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Mathematics Minor

Program Type: 
Mathematics & Statistics

The minor in mathematics is based on the completion of the traditional core of calculus, differential equations, and elementary linear algebra commonly required of undergraduate physical science, engineering, and mathematics degrees. Additional, more advanced, elective classes are required, as well. The minor in mathematics certifies a student's quantitative, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

  • Active learning environment
  • Access to state-of-the–art instrumentation
  • Focus on undergraduate teaching and research

Acquired Skills

  • Quantitative Analysis 
  • Problem-solving Skill
  • Critical thinking skills

Career Possibilities

Career opportunities for mathematics and statistics are extensive. Obvious careers involve working as an actuary for an insurance or consulting company, or as a teacher. Most mathematics and statistics majors, however, use their problem solving skills in the business world – analyzing processes, data, and algorithms, or in government research. Employers hire mathematics and statistics majors because employers know those students are able to work on hard problems, and to make logical decisions. 

Admissions and Scholarships

In addition to SCSE scholarships, our department has several scholarships including, The James L. Nelson Memorial Scholarship, The UMD Lounsberry Scholarship, The Robert L. Senkler Scholarship, The Faculty Excellence Scholarships, The Faculty Excellence Scholarships, The Grace Peterson Memorial Scholarship, The Dr. Sylvan D. Burgstahler Memorial Scholarship, The Willam and Rhonda Krossner Scholarship in memory of Professor Mark Kac, The Mathematics and Statistics Faculty Scholarship in honor of William Lokke, and The Barry R. and Kang Ling James Scholarship for Mathematics and Statistics.

Student Clubs

We have 2 main clubs on campus. The Math Club helps to foster a love for mathematics and problem solving; it is open to anyone with an interest in Math. Meetings are focused on  building community, service and discipline-related activities. 

The Actuary Club hosts a variety of events to strengthen students' leadership, networking, professional, and actuarial skills. The club also provides students with the option to compete the Validation by Educational Experience Credit.  Requirements for this credit contains topics not incorporated in the preliminary actuarial exams but that are still considered necessary skills for an actuary.