Minor in Mathematics

“Minor in Mathematics” (code: MA29)

The few rules for minoring in mathematics are in the UC San Diego General Catalog under the heading “Minor in Mathematics”. The procedure for choosing a minor is stated at the campus web site.

Unlike majoring in mathematics, which has had an application process since the Department became capped, no application is needed to minor in mathematics.

What is good to consider, though, is your reason(s) for wanting to minor in mathematics. It is possible to earn a minor in mathematics with as few as 4 upper division mathematics courses. This is only one third of the minimum 12 upper division courses in the subject matter that is required for those who major in mathematics. If your major is closely related to mathematics, then mathematics as a minor may be a good supplement. If you major is unrelated to mathematics, then a minor mathematics may be fine for your personal interest, but do you really see it contributing to your getting hired in the future?

If you choose to minor in mathematics, and you are strictly doing so because you like the subject, then the specific courses you take could be randomly chosen. However, if minoring is meant to give you a greater foundation in mathematics and maybe enhance your understanding of your major, then it is recommended that you take an entire sequence or two where the knowledge that you want can be learned.

With instructor approval and Department approval (via petition) you can take mathematics graduate courses and have them applied toward the requirements of a mathematics minor.