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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science

Prescribed Work Common to Both Options

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  4. Six semester hours of American history.
  5. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
  6. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Curriculum and Instruction 650S, UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, 170.

Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option

Option I: Middle Grades Teaching in Mathematics and Science

This option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification in Texas as a middle grades teacher in the composite teaching field of mathematics/science. However, completion of the course requirements does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

  1. Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects).
  2. Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), or Psychology 301 and 304.
  3. The following foundation courses:
    1. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 315C, 316L or 362K, 326K, and 333L.
    2. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
    3. Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N, or an equivalent sequence. Students who choose the physics concentration must take Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L.
    4. Computer Sciences 303E or the equivalent.
    5. Biology 311C and 311D, and 205L, 206L, or 208L.
    6. Three semester hours of coursework in geological sciences.
    7. Three semester hours of coursework in astronomy or marine science.
    8. Biology 337 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach).
  4. One of the following concentrations:
    1. Twelve hours of approved coursework in mathematics, including Mathematics 358K. Mathematics 325K, 341 or 340L, and 360M are recommended.
    2. Twelve hours of approved coursework beyond the foundation courses listed above in any one of the following areas: chemistry, biology, physics, or geological sciences.
  5. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 126 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in all courses used to fulfill requirements 5, 9, and 10 of the prescribed work above.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, students must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. They must earn a grade of at least C in the professional development courses listed in requirements 6, 7, and 8 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

Option II: Secondary School Teaching in Computer Sciences and Mathematics

This option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification as a secondary school teacher in Texas, but completion of the course requirements does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

  1. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  2. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  3. The following foundation courses:
    1. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 315C, Mathematics 325K or Philosophy 313K, Mathematics 333L, 326K or 360M, 341 or 340L, 358K, and 362K.
    2. Computer Sciences 303E or 305J, 307, 310, 315, 326E or 356, 327E or 347, and 349.
    3. Six additional hours in computer sciences chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E or 354, 336, 337, 345, 352, and 372.
    4. Physics 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 317L, 117M, and 117N.
    5. Management Information Systems 311F.
    6. Information Studies 312.
    7. Biology 337 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach).
  4. Enough additional coursework to make a total of at least 126 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in all courses used to fulfill requirements 5, 6, and 9 of the prescribed work above.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, students must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. They must earn a grade of at least C in the professional development courses listed in requirement 6 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

As an alternative to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is designed with a twofold purpose: to offer students a more extensive scientific program that may better prepare them for graduate study or employment, and to recognize students who choose to pursue a more demanding program. Students are given the opportunity to develop greater breadth and depth in their mathematical programs as well as to combine mathematics with a concentration in another scientific discipline.

To accomplish these goals, the minimum number of semester hours is increased and the maximum limit is removed. Specialization in one additional scientific area is encouraged, and the foreign language requirement is shortened by one semester.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics must select one of six options: actuarial science, applied mathematics, mathematical sciences, pure mathematics, mathematics for secondary teaching, and mathematics honors. Students who choose the option in mathematical sciences must also select a specialization in either scientific computation or statistics, probability, and data analysis. Admission to option VI, mathematics honors, requires completion of the application process described in this chapter in the section "Dean's Scholars Honors Options."

None of the following courses may be counted toward the degree: Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, 305G.

Prescribed Work Common to All Options

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Options I–V: Courses 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) in a single foreign language, and a three-semester-hour course in the same language for which 507 is a prerequisite; or as much of this coursework as required by the student's score on the appropriate language placement test. Students in option VI are exempt from this requirement.
  3. For students in all options who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters in a language may not be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.
  4. Six semester hours of American history.
  5. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  6. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  7. Forty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework.
  8. Eighteen semester hours in mathematics must be completed in residence at the University.

Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option

Option I: Actuarial Science

  1. Eight semester hours in one of the following areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.
  2. Six semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy, or programs of special concentration. Three of these hours must be taken in architecture, classics, fine arts, or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
  3. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M.
  4. Actuarial Foundations 329.
  5. Economics 304K and 304L.
  6. Accounting 310F or both 311 and 312.
  7. Finance 357.
  8. Economics 420K or Finance 377 (Topic 2: Financial Risk Management).
  9. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics and supporting areas, consisting of
    1. One of the following courses: Mathematics 328K, 343K, 361, 361K, 365C, 367K, 373K.
    2. Mathematics 340L or 341.
    3. Mathematics 362K and either 358K or 378K.
    4. At least three courses chosen from the following: Mathematics 339J, 339U, 339V, 449P, 349R.
    5. Enough additional coursework to provide a total of at least thirty-two hours. In addition to upper-division mathematics courses, the following courses in supporting areas may be counted toward this requirement: Economics 420K, Finance 354, 367, 377 (Topic 2: Financial Risk Management), Legal Environment of Business 320F, 323, Management Information Systems 325, Risk Management 357E, 369K, 377. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may not be counted toward requirement 17.
  10. At least six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be outside both mathematics and the subject areas listed in requirement 8. Philosophy courses in logic, computer sciences courses in discrete mathematics, engineering courses, and courses counted toward requirement 16e may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option II: Applied Mathematics

