MATHEMATICS (MATH)
College of Computer, Mathematical, & Physical Sciences
1117 Mathematics Building, 3014055053
wwwmath.umd.edu
Chair: S. Wolpert (Chair, Dist Scholar Teacher))
Professors: J. Adams, S. Antman (Dist Univ Prof), R. Balan, J. Benedetto (Dist Scholar Teacher), M. Boyle, P. Brosnan, S. Cerrai, J. Cohen, D. Dolgopyat, P. Fitzpatrick, G. Forni, M. Freidlin (Dist Univ Prof), H. Glaz, W. Goldman (Dist Scholar Teacher), M. Grillakis, D. Gulick (Assoc Chair, Course Staffing), T. Haines (Assoc Chair, APT), S. Halperin, D. Hamilton, B. Hunt, P. Jabin, M. Jakobson, A. Kagan (Director of Statistics Program), V. Kaloshin (Brin Chair), B. Kedem, W. Kirwan (Chancellor), L. Koralov, M. Laskowski, C. Levermore, D. Levy (Assoc Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Dist Scholar Teacher), M. Machedon (Assoc Chair, Faculty Affairs), D. Margetis, J. Millson, R. Nochetto, S. Novikov (Dist Univ Prof), J. Ren, J. Rosenberg (Davis Prof), J. Schafer, E. Slud, E. Tadmor (Dist Univ Prof, Director of CSCAMM), H. Tamvakis, K. Trivisa (Director of AMSC Program), L. Washington (Assoc Chair, Graduate Studies, Dist Scholar Teacher), R. Wentworth, P. Wolfe, S. Wolpert (Dist Scholar Teacher), G. Yang, J. Yorke (Dist Univ Prof)
Associate Professors: W. Czaja, A. Mellet, K. Okoudjou, N. Ramachandran, Y. Rubinstein, P. Smith (Assoc Dean), T. VonPetersdorff, H. Winkelnkemper
Assistant Professors: M. Cameron, A. Gholampour, Y. Liao, K. Melnick, C. Zickert
Lecturers: C. Cremins (Senior Lecturer), J. Daberkow (Senior Lecturer), D. Franklin (Senior Lecturer), F. Gulick (Senior Lecturer), M. Jarchow, K. McLaren (Senior Lecturer), S. Orsetti, T. Pilachowski, W. Schildknecht (Acad Prog Coord), E. Shearn, J. Stone (Senior Lecturer), C. Terpos, K. Truman (Acad Advisor), J. WyssGallifent (Senior Lecturer)
Affiliate Professors: D. O'Leary, G. Stewart (Dist Univ Prof)
Adjunct Professors: M. Bhatia, J. Xu
Professors Emeriti: W. Adams, J. Alexander, J. Auslander, I. Babuska (Dist Univ Prof Emeritus), C. Berenstein, K. Berg (Assoc Prof Emeritus), M. Brin, J. Cooper, E. Correl, D.Lay (Dist Teacher Scholar), J. Dancis (Assoc Prof Emeritus), G. Ehrlich, R. Ellis, J. Fey, J. Goldhaber, R. Good, P. Green, M. Heins, G. Helzer (Assoc Prof Emeritus), R. Herb, J. Horvath, R. Johnson, R. Kellogg, H. King, A. Kleppner, D. Kueker, G. Lehner, R. Lipsman, N. Markley, U. Neri, F. Olver, J. Owings, J. Sather (Assoc Prof Emeritus), D. Schneider (Assoc Prof Emeritus), C. Warner
Visiting Faculty: M. Macasieb (Visit Asst Prof)
The Major
The program in mathematics leads to a degree of Bachelor of Science in mathematics and offers students training in preparation for graduate work, teaching, and positions in government or industry. Mathematical training is integrated with computer use in several courses. Because a strong mathematical background is important in many fields, over half of UMCP mathematics majors are double majors. Additional information on these topics and mathematics is available from the departmental website.
Program Objectives
The Department of Mathematics educates its majors in a broad range of modern mathematics while instilling in them a strong ability to solve problems, apply mathematics to other areas, and create rigorous mathematical arguments. The program prepares the majors to further their mathematical education in graduate school, or to teach at the secondary school level, or to work in government or business.
Program Learning Outcomes
1. Students will acquire problemsolving skills in a broad range of significant mathematics.
2. Students will gain an understanding of what constitutes mathematical thinking, including the ability to produce and judge the validity of rigorous mathematical arguments.
3. Students will be able to communicate mathematical ideas and arguments.
4. Students will be prepared to use mathematics in their future endeavors, not only in the discipline of mathematics, but also in other disciplines.
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
Combined B.S./M.A. Program in Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics offers a combined B.S./M.A. degree program for students with exceptional ability and interest in mathematics. Students enrolled in the Combined Degree Program may count up to 9 credits of coursework taken for their undergraduate degree toward the M.A. degree as well. For further information, please consult the Mathematics Department Web Page: wwwmath.umd.edu/undergraduate/mathmajors.html
Placement in Courses
The Department of Mathematics has a large offering to accommodate a great variety of backgrounds, interests, and abilities. The department permits students to take any course for which they have the appropriate background, regardless of formal course work. For example, students with a high school calculus course may be permitted to begin in the middle of the calculus sequence even if they do not have advanced standing. Students may obtain undergraduate credit for mathematics courses in any of the following ways: passing the appropriate CEEB Advanced Placement Examination, passing standardized CLEP examinations and through the department's CreditbyExamination. Students are urged to consult with advisors from the Department of Mathematics to assist with proper placements.
Statistics and Probability and Applied Mathematics
Courses in statistics and probability and applied mathematics are offered by the Department of Mathematics. These courses are open to nonmajors as well as majors, and carry credit in mathematics. Students wishing to concentrate in the above may do so by choosing an appropriate program under the Department of Mathematics.
Requirements for the Major
There are three tracks for the major: the traditional track, the secondary education track, and the statistics track. The secondary education track is for students seeking to become certified to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Each mathematics major must complete each required course with a grade of C or better.
TRADITIONAL TRACK 

