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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Department of Mathematics

College of Arts and Sciences

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Chair: Xiaoming Wang; Associate Chair: Bellenot; Associate Chair for Graduate Studies: Bowers; Director of Pure Mathematics: Aldrovandi; Director of Applied and Computational Mathematics: Gallivan; Director of Financial Mathematics: Kercheval; Director of Biomathematics: Bertram; Professors: Aluffi, Bellenot, Bertram, Bowers, S. Fenley, Gallivan, Heil, Hironaka, Huckaba, Hussaini, Kercheval, Klassen, Kopriva, Mesterton-Gibbons, Mio, Nolder, D. Oberlin, Okten, Sussman, Tam, van Hoeij, Wang; Associate Professors: Agashe, Aldrovandi, Cogan, Hurdal, Kim, Magnan, Muslimani, Petersen; Assistant Professors: Fahim, Jain, Moore, R. Oberlin, Zhu; Coordinator of Basic Mathematics: Blackwelder; Coordinator of Graduate Teaching Assistants: Kirby; Coordinator of Actuarial Science: Paris; Coordinator of the Financial Mathematics Master’s Program: Ewald; Professors Emeriti: Blumsack, Bryant, Case, Gilmer, Heerema, Kreimer, Mott, Nichols, Quine, Sumners, Wright; Courtesy Professors: Absil, Beaumont, Chen, Croicu, le Dimet, Erlebacher, M. Fenley, Gan, Gunzburger, Marcolli, Mascagni, Mathelin, Moorer, Peterson, Srivastava, Tabak, Tang, van Dooren, Xiaoqiang Wang

The Department of Mathematics is strongly committed to graduate education and research, and offers programs of study leading to both the master’s (MA and MS) and the doctoral (PhD) degrees. Its programs are designed to prepare students for mathematical careers in the academic, corporate, and governmental sectors. PhD and master’s degrees are offered with concentrations in four areas: Pure Mathematics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, and Biomathematics. For more information, please visit

The department has cooperative relationships with science, social science, business, and engineering departments, the College of Medicine, and many institutes and laboratories on campus including: the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute, the Laboratory of Imaging Studies, the Institute for Molecular Biophysics, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Program in Neuroscience, and the Department of Scientific Computing. Aside from a wide array of beginning and advanced courses in graduate mathematics, students may take advantage of approved courses outside the department. This includes courses in biochemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, finance, molecular biology and biophysics, physics, risk management, and statistics. Flexible master’s programs may be designed to suit the career goals of individual students. Financial Mathematics students may broaden their employment opportunities by pursuing a concentration in actuarial science. Students participate in the weekly colloquia; they rotate responsibility for running a graduate-student seminar, where they discuss and critique their work, and invite speakers to broadly address professional development. They may attend any subset of over a dozen seminar series whose topics vary according to the current research interests of the department.

The faculty of the department includes a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, an Eminent Scholar Chair in High Performance Computing, the Carol M. Brennen Professorship, the Dwight B. Goodner Professorship, three Distinguished Research Professors, three recipients of Developing Scholar Awards, and more than a dozen recipients of University Teaching and Advising Awards.

The four study areas give opportunities for graduate student and faculty interaction. The resulting research, publication, and recognition is in a variety of specializations including: algebraic geometry, arithmetic geometry, biofilms, biomathematics, collegiate mathematics education, complex analysis, computational anatomy and pattern analysis, complex dynamical systems, computational acoustics, computational neuroscience, conformal mapping, cryptography, econophysics, dynamical systems, financial mathematics and computational finance, fluid dynamics, game theory, geometric topology, harmonic analysis, high performance computing, homological algebra, homotopy theory, human brain mapping, knotting of DNA, mathematical economics, mathematical physics, mathematics history and biography, number theory, numerical analysis, partial differential equations, pattern recognition, physiology, protein geometry, shape theory, stochastic analysis, and symbolic computation. Faculty and graduate students are supported in their work by FSU research initiatives and by outside agencies including: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, American Heart Association, The Boeing Company, Goodrich Aerostructures, International Association of Financial Engineers, the Institute for Applied Mathematics (Minnesota), Mathematical Biosciences Institute (Ohio State), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Mathematics and Science Initiative, National Security Agency, National Science Foundation, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Simons Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Department of Mathematics has a full range of computing facilities available for a variety of instructional and research needs. Faculty and graduate students share high-performance workstations, file and computer servers. Across the university, students and faculty have access to a variety of the state-of-the-art machines, including supercomputers and compute clusters. Florida State University provides a nearly campus-wide outdoor wi-fi network as well as indoor wireless in the libraries, the union, and the university student computer labs. As a member of the Florida Lambda Rail, FSU has multiple high-capacity backbones to other research universities and laboratories. The Library provides access to a number of databases (including Mathematical Reviews, MathSciNet, and JSTOR), to an increasing number of eJournals (such as SIAM Journals and Springer LINK), as well as to books, journals, and carrels for study.

