Mathematics is the science of shape, quantity, and patterns, and has evolved to encompass many different fields, including Algebra, Analysis, Geometry, Probability, Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Modeling, and Statistics. Studying mathematics trains students to think critically and to solve complex problems, preparing them for graduate study or for a range of professions. A study of mathematics is a natural complement to the study of physics, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, earth science, business, economics, computer science, philosophy, and the social sciences. Mathematics is also a fitting minor for pre-law and pre-med students.
The minor in mathematics consists of six mathematics courses and allows students to select courses that coherently complement their particular major.
Admission to the Program
Any undergraduate student with a major in a subject other than mathematics can declare this minor.
At least nine credits toward the minor must be completed at Brockport. If a Brockport student wishes to fill some of the requirements of the minor through course work at an institution other than Brockport, the student must first obtain the approval of the department chairperson.
Students must complete a minimum of six courses in mathematics, as follows:
Core Courses (12 credits)
- MTH 201 Calculus I
- MTH 202 Calculus II
- MTH 281 Discrete Mathematics I
Elective Courses (at least 9 credits)
THREE courses in mathematics, chosen after consultation with the mathematics department advisor from:
- MTH 203 Calculus III
- MTH 243 Elementary Statistics
- MTH 255 Differential Equations
- any mathematics course numbered 324-499.
With the consent of the mathematics department advisor, MTH 244 is acceptable as a substitute for MTH 243.
A judicious choice of electives can lend a distinct focus to the mathematics minor. For example, a student with an interest in statistics might choose MTH 203, MTH 346, and MTH 446, while a student with an interest in physics might choose MTH 203, MTH 255, MTH 324. Many other choices are possible. The mathematics department advisor can assist in choosing electives to complement each student's plan of study.