 
Credits 
 Introductory Sequence * 

MATH140  Calculus I 
4 
MATH141  Calculus II 
4 
MATH240  Introduction to Linear Algebra 
4 
MATH241  Calculus III 
4 
MATH310  Introduction to Mathematical Proof 
3 
 One from: 

MATH246  Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers 
3 
MATH341  Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations 
4 
MATH414 
Differential Equations 
3 
MATH436  Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces I 
3 
MATH462  Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers 
3 

Eight MATH/AMSC/STAT courses** at the 400level or higher; must include: 
MATH410  Advanced Calculus I 
3 
 One From: 

MATH401  Applications of Linear Algebra 
3 
MATH403  Introduction to Abstract Algebra 
3 
MATH405  Linear Algebra 
3 
 One From: 

AMSC460  Computational Methods 
3 
AMSC466  Introduction to Numerical Analysis I 
3 
 Depth Requirement; a one year sequence chosen from the following: 

MATH 410/411  Advanced Calculus I and II 
6 
MATH 410/412  Advanced Calculus I / Adv Calc w/Applications 
6 
MATH 403/404  Introduction to Abstract Algebra / Field Theory 
6 
MATH 403/405  Introduction to Abstract Algebra / Linear Algebra 
6 
STAT 410/420  Introduction to Probability Theory / Introduction to Statistics 
6 
 

 Electives ^{ + } 


400 level courses (may not include: MATH 400, 461, 478, 480484, STAT 464) 

One from: 


(A student may be exempt from this requirement if (s)he can demonstrate adequate programming knowledge from prior course or work experience.) 

