Mathematics Minor

The mathematics minor is especially beneficial. The discipline is the fundamental language of all science-related majors, since it is needed as a tool to help describe various scientific phenomena that occur. The unique mixture of a mathematics minor and a life science education will enhance many career opportunities.

Many biological and medical phenomena can be studied mathematically or have substantial quantitative components. Mathematical areas such as combinatorics, graph theory, and statistics are being applied to the problem of genetic mapping. Further, differential geometry and topology are currently being used to study the basic physical and chemical properties of DNA. Mathematical modeling of the heart enabled researchers to discover why a phenomenon called ventricular fibrillation occurs.


  • The mathematics minor requires a total of 20 credits, six courses after MA 102, four required and two elective.
  • A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.
  • Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution, may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.
  • You should apply to the minor program early in your academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of your last year of didactic work.

Required Courses

  • MA 201 Mathematical Analysis III (Credits: 4)
    or MA221 Calculus II (Credits: 4)
  • MA 202 Mathematical Analysis IV (Credits: 4)
    or MA222 Calculus III (Credits: 4)
  • MA 314 Discrete Mathematics (Credits: 3)
  • MA 316 Linear Algebra (Credits: 3)

Elective Courses

  • CS 201 Computer Programming I (Credits: 3)
  • MA 320 Differential Equations (Credits: 3)
  • MA 330 Geometry (Credits: 3)
  • MA 340 Introduction to Graph Theory (Credits: 3)
  • MA 350 Chaos and Complexity (Credits: 3)
  • MA 360 Topics in Mathematics with Applications to Chemistry (Credits: 3) 
  • MA 370 Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences I (Cross listed at PY370) (Credits:3)
  • MA 410 Numerical Analysis (Credits: 3)
  • MA 422 Mathematical Modeling (Credits: 3)
  • MA 430 Differential Geometry (Credits: 3)
  • MA 490 Special Topics or Research in Mathematics (Credits: 1–3)
  • ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics (Credits: 3)
  • ST 321 Advanced Topics in Probability (Credits: 3)
  • Other courses as approved by the department.
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