Department of Mathematics & Statistics

ETAS, Room 405, (501) 569-8100, (501) 569-8115 (fax), Website

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 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, 2453, 2350, 3310, 3312, 3322, 4390, 4303, 4304, STAT 3352, six additional hours of upper-level mathematics or statistics electives to include either MATH 4310, 4306, or 4302. Six hours of German or French are strongly recommended for students who intend to obtain the Ph.D. degree in mathematics.

Bachelor of Arts

The bachelor of arts degree requires MATH 1223, 2453, 2350, 3310, 3312, 3322, 4303, 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.


B.A./B.S. Education – Teacher Licensure

Studentswishingtoteachmathematicsmustcompleteeithera bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts in mathematics.

The bachelor of science degree within the teacher licensure option consists of MATH 1223, 2310, 2453, 3302, 3310, 3312, 3322,   3330, 4381, 4383, 4303, 4304, 4390, and either 4310, 4306 or 4302; STAT 3352; and the Minor in Education. See the Teacher Licensure section for details.

The bachelor of arts in mathematics within the teacher licensure option consists of MATH  1223, 2310, 2453, 3302, 3310, 3312, 3322, 3330, 4381, 4383, 4390; STAT 3352; nine hours of upper-level MATH or STAT electives; and a Minor in Education.

See the Teacher Licensure section for details.


Minor in Actuarial Science

The minor in Actuarial Science requires 18 hours of course work. The following courses are required: STAT 4342 (Intro to SAS); STAT 3350 (Introduction to Probability); MATH 4305 (Financial Mathematics); STAT 3352 (Applied Statistics I). Two of the following three courses are required: FINC 3330 (Principles of Insurance); ACCT 2310 (Principles of Accounting I); ECON 2322 (Principles of Microeconomics). Some of the listed courses have pre-requisites.

Minor in Mathematics

The minor requires MATH 1451, 1452, 2453, 3302, and six hours of upper-level mathematics.


Minor in Statistics

The minor in statistics is designed for students who wish to apply their mathematical training in any of the many fields that employ statistics. It requires at least 12 hours of statistics courses, including STAT 3350, 3352, 3353, and either STAT 3351 or 4352. MATH 1223, 1451, and 1452 are also required. Statistics courses, except 3352, used for a minor may not be used to satisfy requirements for a major in mathematics.


Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

SCED 1101 – Step 1 recommended

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See “Undergraduate Academic Advising.”)

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Major (40 hours)
Mathematics Foundation Courses (31 hours)

(MATH 1451 Calculus I satisfies the core requirement in mathematics.)
MATH 1223 Introduction to Mathematical Software
MATH 1452 Calculus II
MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 2453 Calculus III
MATH 3302 Introduction to Mathematical Proof
MATH 3310 Algebraic Structures I
MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
MATH 4303 Advanced Calculus I
MATH 4390 Senior Seminar
STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I

Electives (9 hours)

Nine hours of approved MATH or STAT courses numbered above 3000.

Minor (Optional) 12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18 hours
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Major
Mathematics Foundation Course (34 hours)

(MATH 1451 Calculus I satisfies the core requirement in mathematics.)
MATH 1223 Introduction to Mathematical Software
MATH 1452 Calculus II
MATH 2453 Calculus III
MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 3302 Introduction to Mathematical Proof
MATH 3310 Algebraic Structures I
MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
MATH 3330 College Geometry I
MATH 4390 Senior Seminar
STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I

Education Option (10 hours)

MATH 4361 History of Mathematics I
MATH 4481 Teaching in Secondary School
MATH 4383 Technology in Math Education

Electives (6 hours)

Six hours of approved MATH or STAT courses numbered above 3000.

Praxis Exams

A GPA of 2.75 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis Content Knowledge must be passed prior to graduation. Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (40 hours)
Mathematics Foundation Courses (37 hours)

(MATH 1451 Calculus I satisfies the core requirement in mathematics.)
MATH 1223 Introduction to Mathematical Software
MATH 1452 Calculus II
MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 2453 Calculus III
MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 3302 Introduction to Mathematical Proof
MATH 3310 Algebraic Structures I
MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
MATH 4303 Advanced Calculus I
MATH 4304 Advanced Calculus II
MATH 4310 Algebraic Structures I or
MATH 4302 Complex Analysis or
MATH 4306 Topology
MATH 4390 Senior Seminar
STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I

Electives (3 hours)

A three-hour approved MATH or STAT course numbered above
3000.

Minor (Optional) 12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18 hours
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

SCED 1101 – Step 1 recommended residence
Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See “Undergraduate Academic Advising.”)

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (40 hours)
Mathematics Foundation Courses (33 hours)

(MATH 1451 Calculus I satisfies the core requirement in mathematics.)
MATH 1223 Introduction to Mathematical Software
MATH 1452 Calculus II
MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 2453 Calculus III
MATH 3302 Introduction to Mathematical Proof
MATH 3310 Algebraic Structures I
MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
MATH 3330 College Geometry I
MATH 4303 Advanced Calculus I
MATH 4304 Advanced Calculus II
MATH 4310 Algebraic Structures I or
MATH 4302 Complex Analysis or
MATH 4306 Topology
MATH 4390 Senior Seminar
STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I

Education Option (10 hours)

MATH 4381 Teaching in Secondary School
MATH 4383 Technology in Math Education
MATH 4361 History of Mathematics I

Praxis Exams
A GPA of 2.75 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis Content Knowledge must be passed prior to graduation.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


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.


Courses in Math and Statistics

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses for Mathematics and Statistics, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses within that discipline:MATH – Mathematics STAT – Statistics