A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in actuarial science has been offered since 2008. In addition, the department supervises programs leading to minors in mathematics and to teacher certification in mathematics at the middle and secondary school levels.
The academic background of undergraduate students pursuing a degree in mathematics is extremely diverse. Because of this diversity, semester-by-semester schedules for undergraduate degree plans are formulated individually for each student on a case-by-case basis.
Specific listings of General Degree Requirements for each undergraduate program, based
on disciplines and number of corresponding credit hours, can be found on the website
The mathematics curriculum is designed to allow flexibility in choosing elective courses so that students can prepare to enter the industrial job market, graduate or professional school, or a teaching career. Recent Texas Tech mathematics graduates have been employed by companies in aerospace (NASA, defense), electronics (computers, telecommunications), engineering, finance (banks, brokerage, insurance), government (federal agencies, offices, laboratories), petroleum (geophysical, oil), security, entertainment, and education. Some graduates have entered law school or medical school, while many have pursued graduate degrees at various universities.
Highly motivated students are strongly encouraged to pursue an accelerated bachelor's-to-master's program. The department offers honors-level courses in collaboration with the Honors College. The upper-division curriculum includes customized special topics classes and fosters individual undergraduate research projects under supervision of faculty members.
The 120-hour curriculum established for the B.A. degree is designed to provide the foundation for a liberal education through a well-rounded study of the humanities and fine arts; the physical, biological, and social sciences; and mathematics. It also provides the factual basis and insights requisite for specialized study and professional work in these fields.
Requirements. Twenty-five semester hours of upper-level math courses are required. These course requirements may be broadly divided into four components:
Total MATH hours must be at least 37, with at least half of the upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) courses taken at Texas Tech.
The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics requires a minimum of 40 semester hours of junior and senior work. Not more than 42 semester hours in one subject may be counted nor more than 8 hours in applied music and/or music ensemble except for students offering music as a major or minor. Not more than 6 hours in personal fitness and wellness courses may be counted as electives nor more than 24 hours in the technical or professional subjects or agriculture, business administration, engineering, and/or human sciences.
Minor. A minimum of 9 semester hours above the level of Calculus III is required for a minor, 6 hours of which must be upper-division coursework. The minor is subject to the requirements of and must be approved by the department that supervises the minor.
Elective Courses. Additional courses sufficient to bring the total to 120 semester hours must be taken.
The 120-hour B.S. degree permits a greater degree of specialization than that afforded by the B.A. degree.
Requirements. Twenty-seven semester hours of upper-level math courses are required. The mathematics requirements are similar to those for the B.A. degree, but two additional advanced math courses are required. These course requirements may be broadly divided into four components:
Total MATH hours must be at least 39, with at least half of the upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) courses taken at Texas Tech.
Minor. Candidates for the B.S. degree must choose their minor from the following: actuarial science, atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, kinesiology, geology, geophysics, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, microbiology, petroleum engineering, physics, sport management, or zoology. A minor must include 18 semester hours, 6 of which must be advanced. In particular, an engineering minor must consist of 18 semester hours in only one department. Courses counted for the minor must be approved by the department supervising the minor.
Electives. Additional courses must be taken which, together with the required courses, are sufficient to total 120 semester hours. The inventory of courses that can be used to fulfill various requirements changes every year as some courses are deleted and others added. Students should consult the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs if they have any questions about a particular course and the general degree requirements. For the minor in actuarial sciences, refer to www.math.ttu.edu/Undergraduate/Minors/actuary.shtml.
Residency Requirement. For the minor and major in mathematics, at least one half of the upper-level mathematics courses must be taken in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University. This residency requirement will be waived by the department only in very exceptional circumstances.
Teacher Education. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics cooperates with the College of Education in offering plans for teacher certification in mathematics at both the middle and secondary school levels. A student must have a grade of C or better in each mathematics course counted toward middle- or secondary-education certification.
The courses offered in mathematics for students intending to prepare themselves for middle school teaching are MATH 1320, 2370, 2371, 3370, 3371, 3372, 4370, and 4371.
The student preparing to teach in the secondary school may select mathematics as a
teaching field and complete the program for teacher certification in mathematics.
Students planning to become high school teachers should minor in secondary education.
They will be required to take EDSE 4000 for their student teaching experience. The
university is implementing a new teacher education program that includes a full year
of student teaching (two semesters of the senior year) for students beginning their
teacher education program in spring 2013 or later. Students wishing to obtain teacher
certification should consult with the department's undergraduate advisor and see a
College of Education advisor to complete a certification plan.
