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    University of North Texas
    Jun 24, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Mathematics

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Main Departmental Office
General Academic Building, Room 435

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311430
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Fax: 940-565-4805

Web site:

Su Gao, Chair



The department offers programs of study leading to the BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees with a major in mathematics, and the BSMTH. It also offers minors in mathematics and statistics, and undergraduate academic certificates in statistics, the mathematics of scientific computation, and actuarial science, the latter in cooperation with the College of Business and the Department of Economics. Its faculty is dedicated to excellence in scholarship and teaching. The faculty supports a strong program of instruction and research, having as its core a solid foundation of mathematical theory that furnishes the tools necessary to address and solve crucial problems in maintaining, improving and protecting the world. The program also promulgates mathematics as a discipline in its own right, a body of pure knowledge with exceptional power, enabling its practitioners and those who diligently study it to be adaptable and effective forces in the workplace.

Students who earn degrees in mathematics readily obtain jobs with high-technology companies and in business, industry, government and teaching. Salaries and working conditions compare with those of engineers and scientists.

Students who plan to major in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology or computer science should have had four years of mathematics in high school, including pre-calculus. Students who are required to take mathematics as part of their degree program in college should have had at least two years of algebra and one year of geometry in high school.

Required placement and testing

The Department of Mathematics enforces prerequisites for MATH 1100 , MATH 1190 , MATH 1350 , MATH 1600 , MATH 1610 , MATH 1650  and MATH 1710 . Students not meeting prerequisites for courses in which they enroll are required to drop the course or face academic penalty.

New students will receive notification of placement in mathematics from the Office of Admissions. Placement is based on materials submitted for admission to UNT including SAT/ACT scores and class rank. Enrollment in mathematics courses beyond the initial placement will depend upon the score on the ACCUPLACER College-Level Mathematics Test.

For more information about placement procedures, please contact the mathematics advising office at 940-565-4045.


MATH 1190 MATH 1350 , MATH 1600 , MATH 1650 : MATH 1100  or equivalent with a grade of C or better, or UNT mathematics department approval. MATH 1190 may also be taken after completing MATH 1180  with a grade of C or better.

Preparing for graduate school

The degree requirements specified in this catalog are the minimal requirements for an undergraduate degree in mathematics. For students who plan to go to graduate school in mathematics, the department strongly recommends the following courses: MATH 3410 , MATH 3510 , MATH 3610  and MATH 4500 . Other advanced courses should be selected in consultation with the faculty and the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Mathematics.

Mathematics and Science Secondary Teaching

Individuals interested in pursuing certification in math or science teaching at the secondary level may wish to pursue a minor through the Teach North Texas program. See “Teach North Texas ” in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Scholarships and financial assistance

The department administers five scholarship funds: the E. H. Hanson Scholarship, the Roger L. Perry Memorial Scholarship, the Mildred Masters McCarty Scholarship, the John Ed Allen Scholarship, the John W. Neuberger Scholarship and the David F. Dawson Endowment for Student Excellence. Jobs as tutors and graders also are available for mathematics majors. Contact the mathematics department office for information and application forms.


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