Georgia Tech Undergraduate Mathematics

The Undergrad Math FAQ File

Keywords: Change Major, Grad School, Other options, 15X2, Sci/Eng Elective,, Dmath Tech Electives, Senior Project, Diff Eq for Dmath , CS 3500, Computer Accounts, Academic Warning defined, Incomplete Grade Defined , Scholarships?, Double Majors , Pi Mu Epsilon , AWM Mentor Network , Teaching Certification , Level Restrictions on 4000 Level Classes , Cross Registration , Advance Standing

Q: How many majors are there?

A: As of the Fall 2002 Semester, 135. The answer here is not as easy to give as you might think. Double majors have to declare a ``primary" major, which means that some of our double physics/amath majors, or Computing/dmath majors don't get counted. An up to date list of math majors permits us to keep some statistics on the majors. You can see them at the "Stats" section of the email page.

Q: Can I arrange a campus visit?

A: Georgia Tech offers a large number of "Connect with Tech" weekends, that meet starting late Saturday afternoon, and finish Monday early afternoon. These are well organized events, with the students matched with a current student, dorm visits, and a program of events for students and parents.

This program can offer a much more comprehensive view of the campus than the School of Mathematics can.

If you want to arrange a class visit, for the most part you can attend virtually any course on campus. (As a curtesy, you could introduce yourself to the professor before hand.) Yet, if you are seeking advice on a course to sit in on, or want to meet with either Math advisor, please contact either Michael Lacey or Enid Steinbart . Email is generally preferred. If we happen to be out of the country, we probably will not be checking our voice mail!

Q: Can I change/add my major to Mathematics?

A:Either Undergrad Directors, Lacey or Steinbart, can sign in a mathematics major. This is done by a "change/add major form" of which there are copies in the School of Mathematics, outside of Professor Steinbart's office in Skiles Hall. This form is used to add a major, change a major, or add a minor. It is signed by either Michael Lacey or Enid Steinbart, and then deposited at the Registrar's office in the Tech Tower.

We will sign in most any major that is in good academic standing. (And if you don't know what that is, see below.)

Second Major A second undergraduate degree requires that you satisfy all the degree requirements of both undergraduate degrees, plus an additional 36 hours of credit.

Math Minor Requires 18 additional hours, on top of those courses required for your degree. Details are elsewhere.

Students with less than 60 hours credit. Students who have less than 60 hours credit are generally allowed into and out of any degree program, provided they are on good academic standing. After that point, change of majors are at the discretion of the School in which you want to change into.

Changing out of Math. GT is a university with an especially narrow focus. This is a strength for the majority of students who settle into a degree program that suits them. It is a weakness for the minority who don't find an adequate fit. Of course we love to sign in majors. But we also recognize that the program is not for everyone, and our first committment is to the people! If you are considering a switch of majors, Enid Steinbart and Michael Lacey can listen to your concerns. And, may have a suggestion or two to help.

Q: What are the options in graduate study?

A: The options are many, varied and really interesting. Some information on how to apply to grad school, and the support that the School of Mathematics can provide, is being updated, for first time use in the Fall of 2002. Our majors can, and do, go into graduate school in Mathematics, Applied Math progams, Computer Science, Physics, Indstrial Engineering, and ACO programs around the country.

Nationally, graduate student enrollments in many scientific and technical fields are low. This is certainly the case in mathematics, at a time when the nation's need for scientific instruction and research is critical to its future. Our students who want to pursue graduate study are admitted to well known programs of study. See this page.

The range of options include the traditional Masters and PhD. But there are in addition new focused Masters degrees with a very mathematical flavor and a range of new topics for mathematics research to pursue. Georgia Tech offers two focused Masters programs in Bioinformatics and Quantitative Finance, which are multidisciplinary programs with significant support from the School of Mathematics.

Bioinformatics is broadly concerned with the analysis of the wealth of information that is now available through the techniques behind the decoding of the human and other genomes. More information is available at here.

Students in Quantitative Finance learn about a range of heavily mathematical techniques that can be used to analyze questions related to the risk of price fluctuations. These techniques have been developed over the last fifteen years, and are increasingly being integrated into a range of modern business activities across the globe. The front page for the program is here.

