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Mathematics (MAT) Course Descriptions

Department of Mathematics, College of Sciences


NOTE: All prerequisites for Mathematics (MAT) courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

MAT 0203  Basic Mathematics
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A course intended for students with minimal mathematical skills who need a comprehensive review before they can successfully complete an algebra course. Topics include the Fundamental Mathematics and Geometry objectives of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), with an introduction to algebra. Intensive review and maintenance of computational skills with integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, and proportions; reading and interpreting information presented in graphs, tables, and charts; solving word problems, elementary algebraic equations, problems with two- and three-dimensional geometric figures; and inductive and deductive reasoning skills. Course does not count toward any degree at UTSA. This course may be repeated. (Formerly MTC 0103.)

MAT 0213  Intermediate Algebra
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introductory algebra course that includes the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) Algebra and Problem Solving objectives. Operations with algebraic expressions; solving one- and two-variable equations; solving word problems involving one and two variables; graphing number relationships; and solving problems involving quadratic equations. Course does not count toward any degree at UTSA. This course may be repeated. (Formerly MTC 0113.)

MAT 1023  College Algebra with Applications [TCCN: MATH 1314.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on a placement examination.
Topics include algebraic expressions; equations; inequalities over the real numbers; relations, functions and graphs; polynomial and rational functions; systems of linear equations and inequalities; complex numbers; and matrices and determinants. A wide range of applications will be included in this course. Students majoring in areas that require MAT 1214 Calculus I are encouraged to take MAT 1073 instead of MAT 1023. (Formerly MTC 1023. Credit can be earned for only one of the following: MAT 1023, MTC 1023, MAT 1063, MTC 1073, or MAT 1073.) This course is designed for majors outside sciences and engineering and will not serve as a prerequisite for MAT 1093. May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.

MAT 1033  Algebra with Calculus for Business [TCCN: MATH 1325.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on a placement examination.
An introduction to business calculus with an emphasis on the algebra of functions. Concentration is on the algebraic manipulations of functions and includes volume and profit functions, both linear and quadratic; root finding and graphical analysis; matrices; and differentiation and integration. (Formerly MTC 1033. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 1033 and MTC 1033.) May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.

MAT 1043  Introduction to Mathematics [TCCN: MATH 1332.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on a placement examination.
This course is designed primarily for the liberal arts major to satisfy the Core Curriculum mathematics requirement. Topics may include logic; proofs; deductive and inductive reasoning; number theory; fundamentals of statistics; basic statistical graphs; causal connections; financial management; functions; linear graphs and modeling; exponential growth and decay; logarithms; fundamentals of probability; fundamentals of geometry; and basic ideas from trigonometry, calculus, and discrete mathematics. (Formerly MTC 1043. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 1043 and MTC 1043.) May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.

MAT 1073  Algebra for Scientists and Engineers [TCCN: MATH 1314.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on a placement examination.
This course is designed to prepare the student for MAT 1093 Precalculus and MAT 1214 Calculus I. Topics may include algebraic expressions; equations; inequalities over the real numbers; relations; functions; polynomial and rational functions; logarithmic and exponential functions; systems of linear equations and inequalities; matrices and determinants; complex numbers; sequences; series binomial expansion; mathematical induction; permutations, and combinations. (Formerly MTC 1073. Credit can be earned for only one of the following: MAT 1073, MTC 1073, MAT 1063, MTC 1023, or MAT 1023.) May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.

MAT 1093  Precalculus [TCCN: MATH 2312.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1073 or the equivalent course or satisfactory performance on a placement examination.
Exponential functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, complex numbers, DeMoivre’s theorem, and polar coordinates. May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.

MAT 1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I [TCCN: MATH 1350.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1023 or MAT 1073.
Numeration systems; properties of the systems of whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, and real numbers; problem solving; logic. May not be applied toward a major in mathematics. (Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 1153 and MAT 1143.)

MAT 1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II [TCCN: MATH 1351.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1153.
Algebra, statistics and probability; geometric shapes; measurement; coordinate and transformational geometry. May not be applied toward a major in mathematics.

