Being a Math Concentrator

Requirements

The information in this section is copied from the Math Concentration section of the Student Handbook, available here. Please refer to that for the most up-to-date information. If you have any questions, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies if you have any questions when completing your plan of study.

For Concentrators

  1. Coursework:
    1. 8 letter-graded courses in math. 4 must be at the 100 (or 200) level, and there must be 1 each in analysis (110s or 210s), algebra (120s or 220s), and geometry/topology (130s or 230s) (“distribution”). Cross-listed courses do not count.
    2. 4 letter-graded courses in math or a related field. Here are the options for a related field:
      • Applied Mathematics 21a, 21b, 50 (may not be counted in addition to Mathematics 99r or a Freshman Seminar), 101, 104, 105, 106 (may not be counted in addition to Mathematics 122), 107, 111, 115, 120 (may not be counted in addition to Mathematics 121) 121, 147, 201, 202, 205, 207, 210, 211. Neither Applied Mathematics 21a nor 21b may count toward requirements 1a or 1b in addition to any of the following courses: Mathematics 18, 19a, 19b, 21a, 21b, 23a, 23b, 25a, 25b, 55a, 55b.
      • Astronomy 193, 200
      • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology 173, 181, 252.
      • Chemistry 160, 161, 242.
      • Computer Science 51, 121, 124, 125, 134, 181, 187, 220r, 221, 222,223, 224, 225, 226r, 228, 277.
      • Economics 2010a, 2010b, 2010c, 2010d, 2052, 2099, 2120.
      • Engineering Sciences 123, 125, 145, 156, 181, 201, 202, 203, 209, 210, 220, 241, 255.
      • Neuroscience 140
      • Philosophy 140, 144.
      • Physical Sciences 10, 12a, 12b.
      • Physics or Applied Physics, all except 90r, 91r, 95, and courses which are primarily laboratory courses such as 123 and 191.
      • Statistics 107, 110, 111, 139, 140, 149, 170, 171, 210, 211, 215, 220, 221.
      • Systems Biology 200
    1. 1 freshman seminar may substitute for 1 of the above 12 courses provided it is taught by Math Department faculty, does not replace a distribution requirement, permission is obtained by the DUS, and it does not count in addition to a tutorial.
    2. A 5-page expository paper, due by spring reading period of junior year. This paper is typically written under the supervision of a professor of either a tutorial course or in a 100- or 200-level math course that you are enrolled in. You will submit the paper to the DUS (Jacob Lurie). It must clearly and coherently present some material that you learned on your own.
  2. Tutorial: Math 99r is suggested (see above) but not required. Only one tutorial will count for concentration.
  3. Thesis: Not required.
  4. General Examination: None
  5. Notes: Math 91r and Math 60r do not typically count for concentration credit. Math Ma and Mb count as only one half-course for concentration credit. For stranger plans, consult the DUS (Jacob Lurie).

For honors eligibility: The only additional requirement is a senior thesis (see below) and a special examination on areas of math relevant to the thesis.

For Joint Concentrators

  1. If math is the primary field: The requirements remain the same as above.
  2. If math is the allied field: The requirements are just 5 courses in math (at least 3 at the 100- or 200-level, 1 in analysis (110s/210s), 1 in algebra (120s/220s), and 1 in topology/geometry (130s/230s)), with no expository paper.

Mathematics and Teaching Option

This option is designed for students interested in teaching at secondary schools who are enrolled in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP).

  1. Coursework:
    1. 7 letter-graded courses in math. There must be 1 each in analysis (110s or 210s), algebra (120s or 220s), and geometry/topology (130s or 230s). Math 101 may fulfill one of these area requirements. Cross-listed courses do not count.
    2. Graduate School of Education (HGSE) T-300a or equivalent.
    3. 3 letter-graded courses in computer science, statistics, or physics. Possible options are as follows:
      1. Computer Science 50, 51, 121, 124, 125, 187, 220r, 221, 222, 223, 225, 226r, 228 and 277.
      2. Physics or Applied Physics, all except 90r, 91r, 95, 120, 129, 136, 140, 141, 141a and courses which are primarily laboratory courses such as 123 and 191.
      3. Statistics 100, 101, 102, 104, 110, 111, 139, 140, 149, 170, 171, 210, 211, 215, 220 and 221.
    4. 1 freshman seminar or course in a related field. See the Concentrator requirements for the options for a related field.
  2. Tutorial: Math 99r is suggested (see above) but not required.
  3. Thesis: Not required.
  4. General Examination: None
  5. UTEP: The requirements of UTEP must be completed prior to graduation.

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