Mathematics Program Information
The Department of Mathematics offers the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science in Teaching, each with a major in mathematics. Complete descriptions of the minimum requirements for these degrees are provided in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog.
The Department has an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program designed for superior undergraduate students who have the ability to pursue such a plan of study leading to the Master of Science degree. The main feature of the program is that up to 12 semester hours of approved graduate level mathematics courses may be used as dual credit for both the undergraduate and the graduate degree. All other requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree must be met. For admission requirements for this program, see the undergraduate coordinator.
There are opportunities for concentrated study in a number of specific areas of pure and applied mathematics at both the master’s and doctoral levels. The faculty directs studies and research in algebra, number theory, analysis, geometry, topology, logic and set theory, differential equations, dynamical systems, probability theory, optimization, combinatorial theory, biomathematics, and imaging.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the minimum prerequisite for admission to the program of graduate studies in mathematics is the completion, with an average grade of B or better, of at least 24 credits of undergraduate mathematics, including a full year of calculus and three semesters of appropriate work beyond the calculus. The most appropriate courses for this purpose are advanced calculus, linear algebra and abstract algebra. Students lacking part of the requirements will be required to make up the deficiency early in their graduate work.
Prerequisites to individual courses should be determined before registration by consultation with the instructor concerned. Some of the courses listed are offered only as needed. Since times of offering courses are estimated a year in advance, certain changes may be made if needs are known by the Department.
Students pursuing the master’s degree in mathematics must pass two comprehensive written examinations, one in algebra and one in analysis or prepare and provide an oral defense of a thesis on original research conducted under the supervision of a faculty adviser. Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching or the Master of Science in Teaching degree must prepare a teaching portfolio and pass an oral examination. Each of these programs normally requires two years for completion.
The requirements for a doctoral degree include 36 hours of 6000-level course work in mathematics; no hours of teaching, colloquium, dissertation, or individual work will count toward this requirement. To become a candidate for the doctoral degree, the student must pass a comprehensive preliminary examination with written and oral components administered by the Department. The doctoral student must also pass a reading knowledge examination in one of the following foreign languages: French, German, or Russian. The dissertation is an important requirement for the doctoral degree in mathematics. The topic for the dissertation may be chosen from a number of areas of current research in pure and applied mathematics.
Details concerning all requirements for graduate degrees in mathematics may be obtained by writing the Mathematics Department Graduate Selection Committee or consulting the Department website, http://www.math.ufl.edu.