# Mathematics Minor

We are committed to serving students with diverse backgrounds and goals by providing innovative curriculum and dynamic learning environments in order to prepare them for a wide variety of careers that require quantitative skills.

Mathematics is a science of patterns and, as such, is particularly well suited for describing, defining, expressing and answering questions about the natural world. Mathematics gives us a methodology for the collection and organization of data, as well as models and techniques that allow us to analyze and make predictions. It is through an understanding of mathematics that we comprehend and impose meaning on our observations of the physical world.

Mathematics courses will give you a valuable advantage in any career in which advanced quantitative and reasoning skills are needed. These skills are particularly relevant to employment and graduate study in technical fields. Mathematics is not only the language of science and technology, but it also provides a set of tools for data analysis, problem solving, and methods of thinking that are extremely valuable in any academic discipline.

## Required Courses

Students must complete 20 units with C or above in all classes. At least 12 units may not double-count for the student's major.

Complete both of the following

Complete one of the following

- MATH 170: Discrete Mathematics (4 units)
- MATH 250: Multivariate Calculus (4 units)
- MATH 265: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (4 units)
- Any MATH course numbered 310 or higher

Complete any TWO additional **MATH** courses numbered 310 or above.

NOTE: If you have already successfully completed STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units), you may NOT use MATH 320: Applied Probability and Statistics (4 units) to complete the elective requirement.

## Learning Outcomes

#### Calculus Foundations

Students must be able to apply principles and methods of differential and integral calculus to both theoretical and applied problems.

#### Breadth of Application

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply advanced mathematical principles and constructs to solve problems from at least two of the following content areas: Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Logic and Computation,and one of the following content areas: Discrete Mathematics and Multivariate Calculus.

#### Mathematical Reasoning

Students must be able to judge the validity of arguments, formulate and test conjectures, and to analyze and construct concise mathematical proofs.

#### Mathematical Problem Solving

Students must be able to apply advanced mathematical problem-solving strategies to applied problems. This includes the ability toapply mathematical concepts and models, to select appropriate strategies, andto carry out solutions.

#### Mathematical Communication

Students must be able to express complex mathematical ideas orally and in writing using appropriate mathematical symbols, and terminology.