Graduate Requirements

There are both University- and college-wide degree requirements that apply to all graduate students; these are summarized in the appropriate chapters of this Graduate Bulletin. Post-publication revisions to the degree guidelines and the course information listed below are available at, or at the Department’s main office; students are alerted to changes or modifications by e-mail.

A number of graduate students receive support through fellowships or by working as teaching or research assistants. Graduate students in mathematics are strongly encouraged to include teaching skills as part of their professional-development activities. The department’s recognized orientation and training programs accompany practice in several instructional delivery modes. Teaching Assistants participate in lecture-recitation delivery in computer classrooms and progress to full classroom responsibility. They are encouraged to investigate academic and research careers and are well prepared for teaching employment at various types of colleges and universities.

In order to obtain final graduation clearance from the Department of Mathematics, all MS and PhD candidates must complete an exit survey in their final semester. Additionally, PhD candidates must complete the information required for the national “Doctorates Granted” survey. Mathematics is currently discussing the major overlap conditions.

Master’s (MA or MS) Degree

The department offers master’s degrees in Pure Mathematics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, and Biomathematics. Each area has its own required and approved elective courses and seminars. No 4000-level course in this department may count toward the master’s degree. The student should consult the graduate programs’ Web pages to learn more about the specific requirements for each area.

A course-type master’s degree is available in all four areas and requires thirty-six hours of graduate courses. In Pure Mathematics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Biomathematics, at least thirty hours must be letter-graded. In Financial Mathematics, all thirty-six hours must be letter-graded. In addition to the thirty-six hours of graduate courses, certain seminars must be taken in Financial Mathematics and Biomathematics; consult the area Web pages for details.

In Pure Mathematics and Applied and Computational Mathematics, a thesis-type master’s degree is also available. The thesis-type master’s degree requires at least thirty hours of graduate courses including six semester hours in MAT 5971r and appropriate thesis defense.

  1. Pure Mathematics. The pure mathematics option gives the student a well-rounded exposure to the foundations of modern mathematics. Coursework includes graduate sequences in algebra, real and complex analysis, and topology. Electives include more advanced courses in these disciplines as well as applied topics such as symbolic computation, modeling, and statistics. The master’s degree in pure mathematics provides excellent preparation for many careers in education, industry, and government. A secondary concentration in actuarial science may be elected. It is also an appropriate first step for those students who wish to pursue a PhD, either in some mathematical field or in another discipline that uses mathematics or rigorous logical thinking.
  2. Applied and Computational Mathematics. This option provides students with extensive research and educational experiences in modeling, analysis, algorithm development, and simulation for problems arising throughout mathematics, sciences, and engineering. After completing this master’s degree, students may choose to pursue a doctoral degree in the area of Applied and Computational Mathematics or related areas, or pursue educational, financial, industrial, or governmental jobs involving applications of mathematical and computational skills.
  3. Financial Mathematics. This interdisciplinary degree program prepares students for work in financial institutions and also for doctoral research in financial mathematics. Core courses and electives are available in mathematics, computer science, economics, finance, scientific computing, and statistics. The Financial Mathematics master’s degree is designated as a “Professional Science Master’s” degree by the Council of Graduate Schools. Students complete a capstone project in their second year, and are encouraged to pursue summer internship opportunities in the financial sector.
  4. Biomathematics. Studies in this interdisciplinary program include courses in biomathematics and various biomathematics seminars. It also includes supporting courses from statistics, biological science, chemistry, computer science, and computational science. This course of study prepares students for careers in computational biology and the biological applications of mathematics.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

