Dr. Bill R. Austin, Chair
424 Andy Holt Humanities Building
(901) 881-7360


Bill R. Austin, N. Susan Boren, Otha L. Britton, Chris Caldwell, Donald E. Chapman, James R. Clark, Tom Eskew, Kathleen R. Fritsch, Emery G. Gathers, Judith Gathers, Sandra A. Gossum, L. Paul Hertzel, J. Michael Jackson, James J. Johnson, Haklin Kimm, Louis Kolitsch, Stephanie Kolitsch, Daryl Kreiling, Brenda Lackey, A. Nanthakumar, David Ray, Theresa Rushing, John Schommer.


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.


Computer Science and Mathematics majors must satisfy the general education requirements for the appropriate Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Arts and Sciences. Majors are advised to select physics as one of the laboratory sciences. If a student is not prepared to enter calculus as the first mathematics course, the elective hours can be used to take college algebra and/or pre-calculus.


The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a wide range of computer science courses. These courses are designed to prepare students for computing careers in business, education, government, and industry. The courses also provide the foundation for graduate study in computer science or information systems.

The courses blend theory and practice to prepare the students for careers in a rapidly changing field. Employment opportunities in programming and systems analysis are expected to increase much faster than the average for other occupations for the next several years.

B.A. No computer science major is offered. The computer science minor is the same as for the B.S.

B.S. Both the computer science major and minor are offered. A minor is required for the major.

There are two options for the computer science major. Each of these options is based on a common core of computer science and mathematics courses. The required mathematics courses are 210 Elementary Statistics and Probability, 251 Calculus 1, and 252 Calculus ll. The computer science core courses are 221-222 Programming Concepts and Problem Solving I and ll, 301 Discrete Systems, 320 Assembler, 325 Data Structures, 360 Introduction to Computer Networks, 470 Organization of Programming Languages, and 495 Senior Seminar.

Option l: Software and computer systems.

Comp Sc 225 “C” or Comp Sc 230 FORTRAN, Comp Sc 420 Computer Organization and Architecture, and nine additional hours of upper division computer science courses, not including cooperative education, with at least three hours at the 400-level are required. The upper division electives are usually chosen from Comp Sc 335, Comp Sc 340, Comp Sc 380, Comp Sc 410, Comp Sc 445, Comp Sc 475, and Comp Sc 485. A minor in Mathematics, Engineering, or one of the sciences is recommended.

Option ll: Information systems

Comp Sc 250 COBOL, Comp Sc 350 Advanced COBOL and nine additional hours of upper division computer science courses, not including cooperative education, with at least three hours at the 400-level are required. The upper division electives are usually chosen from Comp Sc 335, Comp Sc 351, Comp Sc 352, Comp Sc 410, and Comp Sc 458. A minor in Business Administration is recommended.

A minor in computer science consists of two of the following courses: Comp Sc 221 Programming Concepts and Problem Solving I, Comp Sc 222 Programming Concepts and Problem Solving ll, Comp Sc 225 Programming in C, Comp Sc 230 FORTRAN, Comp Sc 250 COBOL, and Comp Sc 260 RPG; and twelve additional hours of computer science courses, at least nine (9) of which are upper division.

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 requirements for a discrete course since credit is not given for both.


The department offers the mathematics major for both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. 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. degrees in mathematics. A mathematics major must choose a minor in any area approved by the School of Arts and Sciences.

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 School of Arts and 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 School of Education. They should consult the School of Education 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 4 and one-half years (9 semesters).

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

A mathematics major consists of the following mathematics courses: 241 Foundations of Mathematics; 251 Calculus l; 252 Calculus ll; 310 Linear Algebra; 320 Multivariate Calculus; two of 461 Probability and Statistics I, 471 Abstract Algebra I, 481 Real Analysis l; one of 462 Probability and Statistics ll, 472 Abstract Algebra ll, 482 Real Analysis ll; 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.

Minors: B.A. or B.S. curriculum


Mathematics 251-252, Calculus l-ll, 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 Math 310, Linear Algebra, or Math 320, Multivariate Calculus; Math 461, Probability and Statistics I; and 6 hours chosen from Math 360, Applied Statistical Methods; Math 370, Topics in Applied Statistics; Math 462, Probability and Statistics II.


University computing facilities include an IBM ES 9000-Model 150 operating under MUSIC, an IBM RISC 6000 operating under UNIX, Sun workstations operating under UNIX and several micro labs equipped with both pentium and Macintosh computers. The department has a lab equipped with a Sun 1, three pentium processors, a Macintosh, and a network controller. All machines have direct access to the Internet.

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.


The Computer Science Award is given to a student selected as the outstanding senior in computer science. This student is chosen by the faculty.

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.


The department supports a student chapter of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). This is an international organization of computing professionals. Membership in this organization provides an excellent avenue for interaction with the faculty outside the classroom and includes subscriptions to professional journals.

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. The Mathematics and Computer Science Club is also sponsored by the department. This is a local organization which presents topics related to mathematics and computer science and their applications.


The Cooperative Education Program in Mathematics and Computer Science 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 the Employment Information Center, UT Martin (901) 881-7740.