MAT 1193  Calculus for the Biosciences [TCCN: MATH 2313.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1093 or an equivalent course or satisfactory performance on a placement examination.
An introduction to calculus is presented using discrete-time dynamical systems and differential equations to model fundamental processes important in biological and biomedical applications. Specific topics to be covered are limits, continuity, differentiation, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, differential equations, and the phase-plane. (Formerly MAT 1194. Credit can be earned for only one of the following: MAT 1193, MAT 1194, or MAT 1214.) May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.

MAT 1203  Calculus Concepts and Applications
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1093.
This course is primarily for students pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and/or seeking grades 4–8 teacher certification. The course will include the following calculus concepts: functions, limits, derivatives, and integrals. Applications and the use of technology are incorporated throughout the course. This course may not be applied toward a major in mathematics and will not meet the prerequisite for MAT 1224 Calculus II.

MAT 1214  Calculus I [TCCN: MATH 2413.]
(4-0) 4 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1093 or an equivalent course or satisfactory performance on a placement examination.
An introduction to the concepts of limit, continuity and derivative, mean value theorem, and applications of derivatives such as velocity, acceleration, maximization, and curve sketching; introduction to the Riemann integral and the fundamental theorem of calculus. (Credit can be earned for only one of the following: MAT 1214, MAT 1193, or MAT 1194.) May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Mathematics.

MAT 1224  Calculus II [TCCN: MATH 2414.]
(4-0) 4 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1193 or MAT 1214.
Methods of integration, applications of the integral, sequences, series, and Taylor/Fourier expansions. (Formerly MAT 1223. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 1224 and MAT 1223.)

MAT 2214  Calculus III [TCCN: MATH 2415.]
(4-0) 4 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1224.
Vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, line, surface and volume integrals, Green’s, Stokes’ and the Divergence theorems. (Formerly MAT 2213. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 2214 and MAT 2213.)

MAT 2233  Linear Algebra [TCCN: MATH 2318.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1224 or EGR 2323.
Vector spaces and matrix algebra, matrices and determinants, characteristic values of matrices, and reduction to canonical forms. Emphasis on applications.

MAT 3013  Foundations of Mathematics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1214.
Development of theoretical tools for rigorous mathematics. Topics may include mathematical logic, propositional and predicate calculus, set theory, functions and relations, cardinal and ordinal numbers, Boolean algebras, and construction of the natural numbers, integers, and rational numbers. Emphasis on theorem proving. (Formerly MAT 2243. Credit cannot be earned for MAT 3013 and MAT 2243.)

MAT 3103  Data Analysis and Interpretation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1093 or consent of instructor.
Measurement, sampling, summarizing and displaying data, types of data, inferential methods, nonparametric methods, qualitative research designs and methods, interpreting research results, and research design. Applications to research techniques in school-based settings will be emphasized. May not be applied toward the Mathematics Concentration of the B.S. degree in Mathematics.

MAT 3123  Fundamentals of Geometry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1093 or consent of instructor.
A survey of geometric concepts, including axiomatic development of advanced Euclidean geometry, coordinate geometry, non-Euclidean geometry, three-dimensional geometry, and topology. May not be applied toward the Mathematics Concentration of the B.S. degree in Mathematics.

MAT 3213  Foundations of Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MAT 1224 and MAT 3013.
Axiomatic definition of real numbers, including order properties and completeness; infinite sequences and their convergence; basic notions related to series and their convergence; functions and function limits. Introduction to topology of the real line. Emphasis on theorem proving.

MAT 3223  Complex Variables
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MAT 2214 and MAT 3013.
An introduction to complex variables, including elementary functions, line integrals, power series, residues and poles, and conformal mappings.

MAT 3233  Modern Algebra
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MAT 1214 and MAT 3013 or consent of instructor.
Topics will include the development of groups, integral domains, fields, and number systems, including the complex numbers. Divisibility, congruences, primes, perfect numbers, and some other problems of number theory will be considered.

MAT 3273  Applied Mathematics for Sciences and Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 2214 or MAT 3613 or consent of instructor.
Mathematical applications in biology, physics, engineering or other scientific disciplines. Topics may employ techniques of complex analysis, harmonic analysis, Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and partial differential equations.

MAT 3613  Differential Equations I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MAT 2233.
Basic notions of differential equations, solution of first-order equations and linear equations with constant coefficients, nth-order initial value problems, Laplace transforms, and may include additional topics such as power series solutions of differential equations, linear systems, and stability.

MAT 3623  Differential Equations II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 3613.
Continuation of MAT 3613. May include topics in stability, linear systems, power series solutions, partial differential equations, and boundary value problems.