CMSC106  Introduction to C Programming 
4 
CMSC122  Introduction to Computer Programming via the Web 
3 
CMSC131  ObjectOriented Programming I 
4 
CMSC132  ObjectOriented Programming II 
4 
ENAE202  Aerospace Computing 
3 
PHYS165  Introduction to Programming in the Physical Sciences 
3 
 Supporting threecourse sequence 


Intended to broaden the student's mathematical experience. (Other sequences might be approved by the Undergraduate Office but they would have to make use of mathematical ideas, comparable to the sequences on this list.) Choose one sequence: 


Sequence One 

PHYS161  General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics 
3 
PHYS260/261  General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism/Lab 
4 
PHYS270/271  General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern/Lab 
4 

Sequence Two 

PHYS171  Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Relativity 
3 
PHYS272  Introductory Physics: Fields 
3 
PHYS273  Introductory Physics: Waves 
3 

Sequence Three 

ENES102  Statics 
3 
PHYS161  General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics 
3 
ENES220  Mechanics of Materials 
3 

Sequence Four 

CMSC132  ObjectOriented Programming II 
4 
CMSC250  Discrete Structures 
4 

Sequence Five 

CHEM146/147  Principles of General Chemistry/Lab 
4 
CHEM237  Principles of Organic Chemistry I 
4 
CHEM247  Principles of Organic Chemistry II 
4 

Sequence Six 

CHEM131/132  Chemistry I  Fundamentals of General Chemistry/Lab 
4 
CHEM231/232  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 
4 
CHEM241/242  Organic Chemistry II/Lab 
4 

Sequence Seven 

ECON200  Principles of MicroEconomics 
4 
ECON201  Principles of MacroEconomics 
4 
ECON305  Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, OR 
3 
ECON306  Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 
3 

Sequence Eight 

BMGT 220  Principles of Accounting I 
3 
BMGT221  Principles of Accounting II 
3 
BMGT340  Business Finance 
3 
  

* Or honors sequence: MATH 340341.Completion of MATH 340 satisfies the requirement for MATH 241; completion of MATH 340341 satisfies the requirement for MATH 240241246. 
 ** At least four courses must be taken at College Park.  

^{ + } Students with a strong interest in applied mathematics may, with the approval of the Undergraduate Office, substitute two courses (with strong mathematics content) from outside the Mathematics Department for one upperlevel elective course. 
APPLIED MATHEMATICS TRACK


Credits 

Introductory Sequence * 

MATH140 
Calculus I 
4 
MATH141 
Calculus II 
4 
MATH240 
Introduction to Linear Algebra 
4 
MATH241 
Calculus III 
4 
MATH310 
Introduction to Mathematical Proof 
3 

One from: 

MATH246 
Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers 
3 
MATH341 
Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations 
4 
MATH462 
Partial Differential Equations 
3 




Eight MATH/AMSC/STAT courses** at the 400level or higher; must include: 

MATH410 
Advanced Calculus I 
3 
STAT410 
Introduction to Probability Theory 
3 
STATxxx 
One additional STAT course other than STAT400, STAT 410, STAT 464 
3 

One From: 

MATH401 
Applications of Linear Algebra 
3 
MATH405 
Linear Algebra 
3 

One From: 

AMSC460 
Computational Methods 
3 
AMSC466 
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I 
3 

One From: 

MATH416 
Applied Harmonic Analysis 
3 
MATH420 
Mathematical Modeling 
3 
MATH424 
Introduction to Mathematical Finance 
3 
MATH431 
Geometry of Computer Graphics 
3 
MATH456 
Cryptology 
3 
MATH462 
Partial Differential Equations 
3 
MATH464 
Transform Methods 
3 
MATH475 
Combinatorics and Graph Theory 
3 




Depth Requirement; a one year sequence chosen from the following: 

MATH 410/411 
Advanced Calculus I and II 
6 
MATH 410/412 
Advanced Calculus I / Adv Calc w/Applications 
6 
MATH 416/464 
Applied Harmonic Analysis / Transform Methods 
6 




Electives ^{ + } 


400 level courses (may not include: MATH 400, 461, 478, 480484, STAT 464) 

One from: 


(A student may be exempt from this requirement if (s)he can demonstrate adequate programming knowledge from prior course or work experience.) 
CMSC106 
Introduction to C Programming 
4 
CMSC122 
Introduction to Computer Programming via the Web 
3 
CMSC131 
ObjectOriented Programming I 
4 
CMSC132 
ObjectOriented Programming II 
4 
ENAE202 
Aerospace Computing 
3 
ENEE150 
Intermediate Programming Concepts for Engineering 
4 
PHYS165 
Introduction to Programming in the Physical Sciences 
3 