Q: And what if I don't want to go to grad school?

A: Other than grad school, our majors are also in coop positions in energy firms, networking firms, credit reporting firms, and Jet Propulsion Labs.

They also pursue grad school and professional schools in a variety of disciplines: Law school (several over the years, most recently Boris Kerzhner, May 2003, interested in patent law); Actuary School, (Suzanna Sayre, May 2003), Quantitative Finance (Lauren Hansen, May 2002), Denistry (Ryan Vaughn, May 2003).

Past majors have gone on and done quite a varitey of things. A past major is the current CEO of Greyhound Bus Company, another is a professional gambler. A limited amount of placement information is availible.

Q: What is the meaning of MATH 15X2 credit?

A: Credit for MATH 15X2 (Transfer credit for Calculus II) means that the student has received credit for the calculus portion of MATH 1502, but not the linear algebra portion. Students with credit for Math 15X2  should take Math 1522 to satisfy the linear algebra requirement in covered in Math 1502.

Georgia Tech's second semester calculus is unusual in that it includes linear algebra in it. But this subject is now an essential tool for a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines and the subject is also a frequently hidden, but no less essential aspect of third semester calculus. Introducing this material very early into the curriculum serves the students well and it is an example of the commitment that the School has to developing and implementing first rate and new approaches into its courses.

Q: How can a DMTH student get into the very much oversubscribed CS 3500?

A:This information is current as of April 2002, and comes from an advisor in the College of Computing. DMTH majors are listed under the restrictions for CS 3500. (That is only CS and DMTH students can register for it in Phase I registration.)

Overloads are given based on hours. If you don't get into the course by overload, be sure to go to the overload system and save their request for review again at a later point. Usually there is some shifting in numbers so that some of those on overload will get the course.

Q: Where is the list of the 3XXX sci/eng technical electives, required for the Applied Math degree?

A:This applies to the Applied Math Majors. These students are to take six hours at the 3000 level or higher in a single School in a scientific or engineering discipline. Specifically, these Schools and Colleges are:

  • Any School in the College of Science except Mathematics (duh).  Courses in the DEPARTMENT of Health and Performance Sciences cannon be used to fulfill this requirement. (It is a Department, not a School.  They do not offer undergraduate degrees at this time.)
  • Any School in the College of Engineering
  • College of Computing
  • Economics

  • Please do not postpone course work in this area.

    Q: The Discrete Math degree has it's own list of technical electives. Where is that list?

    A:The technical electives are here in pdf format.     A quick list is here



    Differential Equations MATH 2403 3-0-3
    Algebraic Structures in Coding Theory MATH 4012 3-0-3
    Combinatorial Analysis MATH 4032 3-0-3
    Introduction to Number Theory MATH 4150  3-0-3
    Stochastic Processes I MATH 4221  3-0-3
    Stochastic Processes II MATH 4222  3-0-3
    Monte Carlo Methods MATH 4255  3-0-3
    Mathematical Statistics I  MATH 4261  3-0-3
    Mathematical Statistics II MATH 4262  3-0-3
    Introduction to Information Theory MATH 4280  3-0-3
    Analysis II MATH 4318  3-0-3
    Complex Analysis MATH 4320  3-0-3
    Introduction to Topology MATH 4431  3-0-3
    Introduction to Algebraic Topology MATH 4432  3-0-3
    Numerical Analysis I MATH 4640  3-0-3
    Numerical Analysis II MATH 4641  3-0-3
    Vector and Parallel Scientific Computation MATH 4777  3-0-3

    Computer Science

    Computer Systems and Networks CS 2200  3-3-4
    Computer Structures: Hardware/Software
    Codesign of a Processor
    CS 3200 2-3-3
    Computer Networking I CS 3251  3-0-3
    Compilers, interpreters and Program Analyzers CS 4240  3-0-3
    Telecommunications Systems CS 4260  3-0-3
    Computer Graphics CS 4451  3-0-3

    Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Introduction to Supply Chain
    Modeling: Logistics
    ISYE 3103  3-0-3
    Introduction to Supply Chain Modeling:
    Manufacturing and Warehousing
    ISYE3104  3-0-3
    Simulation Analysis and Design ISYE 3-044  3-0-3
    Honors Topics ISYE 4833  3-0-3

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Introduction to Signal Processing ECE 2025  3-3-4
    Introduction to Computer Engineering ECE 2030 3-0-3
    Digital Design Laboratory ECE 2031 1-2-3
    Computer Architecture & Operating Systems ECE 3055  3-3-4
    Random Signals ECE 3075  3-0-3
    Introduction to Systems and Controls ECE 3085  3-0-3
    Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing ECE 4270  3-0-3

    Q: What is the Senior Project?

    A: The Senior project is a 4 hour requirement for the degree, in which the student has the opportunity to work on a problem of interest in a setting which allows open ended investigation of the questions of interest. There are no set rules, except that you should have a faculty sponsor, and that the project should have a significant mathematical component. The exact topic of the senior project, and the particular requirement are negotiable between the you and the faculty sponsor.

    Typically, it will involve a semester of learning, following with a semester of investigation. Examples of research topics, either in the Reserach Experience for Undergrads program, or in the Senior project will be kept on different part of the web site. Students have either taken a particular idea around, finding an sponsor, or gone to potential sponsors, asking for particular projects. Either way, it takes some leg work and initiative to line up this part of the degree requirements. So keep it in mind, so that you won't get stuck on it!

    Q: What is the role of Math 2403, Differential Equations, in the Discrete Mathematics program?

    A: Should D-Maths take Differential Equations, Math 2403? The Discrete and Applied Math degree programs differ in several ways. One of them is that Differential Equations M2403, is not required for the Discrete Math degree, though it is for the Applied Math degree.

    Stronger Discrete Math Majors are encouraged to take differential equations, and should take this course in place of Math 2602 Linear and Discrete Math. The rationale is that Diff Eq is an exceptionally important course for all sorts of modelling issues, that require significant computation. And M2403 is required for the Partial Differential Equations courses, and important Numerical Methods courses at the 4XXX level.

    The material of M2602 will be more than adequately covered by a combination of the differential equations class, and M3012, Applied Combinatorics. The only hitch in this plan is that the M2602 is required for subsequent Industrial Systems and Engineering courses. The Math advisors will help these students get into their required IE courses.

    Q: What is the computer account policy of the School of Math for undergraduate majors? 

    A: Math majors (both applied math and discrete math) will be allowed to use the School of Mathematics computer resources upon request.  Any such  student who is interested in having an account in the domain must come by Skiles 155 and present a photo id.  They must sign and abide by our standard user agreement.  Then they will get their username and password. These accounts will expire (with warning) approximately every 6 months. They can be renewed provided the student is still majoring in math.

    A: What is the meaning of "Academic Warning", "Probation" and "Drop"?

    A: Being on Good Academic Standing standings depends upon an individual students class standing, that is freshman, sophmore, junior or senior. And the Registrar has the final word on what this actually means. Georgia Tech provides a wide array of services to help students develop good study skills and time management skills needed to be a successful student. These include the Freshman Seminar, S/U midterm grade reports in Freshman and Sophmore level courses, the Student Success Center, Tutoring facilities run by individual schools and OMED, and finally getting help from a very talented student body and faculty. Any student who is at or close to the "Good Standing" cutoff level should be seeking advice and help from academic advisors.

    Being on warning and probation means that you have restrictions on how many courses you can regisiter for. Being on probabtion menas that you must get back to good academic standing, or be dropped. The specifics are spelled out in the letters below.

    Academic Good Standing Cutoff

    Class Standing

    Required GPA
    ( effective Fall Term, 2001)

    Freshman or JEHPS (0-29 earned hours, F's don't count)


    Sophomore (30-59 earned hours)


    Junior (60-89 earned hours)


    Senior or Special Undergraduate (90+ earned hours)


    If you fall below this number for your class rank, that places you on Academic Warning. A second semester below your GPA number places you on Academic Probation . Any semester when your term GPA is 1.0 or less, you jump two levels, say from Good Standing to Probation. You remain on Probation if your term GPA is above the cutoff level, but your overall GPA is below.

