Mathematical and Statistical Modeling of Complex Systems Minor

This minor focuses on training students in current quantitative modeling techniques for understanding complex systems.  Complex Systems is a field at the intersection of social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences studying how different parts of a system and its environment interact and give rise to the collective dynamics of the system.  This minor program is designed to prepare students for careers, which apply quantitative methodology to government organization, industries and research involving complex behavior and biomedical fields.  The courses required in the minor are interdisciplinary crossing mathematics with public health, biology, chemistry, psychology and sociology.

General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.


 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Mathematical and Statistical Modeling of Complex Systems Minor 

The program requires students to take 6 courses totaling 22-24 credit hours.

Required core courses
MATH-187Calculus I4
MATH-202Calculus II4
MATH-275Applied And Computational Statistics (minor advisor consultation required, MATH-334 is 3 crs.)4
or MATH-334 Mathematical Statistics I
MATH-370Mathematical Modeling In The Natural Sciences4
MATH-374Modeling And Simulations Of Complex Systems Networks (or other modeling course recommended by the advisor)4
Electives: At least one course from the following list:
Ordinary Differential Equations II
Partial Differential Equations
Introduction To Numerical Analysis
Probability Models For Operations Research
Independent Study In Mathematics (minor advisor consultation required)
Mathematical Statistics II (only if not taken under Group A)
Computing For Mathematicians (or other 300-level course approved by the advisor)
Total Hours:22-24