The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Mathematics (Pure Math), Bachelor of Science

Mathematics is both an exact science and a highly creative endeavor; a field of study that develops problem‐solving skills and a passion for inquiry. Mathematics majors are surprisingly attractive to many professional branches in our society, particularly intelligence, technology, finance, security, engineering and physics. Mathematics Majors with Teacher Certification are attractive to the growing demand for teachers in high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. A BS in Mathematics will prepare the graduate for a competitive position in society and provide the necessary preparation graduate for an exciting and rewarding teaching position and for graduate studies

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics – 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

Three credit hours apply.

030 Life and Physical Sciences - 6 hours

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

Three credits hour of lecture from each course applies.

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours

Choose from:

ECON 1301Introduction to Economics

3

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

CSCI 1380Computer Science I

3

One credit hour of lab from PHYS 2425 and PHYS 2426 applies.

Major Requirements – 60 Hours

Required Courses - 33 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

MATH 2415Calculus III

4

MATH 2318Linear Algebra

3

STAT 3337Probability and Statistics

3

MATH 3341Differential Equations

3

MATH 3350Introduction to Mathematical Proof

3

MATH 3352Modern Geometry I

3

MATH 3363Modern Algebra I

3

MATH 3372Real Analysis I

3

MATH 4390Mathematics Project

3

One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies.

Pure Mathematics Concentration – 27 hours

Pure Mathematics Core – 12 hours

MATH 3349Numerical Methods

3

MATH 3365Number Theory

3

MATH 4342Complex Variables

3

MATH 4355Topology

3

Advanced Mathematics Electives – 15 hours

Choose one:
MATH 3345Linear Optimization

3

MATH 3361Applied Discrete Mathematics

3

Choose two:
MATH 4352Modern Geometry II

3

MATH 4359Differential Geometry

3

MATH 4364Modern Algebra II

3

MATH 4367Advanced Linear Algebra

3

MATH 4373Real Analysis II

3

 
Choose two 4000 MATH or STAT courses:

MATH 4XXX or STAT 4XXX

MATH 4XXX or STAT 4XXX


Free Electives - 18 Hours

Free electives credit hours required may vary to achieve the institutional minimum of 120 hours for a degree.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Graduation Requirements 

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Major requirements must be completed with a minimum grade of ‘C’ and a minimum GPA of 2.5.