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Minors for Mathematics Majors

By choosing electives carefully, you can combine a mathematics major with a minor or specialization in some other area such as business, physics, computing sciences, economics, or a language. Your advisor can help you design a program to suit your particular interests.


Mathematics majors may earn a minor in statistics. The four courses MAT 1500, MAT 1505, MAT 2500, and MAT 4310 count towards both the mathematics major and the statistics minor, but no other courses count towards both. Thus, earning a minor in statistics requires taking four additional courses beyond those required for the mathematics major.

Computing Science

A computer science minor is valuable for two reasons:  the logical structure of computer science parallels the logical thinking skills in mathematics, and the current job market favors mathematics graduates with minors such as computer science.  It is fairly easy to gain this minor.  Although eight computing courses are needed, with careful course selection, a mathematics major can earn the CS minor by taking only four courses beyond the mathematics major requirements.

A prospective computer science minor must go to the Computing Science office (Mendel 161) and complete an application form.  The courses required for a minor are CSC 1051, CSC 1052, CSC 1300, CSC 1700, CSC 2400, and CSC 4480.  You can use CSC 1051 as one of your science courses.  Also, the requirement to take CSC 1300 is waived for mathematics majors who have completed MAT 2600.  In addition to the set of required courses, CS minors must take two other computing courses, chosen from the list provided by the Department of Computing Sciences.  For the elective requirement you should take CSC 4170, since this can also count as one of your four required math elective courses.  Also, you should take PHI 2180 (Ethical Issues in Computer Science), since it can be used as your upper level Philosophy requirement.

Applied Physics

Applied physics minor requirements are 16 credits (requires MAT 4310 which counts as a math elective) in the University sequence, PHY 2410-2417; 15 additional credits of upper level physics electives. If the sequence PHY 4200-4202 is used as physics electives, the PHY 4202 will also count as a math elective.


Economics minor requirements are: ECO 1001, 1002, 2101, 2102, and two economic electives (excluding ECO 2110).


 A very popular minor is the Business Minor. First year students may apply by the end of the Fall semester through the Dean’s office (SAC 105) for admission to this competitive program. There is also a Summer Business Institute program where one can obtain a business minor in one summer. In any case, you should take the economics Micro or Macro course to fulfill one of the Core Social science requirements.

Contact Information

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
SAC Room 305
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4850
Fax: 610.519.6928

Dr. Jesse Frey

Christine Gadonas 610.519.4809
Maria W. Barrett  610.519.4850