Graduate MATH Courses

Note: The definitive UTRGV course listing, which includes course description and prerequisites, is available via ASSIST.

MATE courses

MATE 6310 - Mathematics Teaching/Learning

This course examines issues, trends and research related to the teaching/learning of secondary school mathematics. Specific topics will vary, but could include: technology in the classroom, mathematical problem solving and the use of applications in the teaching of mathematics. Graduate standing in mathematics.

MATE 6359 - Math Ed Res Design

An introduction is given to the methods and tools of mathematics education research and program evaluation in learning and teaching of mathematics. Independent work on assign topics is expected of the student, with presentations on the results in both oral and written form. Prerequisite: MATH 6310.

MATH courses

MATH 5390 - Survey of Topics

This leveling course will serve as a basic introduction to mathematical analysis and abstract algebra and aims to prepare incoming graduate students for the graduate sequence in both areas. Part of the coursework will bridge the gap between a standard undergraduate course and our graduate classes. After completion of the course, the student will become proficient in explaining and applying the fundamental topics in mathematical analysis and abstract algebra while gaining a deeper understanding of basic concepts prevalent in secondary and post-secondary education, e.g., concepts commonly encountered in algebra, calculus and geometry classes. Prerequisites: MATH 2415 and MATH 2318.

MATH 6305 - History of Mathematics

This course introduces students to the history of the development of mathematical ideas and techniques from early civilization to the present. The focus will be on both the lives and the works of some of the most important mathematicians. Departmental approval.

MATH 6307 - Collegiate MathTeaching

This course provides opportunities for students to have a practical experience in teaching college-level mathematics courses supervised by faculty. Departmental approval.

MATH 6323 - Group Theory

This course is an introduction to group theory, one of the central areas in modern algebra. Topics will include the theorems of Jordan-Holder, Sylow, and Schur-Zassenhaus, the treatment of the generalized Fitting subgroup, a first approach to solvable as well as simple groups (including theorems of Ph. Hall and Burnside). Departmental approval.

MATH 6325 - Contemporary Geometry

This course contains selected topics in computational, combinatorial and differential geometry as well as combinatorial topology. Topics include the point location problem, triangulations, Voronoi diagrams and Delaunay triangulations, plane curves and curvature, surfaces and polyhedrons and Euler characteristic. Departmental approval.

MATH 6328 - Sp Topics:MathematicsTeaching

A critical analysis of issues, trends and historical developments in elementary and/or secondary mathematics teaching with emphasis on the areas of curriculum and methodology. This course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. Graduate standing in mathematics.

MATH 6329 - Number Theory

This course is an introduction to number theory, one of the major branches of modern mathematics. Topics include arithmetic functions, multiplicativity, Moebius inversion, modular arithmetic, Dirichlet characters, Gauss sums, primality testing, distribution of primes, primitive roots, quadratic reciprocity, Diophantine equations, and continued fractions. Applications and further topics include cryptography, partitions, representations by quadratic forms, elliptic curves, modular forms, irrationality, and transcendence. Departmental approval.

MATH 6330 - Linear Algebra

Topics include the proof-based theory of matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear spaces, linear transformations and their matrix representations, linear systems, linear operators, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, invariant subspaces of operators, spectral decompositions, functions of operators and applications to science, industry and business. Prerequisite: MATH 2318 Linear Algebra with a grade of "C" or higher.

MATH 6331 - Algebra I

This course is an extension of the undergraduate course in abstract algebra. Topics include polynomial rings over a field and finite field extensions. Prerequisite: MATH 3363 Modern Algebra I with a grade of "C" or higher.

MATH 6332 - Algebra II

The purpose of this course is to provide essential background in groups, rings and fields, train the student to recognize algebraic structures in various settings and apply the tools and techniques made available by algebraic structures. Topics include groups, structure of groups, rings, modules, Galois theory, structure of fields, commutative rings and modules. Prerequisite: MATH 6331.

MATH 6336 - Advanced Sampling

This course will focus on planning, execution and analysis of sampling from finite populations; simple, stratified, multistate and systematic sampling; ratio estimates. Departmental approval.

MATH 6339 - Complex Analysis

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of complex analysis. Topics include: The Riemann sphere and stereographic projection, elementary functions, analytic functions, the theory of complex integration, power series, the theory of residues, the Cauchy-Riemann equations, conformal and isogonal diffeomorphisms, Weierstrass products, the Mittag-Leffler theorem. Departmental approval.

