Mathematics and Sciences Minors

Want the knowledge and skills in an area, but don't want it to be your major? Then select a minor! Minoring in one or more areas can complement your current degree program.

The School of Mathematics and Sciences offers six minors for you to choose from:

Political Science/Pre-Law
Social Science Research

Biology Minor

Total Credit Hours - 16

General Education Courses Requirement

  • BIO 107 General Biology I
  • and BIO 108 General Biology III

Minor Courses (select four)

  • BIO 280 General Zoology
  • BIO 301 Introduction to Plant Biology
  • BIO 320 Genetics OR BIO 340 Cell Biology and Physiology
  • BIO 360 Principles of Ecology
  • BIO 405 Evolutionary Biology

Mathematics Minor

A minor in mathematics can greatly improve your employability, since it shows that you have done significant work in a field other than your major. As a biology major, you would only need two more courses beyond your required major courses to satisfy the requirements of a mathematics minor.

What Can You Do With a Minor in Mathematics?

A minor in mathematics combined with a biology major can give a student the ability to do mathematical modeling in biology. These mathematical models can be useful in ecological studies, cancer control, medical statistics, etc. In fact, it was just recently revealed that mathematical models for stents can greatly improve their design and utility.

A minor in mathematics combined with a business degree could help you understand complex financial models that might help improve the economy.

What Credits are Required?

Total Credit Hours
- 17-18

General Education Courses Requirement:

  • MAT 116 Precalculus

Minor Required Courses:

  • MAT 221 Calculus I
  • MAT 222 Calculus II

Minor Electives (select two):

  • MAT 200 Statistics
  • MAT 220 Discrete Mathematics
  • MAT 293 Calculus III
  • MAT 300 College Geometry
  • MAT 310 Abstract Algebra
  • MAT 320 Linear Algebra
  • MAT 410 Real Analysis
  • MAT 420 Differential Equations
  • MAT 430 Numerical Analysis
  • MAT 450 Senior Seminar in Mathematics

Political Science/Pre-Law Minor

Political, social and economic processes are keys to understanding the human experience in a global community. The Political Science minor will assist students to explore issues emerging from the aforementioned structures and processes within both domestic and global contexts. The general objectives for reaching these goals will cover global understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, critical thinking and problem solving skills, research and analytical skills and effective written and oral communication skills.

Total Credit Hours - 16

General Education Course Requirements:

  • HIS 210M World Geography (recommended)
  • PHI 104 Introduction to Philosophy (recommended)
  • POL 101 American Government

Minor Required Courses:

  • POL 311M Comparative Politics
  • POL 368 Interest Groups and Public Policy
  • POL 385 Constitutional Law
  • POL 472 Media and Politics
  • SSC 320 Research Design and Analysis I (required unless satisfied in other major/minor)

Psychology Minor

The psychology minor allows you to delve deeper into the world of psychology. Although not the full-blown curriculum, the minor provides you with the critical courses in psychology that are methodologically-oriented and elective options that give you a specialized perspective of the subject.

What Can You Do With a Minor in Psychology?

Minoring in psychology gives you the opportunity to supplement your major, and therefore, making you more employable after graduation and increasing your options for graduate school.

As a biology major, minoring in psychology would aide you when working with autistic children—understanding the biological and psychological reasons for their behavior.

If you are a sociology major, you could benefit from a minor in psychology if you plan to be a social worker; you could better understand your client's social issues as related to their thoughts and actions.

Law and psychology can often be interrelated when studying the legal side of a psychological issue. Although Reinhardt doesn't offer a pre-law degree, a minor in psychology could help you in your future law career because of the background you will have in ethical standards and how it applies to psychology.

What Credits are Required?

Total Credit Hours - 19

General Education Course Requirement:

  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

Minor Required Courses - 10 hours

  • PSY 200 Life-Span Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 210 Personality
  • PSY 325 Experimental Methodology in Psychology

Minor Electives (select three) - 9 hours

  • PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 330 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 340 Cognition and Memory
  • PSY 350 Social Psychology
  • PSY 360 Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 498 Special Topics in Psychology
  • PSY 499 Independent Study in Psychology

Sociology Minor

Total Credit Hours - 16

General Education Course Requirement

  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology

Minor Required Courses - 10 hours

  • SOC 200 Global Social Problems
  • SOC 240 Marriages and Families
  • SOC 310 Social Inequality: Class, Race and Gender
  • SOC 372 Sociological Theory
  • SSC 320 Research Design and Analysis I (required unless satisfied in other major/minor)

Social Science Research Minor

Total Credit Hours - 18 hours

Minor Required Courses - 10 hours

  • PSY 320 Statistics for Psychologists
  • PSY 325 Experimental Methodology in Psychology
  • SSC 320 Research Design and Analysis I
  • SSC 330 Research Design and Analysis II
  • SSC 321 Qualitative Research Methods