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MCS Minor

The minor in Mathematical and Computational Science is intended to provide an experience of the four constituent areas: Computer Science, Mathematics, Management Science and Engineering, and Statistics.


  • 6 courses in the MCS core programs: Math, CS, MS&E and Statistics (23-25 units)
  • 3 elective courses (8-10 units)

Total units: 32 (minimum)

All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade, if offered.

 MCS Minor form

Required Courses

Math core

Select one of the following:

  • Math 51 or
  • Math 104

Computer Science core

Select two of the following:

  • CS 106A

and either

  • CS 106B or
  • 106X

Management Science & Engineering core

Select one of the following:

  • MS&E 211 or
  • MS&E 221

Statistics core

Select two of the following:

  • Stats 116*

and either

  • Stats 191 or
  • Stats 200

MCS Minor Electives:

Three courses from the following, two of which must be in different departments.

  • CME 108, 206, 302, 211
  • CS 103, 107, 108, 110, 140, 143, 154, 157, 161, 164, 194, 221, 223A, 225A, 228, 229, 243, 248 
  • Econ 102C, 140, 160, 179, 181
  • EE 261, 263, 278, 282, 364B
  • MS&E 211, 212, 221, 226, 251
  • Math 104, 106, 108, 109, 110, 113, 174, 116, 131P, 136, 171, 172
  • Phil 151
  • Stats 191, 200, 202, 203, 208, 215, 217, 219


Other upper-division courses appropriate to the program major may be substituted with consent of the program director. Undergraduate majors in the constituent programs may not count courses in their own departments.

*Stats 116 cannot be substituted or waived.

Students may not overlap ("double-count") courses when completing multiple major and/or minor requirements, unless:

Overlapping courses constitute introductory skill requirements (for example, introductory math or a foreign language).

Not sure if the MCS minor is  the right minor for you?

Take a look at the Data Science minor and Statistics minor also offered by the Department of Statistics.

 Comparison of Minors

How to Declare

After declaring the minor in Axess, students must submit the minor form to Mason Perez, Sequoia Hall, Room 124, before they can be approved.

If you are pursuing a minor you must complete a "Major-Minor and Multiple Major Course Approval Form" indicating which courses you plan to apply toward each major and any minor(s). Departments must certify that the plan of study meets all requirements for the majors and any minor(s) without unallowable overlaps in course work.

The Major-Minor and Multiple Major Course Approval form is available for download at any time.

This form must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar by the application to graduate deadline for the term in which the student intends to graduate.

If you cannot meet the requirements of major(s) and minor(s) without overlaps, you may be required to change your major(s) and or minor(s) to facilitate graduation. Consult the Office of the University Registrar for additional information.