The Math Major
The Math Major
Students majoring in mathematics may enter either the B.A. or the B.S. program. The B.A. program is more flexible than the B.S. program; it allows students to specialize in mathematics and at the same time either to follow a broad liberal arts program or to specialize in a second area, possibly even taking a second major. The B.S. program is more comprehensive; it provides solid preparation for work or for further study in mathematics and related fields. Within the B.S. program there is an applied option, which is designed for students who are primarily interested in using mathematics for the study of other sciences. This page includes information for those majoring in mathematics.
Majoring in Mathematics
UNC-CH offers several degrees in mathematics and the mathematical sciences, providing students with a wide choice of careers in this field. Among the jobs in industry, government, and the academic world that involve mathematics as a central aspect are actuary, statistician, computer analyst, and educator. There are B.A. and B.S. degrees offered in Mathematics.
Final Exam Information
Fall 2023 Final Exam Information
Math 110, 130, 130-01F, 152, 231, 231H, 232, 233, and 233H Final Exams will be on Monday, December 11th at 4 PM.
Final Exam Room Assignments are available here.
Make-up Final Exam
The date for make-up exam is Thursday, December 14th from 12 – 3 PM. Please contact your instructor for the room assignment.
FAQs for Undergraduate Math Majors
Q: How do I talk to a Math Department Advisor?
A: Each semester, in preparation for class registration, group advising sessions are held to remove advising holds, as well as optional individual appointments for anyone. If you would like to speak to someone during another time of the year, please contact Erin Willis, our Undergraduate Student Services Manager.
Q: What is the natural sequence of courses in math?
A: Go through the Calculus sequence (231, 232, 233) then take the “intermediate level courses,” namely 381, 383, 347. Then choose the necessary amount of the 500-level courses. Some deviations from this plan are possible though. Most all 500-level classes can be taken in any order.
Q: Should I take Linear Algebra in Math 347, Math 577 or both?
A: (Note, Math 547 was renamed Math 347 in Fall 2020; these are the same course – Linear Algebra with Applications). Most students are advised to take Math 347. It teaches the tools and the power of linear algebra, with little emphasis on the reasonings behind. When you are ready to take 500-level courses, and you like theoretical mathematics, and you liked linear algebra in Math 347, you may decide to learn the theory behind and take Math 577 as one of your 500-level classes. The most theoretically-minded students can skip Math 347 and jump straight to Math 577.
Q: Which 500-level courses should I take?
A: We suggest exploring. Follow your taste, take classes that are natural continuations of classes you enjoyed. A Math Department Advisor can help make suggestions too.
Q: Should I take Math 521 early or late?
A: Math 521 is a required course. It is challenging, but if you completed Math 381 then you should be ready for it. It is also possible to take a few 500-level classes before 521. Some other 500-level courses have Math 521 as a prerequisite, if you want to go in that direction you need to take Math 521 early (but after Math 381). The mathematical sophistication you learn in Math 521 will be useful in many other classes, so there are benefits to taking it sooner rather than later.
Q: Can I get credit for both STOR 435 and MATH 535?
A: No. These are the exact same courses; you can get credit for one or the other. STOR435 will count the same as MATH 535 on the Tar Heel Tracker, an adjustment should not be required.
Q: Can I get credit for STOR 535?
A: We will count STOR 535 towards the Math major as MATH 535. However, this will require a Tar Heel Tracker adjustment by our Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please note that STOR 535 will count as MATH 535, so you cannot have already taken STOR 435/MATH 535 and then also take STOR 535.
Q: I need a Tar Heel Tracker adjustment – who should I contact?
A: Our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Jeremy Marzuola, submits the Tar Heel Tracker adjustments. If you need an adjustment, please email him with your request and cc the Undergraduate Student Services Manager, Erin Willis. Please be sure to include your PID and major.
Q: I am interested in undergraduate research – who should I contact?
A: To get started, a student should find a willing faculty member to help design and oversee the effort; you can find a list of faculty and their research interests here. Course credit can be obtained through the numbers MATH 296, 691H, or 692H with the approval of the supervising faculty member, and the Independent Study Coordinator.
Q: Is the Math BS or Math BS-applied major better for employment?
A: They are both very solid degrees that employers appreciate. We are not aware of any preference employers have between these two. We suggest that you take math courses according to your taste and strengths, and choose your degree based on those.
Q: Which math courses count towards the new Data Science Minor?
A: Electives for the data science minor can be found here.
Q: Will ______ be offered next summer?
A: Summer classes are usually decided in January and finalized in April. Usually the following 500-level classes are offered in the summers. Summer-1: 521, 528, 528L, 533, 535, 566. Summer-2: 521.
Q: Will MATH 590 count towards the Math BS – Applied major?
A: For the general BS major – MATH 590 will count as one of the nine credit hours over 520 courses automatically. For the Applied Math BS, we don’t have the >520 requirement but instead a list of classes with 3 from a subset and 2 from a bigger list. The issue is that 590 is not on this list and can’t be because some of the topics of MATH 590 are non-applied. If you are interested in having 590 count towards the Math BS – Applied, this will need to be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Jeremy Marzuola.
Q: What is a good resource to connect with other math students and alumni about ways to get involved in the math community?
A: Join our Department of Mathematics Heels Engage page! When you join, you will be able to connect with other UNC Math students and alumni, participate in group discussions, ask questions, share links, and more. This page will be the department’s primary space for posting information on graduate school opportunities, job opportunities, REUs, and other math opportunities.
Visiting a Math Class
Thank you for your interest in Mathematics at UNC-Chapel Hill! We would love to have you visit one of our scheduled classes this semester, but extra planning is needed. Please complete this form carefully, noting first, second, and third choices of classes that you would like to visit. It is important to note that if you are still in high school, a parent will need to accompany you. We cannot guarantee that this form submission will result in a class visit, but we will do our best to accommodate your request. Someone will be in touch with you concerning your request.
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For Additional Information Contact
Undergraduate Student Services Manager
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