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Undergraduate Handbook

Everything a person needs to know about the degree requirements is here. 

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 (https://sage.uga.edu/) 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 (https://sage.uga.edu/). 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.

Obtaining a Math Advisor

Students considering the Math major can contact the department advisor, Kestrina Shrestha at Kestrina.Shrestha@uga.edu to address any questions or concerns. In order to book an appointment and be cleared for registration for this major, you must first declare the major on Athena and then book an appointment on SAGE once your network has been updated (please allow 24-48 hours for the changes to be made).

Degree Requirements

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. 

University Requirements

Core requirements account for 60 of the 120 credit hours needed for graduation. There are three sources of these requirements, with significant overlap between the three sources:

System wide (see the Undergraduate Bulletin).

  • Area I     (FOUNDATION COURSES: 9 hours)
  • Area II    (SCIENCES: 7-8 hours)
  • Area III   (QUANTITIVE REASONING:  3-4 hours)
  • Area IV   (WORLD LANGUAGES & CULTURES, HUMANITIES & THE ARTS: 12 hours)
  • Area V    (SOCIAL SCIENCES: 9 hours)
  • Area VI   (COURSES RELATED TO THE PROGRAM OF STUDY: 18 hours)

Franklin College Requirements :

  • Foreign Language- proficiency through the third semester of study- overlap with Area IV
  • Literature –overlap with Area IV
  • Fine Arts/Philosophy/Religion (two courses)- overlap with Area IV
  • Biological Science –overlap with Area II
  • Physical Science- overlap with Area II
  • History- overlap with Area V
  • Social Sciences (two courses)- overlap with Area V
  • Multicultural 

Departmental (as in the Bulletin):

  • preferred courses for Core Areas II and III and constraints on Area VI choices.

Math majors will automatically fulfill the "basic math skills" requirement of Area I.  Three free elective hours will result if this is met by advanced placement or a course used in another core area.

Students should meet with their advisor to plan their coursework for fulfilling core and Franklin College requirements.

Core Area VI includes math and math-related courses that will prepare you for major-level classes. It comprises five courses which will typically break down as follows:

  • Calculus II (MATH 2260 or MATH 2310H)
  • Multivariable Calculus or Calculus III (MATH 2270, MATH 2500, or MATH 3500 and 3510)
  • Differential Equations (MATH 2700)
  • 2 additional courses chosen from the set {PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1311, PHYS 1312, CSCI 1301, CSCI 1302, CSCI 2670, CSCI 2720, or STAT 4210}.

We recommend that you do more than the minimum in the last category. There are several reasons for this:

  1. These courses provide opportunities to broaden and apply your mathematics experience.
  2. They prepare you for upper division courses to be used in satisfying the 39 hour rule.
  3. They add an extra dimension to your employability after graduation.

In particular, we recommend that most math majors desiring a "real world" job acquire experience with computer programming. The new physics sequence PHYS 1311(L)-1312(L) is particularly designed for students with a good mathematics background who want a more substantial, truly calculus-based experience with physics. As of now, the two-semester sequence starts in the spring semester.

The 39 hour rule states that you must take at least 39 semester hours of upper division courses to graduate. Since the Mathematics Major requires only 24 semester hours of MATH courses, this means that you will need to find 15 additional hours of upper division classes.

The easiest way to fulfill this requirement is to earn a minor in some other discipline. Of course, we encourage you to take mathematics courses beyond the required 24 hours and some students do. However, if you cannot handle that much math or are interested in a broader experience, you should explore other options.

Experiential Learning Requirement

Mathematics majors have a number of ways to satisfy the experiential learning requirement. Creative proposals from students are welcome: here are a few pathways, some of which are already approved and some of which are still making their way through the university process.

  1. Mathcounts (not approved yet).
  2. Work at a Peer Learning Assistant in the MATH 2250/PLA sections or the MATH 1113/Intensive sections (not approved yet).
  3. Serve as a DAE Peer Tutor for the tutoring Center in Milledge Hall. (approved, search "DAE Peer Tutor" on Engage).
  4. CURO Undegraduate Research Courses and Research assistantships. (approved, see Franklin College blanket approvals).
  5. REUs and other research programs (not approved yet).
  6. Internships (not approved yet).
  7. Certain mathematics courses are approved as EL courses
    1. MATH 4950 Research in Mathematics
    2. MATH 4960H Directed Readings and/or Undergraduate Research (Honors)
    3. MATH 4970H Directed Readings and/or Undergraduate Research (Honors)
    4. MATH 4990H Honors Thesis 
  8. UGA-approved study abroad programs (approved, see Franklin College blanket approvals).

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