Minor Requirements

A minor in mathematics requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit earned in Department of Mathematics courses with the following restrictions. 

  • At least 12 of these 15 semester must be post-calculus MATH courses offered by the Department of Mathematics, or an equivalent transfer course. 
  • At least 9 of the 12 semester hours in post-calculus math courses must be taken at the University of Iowa.  No more than one transfer course can be counted toward the post-calculus requirement.
  • Course work counted toward the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.
  • Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor.
  • No courses from other departments are accepted toward the minor unless the course is cross-listed with a MATH prefix. 
  • The post-calculus courses must be chose to avoid duplication and regression with the core math courses, especially when the Engineering Math courses are considered.

Special Rules for Engineering Math Courses

Students who have taken the Engineering calculus sequence of MATH:1560, 2550, 2560, and 3550 (22M:32, 33, 34, and 37 ) may satisfy the minor requirements by taking one additional 3 or 4 s.h. course with the following restrictions.

  • The additional 3 or 4 s.h. MATH course must be numbered MATH:2150 or MATH:3720 or higher, except MATH:3750, 3995-3997, 4010, and 4020 (This corresponds to 22M courses numbered 050 or higher except 22M:100, 104, 105, 109, 110, and 196-199.) 
  • At least four of the five courses MATH:1560, 2550, 2560, 3550 and the additional course (of the previous line) must be taken at the University of Iowa. No more than one transfer course can be counted toward the post-calculus requirement. 
  • The total number of credits earned through MATH courses must be at least 15.
  • Course work counted toward the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.
  • Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor.
  • No courses from other departments are accepted toward the math minor unless the course is cross-listed with a MATH prefix.
  • The post-calculus courses must be chosen to avoid duplication and regression with the core math courses and the Engineering Math courses.

Post-calculus Mathematics Courses
The post-calculus courses in Mathematics are those MATH courses numbered 2000 or higher except MATH:3700, 3750, 3995-3997, 4010, and 4020. (In the 3-digit numbering system, post-calculus courses are 22M courses numbered 027 and above except 22M:031, 032, 081, 104, 105, 109, 110, and 196-199.)  The post-calculus courses must be chosen to avoid duplication and regression with the core math courses, particularly when the Engineering Math courses are considered.  The Schedule of Course Offerings indicates which courses are post-calculus courses and which semesters they are offered to help with academic planning.

Sample Lists of Courses

Below are examples of lists of courses that qualify for a minor in Mathematics, provided that at most one is a transfer course.

Example 1 (Traditional calculus sequence)
MATH:1850, 1860, 2700, 2850, 3600 (22M:025, 026, 027, 028, 100), plus one more 3 or 4 s.h. MATH post-calculus course.

Example 2 (Engineering calculus sequence)
MATH:1550, 1560, 2550, 2560, and 3550 (22M:031, 032, 033, 034, 037), plus one more 3 or 4 s.h. MATH post-calculus course.