The PhD degree indicates knowledge of mathematics and a demonstrated capacity to do original, independent scholarly investigation. Early in the doctoral program, the student will complete major concentration-area course requirements or their equivalents (including courses required for the area MS degree), and will arrange a major professor or co-director within the department to direct the doctoral research. Three to six additional members complete the supervisory committee so that it is mutually agreeable to the student, the major professor or co-director, and the department chair. The supervisory committee must include three or more graduate faculty members of the department as well as a University Representative appropriately drawn from outside the department. The student then satisfies the area, department, and university requirements for doctoral candidacy (MAT 8964), and writes and defends a dissertation of original and independent research. The candidate, the major professor or co-directors, two other supervisory committee members from mathematics, and the University Representative are expected to be physically present at the dissertation defense. Consensus of the supervisory committee is necessary for a pass of the dissertation defense.

Studies leading to the PhD are available in both pure and applied and computational mathematics as well as in two interdisciplinary areas, biomathematics and financial mathematics. Each area of study specifies its own course requirements. The PhD qualification and candidacy examinations, together, comprise the preliminary examination, MAT 8964. Course requirements are chosen to provide the student with a strong basis for research. Standard foundational material is covered in the 5000-level courses with more advanced material that offers depth in topics courses and seminars. Some of the required courses may be offered by other departments. The student will be expected to actively participate in at least one of the seminar series offered by the department and to regularly attend the weekly mathematics colloquium.

The doctoral student in mathematics can be required by his/her supervisory committee to demonstrate proficiency in a minor; normally this is accomplished by completing six or more semester hours in an approved mathematics-related subject with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. At the discretion of the student’s supervisory committee, the student may be required to demonstrate competence in research tools appropriate to the student’s program of studies. Such tools may include a reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages, technological skills, a minor, or other competencies.

After the student is admitted to doctoral candidacy, the writing of a dissertation becomes the major concern, although further coursework is usually required. The University’s residency requirement must be satisfied. After admission to candidacy the student must register for at least twenty-four hours of dissertation credit (MAT 6980) and also register and participate in the appropriate research seminar for a minimum of three semesters, as well as the mathematics colloquium for a minimum of two semesters. It is a University requirement that the defense of dissertation must be held within five years; if this time limit is not met, the student may be required to repeat the qualifying or candidacy examination.

Definition of Prefixes

MAA—Mathematics: Analysis

MAD—Mathematics: Discrete

MAP—Mathematics Applied

MAS—Mathematics: Algebraic Structures


MHF—Mathematics: History and Foundations

MTG—Mathematics: Topology and Geometry

OCP—Physical Oceanography

Prerequisite Courses

Note: Please refer to the General Bulletin for full course descriptions.

MAA4226Advanced Calculus I (3)

MAA4227Advanced Calculus II (3)

MAA4402Complex Variables (3)

MAC2312Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)

MAC2313Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5)

MAD3703Numerical Analysis I (3)

MAP2302Ordinary Differential Equations (3)

MAP3305Engineering Mathematics I (3)

MAP3306Engineering Mathematics II (3)

MAP4153Vector Calculus with Introduction to Tensors (3)

MAP4170Introduction to Actuarial Mathematics (4)

MAP4341Elementary Partial Differential Equations I (3)

MAP4342Elementary Partial Differential Equations II (3)

MAS3105Applied Linear Algebra I (4)

MAS4302Introduction to Abstract Algebra I (3)

MAS4303Introduction to Abstract Algebra II (3)

PHY2048CGeneral Physics [for Physical Sciences] (5)

STA4321Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (3)

Graduate Courses

Note: Prerequisites are stated by number from the above list of FSU courses. The equivalent course at another institution as agreed by or consent of the instructor is sufficient.

