Minoring in Mathematics


(consists of four lower-division and five upper-division courses)


Mathematics 1A Calculus
Mathematics 1B Calculus
Mathematics 53 Multivariable Calculus
Mathematics 54 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations


Mathematics 104 Introduction to Analysis
Mathematics 110 Linear Algebra
Mathematics 113 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
Mathematics 185 Introduction to Complex Analysis


One additional upper-division mathematics course, or a non-Math upper-division class from the pre-approved list of Applied Math electives


All the courses applied to the minor must be taken for a letter grade.  A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required for the lower-division minor requirements as well as for the five upper-division courses used for the minor.  Only one upper-division class may overlap between your major and the Mathematics Minor. At least three of the five upper division courses must be completed at UC Berkeley.

When to Declare the Minor


  • Be a declared major in a program other than Mathematics
  • Be a student in good standing (minimum 2.0 overall gpa at U.C.)
  • Be enrolled in the final class(es) required for the minor.

Completion/Confirmation of Minor

Once enrolled in the final course/courses to complete the Mathematics Minor, fill out a "Completion of L&S Minor" form available from the
College of Letters and Science Advising Office in 206 Evans or from the L&S Advising website at http://ls-advise.berkeley.edu/fp/00minor.pdf.

Turn in to the Undergraduate Advisers in 964 or 965 Evans: 1) the completed petition for the minor; and 2) a copy of transcripts (unofficial transcripts are OK) showing your completed math courses.

When final grades are available, we will certify completion of the Mathematics Minor to the Registrar’s Office. The notation will appear on your transcript even if you have not yet completed your degree.

General Information

First Upper-Division Math Courses

It should be emphasized that the character of mathematics changes sharply between lower and upper-division courses. The role of computation diminishes and there is a greater emphasis on deductive reasoning. While some students find the theoretical approach more congenial, most find upper-division courses more difficult. Because of this, it is strongly recommended that only students who earned grades of B- or better in both Math 53 and 54 attempt the minor program in Mathematics.

Additionally, the advising staff recommend Mathematics 110 as your first upper-division class. Students are more successful in making the transition with this course. Math 104 is a particularly demanding class and should be taken later in your program. Be aware that top students spend 12 to 15 hours per class beyond the lectures and sections, so plan your study load accordingly.