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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Mathematics


Cognates, Minors, Double Majors, and Dual Degrees

Cognate, minor, double major

You must have at least one cognate, minor, or second major to obtain a degree with your mathematics major. Mathematics education majors will automatically obtain a cognate in education, and actuarial mathematics majors will obtain a cognate in statistics or business administration. If you have not selected one of these programs, it is essential that you decide on the subject of your cognate well before your graduation. You may decide to have several cognates or minors, depending on your interest and time available to finish your program.

Your cognate does not appear on your diploma, but your minor(s) or other major will.

  • Cognates:
    A cognate is twelve credit hours of upper-level course work from areas outside your major discipline, which is mathematics. The cognate is designed to support the major and must be approved by your advisor. The cognates can be taken in one or more departments or degree programs, depending on the your interest and the judgment of your advisor. You may find the courses eligible for cognate credit in the Undergraduate Program Booklets, available here.  Any course that does not appear on the college list of eligible courses may not be used for cognate. Courses that are cross-listed with the student's major and 399 courses may not apply toward the cognate requirement. The minimum grade for a course to be used for a cognate is D.
  • Minors:
    A minor consist of a minimum of 16-18 hours of course work in a discipline other than mathematics. These hours are prescribed by the unit that offers them with the approval of the Assistant Dean of CAS. Check your minor requirements on the webpage of the appropriate department. All courses in the minor must be passed with grades of C or better. The education minor requirements include the cognate courses required by the mathematics education major.
  • Obtaining several majors:
    You must check the requirements of your major with the appropriate department. General education requirements may differ in different colleges, and you need to check how to best satisfy all of them.