What are the requirements for a minor in mathematics?

The minor in mathematics is easy for chemical engineers to take – you just need to take 6 credits extra (18 credits total, but there is double counting).

The requirements for the math minor are given below.  Classes you already take for your CM degree are highlighted in bold.

Minor in Mathematical Sciences

Required courses (6-9 credits)


Calculus, Select one course (4-5 credits)

  • MA1135 Calculus for Life Sciences (4)
  • MA1160 Calculus with Technology 1 (4)
  • MA1161 Calculus Plus with Technology 1 (5)

Calculus II, Linear Algebra, or Statistics, select 1 course 2-4 credits:

  • MA2330/2321 Elementary Linear Algebra (2)
  • MA2330 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
  • MA2160 Calculus with Technology II (4)

Select at least one (3-4 credits)

  • MA 3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology (4)
  • MA 3202 Introduction to Coding Theory (3)
  • MA 3203 Introduction to Cryptography (3)
  • MA 3530 Intro to Differential Equations (3)
  • MA 3560 Math Modeling with Differential Equations (3)
  • MA 3710 Engineering Statistics (3)
  • MA 3715 Biostatistics (3)
  • MA 3720 Probability (3)
  • MA 3740 Stat Programming and Analysis (3)
  • MA 3810 Intro to Actuarial Mathematics (3)

a) Select at least one that emphasizes mathematical logic and reasoning (3 credits)

  • MA3210 Introduction to Combinatorics (3)
  • MA3310 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (3)
  • MA3450 Introduction to Real Analysis (3)
  • MA3924 College Geometry with Technology (3)
  • MA4908 Theory of Numbers with Technology (3)
  • MA4330 Linear Algebra (3)
  • MA4760 Mathematical Statistics 1 (3)

b) Choose a second course from the above list or any 4000-level MA course except MA4945 or MA 4905.


Thus, you just need to satisfy the “a and “b” choices.  Among the “a” choices note that MA4760 (Mathematical Statistics I) requires MA3720 (Probability) as a prerequisite.  I recommend MA3210 and MA4760 (if you have the prereq) for chemical engineering majors (from the “a” list).  For the “b” requirement, I like MA 4525 – Applied Vector and Tensor Mathematics.  MA 4515 – Introduction to Partial Differential Equations is a good “b” choice as well for chemical engineers.   Two more possibilities recommended by Prof. Todd King are on the numerical side:  Numerical Lin Alg and Numerical Methods for PDEs (MA4610 and MA4620, respectively).

In general, vector and tensor mathematics and PDEs have applications in transport phenomena; statistics is always a practical engineering subject; and combinatorics is a class that is accessible for chemical engineers.