DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS
AND STATISTICS



Chair:
Scott Carter 
Graduate
Coordinator: Pillen 

Mathematics

Professors:
Carter, Crossley, Hitt, Silver, Williams, Windham,
Zhang 
Associate
Professors: Brick, McGill, Pillen 
Assistant
Professors: Pickett, Prokhorov,
Galaktionova 
Professorial
Lecturer: Jellett 
Instructor:
Crumb, Summerlin 

Statistics 
Professors:
Mishra, Mulekar, Rainosek, Windham 
Instructors:
Summerlin 

Department
of Mathematics and Statistics web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/mathstat 

UNDERGRADUATE
STUDIES 
The
purpose of the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics is to provide a wellrounded program
for students majoring in the mathematical sciences
and to fulfill the mathematical science needs
of students in other fields of study. To this
end, the department emphasizes excellence in
teaching, and encourages the professional growth
of its faculty through study, research, and
consulting. 
The
Department offers a major leading to the Bachelor
of Science Degree in Mathematics and Statistics.
We also offer a minor in mathematics and a minor
in applied statistics. 

MATHEMATICS
AND STATISTICS MAJOR 
The
core requirements for this major provide the
student with a balanced program of undergraduate
mathematics and statistics in areas that have
proven applications. The program produces a
graduate who is employable based on good inductive
and deductive inferential, problem formulating
and solving, and communication skills. 

REQUIREMENTS
FOR THE MAJOR ARE: 
 Introductory courses: Calculus (MA
125, 126), Statistics (ST 210 or ST 315)
 Intermediate
courses: Multivariable Calculus (MA
227), Linear Algebra (MA 237)
 Quantitative modeling
courses: Differential Equations (MA
238) and Regression (ST 335) followed by Computer
Assisted Modeling (MA 354)
 Upper division
courses: 18 additional hours of 300
level or above courses in mathematics or statistics
including at least three courses at the 400
level or above.
The program also requires an approved minor.

The
modeling component is the cornerstone of the
major. It gives the student the ability to formulate,
build, analyze and implement mathematical models. 
 The differential equations course introduces
mathematical modeling using "first"
principles.
 The regression course introduces the inductive,
data based aspects of modeling and the analysis
of models.
 The quantitative modeling course puts
these two together to develop the whole
modeling process through a small number
of major projects.

GENERAL
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
MAJORS 
General
Education Requirements for Mathematics and
Statistics are specified on the College of Arts
and Sciences section. Note that the Mathematics
section of Area IV is satisfied by the major
requirements specified above. 

REQUIREMENTS
FOR A MINOR IN MATHEMATICS 
The
requirements for a minor in mathematics are
MA 125 and MA 126, plus four additional courses
from among: 
MA
227, 237, 238, 267, 311, 316, 320, 332,
334, 335, 354, 367, 413, 414, 434, 436,
437, 451, 458, ST 315. 

At
least two of the courses chosen for the minor
must be 300 level or higher. 

REQUIREMENTS
FOR A MINOR IN APPLIED STATISTICS 
The
requirements for a minor in applied statistics
consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours chosen
as follows: 
1. 
ST
210, or ST 315, but not both, and ST 335
and 340. 
2. 
At least
three courses selected from: ST 345, 350,
355, 415, 450, 460, MA 451 and ST 550.
One statistics oriented course from any
other discipline may be counted toward
this requirement with the approval from
the department chair. 


Where
to Begin in the Mathematics Courses 
Students
must begin at the proper level and in the proper
track in mathematics. Students will be provided
with placement information based on the placement
test, ACT/SAT scores, and high school mathematics
background. 

Note:
To Avoid Duplication: 
1.
Credit for both MA 112 and 115 is not allowed.
2. Credit for both MA 113 and 115 is not allowed.
3. Credit for both MA 120 and 125 is not allowed.
4. Students may receive credit for only one
of the following: ST 310, 315 or 320. 

GRADUATE
STUDIES 
A
Master of Science degree in Mathematics is offered
by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
The program has been designed to meet the varied
needs and goals of most students seeking advanced
degrees in mathematics. The course of study
accommodates students interested in traditional
and modern mathematics, applied mathematics,
statistics, and computer science. Additionally,
there is a program available for students who
are seeking Class A Professional Teacher Certification.
Undergraduate preparation in mathematics is
required for the program. 

REQUIREMENTS
FOR ADMISSION 
Students
are admitted each semester. The following criteria
supplement the Graduate School criteria (see
Categories of Admission). 

REGULAR
ADMISSION 
1. 
A bachelor's
degree in mathematics or in a mathematicsrelated
field from an accredited institution of
higher education with a concentration
of upperlevel mathematics courses including
a sequence in advanced calculus or real
analysis. 
2. 
Submission
of scores on the General Test of the Graduate
Record Examination. Normally a minimum
combined score of 1000 on the verbal and
quantitative sections or a minimum score
of 600 on the quantitative section (without
regard to the score on the verbal section).
An advanced degree or other standardized
test score may be considered in lieu of
a GRE score. 


