Minor Requirements

The mathematics minor is a good choice for students who enjoy learning mathematics, but whose primary interests are in another area.

There are two routes to the minor. Each requires 5 courses. Option I specifies a 300-level course and permits one 100-level course to be counted, while Option II has no 300-level requirement but does not count any 100-level courses.

  • Option I: Math 205; Math 206; either Math 302 or Math 305; and two additional units, at least one of which is at the 200- or 300-level. (That is, Math 205, Math 206, Math 302 or Math 305, at least one more 200-or 300-level course, plus at least one additional course.)
  • Option II: Math 205, Math 206, and three additional 200- or 300-level units.

The courses counting towards the minor must come from MATH or from among the following STAT courses: STAT 218, STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 260, STAT 318. Credit for Math 216/Phys 216 satisfies the requirement that a math major take 205, but cannot be counted as one of the five courses required for the minor. At most two of 206, 210, and 215 are allowed to count towards the mathematics minor.

The statistics minor is recommended for students who wish to gain experience in both the theoretical foundations of statistics and applied data analysis.

The minor in statistics consists of five units:

(A) Foundation in probability theory: STAT 220/MATH 220

(B) Foundation in computing: CS 111, 112, or 115

(C) Foundation in modeling: Either STAT 260/QR 260 or STAT 318

(D) Two electives from the list here, including at least one STAT elective.

You can also find a list of MIT courses that count towards the statistics minor from the document. For any questions related to the statistics minor, please contact Prof. Casey Pattanayak (on leave in spring 2018) or Prof. Wendy Wang.