Minor in Mathematics

Earn an undergraduate minor in Mathematics through the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

Why study Math?

Lower division requirements 

Complete at least one of these two introductory sequences.

*Sequences, Series, and Foundations counts as an upper‐division writing intensive course toward the liberal education requirements, but not as an upper‐division Math course toward the Math major or minor. May be taken after or concurrently with the fourth Calculus course, whether that is Linear Algebra & Differential Equations or Multivariable.

**Sequences, Series, and Foundations will be waived if both MATH 3592H and 3593H have been completed.

Upper division requirements

  • Math electives: Two MATH 4xxx or 5xxx courses. Note that MATH 4067W, 49XX, and 59XX do not count toward this requirement.

Math courses

Comparing minor, BA, and BS requirements

The minor and BA ​​​​​​in Mathematics are offered through CLA, while the BS in Mathematics is offered through the College of Science & Engineering (CSE).

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Comparison: Lower division requirements

Comparison: Lower division requirements

  BS Math Major (CSE) BA Math Major (CLA) Math Minor (CLA)
Physics
  • Physics I (PHYS 1301W/1401V/1501V)
  • Physics II (PHYS 1302W/1402V/1502V)
  • Physics III (PHYS 2303/2503/2503H)
Not required* Not required
Computer Science Choose one: 
  • Java (CSCI 1103)
  • C/C++ (CSCI 1113)
  • Python (CSCI 1133) 
Not required* Not required
Prerequisites for declaring a major or minor
  • Calculus I (MATH 1271)
  • Calculus II (MATH 1272)
  • Linear Algebra & Differential Equations (MATH 2243) or Multivariable Calculus (MATH 2263)
  • Physics I (PHYS 1301W)
  • Physics II (PHYS 1302W)
  • Calculus I (MATH 1271)
  • Calculus II (MATH 1272)
  • Linear Algebra & Differential Equations (MATH 2243) or Multivariable Calculus (MATH 2263)
  • Calculus I (MATH 1271)
  • Calculus II (MATH 1272)
  • Linear Algebra & Differential Equations (MATH 2243) or Multivariable Calculus (MATH 2263)


*Additional Physics and Computer Science requirements may exist depending on the Math specialization chosen.

Comparison: Upper division requirements

Comparison: Upper division requirements

  BS Math Major (CSE) BA Math Major (CLA) Math Minor (CLA)
Algebra 2 courses, one of which must be a Theoretical Algebra course. 2 courses, one of which must be a Theoretical Algebra course. Not required
Analysis 2 courses 2 courses Not required
Math electives 4 MATH 4xxx/5xxx courses 2 MATH 4xxx/5xxx courses 2 MATH 4xxx/5xxx courses
Capstone/senior project Not required Required Not required
Technical electives 2 courses** Not required Not required


**Technical electives = Two courses satisfying the following requirements:

  • At least three credits each
  • Numbered 3xxx or higher
  • Calculus I is a prerequisite
  • Must have a theme or connection, requiring approval by a Math faculty advisor (See the BS Math APAS for pre‐approved technical electives in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering/Material Science, Computer Science, Economics, Physics, Statistics, or additional Math).

Contact

Undergraduate Mathematics Office
115 Vincent Hall

ugrad@math.umn.edu
612-625-4848