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.

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 an appointment on Kate's advising calendar: math.appointments.umn.edu. Some appointment slots are virtual only and some give you the choice of meeting either virtually or in-person.

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 are not available.

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

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 associated with the DS hold.

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 returning to campus. How has the shift affected your time management? What is the state of your mental health? What additional tools or resources do you need to be successful in this 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.