For the most current course requirements, please refer to the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Studies Department's program requirements sheet for the Mathematics minor.

A minor in mathematics provides a solid foundation of quantitative and reasoning skills for work in any major. Students can earn a minor in mathematics by completing at least 15 credits in mathematics courses distributed as follows:

- at least nine credits in MATH courses numbered 0250 or higher, and
- at least six credits in MATH courses numbered 1000 or higher;

with a grade of C or higher in each course, subject to the following exclusions:

- MATH 0400 cannot count toward the minor,
- MATH 0280 and MATH 1180 cannot both count toward the minor,
- MATH 0290 and MATH 1270 cannot both count toward the minor.

To declare the minor, go here and scroll down to "Academic Advising Forms".

### Sample Minor Course Groups

The groups below represent a few of the many possible collections of courses that satisfy Math Minor requirements, chosen to illustrate how one might target certain interests while satisfying all prerequisites. These are only suggestions -- you are welcome to customize your choices to best fit your interests. Contact the Undergraduate Director at ugdmath@pitt.edu with any questions.

Unless specifically noted, the only prerequisites assumed for each grouping below are completion of MATH 0220 and 0230 (Calculus 1 and 2, which do not count toward the minor), with a grade of 'C' or better in each. The remaining prerequisites for any course in a particular group are satisfied by other courses in the same group.

**Actuarial Mathematics**

Courses listed below variously prepare the student for the SOA (Society of Actuaries) Exams P, FM, FAM, SRM, and PA.

- MATH 0470 Actuarial Mathematics 1
- MATH 1119 Applied Probability for Actuarial Mathematics
- MATH 1121 Actuarial Mathematics 2
- Choose two from MATH 1126 and 1127, Predictive Analytics 1 and 2; MATH 1122 and 1123, Actuarial Mathematics 3 and 4; or MATH 1128 and 1129, Actuarial Mathematics 5 and 6.

**A Tour of Applied Math**

- MATH 0280, Linear Algebra
- MATH 0290 or 1270, Ordinary Differential Equations (or MATH 1275 honors)
- Choose three of the following four options:
- MATH 0480 Applied Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 1101 Introduction to Optimization
- MATH 1103 Mathematical Problems in Business Industry and Government
- MATH 1360 Modeling in Applied Math, or MATH 1370 Intro to Computational Neuroscience

**Math for Computational Science**

- MATH 0280 or 1180, Linear Algebra (or MATH 1185 honors)
- MATH 0413 Introduction to Theoretical Mathematics (or MATH 0450 honors)
- Choose one of the following two options:
- Three of MATH 0480 Applied Discrete Mathematics, MATH 1050 Combinatorics, MATH 1101 Intro to Optimization, and MATH 1310 Graph Theory; or
- MATH 0430 Introduction to Abstract Algebraic Systems, plus two of: MATH 1050, 1101, 1310, MATH 1020 Number Theory, MATH 1025 Mathematical Cryptography, or MATH 1250 Abstract Algebra

**Math for the Life Sciences** (also presumes completion of MATH 0240, Calculus 3)

- MATH 0280 Linear Algebra
- MATH 0290 or 1270, Ordinary Differential Equations (or MATH 1275 honors)
- Choose one of MATH 0480 Applied Discrete Math; MATH 1070 Numerical Analysis; MATH 1080 Numerical Linear Algebra; or MATH 1101 Intro to Optimization.
- MATH 1370 Computational Neuroscience
- MATH 1380 Mathematical Biology

**Math for the Physical Sciences** (also presumes completion of MATH 0240, Calculus 3)

- MATH 0280 Linear Algebra
- MATH 1270 Ordinary Differential Equations 1 (or MATH 1275 honors)
- Choose one of MATH 1070 Numerical Analysis, MATH 1080 Numerical Linear Algebra, MATH 1280 ODE 2, or MATH 1470 PDE.
- MATH 1550 Vector Analysis
- MATH 1560 Complex Analysis

**Mathematical Modeling** (also presumes completion of MATH 0240, Calculus 3)

- MATH 0280 Linear Algebra
- One of MATH 1070 Numerical Analysis or MATH 1080 Numerical Linear Algebra
- MATH 1270 Ordinary Differential Equations 1 (or MATH 1275 honors)
- MATH 1280 Ordinary Differential Equations 2 or MATH 1470 Partial Differential Equations 1
- Choose one of: MATH 1360 Modeling in Applied Math, MATH 1370 Computational Neuroscience, or MATH 1380, Mathematical Biology

**Math for Secondary Education** (also presumes completion of MATH 0240, Calculus 3). Together with MATH 0220/30/40, these satisfy the mathematical prerequisites for entry into the Pitt Department of Education's MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) program in Mathematics education, described here.

- MATH 0280 or 1180, Linear Algebra (or MATH 1185 honors)
- MATH 0413 Introduction to Theoretical Mathematics (or MATH 0450 honors)
- MATH 0430 Introduction to Abstract Algebraic Systems
- MATH 1119 Applied Probability for Actuarial Mathematics
- Pick one of: MATH 1020 Applied Elementary Number Theory or MATH 1290 Topics in Geometry (These are not required prerequisites, but both provide useful background.)