Minor in Mathematics

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall 2022 Math Requirements & L&S Grading Option Policy Modification

In light of the College of Letters and Science’s recent extension of the Pass/No Pass late change of class schedule deadline to 11:59 p.m. PT this Sunday, December 11, 2022, the Math Department is adjusting its policies for the Fall 2022 semester. Please see the full announcement here

The requirements for the Minor in Mathematics consists of four lower-division and five upper-division courses:

Lower-Division Required Courses

  • Math 1A: Calculus
  • Math 1B: Calculus
  • Math 53: Multivariable Calculus
  • Math 54: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations or Math 56 Linear Algebra*

*We will accept Physics 89 in lieu of Math 54 for students with a major in Physics, provided that the grade is at least a C. We will accept EECS 16A plus EECS 16B in lieu of Math 54 for students with a major in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, provided that both grades are at least a C.

Four Upper-Division Required Courses

  • Math 104: Introduction to Analysis
  • Math 110: Linear Algebra
  • Math 113: Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  • Math 185: Introduction to Complex Analysis

One Upper-Division Elective

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

All the courses applied to the minor must be taken for a letter grade*. A minimum GPA 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.

*PLEASE NOTE: Math Minor coursework taken in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 may satisfy requirements with a Passing "P" grade though at least one upper division requirement for the minor must be taken from the Math Department with a letter grade of C or better and an average of 2.0.

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.)
  • Have completed the lower-division classes required for the minor.

L&S requires that all minors be declared no later than one semester before your Expected Graduation Term (EGT). See more details on their website under “Plan for or declare a minor.” To declare the Math minor, complete this online form. 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.