Supporting threecourse sequence 


Intended to broaden the student's mathematical experience. (Other sequences might be approved by the Undergraduate Office but they would have to make use of mathematical ideas, comparable to the sequences on this list.) Choose one sequence: 

Sequence One 

PHYS161 
General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics 
3 
PHYS260/261 
General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism/Lab 
4 
PHYS270/271 
General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern/Lab 
4 

Sequence Two 

PHYS171 
Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Relativity 
3 
PHYS272 
Introductory Physics: Fields 
3 
PHYS273 
Introductory Physics: Waves 
3 

Sequence Three 

ENES102 
Statics 
3 
PHYS161 
General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics 
3 
ENES220 
Mechanics of Materials 
3 

Sequence Four 

CMSC132 
ObjectOriented Programming II 
4 
CMSC216 
Introduction to Computer Systems 
4 
CMSC250 
Discrete Structures 
4 

Sequence Five 

CHEM146/147 
Principles of General Chemistry/Lab 
4 
CHEM237 
Principles of Organic Chemistry I 
4 
CHEM247 
Principles of Organic Chemistry II 
4 

Sequence Six 

CHEM131/132 
Chemistry I  Fundamentals of General Chemistry/Lab 
4 
CHEM231/232 
Organic Chemistry I/Lab 
4 
CHEM241/242 
Organic Chemistry II/Lab 
4 

Sequence Seven 

ECON200 
Principles of MicroEconomics 
4 
ECON201 
Principles of MacroEconomics 
4 
ECON305 
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, OR 
3 
ECON306 
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, OR 
3 
ECON325 
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis, OR 
3 
ECON326 
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis 
3 

Sequence Eight 

BMGT 220 
Principles of Accounting I 
3 
BMGT221 
Principles of Accounting II 
3 
BMGT340 
Business Finance 
3 

Sequence Nine 

BSCI105 
Principles of Biology I 
4 
BSCI106 
Principles of Biology II 
4 
CHEM131/132 
Chemistry I  Fundamentals of General Chemistry/Lab, OR 
4 
CHEM146/147 
Principles of General Chemistry/Lab 
4 

Sequence Ten 

ASTR120 
Introductory Astrophysics – Solar System 
3 
ASTR121 
Introductory Astrophysics – Stars and Beyond 
4 
PHYS161 
General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics, OR 
3 
PHYS171 
Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Relativity 
3 

Sequence Eleven 

GEOL100/101 
Physical Geology 
4 

Two From: 

GEOL322 
Mineralogy 
4 
GEOL340 
Geomorphology 
4 
GEOL341 
Structural Geology 
4 
GEOL375 
Introduction to the Blue Ocean 
4 

Sequence Twelve 

AOSC200/201 
Weather and Climate 
4 

Two additional 400level AOSC courses 
6 




* Or honors sequence: MATH 340341.Completion of MATH 340 satisfies the requirement for MATH 241; completion of MATH 340341 satisfies the requirement for MATH 240241246. 


** At least four courses must be taken at College Park. 


^{+ } With the approval of the Undergraduate Office, students may substitute two courses (with strong mathematics content) from outside the Mathematics Department for one upperlevel elective course. 

Secondary Education Track 

 
Credits 
 Introductory Sequence* 

MATH140  Calculus I 
4 
MATH141  Calculus II 
4 
MATH240  Introduction to Linear Algebra 
4 
MATH241  Calculus III 
4 
MATH310  Introduction to Mathematical Proof 
3 
 One from: 

MATH246  Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers 
3 
MATH341  Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations 
4 
MATH401  Applications of Linear Algebra 
3 
MATH420  Mathematical Modeling 
3 
MATH452  Introduction to Dynamics and Chaos 
3 
MATH462  Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers 
3 
AMSC460  Computational Methods 
3 
AMSC466  Introduction to Numerical Analysis I 
3 

