Departmental Advising

Academic advising is required of each student every semester. 

Each semester math students must meet with a professional advisor, and a faculty advisor in order to be cleared for registration. Honors students in the department will meet with Mo Hendon, the Undergraduate Coordinator, for advising. All regular faculty in the Mathematics Department serve as undergraduate major advisors. If you have a particular preference, you should let us know, and we'll do the best we can to accommodate your wishes. To make an appointment or to view walk-in hours, log in to SAGE ( with your MyID and password. Click "My Success Network," then click "Schedule an Appointment" with the person listed as your Primary Advisor.


The Advising Process

Students will meet with their faculty advisor prior to meeting with their Primary Advisor in order to discuss their progress in the math major and which math classes they will take next. Faculty advisors can also answer questions and provide information about research in mathematics, graduate school, and other opportunities to enhance student success. Faculty advisors should let the Primary Advisor know what math courses the advisor has recommended, either by emailing, or by filling out a pink advising form and giving it to the student to bring. After meeting with the faculty advisor, students must make an appointment with their Primary Advisor via SAGE ( At this meeting, they will go over all remaining requirements with students to make sure they are on track for graduation and clear students for registration provided that they have met with a faculty advisor already.

Honors students will meet with Mo Hendon for advising and clearance to register.


The Requirements for a Mathematics Major

We expect students to complete calculus (either MATH 2260, MATH 2310H or MATH 2410(H) and either MATH 2270/2500 or MATH 3510(H)), as well as a course in differential equations (MATH 2700, which can be waived at the discretion of the advisor by MATH 4700 or 4720), to fulfill Core Area VI. BS Math/BSEd Math Education dual degree students are not required to complete MATH 2700. In addition, every mathematics major must complete two courses in Computer Science, at or above the level of CSCI 1301, Physics, at or above the level of PHYS 1211 or PHYS 1311, or Statistics (STAT 4210) to complete Core Area VI.

To earn a mathematics major, you must complete (with a grade of C or better) eight 3- or 4-hour MATH courses at the 3000 level or above. (This includes 8000-level courses for the particularly well-prepared student, but includes only MATH 5200 and MATH 5210 at the 5000/7000-level.)  The standard mathematics major program may include no more than 6 credit hours among MATH 4760, 4780, 4790, 4850, 4900, and 4950, and must include:
  • MATH 4000 (Modern Algebra and Geometry I), and
  • at least one of MATH 4100 (Real Analysis), MATH 4150 (Complex Variables), or MATH 4250 (Differential Geometry).

A major with the applied mathematics area of emphasis may include no more than 6 credit hours among MATH 4760, 4850, 4900, and 4950, and must include:

  • MATH 3100 and MATH 4500
  • at least two of MATH 4600, MATH 4700, and MATH 4720.

STAT 4510 may be substituted for MATH 4600.

Students earning the dual degree (B.S. in Mathematics and B.S.Ed. in Mathematics Education) should include specifically MATH 4600 (or STAT 4510) and MATH 5200, as well as satisfying the above requirements. 

It is strongly recommended that all mathematics majors complete 6 hours of coursework in a related field such as Computer Science, Physics, Statistics, Risk Management, or Management Sciences and Information Technology. You should also be aware that the university will require 15 hours further of 3000- and 4000-level elective courses. If you're not planning to take electives in mathematics or related subjects, you should plan ahead and have some ideas of how you will fulfill this requirement. Your advisors can help you choose the remaining courses to fit your interests and your career goals. 


Graduation Information

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences recommends that you have a graduation check when you have completed 80–85 (semester) hours; ordinarily, this should be done before you register for your last two semesters. You will need to take a checklist of your approved major coursework, signed by your faculty advisor, to Schala Bolton in 130 Memorial Hall (or have your advisor email the checklist).


Students should check Degreeworks  ( to view their graduation requirements. To receive a graduation check with Schala Bolton, please contact the Graduation Certification Office at 706-542-1522 or email

Students must apply to graduate in Athena by the withdrawal deadline of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Detailed instructions on how to apply to graduate can be found here: Graduation Application Instructions

It is expected that each student will complete an exit interview with the Mathematics Department shortly before graduating.