A minor is a specific program to be taken along with a major to complement your skills and increase your career opportunities. Taking a minor is optional.

You must have a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) for all courses in a minor. Some minor programs may require a higher GPA. Students may use a minor to satisfy the Thematic Sequence requirement only if the minor is outside the department of major.


This minor provides students with an increased understanding of, and competence in, mathematics. Building on a base of calculus and linear algebra, already required for many majors, the program leads students through an introductory proof course, a theoretical course, and an applications course.

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Actuarial Science

This minor is designed for students who are preparing for a possible career as an actuary. Courses in the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements of a major. This minor satisfies the Thematic Sequence requirement of the Miami Plan for all students including those majoring in the Departments of Mathematics or Statistics.

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Statistical methods are increasingly in use in decision-making and data analysis in business and industry. Moreover, basic research in the biological, management, and social sciences, as well as in some areas of humanities, is also increasingly statistical in nature. As a result, demand for persons knowledgeable in the science of statistics is on the rise.

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Statistical Methods

This minor builds on the statistical methods of estimation and hypothesis testing introduced in the introductory statistics course. It includes additional study of the statistical methods involved in regression analysis and experimental design as well as options for study of non-parametric, quality control, data visualization, and/or sampling methods. A Capstone experience in statistics may also be included as part of the minor.

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