Seven MATH/AMSC/STAT courses** at the 400level or higher; must include: 

MATH410  Advanced Calculus I 
3 
MATH430  Euclidean and NonEuclidean Geometries 
3 
 One from: 

MATH402  Algebraic Structures 
3 
MATH403  Introduction to Abstract Algebra 
3 
 One from: 
3 
STAT400  Applied Probability and Statistics I 
3 
STAT410  Introduction to Probability Theory 
3 
 One from: 

MATH406  Introduction to Number Theory 
3 
MATH445  Elementary Mathematical Logic 
3 
MATH446  Axiomatic Set Theory 
3 
MATH456  Cryptology 
3 
MATH475  Combinatorics and Graph Theory 
3 
 Electives 


400level MATH/AMSC/STAT course (may not include: MATH 400, 461, 478, 480484, or STAT 464) 
 One from: 


(A student may be exempt from this requirement if (s)he can demonstrate adequate programming knowledge from prior course or work experience.) 

CMSC106  Introduction to C Programming 
4 
CMSC122  Introduction to Computer Programming via the Web 
3 
CMSC131  ObjectOriented Programming I 
4 
CMSC132  ObjectOriented Programming II 
4 
ENAE202  Aerospace Computing 
3 
PHYS165  Introduction to Programming in the Physical Sciences 
3 
 Education Requirements ^{ + } 

EDCI450  Student Teaching Seminar in Secondary Education: Mathematics 
1 
EDCI451  Student Teaching in Secondary Schools: Mathematics 
12 
 Supporting Sequence 


One of the following supporting two course sequences. These are intended to broaden the student's mathematical experience. 


Sequence One 

CHEM131/132  Chemistry I  Fundamentals of General Chemistry/Lab 
4 
CHEM231/232  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 
4 

Sequence Two 

PHYS161  General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics 
3 
PHYS260/261  General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism/Lab 
4 

Sequence Three 

BSCI105  Principles of Biology I 
4 
BSCI106  Principles of Biology II 
4 

Sequence Four 

ASTR120  Introductory Astrophysics  Solar System 
3 
ASTR121  Introductory Astrophysics II  Stars and Beyond 
4 

Sequence Five 

GEOL100/110  Physical Geology/Lab 
4 
GEOL322  Mineralogy, or 
4 
GEOL340  Geomorphology, or 
4 
GEOL341  Structural Geology, or 
4 
GEOL375  Introduction to the Blue Ocean 
3 

Sequence Six 

AOSC200/201  Weather and Climate/Lab and 
4 
AOSCxxx  Any 400 level AOSC course 
3 
 


* Or honors sequence: MATH 340341.Completion of MATH 340 satisfies the requirement for MATH 241; completion of MATH 340341 satisfies the requirement for MATH 240241246. 
 ** At least four courses must be taken at College Park.  

^{ + } The studentteaching pair EDCI 450451 is 13 credits and has further prerequisites in the College of Education. In order to take these courses the student must be admitted into the College of Education. A student in the secondary education track of the mathematics major would normally be expected to receive a double major in Mathematics and Mathematics Education. 
Statistics Track 

 
Credits 
 Introductory Sequence* 

MATH140  Calculus I 
4 
MATH141  Calculus II 
4 
MATH240  Introduction to Linear Algebra 
4 
MATH241  Calculus III 
4 
MATH310  Introduction to Mathematical Proof 
3 
 One from: 

MATH246  Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers 
3 
MATH414 
Differential Equations 
3 
 Eight MATH/AMSC/STAT courses**; must include: 

MATH410  Advanced Calculus I 
3 
STAT410  Introduction to Probability Theory 
3 
STAT430  Introduction to Statistical Computing and SAS 
3 
 One from: 

AMSC460  Computational Methods 
3 
AMSC466  Introduction to Numerical Analysis I 
3 
 One from: 

MATH401  Applications of Linear Algebra 
3 
MATH405  Linear Algebra 
3 
 One from: 
3 
STAT401  Applied Probability and Statistics II 
3 
STAT420  Introduction to Statistics 
3 
 Two additional courses from the following list: 

STAT4  Any 400level or higher STAT courses (except STAT 464) 

MATH411  Advanced Calculus II 
3 
MATH412  Advanced Calculus with Applications 
3 
MATH414  Differential Equations 
3 
MATH424  Introduction to the Mathematics of Finance 
3 
MATH464  Transform Methods for Scientists and Engineers 
3 
 One from: 


(A student may be exempt from this requirement if (s)he can demonstrate adequate programming knowledge from prior course or work experience.) 