The minimum requirements for the teaching field in mathematics at the secondary level are as follows:
Mathematics Placement. Placement for students into entry-level mathematics courses (0301–2345) is based on either appropriate previous prerequisite collegiate mathematics credit or the results of the departmentally administered Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE). Students matriculating to the university in a fall semester are typically expected to take the online MPE prior to attending their summer new student orientation. Students matriculating to the university in a spring semester or a summer term are expected to take the placement examination during the open registration periods prior to the start of the semester or term. Students without appropriate prerequisite collegiate mathematics credit will be placed into entry-level courses based on the results of the MPE. Students may retake the MPE if necessary. Students who have scored at least 610 (660 for 1451) on the SATM or at least 26 (29 for 1451) on the ACTM may enroll in any entry-level mathematics course independent of whether they have the appropriate previous prerequisite collegiate mathematics credit or the appropriate MPE score. However, students are encouraged to take the MPE during an orientation session to provide them with a current assessment of their mathematics skills for advisement purposes.
NOTE: A satisfactory score on the placement exam or satisfactory completion of TSI requirements is required for entrance to all above courses. Texas Success Initiative (TSI) students who have not passed the mathematics section of the TSI test may not enroll in MATH 1320 or 1321 until they have successfully completed their prescribed program of TSI mathematics skills development. See course listings for descriptions and prerequisites for the courses listed above.
Undergraduate mathematics majors may apply for admission to the master's degree program during their junior year so they can begin taking graduate courses during their senior year. The 150-hour accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program can result in a B.A./M.A., B.A./M.S., or B.S./M.S. depending on the needs of the student. The combined bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics differ only in the final two years; the first three years are the same as the standard B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics program. See either the graduate or undergraduate advisor for details.
Semester-by-semester degree plans for accelerated degrees can be found on the department's website.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics participates with the Department of Computer
Science to offer a 162-hour dual degree program in mathematics and computer science.
This is a five-year program that culminates in a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor
in computer science from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. in Computer Science
from the College of Engineering. Students should consult with an academic advisor
in each college and may declare either as their primary college. See the Department of Computer Science catalog section for curriculum information.
Students seeking an advanced degree in mathematics or statistics should consult with the Graduate Director of the department before enrolling in any courses. The department offers a number of graduate courses that are suitable for students who wish to complete a minor in mathematics or statistics.
The requirements listed below are in addition to the University and Graduate School requirements found in the Catalog of the Graduate School. A student must fill out a degree plan after the end of the first long semester and before the start of their second long semester in the program. Each student's program of study and committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. With regard to all of the programs below, it is expected that the student's final oral defense of his/her thesis or report will be open to all who wish to attend, with scheduling to reflect this.
M.A. Degree in Mathematics (Thesis Option). This degree is offered primarily for those students who wish to teach mathematics at the secondary level or at a junior/community college. This is an online program consisting of 30 hours of graduate work, including 6 hours of credit for the master's thesis. See details for the thesis option below. A minor in an approved area outside of mathematics is permitted. Normally, work in the student's second field of certification or work towards the Professional Teacher's Certificate will be an acceptable minor area. A thesis defense is required.
This plan calls for 24 hours of course work and at least 6 hours of the thesis course (MATH 6000). Of the 24 hours of course work, 18 must be in mathematics. Of the 6 sequences listed below, the student must complete at least two or the equivalent:
M.A. Degree in Mathematics (Non-Thesis Option). This degree is offered primarily for those students who wish to teach mathematics at the secondary level or at a junior/community college. This is an online program consisting of 36 hours of graduate work that includes 3 hours of credit for a departmental report. See details for the non-thesis option below. A minor in an approved area outside mathematics is permitted. Normally, work in the student's second field of certification or work towards the Professional Teacher's Certificate will be an acceptable minor area. A final comprehensive examination for the report is required.
This plan calls for 33 hours of course work and 3 hours of work on a departmental report (MATH 6310). Of the 33 hours of course work at least 24 hours must be in mathematics. Of the 6 sequences listed below, the student must complete at least three or the equivalent:
M.S. Degree in Mathematics (Thesis Option). This program consists of 30 hours of graduate work, including 6 hours of credit for the master's thesis. See details for the thesis option below. A minor in an approved area outside of mathematics is permitted. A thesis defense is required.
This plan calls for 24 hours of course work and at least 6 hours of the thesis course (MATH 6000). Of the 24 hours of course work, 18 must be in mathematics and must include one sequence in a core area. The core areas are:
In the area of Real Analysis, 5318-5319 is not considered to be a core sequence; likewise in the area of Applied Mathematics, 5310-5311 is not considered to be a core sequence.
