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Mathematics Minor

The Minor in Mathematics is designed to enable a student with a significant interest in Mathematics to deepen his/her knowledge while pursuing a concentration in another field. While the concentration will often be in a field which makes significant use of mathematics, such as a science or a quantitative social science, it may be in any area of study. Students from outside LSA, for example those from the College of Engineering, may also pursue a Minor in Mathematics. LSA regulations allow Advanced Placement credits and prerequisites for the concentration to count also as prerequisites for the minor. For students enrolled in LSA, only one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and the requirements of a concentration. This rule does not apply to students enrolled outside of LSA. Courses used to meet the requirements of a minor may not be taken pass/fail. All courses for the minor program must be completed with a grade of at least a C-.

The prerequisite to a Minor in Mathematics is one of the sequences Math 115-116, 175-176, 185-186, or 295-296; or Math 156. These all provide a thorough grounding in the calculus of functions of one variable. Advanced Placement credits in Math 120 and 121 also fulfill the prerequisite requirement.

The Minor consists of courses from the following two lists:

  • Second-year courses:
    • Differential Equations— Math 216 or 286
    • Linear Algebra— Math 214, 217, 417, 419
    • Multivariable Calculus— Math 215 or 285
  • Upper-level courses:
    • Algebra/Number Theory— Math 312, 389, 412, 420, 471, 475, 493, 494, 561, 575
    • Analysis/Differential Equations— Math 316, 351, 354, 404, 450, 451, 452, 454, 555
    • Applied Mathematics— Math 354, 371, 404, 423, 425, 450, 454, 462, 463, 471, 472, 550, 561, 563
    • Discrete Mathematics— Math 310, 312, 389, 412, 416, 420, 425, 465, 475, 481, 493, 561, 566, 567, 582
    • Financial/Actuarial Mathematics— Math 423, 424, 520, 523, 524
    • Geometry/Topology— Math 433, 490

A student must select either 2 second-year courses and 3 upper-level courses or 1 second-year course and 4 upper-level courses.

Existing credit restrictions ensure that at most one second-year course can be elected from each of the three areas. The upper-level courses must be selected from exactly two of the listed areas. Note that a few courses are listed in more than one area.

A student planning to take linear algebra and differential equations should note that not all of Math 215, 216 and 217 will count towards the minor, whereas all of Math 215, 217 and 316 will.

All courses carry 3 or 4 credit hours and the total number of required credit hours is between 15 and 18. Per LSA rules, at least 10 credits must be taken in-residence. All in-residence credits must be taken from the Mathematics Department. In all cases, more advanced courses may be substituted with the approval of a math advisor. In particular, students who have satisfied the prerequisite with the honors sequence Math 295-296 will need to consult an advisor for the proper selection of courses. Other modifications can also be made with the approval of a math advisor. Finally, classes offered outside of Mathematics cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of the minor.