CMSC106  Introduction to C Programming 
4 
CMSC122  Introduction to Computer Programming via the Web 
3 
CMSC131  ObjectOriented Programming I 
4 
CMSC132  ObjectOriented Programming II 
4 
ENAE202  Aerospace Computing 
3 
PHYS165  Introduction to Programming in the Physical Sciences 
3 
 Supporting threecourse sequence  

Intended to broaden the student's mathematical experience. (Other sequences might be approved by the Undergraduate Office but they would have to make use of mathematical ideas comparable to the sequences on this list.) Choose one sequence.  

Sequence One  
PHYS161  General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics  3 
PHYS260/261  General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism/Lab  4 
PHYS270/271  General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern/Lab  4 

Sequence Two  
PHYS171  Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Relativity  3 
PHYS272  Introductory Physics: Fields  3 
PHYS273  Introductory Physics: Waves  3 

Sequence Three  
ENES102  Statics  3 
PHYS161  General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics  3 
ENES220  Mechanics of Materials  3 

Sequence Four  
CMSC132  ObjectOriented Programming II  4 
CMSC250  Discrete Structures  4 

Sequence Five  
CHEM146/147  Principles of General Chemistry/Lab  4 
CHEM237  Principles of Organic Chemistry I  4 
CHEM247  Principles of Organic Chemistry II  4 

Sequence Six  
CHEM131/132  Chemistry I  Fundamentals of General Chemistry/Lab 
4 
CHEM231/232  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 
4 
CHEM241/242  Organic Chemistry II/Lab 
4 

Sequence Seven 

ECON200  Principles of MicroEconomics 
4 
ECON201  Principles of MacroEconomics 
4 
ECON305  Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, OR 
3 
ECON306  Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 
3 

Sequence Eight 

BMGT 220  Principles of Accounting I 
3 
BMGT221  Principles of Accounting II 
3 
BMGT340  Business Finance 
3 
 


