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Program Requirements - Area Minors in Mathematics, Statistics and Computational Science

Mathematics Minor | Statistics Minor | Computational Science Minor

This web page contains the information on the area minors in mathematics and statistics including the requirements of the on-line bulletin, frozen at June 1, 2012 and in force September 1, 2012. For past mathematics catalogue information or updates please see the recent versions and updates section of the programs overview page.


AREA MINOR IN MATHEMATICS

Requirements

A student, not pursuing major in mathematics, computer science, economics, or a second major in mathematics may obtain an area minor in mathematics by taking 10 or more mathematics courses as follows:
  • six courses in foundational mathematics
    • Calculus, Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra: MA111, MA112, MA113, MA211, MA212
    • Basic Probability and Statistics or Basic Statistics: one of MA223 or MA381
  • sixteen additional credit hours of "upper division" courses: selected from MA275, all MA courses numbered 300 or higher (except MA351-356 and MA450).

Approval, Math Minor Form, and Number of Additional Required Classes

All area minors must be approved by the area minor advisor (Math Department Head) and the student's advisor. The department has a form for the planning and approval of a minor. A table showing, for each major, the number of additional overloads or AP credits required to complete a minor or second major in mathematics, may be found here.

Notes on requirements:

  • Almost all students are required to take six foundational courses as a requirement for their major, therefore only four "extra courses" are required for most students.
  • No student can take both MA371 and MA373 for credit.
  • No student can take both MA223 and MA382 for credit.
  • If MA381 is being counted towards the four additional courses, then MA223 may be taken and counted towards the Basic Probability and Statistics requirement.
  • Science and engineering, especially the more recently developed "high tech" areas, have sophisticated mathematical and statistical concepts and methodologies in their foundation. Thus a well chosen set of courses for a mathematics minor (or a second major in mathematics) will greatly enhance a student's analytical and computational skills. Students thinking of going on to graduate school should especially give consideration to this option.

Links

The most recent course descriptions can be found on our updated catalogue. For planning purposes consult our tentative two year schedule of course offerings. For additional information not on these web pages see or email the Head of the Mathematics department.

Suggested Courses for Minors

Any approved set of courses meeting the requirements can constitute a minor. Usually the courses for a minor should be selected with some theme or purpose in mind. For instance the courses may provide support for or complement the students major courses. Alternatively, the courses may be selected so that fulfills a student's interest in a broad appreciation of mathematics. In all cases the area minor advisor or student's advisor will offer guidance in the selection of the courses, and the approval of both is required. In the table below are some themes for minors.


Theme Suggested Courses
Applied Statistics MA223 (as a foundational course), MA383 and three of MA385, MA481, MA482, MA485, MA487 or Statistics topics course.
Operations Research - Industrial Mathematics MA444, up to two statistics courses, the remaining courses to be selected from MA371, MA445, MA446, MA348, MA534
Mathematics Applied to Science and Engineering 16 credits from MA330, MA336, MA325, MA367, MA373, MA431, MA433, MA436
Applied Algebra and Discrete Mathematics MA275, MA371, and two of MA375, MA444, MA446, MA475, MA476, MA477
Generic (breadth in mathematics) MA371, MA381, and any two courses from MA275, MA330, MA336, MA367, MA378, MA444 and a statistics course

Notes for Individual Majors

Major Notes
AB

MA211 needs to be taken to complete the foundational mathematics
four additional courses are required
four elective slots are available

BE all foundational courses are completed as major requirements
four additional courses are required
four electives available
CE all foundational courses are completed as major requirements
four additional courses need to be taken
one science and three technical elective slots are available
CHE all foundational courses are completed as major requirements
four additional courses need to be taken
three approved electives and one free elective are available
CHEM MA211 needs to be taken to complete the foundational mathematics
four additional courses are required
9 electives are available
CPE all foundational courses are completed as major requirements
MA275 taken as a requirement may count towards the minor, three additional courses are required
two free electives and one area elective are available
CS not allowed, see Double Majors
ECON not allowed, see Double Majors
EE all foundational courses are completed as major requirements
four additional courses need to be taken
one MA elective, two free electives and one area elective are available
EP all foundational courses are completed as major requirements
four additional courses need to be taken
one free elective is available
ME all foundational courses are completed as major requirements
four additional courses need to be taken
one science, three technical and 2 free electives are available
OE all foundational courses are completed as major requirements
four additional courses need to be taken
three free electives are available
PH one of MA223 or MA381 needs to be taken to complete the foundational mathematics
MA371 taken as a requirement may count towards the minor, three additional courses are required
two MA electives and 12 free electives are available
SE MA211 needs to be taken to complete the foundational mathematics
MA275 and MA375, taken as requirements, may count towards the minor, two additional courses are required after MA211 is taken
one math elective and numerous application domain track courses and electives are available


AREA MINOR IN STATISTICS

Requirements

A student, not pursuing a major or second major in mathematics may obtain an area minor in statistics by taking ten or more mathematics courses including the following: 