MATH 6352 - Analysis I

The purpose of this course is to provide the necessary background for all branches of modern mathematics involving analysis and to train the student in the use of axiomatic methods. Topics include metric spaces, sequences, limits, continuity, function spaces, series, differentiation and the Riemann integral. Prerequisite: MATH 3372 Real Analysis I with a grade of "C" or higher.

MATH 6353 - Analysis II

The purpose of this course is to present advanced topics in analysis. Topics may be chosen from (but not restricted to) normed linear spaces, Hilbert spaces, elementary spectral theory, complex analysis, measure and integration theory. Prerequisite: MATH 6352.

MATH 6360 - Ordinary Differential Equation

This course examines existence and uniqueness theorems, methods for calculating solutions to systems of ordinary differential equations, the study of algebraic and qualitative properties of solutions, iterative methods for numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations and an introduction to the finite element methods. Prerequisite: MATH 3341 Differential Equations with a grade of "C" or higher, or consent of instructor.

MATH 6361 - Partial Differential Equations

This course considers waves and diffusion, initial value problems for hyperbolic and parabolic equations, boundary value problems for elliptic equations. Topics include: first-order equations: characteristic ODEs, local existence of smooth solutions, conservation law equations, shocks, rarefaction, integral solutions; second-order partial differentail equations and clssification; Wave equation: fundamental solutions in one, two and three dimensions, Duhamel's principle, energy methods, finite propagation speed; Laplace equation: mean-value property, smoothness, maximum principle, uniqueness of solutions, Hamack inequality, Liouville theorem; Poisson Equation: fundamental solution, Greens functions, energy methods. Heat Equation: fundamental solution, maximum principle, uniqueness of solutions on a bounded domain, energy methods. Prerequisites: MATH 3341 Differential Equations with a grade of “C” or higher, or consent of instructor.

MATH 6362 - Fourier Analysis

The course includes trigonometric series and Fourier Series, Dirichlet Integral, convergence and summability of Fourier Series, uniform convergence and Gibbs phenomena, L2 space, properties of Fourier coefficients, Fourier transform and applications, Laplace transform and applications, distributions, Fourier series of distributions, Fourier transforms of generalized functions and orthogonal systems. Prerequisite: MATH 6353 or consent of instructor.

MATH 6363 - Integrable Systems

This course includes solitons and integrable systems. The purpose of the course is to show students how to analyze nonlinear partial differential equations for physical problems and how to solve the equations using traveling wave settings. Prerequisite: MATH 3349 with a grade of "C" or higher or consent of instructor.

MATH 6364 - Statistical Methods

This is a course in the concepts, methods and usage of statistical data analysis. Topics include test of hypotheses and confidence intervals; linear and multiple regression analysis; concepts of experimental design, randomized blocks and factorial analysis; a brief introduction to non-parametric methods; and the use of statistical software. Departmental approval.

MATH 6365 - Probability & Statistics

Topics in this course include set theory and concept of probability, conditional probability, random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, distribution and expectations of random variables, moment generating functions, transformation of random variables, order statistics, central limit theorem and limiting distributions. Prerequisite: MATH 2415 Calculus III with a grade of "C" or higher, or consent of instructor.

MATH 6366 - Micro-local Analysis

Topics include: basic concepts and computational technique of distributions (generalized functions, the singular support of distributions, the convolutions of distributions, the structure of distributions, approximations by test functions, Schwartz space; Fourier transforms of test functions and distributions, Paley-Wiener theorem. Schwartz kernel theorem. Sobolev spaces, symbols, pseudo-differential operators (PDOs), the kernel of pseudo-local operators, PDOs and Sobolev spaces, amplitude functions and PDOs, transposed and adjoint to PDO operators. Proper PDOs, Product of PDOs, asymptotic series and expansions, product formula for PDOs, symbols of transposed and adjoint operators, symbol of composition and commutator of PDOs, elliptic operators, wave front set of distributions; Fourier integral operators. Departmental approval.

MATH 6367 - Functional Analysis

This course provides an introduction to methods and applications of functional analysis. Topics include: topological vector spaces; locally convex spaces (Hahn-Banach Theorem, weak topology, dual pairs); normed spaces; theory of distributions (space of test functions, convolution, Fourier transform; Sobolev spaces); Banach spaces (Uniform Boundedness Principle, Open Mapping Theorem, Closed Graph Theorem and applications, Banach-Alaoglus Theorem, Krein-Milman Theorem); C(X) as a Banach space (Stone-Weierstrass Theorem, Riesz Theorem, compact operators); Hilbert spaces; linear operators on Hilbert spaces; eigenvalues and eigenvectors of operators. Prerequisite: MATH 3372 Real Analysis I with a grade of "C" or higher or consent of instructor.

