The Department of Mathematics has three minors:
Minor in Mathematics
The minor in mathematics is designed to give students across campus the availability to complement their major program of study with a mathematical component, giving them more desirable credentials for future employment. Many areas of study have become increasingly computational in the last decade and adding a minor in mathematics to a degree in, for instance, business, economics, sociology, or one of the natural sciences, will significantly enhance a student’s resume. Our minor combines a good deal of rigor with four required courses at the 300 level or higher, yet extreme flexibility so that students will have much freedom to choose the courses that best complement their chosen major course of study.
Mathematics Minor Requirements
A minimum of 19 credits are required. Four credits must be from MATH 122. The remaining 15 credits may be from any MATH or STAT courses numbered 207 or higher, with the exception of internship credits (MATH or STAT 499). At least 12 credits must be earned from MATH or STAT courses numbered 300 and above. At most three credits of MATH or STAT 491 (directed study) may be counted toward the mathematics minor.
Minor in Applied Mathematics
As with the minor in mathematics, the minor in applied mathematics is designed to give students the opportunity to complement their degree with a computational component, thereby enhancing their resume. Our goal with the applied minor is to offer a more concentrated applied curriculum and, more importantly, recognition for students working in areas where applications of mathematics have seen a greater presence in recent years. This includes, in particular, the natural sciences like physics, chemistry, geology, and biology, but also computer science, economics, and business, where mathematical modeling has become very important. Adding the applied mathematics minor to such a degree will give these students the more specific recognition for their course work, thereby enhancing their resume.
Applied Mathematics Minor Requirements
Nineteen (19) credits are required. Seven credits come from MATH 122 and 312; nine additional upper level credits must come from MATH 300, 351, 352, 411, STAT 381, 382, MATH or STAT 361 (with departmental approval), MATH or STAT 461 (with departmental approval), and MATH or STAT 491/492 (with departmental approval); the final three credits may be taken from any course in the additional upper level list above or MATH 224, STAT 280, CPSC 220, ECON 301, or any 300/400 level course in a related discipline with mathematics department approval. At most three credits of MATH or STAT 491 (directed study) may be counted toward the applied mathematics minor.
Minor in Actuarial Science
The minor in actuarial science provides students with the necessary background coursework for careers in a field whose demand is constantly on the rise. The minor is open to students from all majors. It offers an opportunity for students to develop skills expected of entry level actuaries; equipping them with the tools to help companies and businesses to better anticipate and manage risk. This minor also provides reasonable preparation for the first two actuarial examinations.
Actuarial Science Minor Requirements
A minimum of 22 credits are required. Sixteen (16) credits must be from MATH 122, MATH 481, STAT 381, ECON 201, and ECON 202. Students may choose 6-7 credits from ACCT 301, ACCT 302, CPSC 310, ECON 301, ECON 303, ECON 304, ECON 321, ECON 322, MATH 351, MATH 352, and STAT 382.