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Minors for Mathematical Sciences Majors

There is a separate page for students from other departments who are interested in a minor in mathematical sciences.

Students majoring in the mathematical sciences are welcome to take minors, or even double majors, in other departments. Indeed, many students find this to be a productive way to select electives and general-education courses, enhancing their degree and their resume, and allowing them to pursue other fields of interest for professional or personal growth. Several NIU faculty members both in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and in other departments have done just that, and can share their experiences with you. We, here, feature an essay by NIU Presidential Teaching Professor in Music, and former math major, William Goldenberg.

Note that students in the Applied Mathematics emphasis are required to take a minor in an approved discipline. Approval comes from the Director of Undergraduate Studies and is given only for minors in which the student will genuinely apply mathematics. (For example, many of the minors in the table below are fine.) A double major in another field will meet this requirement instead of a minor, again subject to the approval of the math department.

For other emphases in Mathematical Sciences, minors are optional.

A minor typically requires about a half-dozen courses in that department, some specifically required and others elective. But requirements vary considerably; consult your Undergraduate Catalogue for complete information.

Some important rules regarding minors:

Listed below are some of the more common programs in which mathematical sciences students have taken minors or double majors. In addition, we have majors in our department who are participating in programs in English, Chinese, Spanish, Political Science, Art, Psychology, and so on. Mathematics students are a versatile lot!

SubjectContact
PhysicsAugden Windelborn, augden@niu.edu
ChemistryJames Erman, Chair, halljerman@niu.edu
Meteorology (major only)David Changnon, changnon@niu.edu
Computer SciencePenny McIntire, pmcintire@niu.edu
Engineering (majors only)Promod Vohra, Dean vohra@ceet.niu.edu
EconomicsCarl Campbell, carcamp@niu.edu
PhilosophyDavid Buller, buller@niu.edu
FinanceDenise Orlando, dorlando@niu.edu
OMIS (major only)Sue Goad, suegoad@niu.edu
Physical Education, CoachingSue Schwartz, sschwartz@niu.edu
Health EducationDave Mason, dmason@niu.edu


Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Qingkai Kong
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Last modified: 2006/03/08 (djr)