MAT 3633  Numerical Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MAT 2233, MAT 3213, and one of the following: CS 1063, CS 1073, CS 1713, or CS 2073.
Solution of linear and nonlinear equations, curve-fitting, and eigenvalue problems.

MAT 3653  Stochastic Calculus
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: STA 3513.
Probability, random walk, Brownian motion, stationary and evolutionary processes and stochastic differential equations.

MAT 4013  Graphing Calculator Topics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1214 or consent of instructor.
Mathematical topics from algebra, trigonometry, calculus, modeling, and probability and statistics will be investigated using the graphing calculator. Assessment and evaluation techniques using technology will also be included. May not be applied toward the Mathematics Concentration of the B.S. degree in Mathematics.

MAT 4113  Computer Mathematical Topics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1214.
Mathematical topics from algebra, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, number theory, and probability and statistics will be investigated using Geometer’s Sketchpad and a variety of Web-based mathematics resources. Course will also include the application of software to the solution of a variety of geometric and algebraic problems. May not be applied toward the Mathematics Concentration of the B.S. degree in Mathematics.

MAT 4123  History of Mathematics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MAT 3233 or MAT 4233, and either MAT 3123 or MAT 4263.
Selected subjects in mathematics developed through historical perspectives and biographies. May not be applied toward the Mathematics Concentration of the B.S. degree in Mathematics.

MAT 4213  Real Analysis I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 3213.
Continuous functions, uniform continuity; theory of differentiation; applications of the derivative to properties of functions; antiderivatives; Riemann integral; connection between differentiation and integration.

MAT 4223  Real Analysis II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 4213.
Lebesgue integral on the real line; n-dimensional spaces; vectors; calculus of functions of several variables; multidimensional integration.

MAT 4233  Modern Abstract Algebra
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MAT 2233 and MAT 3013.
An in-depth study of groups and rings.

MAT 4253  Number Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 3233 or MAT 4233.
The theory of primes, congruences, and related subjects.

MAT 4263  Geometry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 3013.
A study of non-Euclidean geometries, including spherical geometry, hyperbolic geometry and others.

MAT 4273  Topology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 3213.
Set theory, including cardinal and ordinal numbers. Topological properties of the real-line and metric spaces.

MAT 4303  Capstone Course for Mathematics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor or one each from MAT 3123 or MAT 4263, MAT 3233 or MAT 4233, and MAT 4013 or MAT 4113.
This course is for any interested mathematics major, particularly for those students who intend to pursue secondary certification in Mathematics. The goals of the course are to enable students to build connections among the mathematical areas they have studied and between undergraduate mathematics and high school mathematics, to develop their understanding of mathematics as an integrated discipline, and to strengthen their oral and written communication skills in mathematics. May not be applied toward the Mathematics Concentration of the B.S. degree in Mathematics.

MAT 4313  Applied Combinatorics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1224.
Permutations, combinations, arrangements, selections, distributions, generating functions, inclusion-exclusion principle.

MAT 4323  Applied Graph Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 1224.
Isomorphism, planarity, computer representation of graphs, covering circuits and graph colorings, Euler and Hamiltonian graphs, trees and searching network algorithms (shortest paths, connectivity, traveling salesman, network flow, matching, sorting, etc.).

MAT 4353  Mathematical Foundations of Cryptography
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MAT 3233 or MAT 4233 or consent of instructor.
Congruences and residue class rings, Fermat’s Little Theorem, the Euler phi-function, the Chinese Remainder Theorem; complexity; symmetric-key cryptosystems; cyclic groups, primitive roots, discrete logarithms, one-way functions; public-key cryptosystems (Diffie-Hellman key exchange, RSA, Rabin, El Gamal); digital signatures; and other groups (finite fields, elliptic curves).

MAT 4803  Statistical Quality Control
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: STA 1993 or STA 3513.
Statistical methods are introduced in terms of problems that arise in manufacturing and their applications to the control of manufacturing processes. Topics include control charts and acceptance sampling plans. (Same as STA 4803. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 4803 and STA 4803.)

MAT 4913  Independent Study
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

MAT 4953  Special Studies in Mathematics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

MAT 4993  Honors Research
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to candidates for College Honors during their last two semesters; approval by the College Honors Committee.
Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once with approval.


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