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Course Recommendations

Students who would like to pursue special career goals should consider taking courses which would develop their skills in their chosen path. Listed below are a few of the options available to mathematics majors along with some course recommendations.
We give recommendations below for these specific interests:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Graduate Study in Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Teaching Mathematics

Actuarial Science

Students interested in Actuarial Science should consider the Actuarial Science minor which is offered through the Statistics Department. For a Mathematics major the additional courses for the Actuarial minor include:

Course NumberCourse Name
STA 4321Mathematical Statistics 1
STA 4322Mathematical Statistics 2
STA 4183Theory of Interest
STA 4210Regression Analysis
STA 4853Intro to Time Series and Forecasting
ACG 2021CFinancial Accounting
FIN 3403Business Finance
ECO 2013Macroeconomics
ECO 2023Microeconomics

Applied Mathematics

Students interested in Applied Mathematics should learn a computer programming language, either Fortran or C++, in the course CGS 2425. A selection of electives from the following courses is suggested:

Course NumberCourse Name
MAP 4305Differential Equations
MAP 4341Elements of Partial Differential Equations
MAD 4401Introduction to Numerical Analysis
MAP 4102Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
MAP 4413Fourier Series and Transforms 1
MAP 4484Modeling in Mathematical Biology
MAD 4203Combinatorics 1
MAD 4204Combinatorics 2
STA 4321Mathematical Statistics 1
STA 4322Mathematical Statistics 2
STA 4210Regression Analysis

Computer Science

A student interested in computer science should consider taking these courses. The last three, COP 3520, CDA 3101 and COP 4600 can all be used as Math electives in a BA program and towards a minor in Computer Science.

Course NumberCourse Name
CIS 3022Programming for CIS Majors I
CIS 3023Programming for CIS Majors II
COT 3100Applications of Discrete Structures
COP 3530Data Structures and Algorithms
CDA 3101Introduction to Computer Organization
COP 4600Operating Systems

Financial Mathematics

Students interested in Financial Mathematics should consider taking some or all of these courses. A selection of three of STA 4321, STA 4322, ESI 4312 and ESI 4313 can be used as electives for the BA degree.

Course NumberCourse Name
STA 4321Mathematical Statistics 1
STA 4183Theory of Interest
MAP 4102Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
MAP 4413Fourier Series and Transforms 1
ACG 2021CFinancial Accounting
FIN 3408Business Finance
ESI 4312Operations Research 1
ESI 4313Operations Research 2

Graduate Study in Mathematics

Students wishing to pursue graduate study in a PhD. program in mathematics should pursue the BS degree and try to complete MAS 4301 and MAA 4211-4212 by the end of their junior years and to include MAS 5311 (Introductory Algebra 1) and MAA 4226 (Modern Analysis 1) among their electives. Generally, they should try to take as much mathematics as possible. These sequences are particularly useful:

Course NumberCourse Name
MTG 4302-4303Topology Sequence
MAD 4203-4204Combinatorics Sequence
MHF 4102-4203Foundations Sequence

Operations Research

Students interested in Operations Research should learn a computer programming language, either Fortran or C++, in the course CGS 2425. A selection of electives from the following courses is suggested:

Course NumberCourse Name
STA 4321Mathematical Statistics 1
STA 4322Mathematical Statistics 2
STA 4210Regression Analysis
MAD 4401Numerical Analysis
MAS 4124Numerical Linear Algebra
ESI 4312Operations Research 1
ESI 4313Operations Research

Physics

Mathematics students who are interested in Physics should consider one of the options which would lead to a minor in Physics. An example would be:

Course NumberCourse Name
PHY2048Physics with Calculus 1
PHY2048LLab for PHY 2048
PHY2049Physics with Calculus 2
PHY2049LLab for PHY 2049
PHY3101Introduction to Modern Physics
PHY3513Thermal Physics 1
PHY3221Mechanics 1

Statistics

The following courses are suggested for the student interested in statistics. The student who intends to take all of these courses should consider the minor in Statistics.

Course NumberCourse Name
STA 4321Introduction to Probability Theory
STA 4322Introduction to Statistical Theory 2
STA 4211Design of Experiments
STA 4210Regression Analysis

Teaching Mathematics in High School (UFTeach)

A selection of the mathematics courses listed below would be beneficial for a student who is interested in teaching high school mathematics. The student pursuing teaching certification should also consider the UFTeach minor

Course NumberCourse Name
MAT 3503Functions and Modeling
MTG 3214Euclidean Geometry
MTG 3212Geometry
MAS 4203Number Theory
MAA 4402Complex Variables
STA 4321Probability Theory