong programs in a variety of countries. The Archibald Henderson Medal and the Alfred Brauer Prize recognize outstanding performance and promise in mathematics.

Undergraduate honors research projects as well as some internships or study abroad programs might qualify for experiential education credit. MATH 296, MATH 396, and MATH 410 satisfy this requirement.

Honors in Mathematics

Special honors (H) sections are given in some mathematics courses when student demand is sufficient (for example, MATH 62H, MATH 233H, MATH 383H).

Promising students are encouraged to work toward a bachelor’s degree with honors in mathematics. This program consists of six or more courses approved by the departmental honors advisor and satisfactory completion of an honors project completed over the two semesters of the senior year. The honors project is conducted in association with a departmental faculty member on a topic approved by the departmental honors advisor, and spans two semesters of independent research, during which time the honors candidate must be enrolled in MATH 691H and MATH 692H. The final report on the project includes both a written description and an oral presentation before a committee of three faculty (including the project advisor) approved by the departmental honors advisor. The committee will then report to the departmental honors advisor, who, in conjunction with a subcommittee of the undergraduate committee, will make the final recommendation on awarding a degree with honors or highest honors. The candidate must have a 3.5 grade point average in mathematics courses to begin an honors project and must maintain the 3.5 average through the completion of the senior year.

UNC–BEST

The UNC Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching (UNC–BEST) Program is a collaboration between the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences and is designed to allow undergraduate mathematics (and science) majors interested in teaching high school mathematics the opportunity to earn their degree and obtain licensure as a North Carolina high school mathematics teacher in four years. UNC–BEST students meet all the degree requirements for their mathematics major and complete a teaching methods class (MATH 410). Students also fulfill teaching licensure coursework requirements (see list below) as well as many General Education and elective requirements.

MATH 410Teaching and Learning Mathematics4
EDUC 689Foundations of Special Education (may substitute EDUC 516)3
EDUC 532Introduction to Development and Learning (may substitute EDUC 403)3
EDUC 615Schools and Community Collaboration (may substitute EDUC 533)3
EDUC 593Internship/Student Teaching12
EDUC 601Education Workshops1

For more details on admission requirements and application processes, visit the School of Education Web site