MATH 6368 - Operator Theory

This course primarily covers bounded linear operators on a Hilbert spaces. The topics are: linear and bilinear functionals, inner product and norm; Hilbert space; subspace; operators; spectrum of operators; spectral theorem for normal operators; Polar decomposition; contractions; isometries; quasinormal operators; subnormal operators; hyponormal operators; invariant subspaces. Prerequisite: MATH 3372 Real Analysis I with a grade of "C" or higher or consent of instructor.

MATH 6369 - Mathematical Methods

Special functions, perturbation methods, asymptotic expansion, partial differential equation models, existence and uniqueness, integral transforms, Green functions for ODEs and PDEs, calculus of variations, methods of least squares, Ritz-Rayleigh and other approximate methods, integral equations, generalized functions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and MATH 2415 Calculus III with a grade of "C" or higher.

MATH 6370 - Topology

This course is a foundation for the study of analysis, geometry and algebraic topology. Topics include set theory and logic, topological spaces and continuous functions, connectedness, compactness, countability and separation axioms. Prerequisite: MATH 4355 Topology with a grade of "C" or higher, or consent of instructor.

MATH 6371 - Differential Geometry

The course will introduce students to the study of smooth manifolds, fiber bundles, differential forms, and Lie groups. Thereafter, Euclidean geometries and their common generalizations Klein and Riemannian geometries will be discussed with a focus on examples. If time allows the unifying notion of a Cartan geometry will also be introduced. Prerequisite: MATH 6352 or consent of instructor.

MATH 6373 - Algebraic Geometry

The course will begin with an introduction to polynomials and ideals, Grobner bases, and affine varieties. This includes the Hilbert Basis Theorem, the Nullstellensatz, and the ideal-variety correspondence. Thereafter, the course will focus on examples and computations. Topics include solving systems by elimination, resultants, computations in local rings, modules and syzygies, and polytopes and toric varieties. Prerequisite: MATH 6331 or consent of instructor.

MATH 6375 - Numerical Analysis

This course provides a fundamental introduction to numerical techniques used in mathematics, computer science, physical sciences and engineering. The course covers basic theory on classical fundamental topics in numerical analysis such as: computer arithmetic, approximation theory, numerical differentiation and integrations, solution of linear and nonlinear algebraic systems, numerical solution of ordinary differential equations and error analysis of the abovementioned topics. Connections are made to contemporary research in mathematics and its applications to the real world. Prerequisite: MATH 2318 Linear Algebra and 2415 Calculus III with grades of "C" or better; and computer programming; or consent of instructor.

MATH 6376 - Num Methods for PDES

This course provides a fundamental introduction to numerical techniques used in mathematics, computer science, physical sciences and engineering. The course covers basic theory and applications in the numerical solutions of elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations. Prerequisite: MATH 2318 Linear Algebra, 2415 Calculus III and MATH 3349 Numerical Methods with "C" or better or graduate-level Numerical Analysis with a "B" or better, some familiarity with ordinary and partial differential equations and computer programming or consent of instructor.

MATH 6377 - Mathematical Fluid Mechanics

This course provides an introduction to fundamental aspects of mathematical fluid mechanics. Topics include classification of fluids, flow characteristics, dimensional analysis, derivations of Euler, Bernoulli and Navier-Stokes equations, complex analysis for two-dimensional potential flows, exact solutions for simple cases of flow such as plane Poiseuille flow, and Couette flow. Departmental approval.

MATH 6378 - Invers Prob & Image Reconst

Topics include: inverse problem of linear PDEs, Maxwell equation and Fourier integral operator, Back-projection operator and applications in radar image reconstruction, including synthetic aperture radar image and inverse synthetic aperture radar images arranged by antenna. Departmental approval.

MATH 6379 - Stochastic Processes

Discrete and Continuous Time Markov Processes, Poisson Processes, Renewal Processes, Diffusion Processes, Brownian Motion. Prerequisite: MATH 6365.

MATH 6380 - Time Series Analysis

This course is an introduction to statistical time series analysis. Topics include: ARIMA and other time series models, forecasting, spectral analysis, and time domain regression. Model identification, estimation of parameters, and diagnostic checking are included. Prerequisite: MATH 6379.

