Minor in Mathematics (MA29)

The rules for earning a Minor in Mathematics are stated in the UC San Diego General Catalog under the heading “Minor in Mathematics”. The general campus procedure for choosing a minor is stated here.

It is possible to earn the Minor in Mathematics with as few as 4 upper-division mathematics courses. This is only one-third of the minimum 12 upper division courses in the subject that is required by those whose major is in the Department of Mathematics. If your major is closely related to mathematics, then mathematics as a minor may be a good supplement.

If you choose to minor in mathematics to give you a greater foundation in the subject, then taking an entire sequence or two is recommended.

You may take minor courses P/NP.  Lower-division coursework can overlap with your major to any extent, but no more than 2 upper-division courses can overlap with your major.

With instructor approval through the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) and approval through an Undergraduate Student Petition (obtainable here), you can also take mathematics graduate courses and have them applied toward the requirements of a mathematics minor.

To submit a Minor Add request for Mathematics, please use the Major/Minor Tool on TritonLink.

Instructions for adding a Math Minor online:

  • You may submit your request before or after you take the minimum number of courses.
  • Include all 7 planned courses for the Minor in your request.
  • Upper-division electives must be specified (Subject and Course Number) in the request.
  • If your request is approved, you may change your planned courses without needing to resubmit your request.
  • Eligible lower-division courses are MATH 18 (or 31AH), MATH 20D, and MATH 20E (or 31CH).
  • Eligible upper-division courses are numbered MATH 100-194 and must be at least 4 units each.
  • A minimum of 4 upper-division Math courses must be taken, but students may take more if they do not plan to complete all three eligible lower-division courses.