Mathematics


Your Future In Mathematics

Is your goal to solve famous mathematical paradoxes? Or do you simply enjoy working with numbers, solving puzzles or searching for patterns? More and more, the solutions to important problems ó ranging from environmental policy decisions to multimillion-dollar investments ó depend on quantitative reasoning and complex mathematical models.

A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of North Texas can lead to working on important, challenging, real-world problems in business, industry, medicine, government, education and scientific research.

With a bachelorís degree you can:

  • Create state-of-the-art techniques for predicting atmospheric reactions and transport of chemical pollution
  • Design procedures for DNA and protein sequencing
  • Develop new models for evaluating stock options and pricing derivatives
  • Improve algorithms for computer-aided aircraft design
  • Teach math at a private or public school

Our math alumni work for Microsoft, NASA, PricewaterhouseCoopers and school districts across the United States.

What we offer

Our curriculum provides you the math foundation and analytical skills for a successful career. In addition to pursuing a bachelorís degree, you can earn academic certificates in actuarial science, statistics and the mathematics of scientific computation or achieve teacher certification.

The Math Lab offers you a quiet space to complete homework or receive assistance with specific problems. Itís staffed by students with strong math backgrounds.

Many of our faculty members are internationally recognized experts in their fields and have worked as consultants for private companies and government agencies. Theyíve also earned degrees from some of the nationís most respected universities.

The math department funds several scholarships to help you pursue your education. Positions are also available as tutors and graders.

We host various conferences, seminars and colloquiums that provide different viewpoints and discuss research being conducted in math.

Upper-level Math majors frequently work with faculty members on research grants, gaining valuable research experience in preparation for graduate school. Our Research Training Group in Logic and Dynamics conducts high-quality research on the connection between logic and dynamics. Selected by the National Science Foundation, UNT is one of only four universities in the nation participating in the program.

Students also have access to our mathematics library, which contains more than 500 mathematics journal subscriptions, most of which are available electronically.

What to expect

Your course work will vary if youíre pursuing teacher certification. The bachelorís degree requirements include:

  • 16 credit hours of core math courses in calculus, linear algebra and real analysis
  • 18 (B.A.) or 24 (B.S.) credit hours of advanced math classes to ensure you gain the breadth and depth in advanced math most suited to your future career goals

Advanced math classes include abstract algebra, differential equations, geometry, graph theory, Fourier analysis, probability, statistics and topology.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent. You should also take four years of math in high school, including pre-calculus.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. If you take AP Calculus in high school, you should take the AP exam. A good exam score will allow you to get a head start on your math classes at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

We recommend taking at least one math class every semester while at your community college and taking rigorous science and computer programming classes appropriate for math, science and engineering majors.

As a general rule, science classes not intended for math and science majors wonít count toward a math degree.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.