  • Globally required mathematics courses
    • MA111 Calculus I
    • MA112 Calculus II
    • MA113 Calculus III
    • MA211 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra I
  • Required Introductory Statistics/Probability Courses
    • MA381 Introduction to Probability with Applications to Statistics,
    • one of MA223 Engineering Statistics I or MA382 Introduction to Statistics with Probability. If MA381 is taken before MA223/MA382 the student will be strongly recommended to take MA382.
  • Required Second Statistics Course
    • one of MA383 Engineering Statistics II; or MA482 Bioengineering Statistics
  • Electives 3 courses (12 credits) selected from the following list, at least two of which must be starred. Statistics courses not on this list may count towards the minor if approved by statistics area minor advisor.
    • MA385* Quality Methods
    • MA371  Linear Algebra  or MA373 Applied Linear Algebra for Engineers
    • MA386* Statistical Programming
    • MA387* Statistical Methods in Six Sigma
    • MA445  Stochastic Models in Operations Research
    • MA481* Mathematical Statistics
    • MA485* Regression and Time Series Analysis
    • MA487* Design of Experiments
    • MA480* Topics in Probability and Statistics

All area minors in Statistics must be approved by the statistics area minor advisor the student's advisor. The department has a form for the planning and approval of a statistics minor.

Approval, Stat Minor Form, and Number of Additional Required Classes

All area minors in Statistics must be approved by the statistics area minor advisor the student's advisor. The department has a form for the planning and approval of a statistics minor. A table showing, for each major, the number of additional overloads or AP credits required to complete a minor or second major in mathematics, may be found here.

Notes and limitations on requirements

  • Almost all students are required to take the four globally required mathematics courses  plus one probability or statistics course as a requirements for their major, therefore only five "extra courses" are required for most students.
  • Only MA111, MA112, MA113, MA211 and one of  M223, MA381, or MA382 can be counted towards both a statistics minor and a mathematics minor.
  • No student can take both MA371 and MA373 for credit.
  • No student can take both MA223 and MA382 for credit.

Links

The most recent course descriptions can be found on our updated catalogue. For planning purposes consult our tentative two year schedule of course offerings. For additional information not on these web pages see or email the Head of the Mathematics department.


AREA MINOR IN COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE

Requirements

Any student may obtain an area minor in Computational Science by taking the following courses:

  • Five courses in foundational mathematics: MA111, MA112, MA113, MA211,  MA212
  • Basic computing course: CSSE 120 or departmental equivalent of at least 4 credit hours
  • Introductory Computational Science courses:
    • MA332 Introduction  to Computational Science
    • MA342 Computational Modeling
  • Four credit hours of applied Computational Science course from list A
  • Four credit hours of additional Computational Science course from list B

List A: Applied Computational Science courses

  • MA323 -Geometric Modeling
  • MA439 - Mathematical Methods of Image Processing
  • MA444 - Deterministic Models in Operations Research
  • CSSE351 - Computer Graphics
  • CSSE451 -  Advanced Computer Graphics
  • CSSE413 - Artificial Intelligence
  • CSSE453 - Topics in Artificial Intelligence
  • CSSE461 - Computer Vision
  • CSSE463 -  Image Recognition
  • CE522 - Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • ME422- Finite Elements for Engineering Applications
  • ME427 -  Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME511 - Numerical Methods for Dynamic Systems Analysis
  • ME522 - Advanced Finite Elements Analysis
  • 4XX - Introduction to MEMS:Fabrication and Applications
  • 5XX - Advanced Topics in MEMS
  • CHE521 - Advanced  Chemical  Engineering Computation
  • BE510 - Biomedical Signal and Image Processing
  • EMGT526 - Technology Forecasting
  • MA534/EMGT534 - Management. Science
  • ECE420 - Nonlinear Control Systems
  • ECE480//PH437 - Introduction to Image Processing
  • ECE582/PH537 - Advanced Image Processing
  • ECE483 - DSP System Design

List B: Additional Computational Science courses

  • MA/CSSE335 - Introduction to Parallel Computing
  • MA433 - Numerical Analysis
  • MA434 - Topics in Numerical Analysis
  • MA348 - Continuous Optimization
  • MA446 - Combinatorial Optimization
  • CSSE304 - Programming Language Concepts
  • CSSE371 - Software Requirements and Specification

Electives not on list A or B may be substituted with other courses with the approval of the area minor advisor. 

Approval, Computational Science Minor Form, and Number of Additional Required Classes

All area minors must be approved by the area minor advisor for Computational Sciences and the student's advisor. The department has a form for the planning and approval of a minor. A table showing, for each major, the number of additional overloads or AP credits required to complete a minor or second major in mathematics, may be found here.

Notes and limitations on requirements

  • Almost all students are required to take the five foundational courses as a requirement for their major
  • Most majors should be able to apply the basic computing requirement and/or one of the elective courses towards their major.
  • Math majors or double majors are not allowed to count MA332 and MA342 for both the minor and the major.
  • A student may not apply the four upper-division courses toward both this minor and a math or statistics minor.

Links

The most recent course descriptions can be found on our updated catalogue. For planning purposes consult our tentative two year schedule of course offerings. For additional information not on these web pages see or email the Head of the Mathematics department.


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