Information on a Minor Degree in Math at SMU

(updated in March 2017 to reflect the changes in course numbers, effective starting from the Fall 2017 semester)

The departmental instruction for Math Minor is .

The required courses are

  1. Calculus:
    1. Math 1337 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
    2. Math 1338 Calculus with Analytical Geometry II
    3. Math 2339 Calculus with Analytical Geometry III     (Math 2339 is to become Math 3302)
  2. Three 3000+ level mathematics courses

Note 1: If you qualify to take Math 1340 (Consolidated Calculus) and pass with a grade C- or better, you can use Math 1340 to replace Math 1337 and Math 1338, which means you only need to take two calculus courses (Math 1340 and Calculus III).

Note 2: For the three 3000+ level mathematics courses, I recommend taking Math 2343 (Differential Equations) and Math 3353 (Introduction to Linear Algebra), since these two are fundamental math courses. Anyone pursuing a math degree (either major or minor) should have taken these courses before they get their Bachelor degree. You can choose the third 3000+ level course from Math 3315, Math 3308, M3337, etc.

Note: Starting from the Fall 2017 semester, the following changes in course numbers will be in effect:

  1. Math 2343 (Introduction to Differential Equations) becomes Math 3313
  2. Math 3353 (Introduction to Linear Algebra) becomes Math 3304
  3. Math 3308 (Introduction to Discrete Math) becomes Math 3311 (Introduction to Proof and Analysis)
  4. Math 3337 (Advanced Math for Science and Engineering) becomes Math 4337

To declare math minor, you need to download the declaration form here , print it out, then fill in the info of the required courses that you have completed, as well as the remaining required courses you will take.

For the remaining courses, in case you have not made up your mind about some of the courses to take, you can write on your form such as

Math 2343 (Math 3313 after Fall 2017)
Math 3353 (Math 3304 after Fall 2017)
Math 3308 or Math 3315

This means you have made up your mind to take Differential Equations and Linear Algebra, but will decide to choose the third one from 3308 or 3315 when the time comes. (This avoids the need having to prepare another form for signature. Otherwise, for example, if you only write down Math 3337, but later on change your mind to take Math 3308, you'll need to get a new form for signature.)

After you fill in your form, you can bring it to my office (Clements Hall 133) for signature. If I am not in office when you drop by, you can leave your form in the box on my office door, then email me to let me know your form is ready for signature. After I sign your form (I'll also scan a copy of the signed form for record-keeping), I'll reply your email to inform you to pick up the form. I'll put the form in the box on my office door if I leave before you drop by, so you can still pick it up even if I am not in office.

After you get the signed form, you only need to bring it back to the office of student-record at your corresponding school. E.g., the office of student-record of the Dedman College (School of Sciences) is at Clements Hall 134; while the School of Engineering, etc, has its own office of student-record. There is no need to bring it back to the math departmental office.

The Math Minor requirements are C- or better grades on all of the required courses. Math Minor requires 18 semester hours in SMU mathematics. To check what courses to take, please look up the online course catalog , and follow the link to the Dedman College and the Math Dept (E.g., this link for 2017--2018).

Things to note: (added in May 2016)

  1. The approval of the math minor is solely based on passing the 6 required courses. It is a fairly straightforward process. Usually no appointment is necessary.
  2. There is no need to declare a math minor too early. I suggest that you pass at least 4 of the 6 required courses before you try to declare the minor. If you passed less than 4 of the required courses, I may not sign your form.

Created Nov. 2015, last updated on March 31, 2017, by Math advisor Y. Zhou