Minor in Mathematics

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Mathematics

Upon completing the minor in Mathematics, students will have:

  1. Achieved practical fluency in calculus and linear algebra. 
  2. Acquired a background at the undergraduate level in a small variety of central areas of mathematics. 
  3. Become acquainted with formal mathematical reasoning, including proofs. 

Requirements for the Minor in Mathematics

Students pursuing the minor in Mathematics must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 6 courses from departmental (MATH) course offerings at the 200-level or above.
  • A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from departmental (MATH) course offerings at the 300-level or above.

Certain approved classes taken outside the mathematics department may be used to satisfy one area of the Core Requirements, but will not count towards the required 6 courses (18 credit hours). An approved upper-level MATH course (other than MATH 490 or MATH 499) may be used to satisfy an area of the Core Requirements. Students seeking to substitute approved courses should consult in advance with the chair of the undergraduate committee. At most 1 course (3 credit hours) from any particular course or course number may be applied to the minor.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor (or official certifier).  Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Mathematics18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
Analysis
Select 1 from the following:3
ELEMENTS OF ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS I
INTRODUCTION TO PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
COMPUTATIONAL COMPLEX ANALYSIS
Discrete Mathematics and Algebra
Select 1 from the following:3
ABSTRACT ALGEBRA I
NUMBER THEORY
TOPICS IN COMBINATORICS
Linear Algebra
Select 1 from the following:3
HONORS CALCULUS III
HONORS LINEAR ALGEBRA
LINEAR ALGEBRA
Elective Requirements
Select 3 additional courses from departmental (MATH) course offerings.9
Total Credit Hours18

Policies for the Minor in Mathematics

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Mathematics should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Mathematics should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Mathematics website: http://math.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the Minor in Mathematics

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

For additional information, please see the Mathematics website: http://math.rice.edu/