* Or honors sequence: MATH 340341.Completion of MATH 340 satisfies the requirement for MATH 241; completion of MATH 340341 satisfies the requirement for MATH 240241246. 
 ** At least four courses must be taken at College Park.  
Other Requirements for the Major
Areas of Study
Within the Department of Mathematics there are a number of identifiable areas which students can pursue to suit their own goals and interests. They are briefly described below. Note that they do overlap and that students need not confine themselves to one of them.
1. Pure mathematics: Courses that belong to this area include: MATH 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 410, 411, 430, 432, 436, 437, 445, 452, 456, and STAT 410, 420. Students preparing for graduate school in mathematics should include MATH 403, 405, 410, 411 (or 412) and 463 (or 660) in their programs. MATH 432 (or 730) is also desirable. Other courses from the above list and graduate courses are also appropriate.
2. Secondary teaching: In addition to the courses required by the Secondary Education Track, the following courses are particularly suited for students preparing to teach: MATH 401, 406, 445, 470 and 475.
Students who are interested in secondary teaching should contact also the College of Education for certification requirements and other information: www.education.umd.edu/studentinfo.
3. Statistics: For a student with a Bachelor's degree seeking work requiring some statistical background, the minimal program is STAT 400401. To work primarily as a statistician, one should combine STAT 400401 with STAT 430 and at least one more statistics course, most suitably, STAT 440. A deeper sequence is STAT 410, 420, 430. This offers a better understanding and wider knowledge of statistics and is a general purpose program (i.e., does not specify one area of application). For economics applications, MATH 424, STAT 400, 401, 430, 440 should be considered. To prepare for graduate work, STAT 410 and 420 give the best background, with STAT 430, 440 added at some later stage.
4. Computational mathematics: There are a number of math courses which emphasize the computational aspects of mathematics including the use of the computer. They are AMSC 460, 466, MATH 431, 456, 475 and STAT 430. Students interested in this area should take the CMSC supporting sequence as soon as possible.
5. Applied mathematics: The courses that lead most rapidly to applications are the courses listed above in 3 and 4 and MATH 401, 412, 414, 416, 420, 452, 462, and 464. A student interested in applied mathematics should obtain, in addition to a solid training in mathematics, a good knowledge of at least one area in which mathematics is currently being applied. Concentration in this area is good preparation for employment in government and industry or for graduate study in applied mathematics.
Requirements for the Minor
The
Department of Mathematics offers Minors in the following areas:
Actuarial
Mathematics
Mathematics
Statistics
A Minor offers a structured program of study outside a
student's major. See
www.math.umd.edu/undergraduate/opportunities for detailed
information.
Advising
Advising for math majors is mandatory. Students are required to sign up for an advising appointment online, beginning the week before early registration. Students who have been away more than two years may find that due to curriculum changes the courses they have taken may no longer be adequate preparation for the courses required to complete the major. Students in this situation must meet with the Department Advisor to make appropriate plans.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
There are a variety of undergraduate research opportunities in mathematics at Maryland. For detailed information, see wwwmath.umd.edu/undergraduate/opportunities.html?id=102
Honors Program
The Mathematics Honors Program is designed for students showing exceptional ability and interest in mathematics. Its aim is to give a student the best possible mathematics education. A precise statement of the requirements may be found at wwwmath.umd.edu/departmentalhonors.html
The department also offers a special department honors sequence MATH 340341 for promising freshmen with a strong mathematical background (including calculus). Participants in Honors College may also enroll in special honors sections of the lowerlevel mathematics courses (MATH 140H, 141H, 240H, 241H, 246H). Students in Math 340341 and the special honors sections need not be math majors.
The mathematics departmental honors sequence and the Honors College program are distinct, and enrollment in one does not imply acceptance in the other.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
There are several studentrun groups within the department: the Math Club, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Women in Math. For information, please visit:
http://mathclub.math.umd.edu/
http://mathclub.math.umd.edu/1.Home.html
http://wim.math.umd.edu/
Awards and Recognition
Aaron Strauss Scholarships: One is awarded each spring to an outstanding nongraduating math major. The recipient receives full remission of (instate) tuition for the following academic year. Applications may be obtained early in the previous spring semester from the Mathematics Undergraduate Office, 1117 Mathematics Building.
Aziz Mathematics Scholarship: The Aziz scholarship is the department's highest award of mathematical excellence for a nongraduating math major. When eligible, the receipient receives a monetary award to cover instate tuition in the following academic year.
Dan Shanks Award: This award is for an undergraduate student studying computational number theory and related areas, based on merit.
Dan Sweet Scholarship: A onesemester stipend awarded to a math major on the basis of merit.
Edgar Krahn Scholarship: A monetary award is made on the basis of performance in the Maryland High School Mathematics Competition.
Euclid Teaching Assistantship: This is an opportunity for a math major planning to teach in secondary or middle school to work as an undergraduate TA. Apply in the spring for the following year.
Higginbotham Prize: A monetary award is made to an outstanding junior math major in the spring.
John and Sabrina Konter Endowed Scholarship: This is an award for an undergraduate math major with an interest in applications to real world problems in business and industry. Take or plan to take probability and statistics and at least 12 credtis hours in one or more: economics, business, physics or computer science.
Milton Abramowitz Award: A monetary award is made to an outstanding junior or senior math major in the spring.
Outstanding Senior Award: A monetary award is made to the outstanding graduating math major.
Strauss Teaching Assistantship: This is an opportunity for outstanding math majors to work as an undergraduate TA. Apply in the spring for the following year.
For further information on awards, consult wwwmath.umd.edu/undergraduate/mathmajors.html?id=166
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