Minoring in Math

Math Minor Requirements

Here are the requirements to obtain a minor in mathematics:

  • Math 30
  • Math 31
  • One of Math 32 or 42 (Math 39, 33LA and 33A are also acceptable here)
  • 3 upper division math classes numbered 108-179

Note that because of the overlap in the material, Math 129A/39 and Math
123/33LA can not both count towards the minor. The same also holds for the
following pairs of courses: Math 133A/33A and Math 123/33LA, Math 33LA/33A and Math 134 (Prior to fall 2020). You may use more than 6 courses to get the minor but a minimum or 6 courses is required.

Another requirement for the minor is that 12 units must be distinct from your
major. Some Science and Engineering programs require several math classes.

As long as the math classes are “in preparation for your major”, they can count as distinct. The catalog will indicate which
classes are in preparation for your major.

Example 1. BS Computer Science with a minor in Math

For this degree program, students are required to take Math 30, 31, 42 and 39 in preparation for their major and those classes will count as distinct from the major.

Note that courses that are used as major electives will not count as
distinct. For example, if as CS major takes Math/CS 143C as a major elective, it will not count as distinct units (that’s ok because there are enough lower division distinct units) but will count as an upper division minor course.

Example 2. BS Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Math

For this degree program, students are required to take Math 30, 31, 32, 33A in preparation for their major and those classes will count as distinct.  Mechanical Engineering majors need 3 upper division classes to complete their minor.

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