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Mathematics Majors

All preparation courses for any of the mathematics majors must be passed with a "C" or better and an overall 2.5 GPA. Additional requirements are required for majors requiring economics courses where these courses must be passed with a "C" or better and an overall 2.7 GPA that is calculated separately from the mathematics courses.

Each major will have its individual pre-major. All students must declare a math major before completing 160.0 units (minus AP credit).

Math 115A and Math 131A must be passed with a "C-" or better in all majors. Additional requirements are required for majors requiring economics courses where Econ 101 and Econ 102 must be passed with a "C-" or better.

Detailed requirements are listed in the general catalog.  For more information, contact Student Services, ugrad [at] math [dot] ucla [dot] edu.

Students who are planning to pursue graduate studies in mathematics or related fields are strongly encouraged to major in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Mathematics of Computation.

Mathematics

Designed for students who are interested in the theory of mathematics. Pure mathematicians often pursue master and doctorate degree in mathematics in order to prepare for a career in research or university level teaching.

Applied Mathematics

Designed for students who are interested in the classical relationships between the physical sciences and engineering. They often seek employment in the industry utilizing their skills to solve engineering and computer related problems.

Financial Actuarial Mathematics 

Designed for students interested in working in the actuarial field or the application of mathematics, finance, and statistics. At the end of this program, students will have sufficient knowledge to pass the first five preliminary actuarial exams: P, FM, MLC, MFE, and C.  UCLA's major is one of the more well-known ones on the west coast that is taught by current and retired actuaries.

Mathematics of Computation

Designed for individuals who are interested in the mathematical theory and the applications of computing. These students often seek employment in areas similar to the applied mathematicians.

Mathematics for Teaching

Designed for students who have a substantial interest in teaching mathematics at the secondary level.  Visit the Curtis Center website for more information about other undergraduate teacher preparation programs such as the Joint Mathematics Education Program and the Subject Matter Preparation Program.

Mathematics/Applied Science

The Mathematics/Applied Science major is intended for students who are interested in applications of mathematics to other areas. Students majoring in Mathematics/Applied Science often pursue careers in medical professions, professional programs, or graduate programs in business or law. Students who major in Mathematics/Applied Science must pursue one of the following plans:

Mathematics/Economics

Designed to give students a solid foundation in both mathematics and economics, stressing those areas of mathematics and statistics that are most relevant to economics and the parts of economics that emphasize the use of mathematics and statistics. It is ideal for students who may wish to complete a higher degree in economics. 

Specialization in Computing

The Department of Mathematics offers a Specialization in Computing, which can be added to all of the majors with the exception of Mathematics of Computation.

 

Minors

Mathematics minors are not available for students in a Mathematics major.

Mathematics

Designed to provide students who are non-math major the opportunity to widen their background and general comprehension of the role of mathematics in various disciplines.

Teaching Secondary Mathematics

Designed for students majoring in fields other than mathematics who plan to teach secondary mathematics after graduation.

 

Departmental Scholars and Honors Programs

Scholar Program

The Mathematics Departmental Scholar program is the Department’s most rigorous program and is intended to prepare students for graduate school. Students have the opportunity to complete both a Bachelors (BS) and Masters (MA) in a finite amount of time, ideally four years.  The granting of the Masters Degree is contingent upon the completion of graduate level coursework and passing of the Basic Qualifying Exam.

Honors Program

The Department Honors Program grants eligible students the opportunity to work closer with faculty and apply their learning to an original project. This Honors Program is independent of the honors sections of the mathematics courses. Graduation with Honors in Mathematics is also distinct from graduation with College Honors.

 

Interdepartmental Majors

Computational And Systems Biology

See the Computational and Systems Biology (CaSB) website for more information:  

4436 Boelter Hall

Mathematics/Atmospheric Science

See the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department for more information:

7127 Math Sciences


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