MAA 5306. Advanced Calculus I (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2313; MAS 3105. Functions, sequences, limits, continuity, uniform continuity; differentiation; integration; convergence, uniform convergence.

MAA 5307. Advanced Calculus II (3). Prerequisite: MAA 5306. Continuation of MAA 5306.

MAA 5406. Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable I (3). Prerequisite: MAA 4227 or 5307; alternatively MAA 4226 and 4402. Algebra and geometry of complex numbers; elementary functions and their mappings. Analytic functions; integration in the complex plane; Cauchy’s integral theorem and related theorems. Representation theorems including the Taylor and Laurent expansions. Calculus of residues. Entire and meromorphic functions.

MAA 5407. Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable II (3). Prerequisite: MAA 5406. Continuation of MAA 5406.

MAA 5616. Measure and Integration I (3). Prerequisite: MAA 4227 or 5307. Lebesgue measure and integration; Banach spaces of integrable functions; abstract measure and integration.

MAA 5617. Measure and Integration II (3). Prerequisite: MAA 5616. Continuation of MAA 5616.

MAA 5721. Computer Analysis (3). Prerequisites: MAA 4227 or 5307; MAA 4402 or 5406. Automatic differentiation, automatic integration, indefinite summation; applications to partial differential equations; advanced topics in complex analysis.

MAA 5932r. Topics in Analysis (1–3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAA 6416r. Advanced Topics in Analysis (3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAA 6939r. Advanced Seminar in Analysis (1). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAD 5305. Graph Theory (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing (for majors) or department approval (for non-majors). Graphs and digraphs, trees and connectivity, Euler and Hamilton tours, colorings, matchings, planarity and Ramseys theorem, applications. A proof-oriented course that assumes no previous exposure to graph theory but assumes a certain level of mathematical maturity.

MAD 5403. Foundations of Computational Mathematics I (3). Prerequisites: MAS 3105; competence in a programming language suitable for numeric computation. Analysis and implementation of numerical algorithms. Matrix analysis, conditioning, errors, direct and iterative solution of linear systems, rootfinding, systems of nonlinear equations, numerical optimization.

MAD 5404. Foundations of Computational Mathematics II (3). Prerequisite: MAD 5403. Interpolation, quadrature, approximation theory, numerical methods for ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations.

MAD 5420. Numerical Optimization (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2313; MAS 3105; C, C++, or Fortran. Unconstrained minimization: one-dimensional, multivariate, including steepest-descent, Newtons method, Quasi-Newton methods, conjugate-gradient methods, and relevant theoretical convergence theorems. Constrained minimization: Kuhn-Tucker theorems, penalty and barrier methods, duality, and augmented Lagrangian methods. Introduction to global minimization.

MAD 5427. Numerical Optimal Control of Partial Differential Equations (3). Prerequisites: MAD 5739; MAS 3105. Euler Lagrange equations, adjoint method algorithm. Optimal control of systems governed by elliptic, parabolic, hyperbolic PDEs. Control of initial and boundary conditions. Adjoint sensitivity analysis. Optimal parameter estimation, Kalman filter for parameter identification. Automatic differentiation techniques.

MAD 5738. Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations I (3). Prerequisites: MAD 5404; MAP 4342 or 5346. Finite difference methods for parabolic, elliptic, and hyperbolic problems; consistency, convergence, stability.

MAD 5739. Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations II (3). Prerequisite: MAD 5738. Continuation of MAD 5738.

MAD 5745. Spectral Methods for Partial Differential Equations (3). Prerequisites: MAD 5738; MAP 5431 (recommended). Fourier and orthogonal polynomial spectral methods for the solution of elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations. Spectral approximation theory. Psuedospectral method and aliasing removal. Applications to fluid flow.

MAD 5757. High Order Finite Difference Methods for Computational Acoustics and Fluid Dynamics (3). Prerequisite: MAD 5738. High order spatial and temporal discretization; artificial selective damping; numerical stability; radiation, inflow and outflow boundary conditions; wall and time-domain impedance boundary conditions; nonlinear acoustic waves; design of computation algorithms for direct numerical simulation.

