Advising for Math Majors & Minors

Welcome to Undergraduate Advising in Mathematics!

Working closely with an academic advisor is the best way to stay on track toward graduation. The School of Mathematics utilizes a faculty advising model to assist math majors with course selection and planning, registration, major requirements, and resources on campus to increase student success and retention. 

In addition to the faculty advisors, math majors also have a departmental advisor who is available year-round. The departmental advisor can assist with the same items listed above as well as APAS questions, adding or removing a math specialization, academic policy questions, and declaring a Math minor.

*Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, all advising sessions have moved from a face-to-face to an online format until further notice. Students can choose to communicate with their math advisor via virtual Zoom meeting, email, or possibly Google Hangout (chat). Follow the same instructions below on who to contact to set up an online appointment in the interim.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor

Follow the instructions below to schedule an advising appointment during fall and spring semesters. Faculty advisors are not available during Winter break or Summer session. The departmental advisor is available year-round for appointments and via email.

  • Students wanting to meet with a faculty advisor: email ugrad@math.umn.edu to request an appointment
    • Actuarial Science: Aileen Lyle or Doreen Vescelius
    • All other specializations or none: Christine Berkesch, Arnab Sen, Dmitriy Bilyk, or Gregg Musiker.
    • University Honors Math Advisor: Gregg Musiker
  • Students wanting to meet with math's departmental advisor, Kate Lewis, can schedule a 30-minute appointment using this link: math.appointments.umn.edu.

General advising questions can be directed to the departmental advisor, Kate Lewis: lewisk@umn.edu.

When sending an advising requests email be sure to include:

  • your first and last name,
  • your student ID number,
  • a brief explanation about your question or concern

Also indicate in your email if you are a UHP student with questions regarding Latin Honors or if you are interested in pursuing the Actuarial Science specialization so we may put you in contact with the appropriate advisor. Appointment slots fill quickly, especially during peak times during the semester. As a result, scheduling appointments in advance is encouraged. Please note that same-day appointments will not be scheduled.

A 30-minute appointment is ideal for:

  • Declaring a major in mathematics (B.A.)
  • Long-term degree planning
  • Review of major programs and specializations
  • Review of transfer credits/credit reevaluation process
  • Probation review (for CSE math majors)

CSE Math majors will have a DS hold on your record to ensure that students are seen for advising and course planning at least once per academic year. The DS hold is advanced, not removed, based on course planning. Pay close attention to the effective term.

Prepare for an appointment

  • Look at your 4-year plan and make a tentative list of courses you plan to take next semester.
  • Review your APAS report and write down any questions about graduation requirements.
  • Think about how classes are going and how you're doing with life on campus.
  • Reflect on your experiences with remote learning. How has the shift affected your time management? Feelings of isolation? What additional tools or resources do you need to be successful in this new environment?
  • Write down any ideas you have about research, internships, &/or study abroad.

An advising appointment is not necessary to add the Math minor. Steps to add the Math minor: 

  1. Complete the prerequisites of MATH 1271, 1272, and either 2243 or 2263
  2. Email lewisk@umn.edu stating you would like to add the math minor

    NOTE: Permission to register for closed courses is not done in a face-to-face advising session. Instead, please view the permissions qualifications and request process   for closed Math courses and sections.