Earning a Math Minor


If you like math, it doesn’t take that much extra work to earn a math minor.

For some majors (e.g., computer science and physics majors), it takes only 2-3 additional courses beyond the courses required by the major!

And there are quite a few advantages:

  • A math minor looks good on your resume.
  • It demonstrates you know quite a bit of mathematics or statistics.
  • It demonstrates that you have rigorous reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • Graduate programs in the quantitative sciences like it. And so do Medical Schools and Law Schools.
  • It makes you more marketable.
  • But most importantly: Earning a math minor is a challenge and it is fun!

A math minor requires 23 credits in M or STAT courses subject to the following rules:

  • Courses must be listed in a UM-Missoula Catalog. (Transfer courses not equivalent to courses listed in a UM-Missoula Catalog will be evaluated on an individual basis.)
  • M courses must be numbered 115 or higher (excluding M 118).
  • The 23 credits must include:
    • Applied Calculus (M 162) or Calculus II (M 172)
    • Three 3– or 4– credit courses at the 300-level or above.
      Beginning with the 2017-2018 Catalog, two of these three courses must be taken at UM-Missoula.

(Details are in the UM Catalog.  Note that there are different requirements for a teaching minor in mathematics.)

For more information about earning a math minor, download the Math Minor Handout (PDF).

Prerequisite Graphs to help with course planning: