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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [OFFICIAL CATALOG]

Department of Mathematics & Statistics



ETAS, Room 405 | (501) 569-8100 | (501) 569-8115 (fax) | ualr.edu/mathematics

Chairperson: Nguyen, Minh V., Professor
Professors: Elsalloukh, Hassan
Kaufmann, Eric R.
Kosmatov, Nickolai E.
Wang, Xiaoshen
Ye, Xiu
Associate Professors: Fulmer, James
Jones, Lakeshia R.
Lu, Lianfang
Peter, Thomas F.
Assistant Professors: Childers, Annie
Zhang, Wei
Senior Instructors: Hardeman, Melissa A.
Jackson, Christy L.
LeGrand, Denise J.
Streett, Rebecca A.
Umphers, Ida S.
Instructor: Deng, Shuzhen

General Information

The objectives of the department are to prepare students to enter graduate school, to teach at the elementary and secondary levels, to understand and use mathematics in other fields of knowledge with basic mathematical skills for everyday living, and to be employed and to act in a consulting capacity on matters concerning mathematics.

The department offers degrees in mathematics (bachelor of science and bachelor of arts) and secondary teacher licensure in mathematics (bachelor of science and bachelor of arts).

The department also offers minors in mathematics and statistics.

Admission Requirements

Students can apply for admission to any mathematics major using their online accounts (BOSS). Decisions regarding equivalency of courses and situations in which students have tested out of courses will be made by the department chairperson.

Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics awards the following scholarships:

  • The DeWoody and Emily Dickinson Math Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time mathematics major in his/her sophomore or junior year. In selecting a recipient for the Dickinson Scholarship, academic accomplishments are given the highest consideration, with additional consideration given to financial need, leadership skills, and involvement with student/math activities.
  • The Jerry and Sherri Damerow Mathematics Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time students majoring in mathematics. Preferences are given to juniors and seniors, and academic accomplishment and financial need are strongly considered This scholarship may be used to support undergraduate research.
  • The Ma Endowed Family Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student majoring in Mathematics. Academic accomplishment and financial need are strongly considered when selecting a recipient.
  • The Linda and Tom McMillan Mathematics Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student majoring in mathematics. Preferences are given to juniors and seniors, and academic accomplishment and financial need are strongly considered.
  • The Mathematics and Statistics Faculty Award is a merit based award for undergraduates with majors in mathematics and statistics.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics annually confers the following awards:

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student
  • Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior
  • Outstanding Achievement by and Undergraduate Student
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Graduate Student
  • Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Outstanding Tutor Award

Honors Program in Mathematics

The department offers an honors program to permit exceptional students to pursue advanced study and receive recognition for its completion. The honors program is distinct from graduation with honors and does not replace it. Participants in the honors program must be mathematics majors with at least junior standing (60-90 credit hours). The students will be selected by a faculty committee, normally during the junior year and usually before the second semester. Minimum admission requirements are a 3.25 grade-point average overall and a 3.25 grade-point average in all mathematics and statistics courses. These averages must be maintained for continued participation in the program. There will be at most five students in the program at one time. For details about the program please contact the department office.

Mathematics Remediation

Co-requisite and Foundations classes are offered to students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for college-level mathematics. Co-requisite courses are designed to allow students to enroll in college-level mathematics along with a support lab during the same semester. Foundations courses are designed for students who need a full semester of remediation to prepare them with the necessary skills to be successful in college-level mathematics. There are two tracks of classes, College Algebra and Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning. In general, College Algebra is for STEM majors. Before you sign up for this track, you must check with your adviser.

Mathematics Placement Scores

Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning Track MUST enroll in MATH 0330  

Score Code
15 or less ACT Math
40 or less Compass Algebra
59 or less Elementary Algebra Accuplacer
429 or less SAT Math

Must enroll in MATH 1321  AND MATH 0121  

Score Code
16-18 ACT Math
41-43 Compass Algebra
60-76 Elementary Algebra Accuplacer
430-479 SAT Math

Must enroll in MATH 1321  

Score Code
19+ ACT Math
44+ Compass Algebra
77+ Elementary Algebra Accuplacer
480+ SAT Math

College Algebra Track

Must enroll in MATH 0332  

Score Code
17 or less ACT Math
42 or less Compass Algebra
69 or less Elementary Algebra Accuplacer
449 or less SAT Math

Must enroll in MATH 1302  AND MATH 0102 

Score Code
18-20 ACT Math
43-44 Compass Algebra
70-79 Elementary Algebra Accuplacer
450-499 SAT Math

