Department of Mathematics

Dr. Deane E. Arganbright, Chair
424 Andy Holt Humanities Building
(901) 587-7360


Deane E. Arganbright, Bill R. Austin, N. Susan Boren, Chris Caldwell, Victor Cates, Tom Eskew, Kathleen R. Fritsch, Judith Gathers, Sandra A. Gossum, J. Michael Jackson, Louis Kolitsch, Stephanie Kolitsch, Daryl Kreiling, Brenda Lackey, A. Nanthakumar, David Ray, Theresa Rushing, John Schommer.

Admission Requirements

Mathematics placement recommendations will be based upon the student’s high school record, mathematics ACT score, and the results of the Departmental Mathematics Placement Examination. All students are encouraged to take the placement exam before enrolling in a mathematics course.

Students who have a deficiency in algebra or geometry must remove the deficiency by taking the appropriate course(s) chosen from Mathematics 070, 080, 090.

Students, particularly in science, who need more than one year of mathematics should plan to take Mathematics 251-252. If a student has not completed high school trigonometry, he/she should take Mathematics 185 before enrolling in Mathematics 251.


The first state university in Tennessee to allow internet access to all students and faculty from dorm rooms, apartments, and offices, UT Martin’s computer facilities rank among some of the best in the southeast if not the nation. Numerous student labs provide access to a variety of personal computers (Windows and MacOS). Some of the labs are open 24 hours. All computers in the UTM labs provide for internet access.

The department operates a mathematics laboratory. Tutorial assistance is provided for students in freshman and sophomore-level mathematics courses. Several self-paced courses are offered through the laboratory. Students are employed as tutors in the mathematics laboratory.

Scholarships and Awards

The Louise Knifley Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior mathematics major with appropriate mathematics courses and grade point average. The faculty selects the recipient. In addition to the Knifley scholarship, the Mathematics Award is given to the outstanding senior in mathematics as selected by the faculty.

Student Organizations

The department supports a student chapter of the Mathematics Association of America. This is a national organization of mathematicians. Membership in the student chapter includes a subscription to a professional journal and provides opportunities for interaction with the faculty in an informal setting.

Cooperative Educations Program

The Cooperative Education Program in Mathematics offers the participant an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while preparing for a career or for further study in graduate school. In addition, the participant earns money to help finance college expenses. After successful completion of the freshman year, qualified students admitted to the program alternate semesters at the university. Application for admission should be made during the fall semester of the freshman year. Further information is available from Employment Information Services, UT Martin (901) 587-7740.

Mathematics Major

The department offers the mathematics major for both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. Mathematics majors must satisfy the general requirements for the appropriate degree and are advised to select physics as one of the laboratory sciences. If a student is nor prepared to enter calculus as the first mathematics course, the elective hours can be used to take college algebra and/or pre-calculus. The completion of a minor or the professional-education courses necessary for professional licensure is required for both the B.A. and the B.S.

Double majors: Mathematics/Computer Science 340 can only be allowed in the requirements for a mathematics major or computer science major but not both. Either Mathematics 241 or Computer Science 301 may be used to satisfy the requiremetns for a discrete course since credit is not given for both.

One of the goals of the mathematics major is to prepare students for mathematical careers in business, government, education, or industry. To meet the various professional needs of the mathematics major, different options are available within the major.

Option I: Actuarial Science

Students seeking a career in actuarial science are advised to take Mathematics 330, 340, 360, 370, 451, 461, 462, 481. These students must also include Mathematics 210 in their degree programs.

Option II: Graduate Study

Students who intend to enroll in a graduate program in mathematics are advised to take Mathematics 330, 350, 430, 451, 471-472, 481-482.

Option III: Secondary Mathematics Teaching

Students in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences who are seeking the necessary professional education courses to qualify for licensure as a secondary mathematics teacher must be admitted to the teacher-education program in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. They should consult the College of Education and Behavioral Science about admission and licensure requirements. The necessary mathematics courses are 210, 241, 251, 252, 310, 320, 410, 420, 451, 471; one of 461 or 481; one of 462, 472, or 482; and six additional hours of upper-division mathematics not including cooperative-education courses. This option will usually require at least four-and-one-half years (nine semesters).

Major: B.A. or B.S. curriculum

A mathematics major consists of the following mathematics courses: 241 Foundations of Mathematics; 251 Calculus I; 252 Calculus II; 310 Linear Algebra; 320 Multivariate Calculus; two of 461 Probability and Statistics I, 471 Abstract Algebra I, 481 Real Analysis I; one of 462 Probability and Statistics II, 472 Abstract Algebra II, 482 Real Analysis II; two of 330 Differential Equations, 340 Numerical Analysis, 350 Number Theory, 410 Geometry, 430 Complex Variables, 451 Applications and Modeling; and nine additional hours of upper-division mathematics not including cooperative education courses.



Mathematics 251-252, Calculus I-II, are prerequisites to the mathematics minor which consists of 241 Foundations of Mathematics, 310 Linear Algebra, and nine additional hours of upper-division mathematics.


Mathematics 210, Elementary Statistics and Probability, and 251-252, Calculus I-II, are prerequisites to the statistics minor which consists of either Mathematics 310, Linear Algebra, or Mathematics 320, Multivariate Calculus; Mathematics 461, Probability and Statistics I; and six hours chosen from Mathematics 360, Applied Statistical Methods; Mathematics 370, Topics in Applied Statistics; Mathematics 462, Probability and Statistics II.

Description of Courses