DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS
Efraim P. Armendariz, Chairman
RLM 8.100, C1200, 471-7711
Advising Center: RLM 4.101, C1650, 471-0900
Almost all mathematics courses have as a prerequisite either a minimum satisfactory score on the College Board SAT II: Mathematics Level I or Level IC Test, or credit for a specific college mathematics course with a minimum satisfactory grade. These subject tests should not be confused with the quantitative portion of the SAT I Test, commonly known as "the SAT." Although Mathematics Level I or IC is the required test, students may present instead a score on the College Board SAT II: Mathematics Level IIC.
The Mathematics Level IC test is given nationwide at College Board test centers six times a year, on the University of Texas at Austin campus just before registration for each semester and the summer session, and during summer orientation sessions. Testing schedules, which appear in the program of orientation activities, may also be obtained from the Measurement and Evaluation Center, 2616 Wichita (471-3032).
Advice on which entry-level mathematics course to take, based on a student's Mathematics Level I or IC test score, is available from the Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy Advising Center, RLM 4.101, or from the Measurement and Evaluation Center.
Early in the fall and spring semesters, a computer check will be run to verify that all students enrolled in M 303D, 403K, 403L, 305G, 408C, 408D, 316K, 316L, and 427K meet the course prerequisite. Students who do not have the prerequisite on record prior to registering or who do not bring proof of meeting the prerequisite to the mathematics department by the eighth class day will be immediately dropped from the course. During the summer session, the prerequisite checks and drops will be done on the second class day.
The Department of Mathematics offers coursework designed to meet the educational requirements of specific groups of students. Each track has its own goals and prerequisites.
The courses and prerequisites are listed below. Test scores given are for the Mathematics Level I or IC Tests only, and two scores are listed. The first score is for tests taken after April 1, 1995, and the second score is for tests taken before April 1, 1995.
M 301 is designed for students who need to improve their mastery of algebra before proceeding to calculus or other courses, and serves as the precalculus course for students taking the business and economics calculus course sequence (M 403K/403L). With the exception of the Gateway Program, it is offered only in the summer session. During the fall and spring, an equivalent course may be taken at Austin Community College. In some colleges and schools at the University M 301 may not be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total hours required for a degree. Credit for M 301 may not be earned after a student has received credit for any calculus course with a grade of C or better.
M 302 is an introduction to mathematical ideas. It fulfills the general education requirement in mathematics. The prerequisite is three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher. M 302 does not serve as a prerequisite for any other mathematics course. Only one of the following may be counted: M 302, 303D, 303F. A student may not earn credit for M 302 after having received credit for any calculus course.
M 303D is a course with topics that have been selected from algebra, statistics, and mathematics of investments. It is a course that fulfills the general education requirement in mathematics for students in the social sciences, home economics, and other fields. The prerequisite is a Mathematics Level I or IC test score of at least 430/400 or M 301 with a grade of at least C. Only one of the following may be counted: M 302, 303D, 303F. A student may not earn credit for M 303D after having received credit for M 305G or any calculus course.
M 305G serves as the precalculus course for science/engineering calculus (M 408C/408D), and emphasizes trigonometric and other elementary functions, as well as coordinate systems. The prerequisite is a Mathematics Level I or IC test score of at least 480/460 or M 301 with a grade of at least C. M 304E and M 305G may not both be counted. Credit for M 305G may not be earned after a student has received credit for any calculus course with a grade of C or better.
Calculus courses are available in the following formats to suit the needs of various groups of students: a two- or three-course treatment that requires knowledge of trigonometry and is intended for students majoring in science or engineering (see the descriptions below for M 408C/408D and M 308L/308M); a two-course treatment that does not require knowledge of trigonometry and is intended for students majoring in business or economics (see the description below for M 403K/403L); and a one-course treatment, M 403K, intended for students who want an introduction to the concepts of calculus.
M 403K/403L develops the mathematical skills considered important for a large group of students, including all students in the College of Business Administration. Although it includes some other introductory material, the primary emphasis is on those areas of differential and integral calculus most needed by these students. The prerequisite for M 403K is a Mathematics Level I or IC test score of at least 500/480, M 301 with a grade of at least B, or M 304E or 305G with a grade of at least C. The prerequisite for M 403L is M 403K, 408C, or 308L with a grade of at least C. Each course has three lecture hours with regular faculty members and two discussion meetings with teaching assistants each week. M 403K may not be counted by students with credit for M 408C, 308K, or 308L. Only one of the following may be counted: M 403L, 408D, 308M. Students with suitable placement scores should consider M 408C/408D since these courses allow more flexibility in the choice of future programs.
