Minor and Cluster Requirements
The Department of Mathematics offers a minor in mathematics and eight clusters.
Students looking to complete the minor in mathematics must complete the foundational course requirement and advanced course requirement below.
Foundational Course Requirement
The following foundational courses must be completed before acceptance into the minor:
- MTH 161: Calculus IA
- MTH 162: Calculus IIA
- MTH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
- One of the following:
- MTH 150: Discrete Mathematics
- MTH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
Equivalent courses can be substituted for the requirements above:
- MTH 163 for MTH 165
- MTH 171, 172, and 174 for the equivalent MTH 161, 162, and 164
- MTH 173 for MTH 165
- MTH 141-143 for MTH 161-162
Credit granted for AP courses may be used to satisfy foundational requirements.
Advanced Course Requirement for Minor
Students must complete three advanced courses as follows:
- MTH 235: Linear Algebra*
- Two 4-credit advanced mathematics courses**
* The requirement that MTH 235 be taken can also be satisfied by completing MTH 173.
** Any mathematics course numbered 200 or above (except MTH 235) qualifies as an advanced mathematics course.
The department offers eight mathematical clusters, all in the natural science and engineering academic division.
This cluster is an honors sequence that covers the fundamental concepts of calculus.
This cluster is a three-semester calculus sequence covering techniques and applications of differentiation and integration, Taylor series, and other standard topics through partial derivatives.
This cluster covers, at a faster pace, the material in the calculus cluster. In addition, a semester of differential equations or a semester of multidimensional analysis is required.
This cluster covers the fundamental concepts of calculus and probability.
This cluster covers the fundamental concepts of calculus together with one semester of more advanced material.
This cluster is designed for students who lack the mathematics skills needed to perform successfully in the standard calculus courses. The first two courses in this cluster integrate pre-calculus mathematics with an introduction to the differential calculus. The third course covers either the integral calculus or contemporary mathematics.
This cluster is for students interested in learning how mathematics is used for modeling in the social sciences.
This cluster provides a solid foundation in calculus and statistics. The normal track would be MTH 161-162 and the statistics course, or MTH 141-142 and the statistics course. (Students who have AP credit for MTH 161 might consider N1MTH001, which is the only cluster that permits AP credit.)