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Minor to go with double major in math and CS

  1. Jul 5, 2012 #1
    I'm double majoring in math and cs and will probably do the 4+1 program to get a MS in applied math. But, since I'm starting with a lot of hours (27), I thought I'd go ahead and get a minor in something. Is it even advisable for me to have a minor?

    I'm not sure what field I want to go into. I'll probably go ahead with a PhD in pure math and try to get into academia. The point of the BS in CS is to make me more employable in the private sector, as a backup. So, with that goal, what minors would be helpful?

    If there aren't any that are significantly useful in terms of employability, would it look bad if I just took a minor in something I'm interested in? (I don't want to appear as if I'm not focused and can't make up my mind.) I've been considering a minor in chem or psychology, since they're related to my interest in entheogens.
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  3. Jul 6, 2012 #2


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    Hey TylerH.

    If you are doing applied math where the focus is more on non-statistics courses (differential equations, numerical analysis, etc), I'd recommend doing a few statistics courses to get a stats minor.
  4. Jul 9, 2012 #3
    I think you've probably got your bases covered with the double major combination. My school wouldn't even let us get a minor with a double major.

    If you do want to get a minor, it might be worthwhile to think about a foreign language (particularly French or German, maybe ancient Greek or Latin), because a lot of math PhD programs expect you to be able to read papers written by important mathematicians from other countries. Like, you could read Gauss's original work if you knew German, or you could read Newton in the original Latin.
  5. Jul 9, 2012 #4
    That's a great idea that should have occurred to me. I've been considering moving to Germany later in life.
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