M.S. Degree in Mathematics (Non-Thesis Option). This program consists of 36 hours of graduate work that includes 3 hours of credit for a departmental report. See details for the non-thesis option below. A minor in an approved area outside of mathematics is permitted. A final comprehensive examination for the report is required.
This program calls for 33 hours of course work and 3 hours of work on a departmental report (MATH 6310). Of the 33 hours of course work, 24 must be in mathematics and must include two sequences from the core areaa. The core areas are:
In the area of Real Analysis, 5318-5319 is not considered to be a core sequence; likewise in the area of Applied Mathematics, 5310-5311 is not considered to be a core sequence.
M.S. Degree in Statistics (Thesis Option). This program consists of 36 hours of graduate work that includes 6 hours of credit for the master's thesis. See details for the thesis option below. A thesis defense is required.
M.S. Degree in Statistics (Non-Thesis Option). This program consists of 36 hours of graduate work that includes 3 hours of credit for a departmental report. See details for the non-thesis option below. A final comprehensive examination is required.
The doctoral program offers concentrations in four areas of study: applied mathematics, pure mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. The program consists of 60 hours of graduate coursework and 12 hours of doctoral dissertation. The program requirements listed below (under Guidelines for Areas of Concentration) are in addition to the University and Graduate School requirements found in the Catalog of the Graduate School. Specific questions concerning interpretation of these policies should be directed to the Graduate Advisor. A student in the doctoral program must fill out a degree plan after the end of his/her second long semester and before the start of his/her third long semester in the program.
Each doctoral student will complete the preliminary examination requirements as early
as possible during graduate training. The examinations are administered annually in
May and August. See Details for Preliminary Examinations below. In addition, each doctoral student must pass a qualifying examination in a specialty
area and complete the doctoral dissertation. See Details for Qualifying Examinations below.
Each examination is four hours long with content based on important fundamental concepts in the area. Students should NOT infer that the Preliminary Examination is equivalent to a Final Examination over the respective core area. Rather, each examination is developed by a committee of faculty in the respective core area in consultation with the Graduate Committee. The topics over which a student can be tested are listed in the Preliminary Examination Topics List which is available from the Graduate Advisor.
At least three weeks prior to taking a Preliminary Examination the student must inform the Graduate Advisor which examinations he/she wishes to take. Up to three different examinations can be taken in each administration of the Preliminary examinations. A grade of P (pass) or F (fail) will be given in each examination. The policy is below:
I. Category A: Graduate students with a Master’s degree in Math or Stat.
II. Category B: Graduate students who are not in Category A.
III. An attempt: A student is said to have attempted an exam when they have seen the contents of an exam while it is being administered. Signing up for an exam and not showing up does not constitute an attempt.
Prelim requirements: Students have to pass three exams in different subject areas. One subject area must be from the “pure mathematics” group: Algebra, Complex analysis, Real analysis, or Topology. Students in statistics concentration must pass the Probability and Statistics exam.
Policy: Students in Category A are required to finish the prelim requirements for their concentration by the beginning of their third academic year. Category B students are required to finish the prelim requirements for their concentration by the beginning of their fourth academic year. All students are allowed a maximum of 12 attempts with a maximum of three attempts per subject area. Note that an academic year starts with the Fall semester.
Any student who does not successfully complete the Doctoral Preliminary Examinations according to the policy stated above may not continue in the Doctoral Program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University.
The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics is an online 18-hourcertificate designed for anyone with a bachelor's degree (that included coursework in linear algebra) who wants to increase mastery of mathematics, particularly in-service teachers who desire to teach dual credit in high school or teach at a junior college. Students may choose six courses from among MATH 5364 through 5378.
With the permission of the graduate advisor:
Horn Professor: L. Allen, J. Conover
Dick and Martha Brooks Regents Professor: Ghosh
Professors: E. Allen, Bennett, Dwyer, Gelca, D. Gilliam, Harris, Ibragimov, Jang, Lewis, Lindquist, Mansouri, Schovanec, Solynin, Surles, Toda, Trindade, Wang, Williams
Associate Professors: Aulisa, Byerly, Christensen, Drager, Hoang, Howle, Iyer, Juan, Ledet, Lee, Long, Monico, Roeger, Seaquist, Weinberg
Assistant Professors: Bornia, Ellingson, Ghosh, Hamilton, Higgins, McCarthy, Su
Instructor: X. Gilliam