2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Mar 21, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog


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College of Science
Department Office: 233 John Widtsoe Building
Mailing Address: 155 S. 1400 E. Rm 233, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0090
Phone: 801-581-6851
Web Address: www.math.utah.edu

Department Chair: Davar Khoshnevisan, Ph.D.
Associate Chair:  Tommaso De Fernex, Ph.D.
Associate Chair: Nat Smale, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair:  Kelly MacArthur, M.S.
Undergraduate Advisor: advisor@math.utah.edu
Graduate Advisor: grad-info@math.utah.edu

Placement and Prerequisites

Initial placement in mathematics at the University of Utah is made on the basis of the student’s Accuplacer (math placement exam) score, ACT math score, SAT math score, AP calculus score, or other college transfer classes. ACT, SAT, and Accuplacer test scores expire after two years as prerequisites for math courses.

Students in majors with no special math requirement will typically take courses in the Math 980 - Math 1030 sequence in order to fill the QA general education math requirement.  Students in Business and Economics often take courses in the Math 980 - Math 1090 - Math 1100 sequence.  Students in majors requiring Math 1050 or further math classes will take courses in the Math 980 - Math 1010 - (Math 1050 and 1060) or Math 1080 - Calculus sequence.  All students should speak with an academic advisor to be sure that they are sequencing their math courses correctly.

6 credit hours are awarded for a Calculus AB exam score of 3, 4 or 5 or a Calculus BC exam score of 3 or 4. A Calculus BC exam score of 5 awards 8 credits.

Math placement by AP test score:

Score Placement
AB 3  MATH 1210  
AB 4  MATH 1220  or MATH 1250  
AB 5  MATH 1250  or MATH 1220  
BC 3  MATH 1220  
BC 4  MATH 1260  or MATH 2210  
BC 5  MATH 1260  or MATH 2210  

Students with AP Calculus scores that are more than two years old should see the mathematics undergraduate advisor regarding math placement.

Students who begin in MATH 1260  may not receive credit for MATH 1220  or MATH 1250 .

MATH 1250 -MATH 1260  covers in two semesters roughly the same material covered by MATH 1210 -MATH 1220 -MATH 2210  in three semesters. The MATH 1250 -MATH 1260  sequence also covers the material in a more in-depth and theoretical manner.

These AP placement guidelines are for the math department. If you are majoring in something other than mathematics, or are pursuing a double major, please check with your departmental advisor to determine which class you should take. 

Math placement by ACT/SAT score:

Important note:  ACT/SAT test scores expire after two years as math prerequisites.

ACT math score 17 or lower

SAT math score 460 or lower

MATH 980

ACT math score 18 - 22

SAT math score 470 - 560

MATH 1010  

ACT math score 19 or higher

SAT math score 500 or higher

MATH 1030 


ACT math score 22 or higher

SAT math score 550 or higher

MATH 1040   or MATH 1070  

ACT math score 23 - 27

SAT math score 570 - 640

MATH 1050   or MATH 1090  

ACT math score 24 - 27

SAT math score 580 - 640

MATH 1080  (or MATH 4010  if your major requires this)

ACT math score 28 or higher

SAT math score 650 or higher

MATH 1100  or MATH 1210  or MATH 1310  


Math placement by Accuplacer score:

There are three Accuplacer exam scores: Arithmetic (AR), Elementary Algebra (EA) and College Level Math (CLM).

20 < AR < 120 or EA < 54

Math 980

EA >= 54

MATH 1010  
EA >= 60

MATH 1030 

CLM >= 50

MATH 1040  or MATH 1070  

CLM >= 60 MATH 1050 , MATH 1090  
CLM >= 65 MATH 1080  (or MATH 4010  if your major requires this)
CLM >= 80 MATH 1060 , MATH 1100   (Business Calculus)
CLM >= 90 MATH 1210   or MATH 1310  

The Accuplacer math placement exam is available at the Testing Center and can be taken again, for a fee, if a student wishes to challenge the initial placement for any reason.

Transfer students and students resuming the study of mathematics after an interval of two years or more may be required to take appropriate placement tests. Consult the department for details.

Prerequisites for math courses must be strictly observed, and a grade of at least a C or higher in prerequisite courses (or passing score through the Accuplacer exam) is required. Math course(s) for which a student has preregistered but did not achieve an appropriate grade in the prerequisite course(s) will be dropped from his/her schedule.

Students who score 50 or higher on the College Algebra CLEP exam will have the QA requirement waived. Students who score 50 or higher on the Calculus CLEP exam will have both the QA and QB requirement waived.

Undergraduate Program

Please see the Applied Mathematics B.S., H.B.S, Mathematics B.A., B.S., H.B.A., H.B.S., Mathematics Teaching B.A., B.S., H.B.A., H.B.S., Minor, and Teaching Minor listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

To become a mathematics major one must have an interest in and talent for mathematics. There are no special departmental admission requirements. Mathematics majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required mathematics courses. Mathematics Teaching majors must earn a grade of C+ or better in all required mathematics courses.

Mathematics majors take Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Foundations of Analysis.  Students (other than teaching majors) then choose, in consultation with the departmental advisor or a departmental mentor, elective courses in mathematics. The allowed choices depend on the emphasis chosen.  Please see the links below for detailed information on the requirements/electives for each program.

Allied course requirements are typically physics and computing courses. Majors whose emphasis is statistics replace the physics requirement with two approved courses offered by other departments.

Graduation Requirements

There are additional requirements for this degree. Please see the program pages for more information.

Combined BS/MS Program

Undergraduate math majors who would like to be admitted to the combined BS/MS program must apply during their junior year. To be eligible for the program a student must have maintained a 3.5 GPA overall and in their major (which must be mathematics), and indications must be that the student will successfully satisfy the requirements for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees within two years after beginning the program. Interested students must apply to the department’s graduate program and submit a detailed program of study that has been prepared with the help of the student’s advisor(s). Students must also submit a graduate application to the admissions office. Students wishing to participate in this program are strongly encouraged to participate in research early in their program of study. Transfer students may be considered for the program only after completing 24 hours of coursework at the University of Utah. For more information please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator.

Graduate Program

Please see the Mathematics M.A., M.S., M.Stat., and Ph.D. and Mathematics (Teaching) M.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Areas of Specialization

Algebraic Geometry
Applied Mathematics
Commutative Algebra
Differential Equations
Mathematical Biology
Number Theory
Numerical Analysis
Representation Theory

Admission Requirements

There are additional admission requirements for these degrees. Please see the program pages for more information.

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