    Academic Standing



    Student is not on academic warning or probation; is maintaining satisfactory academic progress


    Student?s most recent academic performance has been unsatisfactory or the overall average is below the minimum requirement


    Student?s most recent academic performance has been extremely unsatisfactory or the term average has continued to be unsatisfactory or the overall academic average has continued to be below the minimum requirement


    Student who normally would be dropped from the rolls due to academic deficiencies but appears from the record not to have completed the term. Student cannot be enrolled on Review status and should contact the Registrar?s Office for further information


    Student has been dropped from the rolls due to academic deficiencies. Student may apply for readmission after an absence of one term unless this is second Drop/Dismissal. Students on Drop should seek advisement from their major school regarding future re-admission.

    An Academic Warning form letter that you don't want to receive:

    To: Students  on Academic Warning
    Dear MATH/DMTH majors:
           You are on Academic Warning due to Fall 2002 semester 
    grades.  This means you did not make the GPA cutoff necessary for your 
    class to stay in Good Academic Standing. See below. I want to make sure 
    you understood what this means and to offer my help to get you back on track 
    academically at GT.
    Being on academic warning means:
    A. You can only take 14 credit hours in summer or 16 credit hours in fall 
    or spring. This is to give you a chance to improve your grades by not 
    taking too much. You may have to drop a course to comply with these rules. 
    If you don't the registrar will drop one for you.
    B. You must make above the GPA cutoff for your class the next term that you 
    take classes or you will be on academic probation at GT. Once a student is on 
    academic probation, the student has one 
    more term to get his/her term GPA above the GPA minimums for his/her class or 
    the student  
    will be dismissed from GT (fail out). Once a student has been dropped for 
    unsatisfactory scholarship ( = fail out = academic dismissal) the student must 
    wait  one semester (either fall or spring - summer doesn't count) and do several 
    items many months in advance to re-apply to GT.  A student is not automatically 
    readmitted to GT.  A student who is dropped a second time for unsatisfactory 
    scholarship will not be readmitted to GT.
    The term GPA and General GPA minimums that must be 
    met to be in Good Academic Standing are:
    Freshman (0-29 earned hours)               1.7 GPA
    Sophomore (30-59 earned hours)          1.8 GPA
    Juniors (60-89 earned hours)                    1.95 GPA
    Seniors (90+  earned hours)                     1.95 GPA
    I am not writing you in order to be harsh. Just the opposite. Many students 
    don't realize what academic warning really means. We want you to be 
    successful in the School of Mathematics. There are many resources available 
    to you on campus to help you next term. There are mid term grades and 
    advice, various free tutoring programs, academically related help such as 
    study skills, time management, etc. (offered at several venues), and, of 
    course, your professors. Your most important contact is your academic 
    advisor. So I strongly urge you to see, call, or e-mail 
    me with your questions. 
    Enid Steinbart
    Dr. Enid Steinbart
    Director of Advising and Assessment     Office:  218C Skiles
    School of Mathematics                   Phone:  (404) 385-0971
    Georgia Institute of Technology         FAX:      (404) 894-4409
    Atlanta, GA 30332-0160                  email:

    An Academic Probation form letter to those on probation:

     You are on Academic Probation due to Fall 2002 semester 
    grades.  You were previously on academic probation, and you did not make the GPA 
    cutoff necessary for your 
    class to attain Good Academic Standing. See below. I want to make sure 
    you understood what this means and to offer my help to get you back on track 
    academically at GT.
    Being on academic probation means:
    A. You can only take 12 credit hours in summer or 14 credit hours in fall 
    or spring. This is to give you a chance to improve your grades by not 
    taking too much. 
    B. You must make above the GPA cutoff for your class the next term that you 
    take classes or you  
    will be dismissed from GT (fail out). Once a student has been dropped for 
    unsatisfactory scholarship ( = fail out = academic dismissal) the student must 
    wait  one semester (either fall or spring - summer doesn't count) and do several 
    items many months in advance in order to successfully re-apply for admission to  GT.  
    A student must demonstrate that they have the ability to come back to GT, and 
    be good enough in class to quickly bring their GPA up to Good Standing levels. 
     A student is not automatically readmitted to GT. A contract is drawn up. It states 
    those courses the student must take, and minimum GPA of say 2.5, that must be met in order 
    for the student to not be dropped a second time.   The contract route is a difficult one.
    Making a 2.4 instead of a 2.5 means being dropped for the second time. 
    A student who is dropped a second time for unsatisfactory 
    scholarship will not be readmitted to GT.
    The term GPA and General GPA minimums that must be 
    met to be in Good Academic Standing are:
    Freshman (0-29 earned hours)                    1.7 GPA
    Sophomore (30-59 earned hours)                  1.8 GPA
    Juniors (60-89 earned hours)                    1.95 GPA
    Seniors (90+  earned hours)                     1.95 GPA
    I am not writing you in order to be harsh. Just the opposite. Many students 
    don't realize what academic probation really means. We want you to be 
    successful at GT. There are many resources available 
    to you on campus to help you next term. There are mid term grades and 
    advice, various free tutoring programs, academically related help such as 
    study skills, time management, etc. (offered at several venues), and, of 
    course, your professors. I am also available. Feel free to see, call, or e-mail 
    me with your questions. 
    Enid Steinbart
    Dr. Enid Steinbart
    Director of Advising and Assessment     Office:  218C Skiles
    School of Mathematics                   Phone:  (404) 385-0971
    Georgia Institute of Technology         FAX:      (404) 894-4409
    Atlanta, GA 30332-0160                  email:
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    A final reminder: A 2.0 is required to receive a Bachelors Degree from GT. If you finish degree requirements with less than a 2.0, then additional courses have to be taken to raise the GPA in order to receive the degree.

    Q: What is the meaning of the I Incomplete" grade?

    The "I" grad indicates that a student was doing satisfactory work, (grade of at least a "D"), but for nonacademic reasons beyond the students control, was unable to meet the full requirements of the course. The emphaiss is on the fact that the reason for not completing the course is not academic in nature, and that the student was doing passing work.

    Acceptable reasons for assigning and "I" would include, but not be limited to, the following.

  • Personal illness of the student
  • Family emergency (Death in the family, serious illness in family, birth of child,....)
  • Computer failure/sofware problem/laco of data supplied by outside course
  • Travel required by job that could not be rescheduled
  • The Georgia Tech policy is that the "I" grade should be completed be the end of the student's next term of enrollment. If you receive the "I" in the spring, and take summer courses, then the "I" has to made up by the end of the Summer term.

    Q: Does the School of Mathematics have scholarships for undergraduates?

    A: The short answer is no. The School of Math directly controls only two small awards for juniors and seniors. Majors do get some money during the course of their undergraduate study, from being graders, to TAs, to Presidental Scholarships for Undergrad Research, and NSF REUs (which pay quite a bit more).

    The School of Math does have quite a bit more money availible to support graduate students, and most of that goes towards supporting the PhD program.

    What is required to double major in Math? In Mathematics, we have a very large percentage of double majors, about 40 of 135 or so majors. A very recent tally of the majors, their second major, is kept at the email page. Scroll down to the bottom to see some stats. It that is what you want to do, talk to the departmental advisors about the second major. For most, it simply means filling out a simple "Add/Change Major form", and having one of the advisors sign it. But keep reading....

    As these 40 majors can tell you, the commitment to a second degree is substantial: It requires that they meet all degree requirements plus an additional 36 hours! That is, a second degree is two 18 hour semesters of additional course work. These majors who pursue this path are gaining not only certification of a high degree of proficiency in their fields, but taking an addtional year of courses, typically at the senior level.

    But this is not the standard that many universities apply to a double major. As I recently found out, at UGA, it is quite easy to aquire a second degree. There is no additional hour requirement. You simply fullfill the degree requirements, taking some care to fit all the required courses into your four years of study. Not only that, but the trend to multiple degrees is exploding. Some students are now aquiring four degrees--at universities that do not have GT's hour requirement obviously.