May enroll in MATH 1302  or take College Algebra MPT to attempt higher placement

Score Code
21+ ACT Math
45+ Compass Algebra
50+ Compass College Algebra
80+ Elementary Algebra Accuplacer
0-62 Accuplacer College Level Math Test
500+ SAT Math

May enroll in MATH 1303 , MATH 1311 , MATH 1342 , or MATH 1401  

Score Code
67+ Compass College Algebra
24+ ACT Math Score
63-102 Accuplacer College Level Math Test

May enroll in MATH 1451  

Score Code
46+ Compass Trigonometry
103-120 Accuplacer College Level Math Test

Major in Mathematics

Bachelor of Science

The bachelor of science degree is designed for students who plan to enter graduate school or who wish immediate employment as mathematicians. It requires MATH 1223 , MATH 2310 , MATH 2453 , MATH 3302 , MATH 3310 , MATH 3312 , MATH 3322 , MATH 4390 , MATH 4303 , MATH 4304 , STAT 3352 , six additional hours of upper-level mathematics or statistics electives to include either MATH 4310 , MATH 4306 , or MATH 4302 . Six hours of German or French are strongly recommended for students who intend to obtain the PhD degree in mathematics.

Bachelor of Arts

The bachelor of arts degree requires MATH 1223 , MATH 2310 , MATH 2453 , MATH 3302 , MATH 3310 , MATH 3312 , MATH 3322 , MATH 4303 , MATH 4390 , STAT 3352 , and 9 hours of upper-level mathematics or statistics electives. Also, students seeking the bachelor of arts degree are required to complete a 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as measured by a competency test.

Early Entry: BA/BS in Mathematics to Master of Science

The Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics programs are each 120 credits. The Master of Science in Mathematical Science is 33 credits with a research project, or 36 credits without a research project. Students who are accepted into the program can complete both their BS or BA and MS program in about 5 years.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Accelerated BS/BA to MS program before the end of their junior year to help ensure that they have the full subsequent year to begin taking appropriate courses for graduate credit, lessening the course load they will need to carry in their fifth year.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate students may apply and be accepted any time after completing 75 or more hours of undergraduate coursework. However, at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework must have been completed by the time the first graduate course is taken.
  • All applicants must have at least a 3.2 overall GPA and at least a 3.5 major GPA at UA Little Rock in order to be considered. Students who have transferred to our program can participate in the Accelerated BS/BA to MS Program provided their relevant transfer coursework (i.e., courses taken at other Institutions that are being used to meet our BS/BA degree requirements) also meets the 3.2 minimum GPA and 3.5 minimum major GPA criteria. The GRE requirement for the MS program is waived for students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students with an overall GPA between 3.2 and 3.5 may apply using the GRE option.
  • All applicants must complete an application for and be accepted into the MS in mathematics program and UA Little Rock Graduate School.
  • All applicants must complete an Early Entry Program form and be approved for admission by the MS Mathematics graduate coordinator. The MS Mathematics Graduate Coordinator’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The Early Entry form must be approved by the MS Mathematics Graduate Coordinator before the student begins graduate coursework. Failure to obtain prior approval negates the ability to “double count” courses.
  • If, at the end of the student’s baccalaureate degree, an Accelerated BS/BA to MS student has failed to meet the Graduate School admission requirement of a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA, the student will be dismissed from the MS Mathematics program.

A completed application consists of:

  • Completed graduate. application form for the UA Little Rock Graduate School,
  • Completed Early-Entry Program form
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a university faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (letters are to be submitted directly by recommenders)
  • Portfolio of work in mathematics courses (optional) Contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to determine requirements before applying.

Graduate Credit

  • Once accepted into a graduate program, students can take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework, which will count towards both the baccalaureate degree and the graduate degree. Individual graduate programs may allow fewer graduate hours to be taken at the undergraduate level; students should check with their prospective program to determine these limits.
  • Students must finish their baccalaureate degrees before they complete 15 hours of graduate coursework.

Program Restrictions

  • To ensure that they follow the proper degree plan, students must meet with a graduate-level advisor upon acceptance to the Early Entry program to map out the graduate courses they will take.
  • Accepted students will have provisional status in the graduate program, pending the award of their baccalaureate degree.
  • Early Entry students who fail to meet the Graduate School admission requirement of an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA and no grades below a B once they obtain their baccalaureate degree will be dismissed from the graduate program.
  • Students accepted into the Early Entry program will be subject to the same policies as traditionally matriculated graduate students.
  • The Accelerated BS/BA to MS program may not be used in conjunction with the credit reservation program; therefore, no graduate courses. taken before admission to the Accelerated BS/BA to MS program may be applied to the MS Mathematics degree.

Programs

    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMinorTeacher Licensure