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Mathematics Minor (27 credits)

Students who plan to pursue a mathematics minor should declare their intention by completing the Application to Add a CLAS Minor, preferably by the fall semester of their junior year (see below for application link). To receive a math minor certificate, the student must contact Dr. Paul Pasles, Mathematics Minor Coordinator, prior to the course registration for their final semester. Students may consult Dr. Pasles at any time for information and advice. If all requirements are satisfied, the certificate will be issued a few weeks after graduation, and the minor will also appear on the student's transcript. 

Requirements for Mathematics Minor

  • The analysis sequence: MAT 1500, MAT 1505, MAT 2500
  • Five elective courses: Choose from MAT 2600, MAT 2705, or MAT/STAT courses numbered 3000 or higher.
  • The minimum GPA requirement is 2.0 for the eight math minor courses.

A student may petition to substitute at most one of the five math minor electives with an upper division course in their own major. The proposed substitutions must contain substantial mathematical content and not overlap with any other course that the student is counting toward the minor. Examples of acceptable substitutions are:

  • BIO 3105      Biostatistics & Exp Design
  • CEE 3705      Engineering Economics
  • CHE 2101      Thermodynamics II
  • CHM 3412     Physical Chemistry II
  • CHM 3416     Physical Chem for Engineers
  • CSC 4170      Theory of Computation
  • ECO 3138      Game Theory
  • FIN 2325       Introduction to Derivatives
  • ME 3102        Dynamic Systems II
  • MGT 3170      Data Mining
  • PHY 4202      Mathematical Physics II

Any course not listed above must be approved for substitution by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. 

For those students who pursue both the mathematics minor and the statistics minor, exactly four courses (no more) may be counted towards both minors simultaneously: MAT 1500, MAT 1505, MAT 2500 and STAT 4310. No other courses count towards both. Thus, obtaining the statistics minor requires taking four additional courses beyond those required for the mathematics minor. 

Statistics majors may earn a minor in mathematics. The four courses MAT 1500MAT 1505, MAT 2500, and either  STAT 4310 or STAT 5700 may count towards both the mathematics major and the statistics minor, but no other courses count towards both. Thus, earning a minor in mathematics requires taking four additional courses beyond those required for the statistics major.

Online Application for the OUS CLAS Minor or Concentration                                       If the link above does not work , the application form is also accessible from MyNova -> "Application to Add or Remove a CLAS Minor or Concentration."


Minimum Math GPA requirement is a 2.0 for the eight math minor courses.