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Mathematics Minor

The Mathematics Minor is a program of study consisting of a core of required courses totaling 8 units, 16 units of advanced work in mathematics, and additional coursework in mathematics, all totaling 30 units. At least 15 of these units must be at 300 level or above. The units of advanced work consist of two tracks (each track consisting of at least two courses) chosen from a list shown in the catalog. These units are to be selected in accordance with a student's career objectives and interests. Please see Curriculum for the Minor Degree in Mathematics (single page PDF) for more details.

For students in engineering or physics, the Mathematics Minor provides an excellent preparation for graduate study and generally requires only 4 to 6 courses beyond those required for their major. The Mathematics Minor is also appropriate for individuals wishing to obtain a teaching credential in mathematics, and provides some of the coursework for the subject waiver in mathematics.

Interested students are invited to contact Dr. Ben Richert. You may also stop by and see him (25-325) or call him (805-756-1681).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Math Minor:

Q. Can I start taking the classes before filling out the paper work?

A. Yes.

Q. What is the deadline for filling out the minor paperwork?

A. As long as you complete the paperwork far enough in advance of your graduation to give the evaluations office time to process it, the mathematics department is satisfied. However, to ensure timely graduation, many colleges and departments require that students declare minors before the end of their second year. Therefore, you should find out what your college's policy is (perhaps from your college advising center) to find out your deadline.

Q. What if I have completed the minor paperwork and I change my mind about what minor courses I have to take?

A. You have to meet with the minor advisor again and fill out an updated minor application. The courses you take must match the courses selected on your minor application.

Q. Can I take classes C/NC?

A. You may take up to 8 units of courses as C/NC as far as the math department is concerned. However, if some of the courses are counting as major support courses or GE, your major may not allow you to take the courses as C/NC.

Q. Some of the upper division tracks list more than two courses. Do I have to take all the courses in that track if I want to take any of them?

A. No. You can take:
                  (i) two different tracks of two courses,
                  (ii) any four courses from a single track, OR
                  (iii) any two courses from a track of four along with two from another track.

However, you normally can't take three courses from one track and one from another unless some kind of substitution is determined to be appropriate.

Q. Which minor courses are best?

A. The answer to this question depends on your major and your interests.

Many engineering majors take Math 344, Math 304, Math 416, and Math 418. These are applied mathematics courses that do not have Math 248 (Methods of Proof) as a prerequisite. You still have to take Math 248, but you can take some of the upper division track courses before taking Math 248 if that makes scheduling easier.
 
Many computer science and software engineering majors take two of their courses from the discrete math track of Math 335, Math 336, and Math 437.

Students interested in teaching might be interested in the track with Math 341, Math 481, Math 482, and Math 419.

CURRENT MINOR MATHEMATICS ADVISOR
Dr. Ben Richert
25-325
brichert@calpoly.edu