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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.



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

Ideal for students who are interested in mathematics used in the physical, life and social sciences, and engineering, as well as practical applications in society, including business, finance, medicine and the internet.  Students in this major frequently add the Specialization in Computing.

Data Theory


Trains students, through theory and practice, in the mathematical, statistical, and computational principles of data science.  Top graduates will be prepared for graduate studies in a field related to data science or an initial technical position in the field with leadership potential.  In collaboration with Statistics, it is a capstone major with a data-based project in the senior year.

Financial Actuarial Mathematics 

Designed for students interested in financial mathematics and its applications.  Graduates typically go on to MFE/MBA programs, the actuarial field, banking and/or business.   

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:


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 or Data Theory.



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


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.

Mathematics for Teaching

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


Departmental Scholars and Honors Programs

Scholars Program

The Mathematics Departmental Scholars program is the most advanced program offered to undergraduate Mathematics majors. It provides excellent preparation for graduate school. It is also the program that MUMS recipients are expected to follow.  Scholars who complete the program successfully receive a Bachelor (BS) and a Masters (MA) degree. 

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:  

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Undergraduate Handbooks

Newly Admitted Students:  Review information on department and major information in CCLE before attending Summer Orientation!