Mathematics and Statistics Minor

Mathematics or statistics are used in every quantitative discipline. If you would like to get or expand exposure to mathematics or statistics, consider one of these minors in the fields of mathematics or statistics.

Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data and evaluating risk in an insurance industry setting requires a strong background in the disciplines of economics, finance, mathematics, and statistics. This minor gives students from a variety of majors coursework that will help them enter the actuarial profession.

Total hours: 21-22

Required courses:

  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

  • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III

  • MAT 543 Financial Mathematics

  • STA 540 Mathematical Statistics I

Students already taking MAT 250, 308, 309, and STA 540 for another program may substitute these courses with:

  • ECO 230 Principles of Macroeconomics

  • ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics

  • FIN 330 Principles of Finance

  • MAT 555 Probability in the Actuarial Sciences

  • STA 565 Applied Statistics I

  • STA 567 Introduction to Time Series Analysis

Six hours must be upper-level courses.

Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data requires strong theoretical backgrounds in mathematics and statistics, as well as hands-on analytical and technical skills. This minor gives students from a wide variety of majors coursework that will help them become effective data analysts.

Total hours: 22-23

Required courses:

  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

  • STA 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I

  • STA 235 Introduction to Probability and Statistics II

  • STA 565 Applied Statistics I

plus at least two courses from the list

  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

  • MAT 555 Probability in the Actuarial Sciences

  • STA 450 Introduction to Engineering Statistics

  • STA 540 Mathematical Statistics I

  • STA 541 Mathematical Statistics II

  • STA 566 Applied Statistics II

  • STA 567 Introduction to Time Series Analysis

  • STA 568 Bayesian Methods

  • STA 569 Topics in Statistics

For students already taking MAT 250, 308, STA 540 for another program, the recommended coursework is: STA 135, 235, 541, 565, 567, 568, and one of MAT 555, STA 566, 569. Six hours must be upper-level courses.

The field of mathematical biology has been expanding in the last several decades and is ever-more present in many professions related to biology (wildlife management, ecology, microbiology, epidemiology). This minor gives students a theoretical background and practical skills in mathematical biology.

Total hours: 21

Course requirements:

Students not in a mathematics program take one or two of

  • STA 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I

  • STA 235 Introduction to Probability and Statistics II

  • STA 540 Mathematical Statistics I

and one of

  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

  • MAT 338 Ordinary Differential Equations.

All students take

  • BIO/MAT 460 Principles of Biomathematics

  • BIO/MAT 461 Biomathematics in the Biomedical Sciences

and at least one of

  • BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life

  • BIO 216 Biological Inquiry and Analysis

  • BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function

  • BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function

  • BIO 300 Introductory Microbiology

  • BIO 305 Introduction to Evolutionary Principles

  • BIO 330 Principles of Ecology

  • BIO 333 Genetics

  • BIO 532 Quantitative Ecology

  • BIO 557 Systematics and Bioinformatics

so that the total number of hours in the minor is at least 21. Six hours must be upper-level courses.

This general-purpose mathematics minor will expand your exposure to mathematics or statistics.

Total hours: 23

Required courses:

  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

  • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III

and nine hours of selected mathematics courses numbered above 309 (except for MAT 330, MAT 399, and MAT 554). Departmental approval required. Six hours must be upper-level courses.

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