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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 Major.

Some Courses Often Approved as COGNATES (Major or Minor)

Some courses often approved as COGNATES for Mathematics Minors

  • BEPP 452 (STAT 452), CSE 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.

  • Statistics 430, 432, 433, 436, 473, 512, and 541 or Systems Engineering ESE 301, ESE 325, or Econ 103, or ENM 375, 503.

    Note: Since some courses have similar content, there are restrictions on courses in the following two lists:

    List A:   Math 430   Stat 430   Econ 103   Systems 301   ENM 375, 503

    Math Major or Minor Elective Credit: At most one of these from List A.
    Cognate: A second course from list A can count as a Cognate -- but not as a Math elective
    In applying the above rules, students may substitute Stat 510 for either Math 430 or Stat 430, and Stat 511 for Stat 431.

  • Computer and Information Science 262, 511.
  • Econ 222 (old number: Econ 115).
  • Electrical and Systems Engineering 530, 630, 632, 674.
  • Engineering Mathematics 251, 321, 375, 503
  • OPIM 930.
  • STAT 541

Some courses which are not approved as COGNATES
for Mathematics Majors or Minors

Note: Other courses might also be approved;
see the Undergraduate Chair.