    For example, at UC Berkeley, the Chair of Mathematics has announced with pride that he tripled the number of math majors, from about 150 to about 450, mostly by promoting the second major. It is a striking increase. Yet, I'll bet that there is no hour requirement on the second major, and that Berkeley Math was simply riding a national trend.

    Our double majors are crossing a much higher bar than those of most other universities. Technically, they are not getting a second major, but getting a second BS degree, but I am not sure how many people outside of GT would understand the difference. So, when these majors are leaving GT, they should be sure to point out this higher standard so that they can receive credit for their accomplishment. In the same way, Profs at GT, writing letters of recomendation, should point out this higher standard.

    What is Pi Mu Epsilon ?

    From Blair Dowling:

    Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society with high academic                                                         
    requirements for membership. The Georgia Tech chapter is relatively small (a                                                     
    membership list is up at and organizes several                                                     
    events throughout the year. All of our events (other than chapter                                                                
    meetings/induction/elections) are open to the general student body, as well                                                      
    as faculty/staff where appropriate.                                                                                              
    Each Fall term we host Meet the Math Majors (which you may have attended in                                                      
    the past). The idea is to provide a social setting for new math majors to                                                        
    meet current majors and some of the faculty, as well as to make several                                                          
    announcements. One of the big things we promote is the William Lowell Putnam                                                     
    examination. This is a college math competition that occurs every December.                                                      
    The Math Department has weekly practice sessions through Fall Semester                                                           
    (under the direction of Dr. Yang Wang, and offered for 1 hour of MATH credit                                                     
    starting next year, as well as free pizza weekly). The exam is 12 questions,                                                     
    six hours (yes, there's a lunch break), and they're generally fairly hard,                                                       
    but also really interesting problems to work on.                                                                                 
    During Spring Semester, our big events are induction of new members, officer                                                     
    elections, and the Spring Picnic. This is a big event, usually hosted at a                                                       
    faculty member's house, where all the undergrads, grad students, and faculty                                                     
    come for burgers and hot dogs, we make a little money for PME, and everyone                                                      
    generally has a good time. This year it's scheduled for April 12 from 6-8pm                                                      
    at Dr. Lacey's house. Fliers should be up by next week. PME also tries to                                                        
    sponsor a couple of faculty lectures during the year that are geared towards                                                     
    And, the range of activities could be broader still. If you have ideas, and need pointers, resources, etc. bring them to the faculty advisor, Professor Lacey.
    Association for Women in Mathematics Mentor Network
    AWM MENTOR NETWORK                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    The goal of the new AWM Mentor Network is to match mentors, both men and                                     
    women, with girls                                                                                            
    and women who are interested in mathematics and/or are pursuing careers in                                   
    mathematics. The                                                                                             
    network is intended to link mentors, mathematicians working in                                               
    universities, government, or                                                                                 
    industry, with a variety of groups including undergraduates. Matching is                                     
    based on common                                                                                              
    interests in careers in academics or industry, math education, balance of                                    
    career and family, or                                                                                        
    general mathematical interests. Since communication is usually through                                       
    email, a mentee can have                                                                                     
    a mentor across North American and possibly the world.                                                                                                                                                                    
    Interested? Here is what you can do.                                                                                                                                                                                      
    REQUEST A MENTOR: Do want to know what life is like beyond the                                               
    undergraduate career?                                                                                        
    Would you like to find out about opportunities for math graduate degrees                                     
    and future careers? Do                                                                                       
    you need some advice as you pursue your mathematical studies? Do you have                                    
    questions for                                                                                                
    someone who has experience and expertise as a mathematician? Then request                                    
    to be matched with                                                                                           
    a mentor from the AWM Mentor Network!                                                                                                                                                                                     
    Just fill out a form on the Mentor Network web site.                                                                                                                       
    For more information, contact:                                                                               
    Contact: Prof. Rachel Kuske                                                                                  
    Department of Mathematics                                                                                    
    University of British Columbia                                                                               
    #121-1984 Mathematics Road                                                                                   
    Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2                                                                                         
    phone: (604)822-4973                                                                                         
    fax: (604)822-6074                                                                                           
    How can a GT student get Teacher Certification?

