MAJORS, MINORS & SPECIALIZATIONS

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.

 

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Students should review the general catalog for more detailed information.

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.

 

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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.

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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.   

 

Freshmen students who entered UCLA in Fall 2019 and forward must follow the new requirements, please click here

Freshmen students who entered UCLA between Fall 2013 and Fall 2018 and Transfers who entered Fall 2019, please click here 

Students should review the general catalog for more detailed information. 

(Click here for students who declared the major from Fall 2013 to Summer 2014.).

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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

Scope and Objectives

In recent years economics has become increasingly dependent on mathematical methods, and the mathematical tools it employs have become more sophisticated. Mathematically competent economists, with bachelor’s degrees and with advanced degrees, are needed in industry and government. Graduate programs in economics and finance programs in graduate schools of management require strong undergraduate preparation in mathematics for admission.

This degree 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.

Undergraduate Study

For students who declared the major from Fall 2014 to Summer 2015.
For students who declared the major from Fall 2015 to Summer 2016.
**For students who declared the major in Fall 2016.

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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.

 

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minors

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.

 

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

 

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Departmental Scholars and Honors Programs

The Mathematics Departmental Scholars Program is the most advanced program offered to undergraduate mathematics majors. It provides excellent preparation for graduate school for exceptional students. Scholars complete both Bachelor’s (BS) and Master’s (MA) degrees, within a four-year period.

Admission to the Departmental Scholars Program is by application only. Students must apply before the end of the spring quarter of the junior year.

Applications which satisfy the conditions below, and which are submitted by the end of spring quarter of the junior year, are guaranteed consideration. Applications are reviewed and decided by the Undergraduate and Graduate program faculty, in consultation with other faculty. 

To apply for the Departmental Scholars Programs, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be declared in a mathematics major and have fulfilled all premajor math requirements for that major
  • Have completed 96 quarter course units or 24 courses at UCLA or another institution
  • Have passed the Basic Exam
  • Have completed the WII requirement
  • Have at least a 3.6 gpa in all upper division math courses
  • Have at least a 3.5 gpa overall in UCLA  courses
  • Have 2 letters of recommendation from Mathematics permanent faculty who have taught the student
  • Have a detailed study plan for completing both the Bachelor’s degree and the Masters degree by the end of Year 4
  • Have a Statement of Purpose, about one page but no more than two, which explains the student’s interest in the program

Note that these are the minimal requirements for application. Fulfilling them does not guarantee admission to the program.

To remain in the Departmental Scholars Program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Remain a UCLA mathematics student in good academic standing
  • Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in mathematics courses at all times

The following timeline is recommended for students in the Departmental Scholars Program:

First year at UCLA

Complete or have credit from another institution/standardized test (AP or IB Exams) all lower-division Calculus-based courses (Math 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B). If possible take 115AH in spring.

Second year at UCLA

Complete pre-major courses, take Math 115AH (Honors Linear Algebra), Math 115B (Linear Algebra), Math 131AH (Honors Analysis) and 131BH (Honors Analysis).Take major honors courses in area in which you plan to take first grad courses. Begin preparation for Basic Exam (offered Sept. and March) using online copies of past exams.

Third Year at UCLA

Pass the Basic Qualifying Exam.  Apply to Scholars program no later than Spring Quarter. Complete remaining undergraduate math major courses, and most general UCLA required courses.  Begin graduate courses,

Fourth year at UCLA

Complete remaining graduate (and undergraduate) level coursework.

 

The MA requirements include 11 additional courses, of which 8 must be graduate math courses. Typically, Scholars follow at least two of the Core graduate course sequences. These classes start in the fall quarter The normal course load for beginning graduate students is 3 math courses, with a least 2 in core sequences.  In addition, candidates must fulfill all University level requirements. Note, in particular,  that no course may be used to fulfill requirements for both degrees.

An important note on taking graduate courses as an undergraduate. Graduate courses which are taken more than two quarters prior to the quarter of application to the Scholars program may not be used for credit toward the Masters degree. Specifically, this means that if your application file is submitted to the Undergraduate Office and is complete in:

-Fall Quarter, then you can count any course taken in Winter or Spring Quarter of the previous year.

-Winter Quarter, then you can count any course taken in Fall quarter of the same year or Spring quarter of the previous year

-Spring Quarter, then you can count any course taken in Winter or Fall Quarter of the same year.

Please use these rules in planning your studies and please consult with Connie Jung, or either the Graduate or Undergraduate Vice chair, if you have any questions.  Graduate courses may be used to fulfill undergraduate major electives, even if they were taken too early to be used for the Masters degree.

