The Mathematics major is 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 majors 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.
The Financial Actuarial Mathematics major is 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.
The Mathematics of Computation major is 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 is a major designed for students who have a substantial interest in teaching mathematics at the secondary level. (Go to 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.)
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:
- Individual Plan
- Actuarial Plan (Discontinued as of Spring 2013 due to the establishment of Financial Actuarial Mathematics)
- Medical and Life Sciences Plan
- History of Science Plan
The Mathematics/Economics B.S. program is 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. (MAJOR CHANGES EFFECTIVE FALL 2015 AND FALL 2016!)
In addition to the above major options, 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.
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.
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 2.5 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.
Computational And Systems Biology (See the Computational and Systems Biology (CaSB) website for more information: 4436 Boelter Hall, Los Angeles CA 90095)
Mathematics/Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (See the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department for more information: 7127 Math Sciences, Box 951565, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1565)