MAD 5932r. Topics in Computational Mathematics (1–3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAD 6408r. Advanced Topics in Numerical Analysis (3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAD 6939r. Advanced Seminar in Scientific Computing (1). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAP 5107. Mathematical Modeling (3). Prerequisites: MAD 5404; MAP 5431, 5345. Formulation and application of mathematical models for problems arising in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, and industry. Related mathematical topics, including dimensional analysis and scaling, role of dimensionless numbers, perturbation methods, self-similar solutions, traveling waves and solitons, symmetry and symmetry breaking, bifurcations, inverse problems and regularization techniques.

MAP 5165. Methods of Applied Mathematics I (3). Prerequisites: MAP 2302, MAC 2313, and MAS 3105. Continuous and discrete models from physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering are analyzed using perturbation methods, analytical and geometrical tools and dynamical systems theory.

MAP 5177. Actuarial Models (3). Prerequisites: MAP 4170; STA 4321. Survival models; life probabilities; tables, mortality laws; contingent payment models; life annuities; premium principles and net premium reserves for continuous, discrete and semi-continuous life insurances, multiple life models, multiple decrement theory (theory of competing risks) and applications to pension plans, pricing and nonforfeiture models.

MAP 5178. Advanced Actuarial Models, Credibility, and Simulation (3). Prerequisite: MAP 5177. This course examines claim frequency models, individual loss models, aggregate loss models, multiple-life and multiple-decrement survival models, multiple-state transition models, credibility theory, and simulation.

MAP 5207. Optimization (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2313; MAD 3703; MAS 3105. Linear programming, unconstrained optimization, searching strategies, equality and inequality constrained problems.

MAP 5217. Calculus of Variations (3). Prerequisites: MAP 2302; MAA 5306 or MAP 5207. Fundamental problems, weak and strong extrema, necessary and sufficient conditions, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, dynamic programming, control theory, and Pontryagin’s maximum principle.

MAP 5345. Elementary Partial Differential Equations I (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2313; MAP 2302 or 3305. Separation of variables; Fourier series; Sturm-Liouville problems; multidimensional initial boundary value problems; nonhomogeneous problems; Bessel functions and Legendre polynomials.

MAP 5346. Elementary Partial Differential Equations II (3). Prerequisite: MAP 5345; alternatively MAP 4341 and 4342 or instructor permission. Solution of first order quasi-linear partial differential equations; classification and reduction to normal form of linear second order equations; Greens function; infinite domain problems; the wave equation; radiation condition; spherical harmonics.

MAP 5395. Finite Element Methods (3). Prerequisites: MAD 5738 and, C++ or Fortran. Methods of weighted residuals, finite element analysis of one and two-dimensional problems, isoparametric elements, time dependent problems, algorithms for parabolic and hyperbolic problems, applications, advanced Galerkin techniques.

MAP 5423. Complex Variables, Asymptotic Expansions, and Integral Transforms (3). Prerequisites: MAP 4341 or 5345; MAA 4402 or 5406. Ordinary differential equations in the complex plane; special functions. Asymptotic methods: Laplaces method, steepest descent, stationary phase, WKB. Integral transforms: Fourier, Laplace, Hankel.

MAP 5431. Introduction to Fluid Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: MAP 4153; MAP 4341 or Corequisite MAP 5345; PHY 2048C. Physical properties of viscous fluids, hydrostatics, kinematics of slow fields, governing equations. Boussinesq approximation, Buckingham Pi theorem. Dynamics of viscous incompressible fluids: vorticity, boundary layer flow, similarity.

MAP 5441. Perturbation Theory (3). Prerequisite: MAP 4342 or 5346. Regular and singular perturbation problems; methods of averaging, matched asymptotic expansions, multiple scales, strained coordinates, and WKBJ; applications to ordinary and partial differential equations and fluid dynamics.

