Cognates and Electives for Math Majors and Minors
A cognate gives you extra flexibility. For each Math program, you are
required to take a certain number of math electives. You are allowed
the flexibility to substitute at most one cognate for a Math
elective. All cognates require the approval of the Undergraduate Chair <UGradChair
AT math.upenn.edu> and must be part of a well planned selection
of electives within the
Some Courses Often Approved as COGNATES (Major or Minor)
- Astronomy 011, 012,
412, 414, 437, 446,
- Computer and Information Science 320
The courses CIS 110, 120 and 121 cannot be counted as cognates.
104, 212, 242, 245
205, 206, 235
Engineering 210, 211, 221
- Systems Engineering
006, 411, 413 (not Phil 005)
- Physics 140, 150, 151, 170, 171
Some courses often approved as COGNATES for Mathematics Minors
- BEPP 452
260, CSE 261, CIS 160.
Students can count one of these cognate courses towards a Math
Minor. Math Majors can count one of the above cognates toward a Math
Major, and two if they are double majors.
Courses counting as inside the Math. Dept.
The following courses count as being inside the Math.
Department as far as the Major or Minor is concerned. This means that
that counting them toward a Math Minor or Major does not change the
number of cognate courses above which can also be counted.
Some courses which are not approved as COGNATES
for Mathematics Majors or Minors
Note: Other courses might also be approved;
see the Undergraduate Chair.
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