undergraduate faq

These FAQs are designed to answer commonly asked questions for the Undergraduate Mathematics program. If you are unable to find the answer to your question here, please contact us at ugrad[at]math.ucla.edu.

For lower division courses, it is based on a first come, first serve basis.  Keep a close eye on the waitlist since that is the best way to get into the class.  You should attend lecture and let the instructor and TA know of your situation in hopes that they will keep and grade your work while you are waiting for a spot to open; however, ALWAYS have a backup plan.  The waitlist you are on is a true waitlist.  This means that the only way to move up the waitlist and into the class is by other people dropping out of the course. Our enrollment capacity is 35 students per discussion sections.  We do not give out PTE numbers and we cannot predict how many people will be dropping.

At the end of Week 2, the registrar will wipe out the waitlist and it will cease to exist.  We will continue to leave the class capacity to 35 in each discussion.  When the waitlist existed, students who are on it will automatically be enrolled when someone in their discussion section drops.  At Week 3, it is up to the instructor if he or she wants to go beyond class.  If instructors do not have the enrollment policy stated on their syllabus or webpage, I suggest you go and talk to him or her directly to see what their specific policy is.  (Instructor information will be made public once it becomes official.)

It is always a good idea to have a back-up plan, as enrollment in any course is not guaranteed and you may have to take the course the next time it is offered.

Upper division math courses are restricted to math majors and minors only during the first pass. Students in a math pre-major are not able to enroll in upper division math courses during first pass. Enrollment is open to all students during second pass, with a few exceptions in certain specialized courses.

For upper division math courses only, you can place your name on the unofficial waitlist, which opens on the first day of class. Signing up for the unofficial waitlist does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in the class. The Math Department reviews all unofficial waitlist requests. Students will be given the opportunity to enroll when the class enrollment falls below its maximum based on priority.


It is always a good idea to have a back-up plan, as enrollment in any course is not guaranteed and you may have to take the course the next time it is offered.

Unlike most high schools, the Mathematics Department does not require that you purchase a specific calculator. Most of our calculus courses make use of a scientific calculator. If you currently have a graphing calculator, you may use this; if you do not own a graphing calculator, you do not have to purchase one.

For non-impacted (i.e. math) courses only:

By Friday of Second Week:

  • Logon to MyUCLA.
  • No fee, no transcript notation.

By Friday of Fourth Week:

  • Logon to MyUCLA.
  • $5 fee, no transcript notation.

By Friday of Tenth Week:

  • Have your professor sign the form from L&S Counseling in A-316 Murphy Hall.
  • $50 fee, transcript notation.

Warning: If you are on financial aid and plan to drop a course, it is important that you first go to the Financial Aid Office to find out the consequences of having fewer than twelve units. Impacted courses have different criteria for dropping. Please check with the college regarding this criteria.

No. All courses that are required for the major, minor, or Specialization in Computing must be taken for a letter grade.

Once you complete PIC 10A and 10B, you can submit a Petition to declare the Specialization in Computing. Students majoring in Math of Computation or Data Theory cannot add the specialization.

It is recommended that you do a degree/graduation check the quarter before you graduate by meeting with your College and major advisors.

Yes. If you would like to complete some “Preparation for the Major” or “Major” courses during the summer at a community college, four-year university, or another UC campus, you may do so. However, you must verify course equivalencies with a math counselor prior to completing the courses.

Upon completion of the course, have an official transcript sent to UCLA Undergraduate Admission. You must also fill out a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form in order to have the course evaluated and credited to your record.

Only grades from other UC campuses will be factored into your UCLA GPA.

UCLA policy states that students may repeat up to 16 units of GRADED coursework in which they receive a grade of “C-” or below (https://cac.ucla.edu/academic-policies/grading-repeats/).  However, there are RESTRICTIONS to this policy:  

  • You may repeat the same course only once.
  • You may receive units for a repeated course only once.
  • You will not receive credit for a course repeated after you have completed a more advanced course in a true sequence with a passing grade (i.e., Math, Chemistry, or foreign languages).

Mathematics courses are heavily sequenced at UCLA where students cannot go backwards to change or earn a grade once they moved forward.  For example, Math 31A is a prerequisite for Math 32A.  If a student receives any kind of a grade in Math 32A, he/she will not be able to take Math 31A, therefore possibly eliminating any chances of majoring in any discipline that requires the calculus sequence.