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:

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

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:

 

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

 

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

 

Financial Mathematics
STA 4321 Mathematical Statistics 1
STA 4183 Theory of Interest
MAP 4102 Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
MAP 4413 Fourier Series and Transforms 1
ACG 2021C Financial Accounting
FIN 3408 Business Finance
ESI 4312 Operations Research 1
ESI 4313 Operations 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:

 

Graduate Study
MTG 4302-4303 Topology Sequence
MAD 4203-4204 Combinatorics Sequence
MHF 4102-4203 Foundations 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:

 

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

 

Physics
PHY2048 Physics with Calculus 1
PHY2048L Lab for PHY 2048
PHY2049 Physics with Calculus 2
PHY2049L Lab for PHY 2049
PHY3101 Introduction to Modern Physics
PHY3513 Thermal Physics 1
PHY3221 Mechanics 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.

 

Statistics
STA 4321 Introduction to Probability Theory
STA 4322 Introduction to Statistical Theory 2
STA 4211 Design of Experiments
STA 4210 Regression 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

 

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