PROVISIONAL
ADMISSION 
Applicants
who do not meet all requirements for regular
admission, but who do meet the Graduate School
requirements for provisional admission, will
be considered for provisional admission. Applicants
must have an undergraduate major in mathematics
or a closely related field with a concentration
of upperlevel mathematics courses. Applicants
who are deficient in their undergraduate preparation
may be denied admission or may be required to
take undergraduate courses in the areas of deficiency
without graduate credit in addition to the normal
degree requirements listed below. 

NONDEGREE
ADMISSION 
Applicants
who do not meet all the conditions for provisional
admission or who are not interested in earning
a graduate degree may apply for nondegree admission.
Adequate undergraduate preparation in mathematics
which indicates a reasonable chance of success
in graduate mathematics courses is required
for nondegree admission. After admission, permission
of the department graduate coordinator is required
for each course taken. In cases where undergraduate
preparation is inadequate for a particular graduate
course, a plan of study including additional
undergraduate courses can be worked out in consultation
with the graduate coordinator. 

GRADUATE
ASSISTANTSHIPS 
Graduate
students holding assistantships are usually
assigned duties such as tutoring in the Department
of Mathematics and Statistics. Awards are normally
made for the academic year, but positions occasionally
become available during the year. An assistantship
application can be obtained from the Graduate
Coordinator in the Department. Three letters
of recommendation sent directly to the Graduate
Coordinator are required. Graduate Assistants
are required to enroll in MA 592 (Seminar) each
semester. 

REQUIREMENTS
FOR DEGREE 
Several
degree options are available. MA 501, 502, 503,
504, 505, ST 540 and 545 do not satisfy degree
requirements except as stated below. For the
purpose of describing degree requirements, graduate
courses in mathematics are divided into two
groups: 

Group
1: MA 511, 512, 515, 516, 518, 519, 521, 525,
535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 542 and 543. 

Group
2: MA 507, 508, 521, 525, 550, 551, 555, 560,
565, 567, 568, 571 and 572. 

THESIS
OPTION 
1. 
A minimum
of 32 semester hours of course work including
MA 535, 536 and 599. 
2. 
At
least two courses selected from Group
1 other than MA 535 and 536. 
3. 
At
least two courses selected from Group
2. 
4. 
In
addition to MA 535 and 536, at least one
twocourse sequence must be completed. 
5. 
Complete
a thesis. A maximum of six semester hours
of credit will be granted for the thesis.
A student may not enroll in MA 599 (thesis)
until a thesis prospectus has been approved
by the Graduate Coordinator and the Director
of Graduate Studies in the College of
Arts and Sciences. 
6. 
Complete
a comprehensive examination covering a
collection of course work specified by
the Graduate Coordinator. 
7.

Complete
MA 592 (Seminar) during at least two semesters. 


NONTHESIS
OPTION 
1. 
A minimum
of 32 hours of course work including MA
535 and 536. 
2. 
At
least three courses selected from Group
1 other than MA 535 and 536. 
3. 
At
least three courses selected from Group
2. 
4. 
In
addition to MA 535 and 536, at least one
twocourse sequence must be completed. 
5.

Complete
a comprehensive examination covering a
collection of course work specified by
the Graduate Coordinator. 
6.

Complete
MA 592 (Seminar) during at least two semesters. 


COMPUTER SCIENCE EMPHASIS (NONTHESIS)

1. 
A
minimum of 23 semester hours of Mathematics
courses including MA 535 and 536 and a
minimum of nine semester hours of Computer
Science courses approved by the Mathematics
Graduate Committee. 
2. 
MA
521 or 525. 
3.

At
least two courses selected from Group
1 in addition to MA 535, 536 and the course
satisfying 2. 
4. 
At
least one course selected from Group 2. 
5.

At
least three courses in Computer Science
approved by the Mathematics Graduate Committee. 
6.

Complete
a comprehensive examination covering a
collection of courses specified by the
Graduate Coordinator. 
7. 
Complete
MA 592 (Seminar) during at least two semesters. 


M.S.
IN MATHEMATICS WITH ALABAMA CLASS A PROFESSIONAL
TEACHING CERTIFICATION 
(NONTHESIS) 
This
option is available for students holding a Class
B Professional Certification in Education. The
curriculum consists of 33 semester hours of
course work. Upon completion of the program,
the MS degree in Mathematics is awarded by the
University and the Class A Professional Certification
is awarded by the State Department of Education. 
1. 
A
minimum of 30 semester hours of Mathematics
course work with at least 21 hours in
Mathematics courses numbered 507 or higher. 
2. 
At
least two courses selected from Group
1 and other than MA 535 and 536. 
3. 
At
least two courses selected from Group
2. 
4. 
In
addition to MA 535 and 536, at least one
twocourse sequence must be completed. 
5. 
Complete
a comprehensive examination covering a
collection of course work specified by
the Graduate Coordinator. 
6. 
No
more than four courses from MA 501, 502,
503, 504, 505 and SED 563 may be counted
toward the degree. 
7. 
Students
with no previous work in Special Education
are required to take SPE 500. This course
may not be counted toward the required
33 semester hours of course work for the
degree. 


POLICIES
AND PROCEDURES 
The
document "Department Policies and Procedures
for the MS Degree Program in Mathematics"
is posted on the departmental web site. It contains
details concerning advising, the comprehensive
examination, graduate assistant duties, student
meetings and colloquia. 






