The department also has an active Math Circle and Problem Solving Class. Students attend guest lectures at the University of South Alabama and learn problem-solving skills two nights a week at ASMS. Students participate in Regional, Statewide, and National competitions, including Mandelbrot, American Mathematical Competition, and the University of Alabama High School Math Competition.

The Department of Mathematics offers Directed Reading courses every term for highly motivated students to pursue individual directed research. DR’s in recent years have included: Problem Solving, Complex Analysis, Introductory Topology, Knot Theory, Advanced Calculus, and Boolean Algebra. Any student can request a Directed Reading in an area of their interest – if that interest matches interests of one of the faculty.

Graduation Requirements
4.0 CU graduation requirement. Continuous enrollment until graduation requirement is met. Credits must include Trigonometry & Precalculus and one 0.5 CU math course beyond Precalculus. For all entering students a math placement exam will be used to evaluate the appropriate starting level in the mathematics sequence. If Geometry has not been completed prior to entering ASMS, it should be completed during the first year at ASMS.

Concentration/Distinction Requirements
For a Concentration, a student must complete three (3) courses (1.5 CU) beyond Differential Calculus, at least one of which must be from the Calculus sequence. For a Distinction, a student must complete six (6) courses (3 CU) beyond Differential Calculus, at least two of which must be from the Calculus sequence. The Calculus sequence includes Integral Calculus, BC Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, and Differential Equations. For both Concentration and Distinction, the following requirements and restrictions apply: all grades in all math courses must be B or higher, and overall math GPA must be 3.6 or higher; no course except for a Directed Reading may count more than once (0.5 CU max), and a Directed Reading may count no more than three times (0.75 CU max); Computer Science courses do not count toward a concentration or distinction in Mathematics.

– take Diff Cal to fulfill graduation requirement
– take Integral
– for a concentration, take 1.0 CU of additional math electives and/or DR courses
– for a distinction, take BC, Multi I, or Diff Eq PLUS 2.0 CU of additional math electives and/or DR courses
– regular courses can only be counted once, but DR’s can repeat up to 0.75 CU (e.g. 3 terms of Problem Solving)
– achieve a cumulative 3.6 GPA in all math courses (all A’s and B’s, but more A’s than B’s)