MAP 5485. Introduction to Mathematical Biophysics (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2313; MAS 3105. Mathematical tools: symbolic and numerical mathematical software packages, matrix computations, rotation matrices, Euclidean motions, lattices, continuous and discrete curves in space, torsion angles, gram and distance matrices, graphs, string matching algorithms, Fourier series, conformal mapping. Applications such as: protein secondary structure; structure determination by crystallography and NMR; writhing, twisting and knotting of DNA; nucleotide and amino acid sequence alignment; brain mapping.

MAP 5486. Computational Methods in Biology (3). Prerequisite: MAP 5485. This course introduces biological topics where mathematical and computational methods are applicable, including discrete and continuous models of biological systems, numerical methods for differential equations, nonlinear differential equations, and stochastic methods.

MAP 5513. Wave Propagation Theory (3). Prerequisites: MAP 4342 or 5346; MAP 5431. Phase and group velocities, dispersion, reflection, characteristics, shock formation, momentum and energy transport, and nonlinear effects. Applications such as acoustics, water waves, internal waves, Rossby waves, and seismic waves. The Korteweg-DeVries equation and solutions.

MAP 5601. Introduction to Financial Mathematics (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2313; MAP 2302 or 3305; MAS 3105; STA 4321. Partial differential equations, Brownian motion, Black-Scholes analysis, introduction to measure and probability; financial applications.

MAP 5611. Introduction to Computational Finance (3). Prerequisites: MAP 5601; C, C++ or appropriate computer language. Computational methods for solving mathematical problems in finance: basic numerical methods, numerical solution of parabolic partial differential equations, including convergence and stability, solution of the Black-Scholes equation, boundary conditions for American options and binomial and random walk methods.

MAP 5615. Monte Carlo Methods in Financial Mathematics (3). Prerequisites: MAP 5601 and competence in a programming language for scientific computing. This course examines how the theory of Monte Carlo Methods is developed in the context of topics selected from computational finance, such as pricing exotic derivatives, American option pricing, and estimating sensitivities. The theory includes pseudorandom numbers, generation of random variables, variance reduction techniques, low-discrepancy sequences, and randomized quasi-Monte Carlo methods.

MAP 5932r. Topics in Applied Mathematics (1–3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAP 6434r. Advanced Topics in Hydrodynamics (3). May be repeated to a maximum of eighteen semester hours.

MAP 6437r. Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics (3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAP 6621. Financial Engineering I (3). Prerequisites: FIN 5515, MAP 5601, 5611 (Recommended: STA 5807). A quantitative treatment of core problems in the investment industry. Topics include an analysis of active portfolio management including risk factor models and mean-variance optimization, the Martingale approach to derivative pricing for both discrete and continuous models, applied stochastic calculus, and stochastic interest rate models.

MAP 6939r. Advanced Seminar in Applied Mathematics (1). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAS 5307. Groups, Rings, and Vector Spaces I (3). Prerequisites: MAS 3105, 4302. Quotient groups, group mappings; permutation groups, Sylows theorem. Ring homomorphisms, ideals, quotient rings; fields; extension fields. Vector spaces; dual spaces. Algebra of linear transformations; theory of linear transformations.

MAS 5308. Groups, Rings, and Vector Spaces II (3). Prerequisite: MAS 5307. Continuation of MAS 5307.

MAS 5311. Abstract Algebra I (3). Prerequisite: MAS 5308. Groups, group mappings; direct products, linear algebras; rings and ring mappings; extensions of rings and fields; factorization theory; groups with operators; Galois theory; structure of fields; valuations.

MAS 5312. Abstract Algebra II (3). Prerequisite: MAS 5311. Continuation of MAS 5311.

MAS 5331r. Algebraic Structures I (3). Prerequisite: MAS 5312. An intensive study of the structure of one or more of the following algebraic systems: groups, rings, fields. Each course may be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

MAS 5332r. Algebraic Structures II (3). Prerequisite: MAS 5331. Continuation of MAS 5331.

MAS 5731. Computer Algebra (3). Prerequisite: MAS 4302. Corequisite: MAS 5307. Factorization of polynomials; decomposition of polynomials; the method of Groebner bases, applications; computing with algebraic numbers.

