The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009
Note: This Catalog was published in July 2008 and supersedes the 2007-2008 Catalog.

Program in Mathematical Sciences

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Degree Requirements | Courses

Area of Study and Degree

Mathematical Sciences

Graduate Advisors


Daniel Formanowicz
B31 or 349 Life Science, 817.272.2422


Z.A. Schelly
238 Science Hall, 817.272.3803

Computer Science

Ramesh Yeraballi
333 Nedderman Hall, 817.272.5128


Merlynd Nestell
407 PKH, 817.272.2983

Information Systems and Management Sciences

R.C. Baker
601 Business, 817.272.3547


Contact the Mathematics Department
478 Pickard Hall, 817.272.3261


Ali Koymen
132A Science Hall, 817.272.2451


James Kopp
415 Life Science, 817.272.3237

Graduate Faculty

Appropriate Graduate Faculty of various branches of mathematical sciences which include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology


A unique and dynamic program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the mathematical sciences will aim at both real and demonstrated competency on the part of the student over material from various branches of mathematical sciences. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mathematical Sciences provides a program of study that may be tailored to meet the needs of those interested in applied or academic careers. This unique program allows students to pursue topics ranging from traditional mathematics studies to applied and theoretical problems in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Information Systems, Physics and Psychology. The nature of the dissertation will range from research in mathematics to the discovery and testing of mathematical models for analyzing given problems in sciences and in locating and developing mathematical and computational techniques for deducing the properties of these models so as to solve these problems both effectively and efficiently. Such dissertations will be concerned with research problems from such areas as pure mathematics, applied mathematics, probability, statistics, computer science, biology, biometry, chemistry, engineering, geology, information systems, physics, management sciences, and operational sciences.

Degree Requirements

Upon entering Graduate School, the student has the responsibility to consult with the Graduate Advisor in the appropriate department on a continuing basis.

The student must satisfactorily complete all deficiency courses.

In addition to the Graduate School requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, students must satisfactorily demonstrate competence in 30 graduate hours of core areas as specified by the Committee on Graduate Studies for Mathematical Sciences (CGSMS). Furthermore, the student must complete additional graduate coursework beyond these core areas as approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies for Mathematical Sciences.

Of the 30 hours of core courses, each student is expected to complete a minimum of 15 graduate hours in the Mathematics Department. However, the 30 hours of core courses will vary depending on the student's area of interest and background and will be determined on an individual basis by the student's supervisory committee subject to approval by the Committee on Graduate Studies for Mathematical Sciences.

Normally each candidate is required to be in residence as a full-time student for one year or three consecutive semesters including summer term. Exceptions to this requirement may be approved if the student has demonstrated continuous degree progress while working as a part-time student.

In addition to meeting the specific requirements listed above, each student's program of work must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Ordinarily, after 40 semester hours of graduate work and with the approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies for Mathematical Sciences, a comprehensive examination (usually oral) will be administered. To pass, the student must exhibit outstanding intellectual capacity and sufficient knowledge to continue doctoral studies and a program of research. A student who has failed the comprehensive examination may be allowed a single re-examination by the Committee on Graduate Studies for Mathematical Sciences on the recommendation of the examining committee. The student must be enrolled in the Graduate School at the time of the comprehensive examination.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Mathematical Sciences (MSCI)





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