  1. Eight semester hours in one of the following areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.
  2. Six semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy, or programs of special concentration. Three of these hours must be taken in architecture, classics, fine arts, or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
  3. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M.
  4. Computer Sciences 303E or the equivalent.
  5. Thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics, consisting of the following courses. The student should consult the applied mathematics adviser for information on other courses that may be counted toward this requirement.
    1. Mathematics 340L or 341.
    2. Mathematics 427K, 348, 362K, and 474M.
    3. Mathematics 361 and 365C.
    4. Mathematics 343K or 373K.
    5. Enough of the following coursework to provide a total of at least thirty-two hours: Mathematics 346, 365D, 368K, 372K, 376C.
  6. At least six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be outside both mathematics and the subject areas listed in requirement 8. Philosophy courses in logic, computer sciences courses in discrete mathematics, and engineering courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option III: Mathematical Sciences

Specialization in Statistics, Probability, and Data Analysis
  1. Eight semester hours in one of the following areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.
  2. Six semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy, or programs of special concentration. Three of these hours must be taken in architecture, classics, fine arts, or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
  3. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M.
  4. Computer Sciences 303E or the equivalent.
  5. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics and related areas, consisting of
    1. Mathematics 325K or Computer Sciences 336.
    2. Mathematics 427K and 362K.
    3. Mathematics 340L or 341.
    4. Mathematics 361K or 365C.
    5. Mathematics 358K and 378K.
    6. Mathematics 328K, 343K, 346, or 373K.
    7. Additional coursework chosen from the following: Computer Sciences 327E or 347, Economics 341K, 350K (Topic 4: Advanced Econometrics), 350K (Topic 6: Advanced Microeconomic Theory), 350K (Topic 7: Applied Economic Analysis), 354K, Electrical Engineering 366L, 379K (Topic 15: Information Theory), Geography 360G, 360L, Mathematics 339J, 339U, 339V, 343L, 343M, 346, 348, 449P, 349R, 365D, 368K, 373L, 374G, 474M, Mechanical Engineering 366L, 366Q, 366R, 367S, Psychology 325K, Risk Management 357E. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may not be counted toward requirement 17.
            Most of these courses have substantial prerequisites, sometimes including courses in other departments. Some have restricted enrollment. The student is responsible for meeting prerequisites and other requirements for enrollment in the courses selected to fulfill this requirement. Courses should be chosen in consultation with the specialization adviser to form a coherent program consistent with the student's background and goals.
            Educational Psychology 371 may not be counted toward this degree if it is taken after Mathematics 358K or 378K.
  6. At least six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be outside both mathematics and the subject areas listed in requirement 8. Philosophy courses in logic, computer sciences courses in discrete mathematics, engineering courses, and courses counted toward requirement 12g may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
Specialization in Scientific Computation

Students who complete this specialization may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of that program for a certificate of completion.

  1. Eight semester hours in one of the following areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.
  2. Six semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy, or programs of special concentration. Three of these hours must be taken in architecture, classics, fine arts, or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
  3. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M.
  4. Computer Sciences 303E and 313E, or 307 and 315.
  5. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics and related areas, consisting of
    1. Mathematics 340L or 341.
    2. Mathematics 427K, 348, 362K, and 368K.
    3. Mathematics 361K or 365C.
    4. Students who fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program may count up to six hours of upper-division coursework in that program toward this requirement. Computer Sciences 323E may not be counted toward this requirement. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may not be counted toward requirement 13.
    5. Additional coursework chosen from the following: Mathematics 325K or 328K (but not both), 427L, 343K or 373K (but not both), 343L, 346, 358K, 361, 365D, 372K, 474M, 376C, 378K.
  6. At least six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be outside both mathematics and the subject areas listed in requirement 8. Philosophy courses in logic, computer sciences courses in discrete mathematics, engineering courses, and courses counted toward requirement 12e may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
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Option IV: Pure Mathematics

