Department of Mathematics and Statistics
CONTACT INFORMATION: 201 Mathematics and Statistics Bldg.
Box 41042, Lubbock, TX 79409-1042
T 806.742.2566, F 806.742.1112, www.math.ttu.edu
About the Program
This department supervises the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
- Master of Arts in Mathematics
- Master of Science in Mathematics
- Master of Science in Statistics
- Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics
Dual Degree Program
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
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.Back to Top
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 www.math.ttu.edu/Undergraduate/undergrad_program.shtml.
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.
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
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-one semester hours of upper-level math courses are required. These course requirements may be broadly divided into four components:
- Calculus: MATH 1451, 1452, 2450
- Foundation: MATH 2360, 3310, 3354, 3360, 4350
- Depth (take one of the four): MATH 4343, 4351, 4354, 4360
Breadth (take minimum of 6 hours not used on above lists): MATH 3342, 3430, 4000, 4310, 4312, 4330, 4331, 4342, 4343, 4351, 4354, 4356, 4360, 4362, 4363
Total MATH hours must be at least 33, 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..
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
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:
- Calculus: MATH 1451, 1452, 2450
- Foundation: MATH 2360, 3310, 3354, 3360, 4350
- Depth (take two of the four): MATH 4343, 4351, 4354, 4360
- Breadth (take a minimum of 9 hours not used in the above lists): MATH 3342, 3430, 4000, 4310, 4312, 4330, 4331, 4342, 4343, 4351, 4354, 4356, 4360, 4362, 4363
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, exercise and sport sciences, geology, geophysics, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, microbiology, petroleum engineering, physics, 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.
Adjunct Requirement (a special requirement by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics). Candidates for the B.S. degree must complete 8 hours of laboratory science (astronomy, atmospheric sciences, biology, botany, chemistry, geosciences, microbiology, physical geography, physics, or zoology) outside their minor area.
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 page 156 and
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:
- MATH 1451, 1452, 2450, 2360, 3310, and 4331
- One of MATH 2300, 3342, or 4342
- One of MATH 3430, 4330, or 4371
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 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.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 website www.math.ttu.edu/Undergraduate/undergrad_program.shtml.
Undergraduate Dual Degree
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. Each student must have a degree plan that has been approved by the departmental graduate advisor.
The department does not have a foreign language requirement for the master’s degree. Any foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. degree will be at the discretion of the student’s dissertation advisor.
M.A. Degree in Mathematics. This program consists of 30 hours of graduate work that includes 6 hours of credit for the master’s thesis or 36 hours of graduate work that includes 3 hours of credit for a departmental report. The student must complete three sequences chosen from algebra, analysis, geometry, probability and statistics, modeling and applications, and topology. The courses may be chosen from STAT 5302 and 5303 and MATH 5366 through 5378. This degree is offered primarily for those students who wish to teach mathematics at the secondary level or at a junior/community college.
M.S. Degree in Mathematics. This program consists of 30 hours of graduate work that includes 6 hours of credit for the master’s thesis or 36 hours of graduate work that includes 3 hours of credit for a departmental report. The student must complete at least one of the core sequences listed on the Ph.D. program for the 30-hour plan and at least two of the core sequences for the 36-hour plan. A minor of 6 hours is permitted for the 30-hour plan, and a minor of 9 hours is permitted for the 36-hour plan. In each case the minor must be approved by the graduate advisor.
M.S. Degree in Statistics. This program consists of 36 hours of graduate work that includes 3 hours of credit for a departmental report or 6 hours of credit for the master’s thesis. Details concerning the program may be found in the department handbook.
Each doctoral student will undergo a preliminary examination as early as possible during graduate training. The examinations are administered annually in May and August, and the results are evaluated by the graduate program committee of the department. Details concerning the preliminary examinations and the doctoral program may be found in the department handbook. In addition, each doctoral student must pass a qualifying examination in a specialty area and complete the doctoral dissertation.
The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics (pending approval by THECB and SACSCOC) is an online 18-hour certificate designed for anyone with a bachelor’s degree 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 5366, 5367, 5368, 5369, 5370, 5371, 5372, 5375, 5376, 5377, and 5378.
Kent Pearce, Ph.D., Chairperson
Horn Professors: L. Allen, Martin, Ruymgaart
Dick and Martha Brooks Regents Professor: Ghosh
Professors: E. Allen, Barnard, Bennett, Dwyer, D. Gilliam, Harris, Ibragimov, Lewis, Mansouri, Neusel, Pearce, Schovanec, Smith, Solynin, Wang, Williams
Associate Professors: Aulisa, Byerly, Christensen, Drager, Gelca, Howle, Iyer, Jang, Juan, Ledet, Lee, Long, Monico, Roeger, Seaquist, Surles, Toda, Trindade, Weinberg
Assistant Professors: Ellingson, Ghosh, Hamilton, Higgins, Hoang
Instructor: X. GilliamBack to Top
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