M 408C/408D is a two-semester treatment of the techniques used in differential and integral calculus of functions of one or more variables. The prerequisite for M 408C is four years of high school mathematics and a Mathematics Level I or IC test score of at least 560/540, or M 304E or 305G with a grade of at least C. The prerequisite for M 408D is M 408C or the equivalent with a grade of at least C. Each course has three lecture hours with regular faculty members and two discussion meetings with teaching assistants each week. M 408C may not be counted by students with credit for M 403K, 308K, or 308L. Only one of the following may be counted: M 403L, 408D, 308M.
Some sections of M 408D are reserved for students with advanced placement credit on the College Board Calculus AB Examination. Students with credit on the Calculus BC Examination may enroll in a reserved advanced placement section of M 427L in lieu of M 408D. The advanced placement sections of M 408D and 427L are honors sections and are designed for students with above-average mathematical aptitude and a desire to study in greater depth the material of these courses.
Note: Students who score less than 600/580 on the Mathematics Level I or IC test should be aware that studies show taking M 305G first is likely to improve the grade earned in M 408C.
M 308L/308M is a two-course treatment of the last two-thirds of a three-course sequence essentially equivalent to M 408C and 408D; the first third, M 308K, is available for transfer credit but is no longer taught. The courses are taught on a three-hour-per-week basis by regular faculty members. The prerequisite for M 308L is M 308K or the equivalent with a grade of at least C; for M 308M, it is M 308L or the equivalent with a grade of at least C. Only one of the following may be counted: M 403K, 408C, 308L. Only one of the following may be counted: M 403L, 408D, 308M (or 318K).
M 316 is an elementary introduction to statistical methods for data analysis; knowledge of calculus is not assumed. Students with a background in calculus should take M 362K and 378K instead. Only one of the following may be counted: M 316, 360K (topic 1), 362K. The prerequisite for M 316 is a Mathematics Level I or IC test score of at least 430/400 or M 301 with a grade of at least C.
M 316K is an analysis from an advanced perspective of the foundations of arithmetic, and is required for some prospective teachers. The prerequisite is M 303D, 304E, 305G, or 316 with a grade of at least C.
CONFERENCE COURSES. Unless a conference course lists a specific time and topic, it is an individual instruction course. To register for an individual instruction course, the student must make arrangements for the course with a faculty member and provide written approval to the mathematics departmental office on a form available in RLM 8.100 or 4.101.
TEACHER CERTIFICATION. The following courses must be included in the program of students seeking certification to teach secondary school mathematics: M 408C, 408D, 311, 325K, 328K, 333L, 343K or 373K, 361K or 365C, 362K, and 378K. Questions should be directed to Professor Ray Carry or another mathematics education adviser.
WRITING COMPONENT COURSES. In addition to designated regular courses being offered with a substantial writing component, the department permits a limited number of students to earn writing component credit on an individual basis by adding an individual instruction writing component course. Students who register for M 325K, 328K, 333L, 343K, 361K, 365C, 367K, 368K, or 373K may receive substantial writing component course credit by concurrently registering in the appropriate section of M 175. This concurrent registration requires written consent of instructor; forms are available in RLM 8.100 or RLM 4.101.
Note: To fulfill the writing requirement each student must complete two courses designated as having a substantial writing component. The requirement is not for a specific number of credit hours. M 175 is a one-credit-hour course and may be used as one of the required substantial writing component courses.
STATISTICS. The following courses are probability and statistics courses offered by the mathematics department: M 316, 362K, 378K, 384C, 384D, 384F, 384G, 385C, 385D, 394C, 394D, 397S, MST 384J, 384P, and 398R.
ACTUARIAL STUDIES. The following special actuarial studies courses are frequently offered by the mathematics department in addition to standard mathematics classes needed for actuarial work: ACF 309, 112K, 112L, 112M, and 112N; and M 369E, 369J, 469K, 469L, 389L, and 389M. Questions should be directed to the Director of Actuarial Studies, Professor James W. Daniel, RLM 11.166 (471-7168).
Actuarial Foundations - ACF - undergraduate courses
Actuarial Foundations - ACF - graduate courses
Mathematical Statistics - MST - undergraduate courses
Mathematical Statistics - MST - graduate courses
Mathematics - M - undergraduate courses
Mathematics - M - graduate courses
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