  1. Eight semester hours in one of the following areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.
  2. Six semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy, or programs of special concentration. Three of these hours must be taken in architecture, classics, fine arts, or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
  3. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M.
  4. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics, consisting of
    1. Mathematics 340L or 341.
    2. Mathematics 427K, 361, 362K, 365C, and 373K.
    3. One of the following two-course sequences: Mathematics 427K and 372K, 358K and 378K, 362K and 339J, 348 and 368K, 365C and 365D, 367K and 365G, 367K and 367L, 373K and 373L.
    4. Additional hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics chosen with the approval of the mathematics adviser. Either Mathematics 343K or 361K may be counted toward this requirement, but not both.
  5. At least six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be outside both mathematics and the subject areas listed in requirement 8. Philosophy courses in logic, computer sciences courses in discrete mathematics, and engineering courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option V: Teaching

This option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification as a middle grades or secondary school mathematics teacher in Texas; however, completion of the course requirements does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

Students are encouraged to become familiar with a variety of mathematical software relevant to middle grades or secondary teaching, such as computer geometry systems, spreadsheets, and statistical software. Whenever possible, the student should take courses and sections of courses that use these types of software in place of those that do not.

  1. Eight semester hours in one of the following areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.
  2. Six semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy, or programs of special concentration. Three of these hours must consist of History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
  3. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M.
  4. At least six semester hours of upper-division coursework must be outside both mathematics and the subject areas listed in requirement 8. Philosophy courses in logic, computer sciences courses in discrete mathematics, and engineering courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  5. Mathematics 315C.
  6. Biology 337 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach). The course used to fulfill this requirement may also be counted toward requirement 8 above if it is in the same field of study as the other courses counted toward requirement 8. Students are encouraged to take at least one course to fulfill requirement 8 before taking research methods.
  7. At least thirty-two semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics, consisting of
    1. Mathematics 340L or 341.
    2. Mathematics 325K, 333L, 358K, and 362K.
    3. Mathematics 326K or 360M or Science 360 (Topic: Math Domain). Students seeking middle grades mathematics certification must complete Mathematics 326K.
    4. Mathematics 361K or 365C.
    5. Mathematics 328K, 343K, or 373K.
    6. Mathematics 427K or 378K.
    7. Enough of the following coursework to provide a total of at least thirty-two semester hours: Mathematics 326K, 427K, 328K, 339J, 339U, 343K, 343L, 348, 360M, 361, 365C, 365D, 368K, 373K, 373L, 175T (Topic: Seminar for Prospective Teachers), 378K. A course used to fulfill requirements 14a through 14f may not also be counted toward requirement 14g.
  8. A three-semester-hour supporting course that uses mathematics but is in a field other than mathematics. The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement: Accounting 310F or 311, Architectural Engineering 323K, Astronomy 307, 352K, 352L, 358, 367M, Chemistry 301, 303, Civil Engineering 321, 341, Computer Sciences 307, Economics 420K, Electrical Engineering 302, 366, 366L, Geological Sciences 346C, 354, 476K, Geography 360L, Government 341M, Human Development and Family Sciences 322, Mechanical Engineering 320, 326, 366L, 366Q, 366R, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 310, Physics 301, 303K, 303L, Psychology 325K, 332, 345, Sociology 369L. The supporting course may not also be counted toward other requirements in the prescribed work.
  9. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Curriculum and Instruction 650S, UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, 170.
  10. Students seeking middle grades certification must complete the following courses: Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), or Psychology 301 and 304; Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects); and Mathematics 326K.
  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option VI: Mathematics Honors

  1. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course; and fifteen semester hours chosen from the following courses, including coursework in three fields of study: Biology 315H, 325H, Chemistry 301H, 302H, Computer Sciences 315H, Physics 301, 315, 316.
  2. Three semester hours in architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts (including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or programs of special concentration.
  3. An honors section of Mathematics 427K, and six semester hours of coursework chosen from Mathematics 365C, 367K, and 373K.
  4. Twenty additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics approved by the departmental faculty adviser.
  5. Natural Sciences 301C.
  6. A section of Rhetoric and Writing 309S that is restricted to Dean's Scholars.
  7. Mathematics 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  8. Thirty additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  9. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.
  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in each course completed at the University and counted toward the prescribed work requirements for his or her option.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, students who follow the teaching option must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. They must earn a grade of at least C in each of the professional development courses listed in requirement 16 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review; those seeking middle grades certification must also earn a grade of at least C in each of the courses listed in requirement 17. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

To graduate under option VI, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 14 above and must present their research in an approved public forum, such as the annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session. Students must also have a grade point average at graduation of at least 3.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students who fail to maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.25 will usually be academically dismissed from option VI; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.

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