    Leigh Bottomley, of the office for the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies & Academic Affairs, heads up the program that aids students who wish to get teacher certification. What follows is taken from an email message from her.

    GT does not have any undergraduate program that will terminate with a BS in Math and a full professional T-4 license in Math grades 7-12. That is because all programs of this type must be pre-approved by the state licensing board and we do not have a college of education that would provide the education classes dictated by their licensing requirements.

    However, we do have options for students interesting in teaching as a career. With a degree in math from GT you can apply for a provisional license upon graduation. If hired by a county you would then take the education courses in your first year of teaching. Or you can apply to a university that offers a 1 year Master's of math ed. and a license after graduation. We have students pursuing this option in math, history, science and english. Often the extra education classes + student teaching add a full year to your undergraduate degree anyway. A master's program + licensing may take about the same time as your present program and you end up with a T-5 license (more pay) and a Master's all in one! GT grads that are teaching in Georgia have been very well received because of the excellence of the training they received in their undergraduate degrees; often teaching the AP or honors classes at their high schools. Hope this helps.

    Leigh Bottomley, Ph.D.                                                                                                                   
    Academic Professional for the Vice Provost                                                                                                
    for Undergraduate Studies & Academic Affairs                                                                                              
    Georgia Institute of Technology                                                                                                           
    Atlanta, GA   30332-0740                                                                                                                  
    Phone: 404-385-4026                                                                                   
    FAX: 404-385-0748                                                                                                                         
    Office Location: 232B French Bldg                                                                                                    

    I try to register for a 4000 level course, and can't due to a "Level Restriciton." What is up with that?

    4000 level courses are split into grad and undergrad sections. You have tried to register for the grad section, in most cases. Go back and register for the undergrad section, and you should be OK. What follows is the rationale for the crazy system, as explained by the very competent Rena Brakebill.

    MATH 4000 Level Instructor,

    Most 4000 level courses are divided into 2 sections - the graduate student section (AG or BG) and the undergraduate section (AU or BU). If a student tells you that he cannot to register for your course because of a level restriction, please direct him to the section that is appropriate for his level. There are two reasons for splitting the course.

    1. Most of the graduate students did not attend GT undergraduate programs, so the registration system does not have any records of their undergraduate courses. In the past, a graduate student might not be able to register for an undergraduate course because the system did not know that he had the prerequisite. He would have to apply for the prerequisite overrides for the course. This semester, the prerequisites are removed from the graduate sections (AG or BG sections) so graduate students do not have to request the prerequisite overrides.

    If a 4000 level course is a second course in the sequence or has another 4000 level course as a prerequisite, then there is only one section. These courses are MATH 4318, MATH 4431, and MATH 4755 (cross-listed with BIOL 4755 and taught by BIOL so I did not bother dividing it into 2 sections). A graduate student will need to have the prerequisite to take one of these courses.

    2. Graduate students get to register before undergraduate students. In the past, some of the courses filled up with graduate students before undergraduate students got to register. By splitting a course into two sections, I can reserve spaces for undergraduate students.

    What is Cross Registration?

    Form the

    See the web link above for more details. This would be useful to students during the summer sessions, when our course offerings are very few. The advantage of cross registration is that one does not have to do the transfer of credit, which can have an impact on the "36 hour rule" for graduation. This rule requires the last 36 hours of credit be earned at GT.

    What is an Advance Standing Exam

    A student can request an Advance Standing Exam for most Math courses. This requires that the student pay a small fee, and start the paperwork trail at the Registrar's office.

    In Math, an advance standing exam for soemthing other than the Calculus and Diff Eq classes typically means that one would sit for a final exam in that course, during final exam week.

    But the School of Math does not have to honor every request for such an exam. In particular, a student who fails a GT math course or who earns a D in a GT math course should retake the math course at GT. The policy of the School of Math is to not approve an advanced standing exam for such students. This policy does have exceptions, notably for graduating seniors, this policy may not be enforced.