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 CA Teaching Credential and the Join Mathematics Education 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:
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!)
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.
Additionally the department offers a Scholar Program, Merit Track, and Honors Program.
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).