Minors

Science, Mathematics and Engineering Minors

The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering offers several minors in many academic departments, all of which can support and enhance a variety of different degree programs. Whether students are working towards careers in science or non-science fields, a stronger understanding of the natural world, mathematics and statistics, or engineering offers many advantages in the workplace and problem solving in any environment.

Browse minors by Department. 


Atmospheric Science and Physics

Minor in Environmental Science

Non-majors can select a minor in Environmental Science. The Environmental Science minor is designed for students who wish to explore and receive a comprehensive education in a natural science that covers topics and issues of local, national, and global importance on air, soil, and water resources.

Minor in Environmental Science
Course Listing Course Name Credit Hours
METR 1325 Natural Hazards 4
ENSC 1410 Environmental Science 4
ENSC/BIOL 3410 Soil Conservation and Laboratory 4
BIOL/CHEM/GEOL/METR Advanced Elective 3
ENSC/BIOL 4460 Research in Water Quality 4

BIOL 1401 can substitute for ENSC 1410. METR 3340, METR 3345 and METR 4315 can be used to satisfy the advanced elective.

Total hours in minor: 19 hours

Minor in Geology

The Geology minor requires 20 hours of coursework. It was designed to give prepare students for future work in geology, whether in their careers or graduate school. It prepares students by supplying a good foundation and work in important areas of intersection with Geology, such as water, the environment, and soil.

Minor in Geology
Course Listing Course Name Credit Hours
GEOL 1401 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 1402 Historical Geology 4
GEOL 3411 Hydrogeology 4
GEOL 3450 Environmental Geology 4
GEOL 3460 Geomorphology 4

Minor in Meteorology

The Meteorology minor will provide students with a comprehensive education in the dynamics of the earth's atmosphere, weather analysis, and weather forecasting. The minor includes course work on the impact of air pollution on people and the environment, the threat of changing climate due to global warming as well as severe weather, and world climates. Meteorology is an interdisciplinary program and includes application in mathematics, hydrology, physics, and chemistry for academic research in the following areas: weather modeling and forecasting, air pollution studies, hydrology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in meteorology, and education. Students should take additional courses in mathematics, especially calculus courses, as part of the preparation in operational meteorology, because these mathematics courses are necessary for successful completion of the upper-division Meteorology courses.

Requirements

22 hours of the following:

  • METR 1430 Meteorology
  • METR 3310 Radar Meteorology
  • METR 3320 Forecasting I
  • METR 3330 Forecasting II
  • METR 3335 Severe Weather
  • METR 3340 Hydrology

Choose one of the following: 

  • METR 3356 Synoptic Meteorology
  • METR 3360 Satellite Meteorology

Minor in Physics

The Minor in Physics program is designed to enhance students who major in other subject areas, especially in mathematics, sciences, and engineering. Please see the respective page for program requirements.

Requirements

17 hours, to include:

  • PHYS 2305/2105 Physics I and Lab
  • PHYS 2306/2103 Physics II and Lab II
  • PHYS 3310 Modern Physics and Mathematical Physics
  • PHYS 3320 Classical Dynamics

One of the following:

  • PHYS 4330 Classical Electrodynamics
  • PHYS 4340 Quantum Physics I
  • CHEM 4431/4431L Physical Chemistry and Lab

Minor in Engineering Physics

The minor requires the following 9 hours:

Minor in Engineering Physics
Course Listing Course Name Credit Hours
PHYS 2305 Physics I 3
PHYS 2105 Physics I Laboratory 1
PHYS 2306 Physics II 3
PHYS 2106 Physics II Laboratory 1
ENGR 3350 Statics and Dynamics 1
Plus any two out of the three course options listed below:
  • ENGR 3455 Strength of Materials and Laboratory
  • ENGR 4375 Thermodynamics
  • ENGR 4470 Fluid Mechanics and Laboratory

Total hours in minor: 15-17 hours

Students may substitute ENGR 4399 Special Topics in Engineering for one of the upper-level engineering course options only with permission from the chair of the Engineering Department

Biology

Minor in Biology

Requirements: 17 semester hours


BIOL 1403: Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity
BIOL 1402: Unity of Life and Laboratory
BIOL 9 additional upper-division hours in Biology

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry

18 credit hours in chemistry, 10 of which must be taken at the upper-division level.

Mathematics and Statistics

Minor in Actuarial Science

Students who are pursuing majors in other subject areas may elect to get a minor in actuarial science. Students who are pursuing a degree (BA or BS) in mathematics may also use this minor to fulfill the "minor requirement".

Required Courses (18 hours):

BFIN 3321 - Principles of Financial Management
BFIN 3325 - Money and Capital Markets
BFIN 3326 - Risk Management and Insurance
MATH 3331 - Foundations of Probability and Statistics
MATH 3332 - Foundations of Statistical Inference
MATH 4333 - Regression Analysis

Minor in Mathematics

Students who are pursuing majors in subject areas other than mathematics may elect to get a minor in mathematics.

The requirement for a minor in mathematics include:

18 semester hours of mathematics courses, to include MATH 2312, 2313, and at least 9 hours of upper division courses.

Minor in Statistics

Students who are pursuing majors in other subject areas may elect to get a minor in statistics. Students who are pursuing a degree (BA or BS) in mathematics may also use this minor to fulfill the "minor requirement".

Required Courses (15 hours):

MATH 2312 - Calculus I
MATH 2313 - Calculus II
MATH 3331 - Foundations of Probability and Statistics
MATH 3332 - Foundations of Statistical Inference
MATH 3333 - Application of Statistical Methods I

Elective Course (3 hours):

MATH 4333 - Regression Analysis
MATH 4335 - Computational Statistics and its Applications
MATH 2312 and MATH 2313 may be double-counted toward a BS or BA degree in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics. The other courses listed above may not be double-counted toward a BS or BA in Mathematics when used toward a minor in Statistics.

The upper division courses listed here are not to be double counted toward either BS or BA in mathematics.

Nutrition

Minor in Nutrition

Students who are pursuing majors in subject areas other than nutrition may elect to get a minor in Nutrition.

The requirement for a minor in Nutrition includes:

NUTR 2341 and at least 9 hours of other NUTR courses, 6 hours of which must be in upper-division courses (3000 and above). Seminar, Practicum, and 1000-level courses do not meet the requirements for a minor.