MAS 5932r. Topics in Algebra (1–3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAS 6396r. Advanced Topics in Algebra I (3). May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

MAS 6939r. Advanced Seminar in Algebra (1). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAT 5907r. Directed Individual Study (1–4). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of eighteen semester hours.

MAT 5911r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only). Cannot be applied to the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

MAT 5920r. Colloquium (0). (S/U grade only). A series of lectures given by faculty and visitors addressing various topics of mathematical interest.

MAT 5921r. Graduate Mathematics Colloquium (1). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Speakers drawn from within the department, the wider mathematical community, and from colleagues in fields with related interests; descriptions of timely, cutting edge research in and utilizing mathematics; a full range of current mathematical research including the following: geometry and algebra, classical applied mathematics, computational techniques, biomedical applications, financial economics, mathematical aspects of cryptography and computer security. May be repeated to a maximum of eighteen semester hours.

MAT 5932r. Selected Advanced Topics (1–3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAT 5933r. Special Topics in Mathematics (1–3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAT 5939r. Graduate Seminar (1). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAT 5941. Internship in College Teaching (1–3). (S/U grade only).

MAT 5945r. Graduate Professional Internship (1–3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Supervised internship individually arranged to accommodate professional development in an area of application. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

MAT 5946r. Supervised Teaching (1–5). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

MAT 5971r. Thesis (3–6). (S/U grade only). A minimum of six semester hours credit is required for a thesis plan.

MAT 6908r. Directed Individual Study (1–4). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAT 6932r. Advanced Topics in Mathematics (1–3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAT 6933r. Selected Advanced Topics (1–3). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAT 6939r. Advanced Graduate Seminar (1). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Each specialized seminar introduces students to new aspects of a theoretical or application area. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MAT 6980r. Dissertation (1–12). (S/U grade only).

MAT 8964. Doctoral Preliminary Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

MAT 8966. Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

MAT 8968r. Doctoral Qualifying Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

MAT 8976. Master’s Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)

MAT 8985r. Defense of Dissertation (0). (P/F grade only.)

MHF 5206. Foundations of Mathematics (3). Zermelo-Fraenkel axioms for set theory. Finite and infinite sets. Ordinal numbers, cardinal numbers. The axiom of choice and some of its equivalents.

MHF 5306. Mathematical Logic I (3). Prerequisite: MAS 4302. Propositional and predicate logic, models. Godels completeness theorem and related theorems. Applications to modern algebra. Non-standard analysis.

MTG 5326. Topology I (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course examines fundamental group and covering spaces, simplicial and CW complexes, elementary homotopy theory, elementary homology theory, and point set topology.

MTG 5327. Topology II (3). Prerequisite: MTG 5326. Continuation of MTG 5326.

MTG 5346. Algebraic Topology I (3). Prerequisite: MTG 5327. Singular homology and cohomology, orientation of manifolds, cup and cap products, Poincare and Lefschetz duality, acyclic models.

MTG 5347. Algebraic Topology II (3). Prerequisite: MTG 5346. This course examines singular homology and cohomology, orientation of manifolds, cup and cap products, Poincare and Lefschetz duality, and acyclic models.

MTG 5376r. Topological Structures (3). Prerequisite: MTG 5327. A study of one or more of the following structures: topological, P.L. or smooth manifolds, Riemannian geometry, homotopy theory, obstruction theory, fibre bundles. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

MTG 5932r. Topics in Geometry (1–3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MTG 6396r. Advanced Topics in Topology (3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

MTG 6939r. Advanced Seminar in Topology (1). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of eight semester hours.

OCP 5256. Fluid Dynamics: Geophysical Applications (3). Prerequisites: MAP 5431, 5346; or instructor permission. Shallow water theory, Poincare, Kelvin, and Rossby waves; boundary layer theory; wind-driven ocean circulation models; quasigeostrophic motion on a sphere, thermocline problem; stability theories. Also offered by the departments of Oceanography and Meteorology.


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