MATH 6381 - Mathematical Statistics

This course in mathematical Statistics includes theory of estimation and hypothesis testing; point estimation, interval estimation, sufficient statistics, decision theory, most powerful tests, likelihood ration tests, chi-square tests, minimum variance estimation, Neyman-Pearson theory of testing hypotheses, elements of decision theory. Prerequisite: MATH 6365.

MATH 6382 - Statistical Computing

A course in modern computationally-intensive statistical methods including simulation, optimization methods, Monte Carlo integration, maximum likelihood /EM parameter estimation, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, resampling methods, non-parametric density estimation. Consent of instructor.

MATH 6383 - Exp Design & Categorical Data

Design and analysis of experiments, including one-way and two-way layouts; factorial experiments; balanced incomplete block designs; crossed and nested classifications; fixed, random, and mixed models; split plot designs, inference for categorical data, contingency tables, generalized linear models, logistic regression, logit and loglinear models. Prerequisite: MATH 6364.

MATH 6384 - Biostatistics

This course is a survey of crucial topics in biostatistics; application of regression in biostatistics; analysis of correlated data; logistic and Poisson regression for binary or count data; survival analysis for censored outcomes; design and analysis of clinical trials; sample size calculation by simulation; bootstrap techniques for assessing statistical significance; data analysis using R. Consent of instructor.

MATH 6385 - Cryptology & Codes

Topics include: elementary ciphers, error-control codes, public key ciphers, random number generator- error codes, and Data Encryption Standard. Supporting topics from number theory, linear algebra, group theory, and ring theory will also be studied. Prerequisite: MATH 3363 Modern Algebra I with a grade of "C" or better.

MATH 6386 - Statistical Data Mining

This course will provide the necessary statistical knowledge required for an effective handling of data mining techniques. The topics include: Introduction to the statistical learning, probability distributions, linear models for regression, linear model for classifications (linear discriminant analysis, logistic regression), artificial neural networks, support vector machine, resampling and regularization methods, variable selection, dimension reduction and clustering. Students will be given the opportunity to apply data mining techniques to real-world applications from various interdisciplinary fields to discover the hidden patterns and to make efficient predictions. R software will be used for the computational analysis. Prerequisites: MATH 6330 and MATH 6364.

MATH 6387 - Mathematical Modeling

This course presents the theory and application of mathematical modeling. Topics will be selected from dynamic models, stable and unstable motion, stability of linear and nonlinear systems, Liapunov functions, feedback, growth and decay, the logistic model, population models, cycles, bifurcation, catastrophe, biological and biomedical models, chaos, strange attractors, deterministic and random behavior. Consent of instructor.

MATH 6388 - Discrete Mathematics

This course is an introduction to modern finite mathematics. Topics include methods of enumeration, analytic methods, generating functions, the theory of partitions, graphs, partially ordered sets, and an introduction to Polya's theory of enumeration. Prerequisite: MATH 3363 Modern Algebra I or consent of instructor.

MATH 6389 - Actuarial Statistics

This course will provide the necessary probability and statistical knowledge for loss models. The topics include modeling, random variables, basic distributional quantities, actuarial models, continuous models, discrete distributions and processes, frequency and severity with coverage modifications and aggregate loss models. Students will be given the opportunity to apply loss data in actuarial science to establish and estimate actuarial models and to make efficient predictions. R software and Excel will be used for the computational analysis. Prerequisites: MATH 6364 Probability and Statistics or consent of instructor.

MATH 6390 Internship

In this course, students will seek to apply the knowledge they acquired in the program to an internship in the private or government sector. They will have the opportunity to gain insight and experience in applying statistics and data science principles and concepts in an actual work-related environment. The students will perform the internship under the supervision of both a statistics faculty and a collaborating member of the participating internship site. Prerequisites: consent of the graduate program director.

MATH 6391 - Master's Project

Individual work or research on advanced mathematical problems conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The course, including a written report, could be taken twice. Consent of instructor.

MATH 6392 Statistical Learning

This course introduces the statistical tools of supervised and unsupervised learning including topics of regression and classification, like linear regression, multiple regression, logistic regression, K-nearest neighbors, polynomial regression, splines regression, tree regression, random forests, ridge regression and the Lasso, linear and quadratic discriminant analysis, support vector classifiers and machines. In this course, students are required to use a statistical software to carry out the procedures. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor.

MATH 6399 - Special Topics in Mathematics

This course covers special topics in graduate level mathematics that are not taught elsewhere in the department. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. Consent of instructor

MATH 7300 - Thesis I

First part of two course sequence. Graduate standing and consent of thesis advisor.

MATH 7301 - Thesis II

Second part of two course sequence. Graduate standing and consent of thesis advisor.