More information on the Basic Exam, including old exams: http://www.math.ucla.edu/grad/handbook/quals/basic
Dates of upcoming exams: https://www.math.ucla.edu/grad/qe-dates

 

Contact ugrad@math.ucla.edu with questions.

Honors Program in Mathematics
Admission to the Program: To be considered for admission to the Honors Program in Mathematics, a student must:
  • be officially enrolled in the Mathematics major;
  • have completed at least four courses at UCLA in the Mathematics Department from those required in the “Preparation for the Major” or Major; and
  • have at least a 3.6 GPA in such mathematics courses taken at UCLA.
Requirements For Honors At Graduation: The student must have completed, in addition to usual course requirements:
  • Mathematics 115AH, 131AH, 131BH, 132H, 110AH, 110BH and 110C;
  • One of the following:
    • Mathematics 191; or
    • take, as an approved active participant, any graduate seminar offered by the Department of Mathematics; or
    • submit an original project, which can be done as part of a regular course, a special course (Mathematics 199), or by special arrangement.
  • Earn a 3.6 GPA or higher in approved upper division and graduate mathematics courses
Original Project:
  • The project should involve some aspects of mathematical theory.
  • The project is to be carried out under the sponsorship of a faculty advisor.
  • The project may be done as part of a regular course, a special course (Mathematics 199), Summer REU project or by a special arrangement.
  • No later than one quarter prior to graduation, the student must submit a project proposal to the Honors Committee for approval.  The project itself must be submitted not later than the fifth week of the last quarter before graduation.
  • The Honors Committee will evaluate the project in consultation with the faculty sponsor, and may at it’s discretion, require a personal presentation by the student.
Seminars:
  • Upper division seminars in Mathematics automatically count as mathematics electives for the major.
Requirements For Highest Honors At Graduation: In addition to the above, the student must:
  • complete at least one approved graduate mathematics course; and
  • earn a 3.8 GPA or higher in approved upper division and graduate mathematics courses.
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.  Applications for the Honors Program in Mathematics are available in the Student Services Office, 6356 Math Sciences.  If you have any questions about the program, or special requests, you are welcome to consult any members of the Mathematics Honors Committee, or see an Undergraduate Mathematics Counselor in 6356 Math Sciences. December 2007

Honors Program in Applied Mathematics
Admission to the Program: To be considered for admission to the Honors Program in Applied Mathematics, a student must:
  • be officially enrolled in the Applied Mathematics major;
  • have completed at least four courses at UCLA in the Mathematics Department from those required in the “Preparation for the Major” or Major; and
  • have at least a 3.6 GPA in such mathematics courses taken at UCLA.
Requirements For Honors At Graduation: 1.  The student must have completed: Mathematics 115AH, 131AH, 131BH, and 132H AND One of the following three quarter sequences:
  • Mathematics 151AB and any course 152-159;
  • 170AB and 171;
  • Statistics 100ABC; or
  • 3 from Mathematics 133, 134, 135, 136, 146.
(Other appropriate courses may be substituted for this requirement upon approval of the Honors Committee.) 2. The student must either:
  • submit an original project as described below; or
  • take, as an approved active participant, any upper division or graduate seminar offered by the Department of Mathematics.  Such participation is described below.
3. The student must have a GPA of at least 3.6 in upper division mathematics and statistics courses taken for the major. Original Project:
  • The project should involve some aspects of mathematical theory.
  • The project is to be carried out under the sponsorship of a faculty advisor.
  • The project may be done as part of a regular course, a special course (Mathematics 199), Summer REU project or by a special arrangement.
  • No later than one quarter prior to graduation, the student must submit a project proposal to the Honors Committee for approval.  The project itself must be submitted not later than the fifth week of the last quarter before graduation.
  • The Honors Committee will evaluate the project in consultation with the faculty sponsor, and may at it’s discretion, require a personal presentation by the student.
Seminars: Approval as an active participant requires all of the following:
  • two lectures;
  • a written statement, signed by the instructor, describing the nature of the participation.  This statement must be submitted to the Honors Committee no later than the end of the quarter in which the seminar is given or the fifth week of the last quarter before graduation, whichever is sooner;
  • approval of the Honors Committee.
  • Upper division seminars in Mathematics automatically count as mathematics electives for the major.
Requirements For Highest Honors At Graduation: In addition to the above:
  • Students who demonstrate exceptional achievement will be awarded Highest Honors.
  • Decisions regarding projects, seminar participation, and Highest Honors will be made by the Honors Committee.
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.  Applications for the Honors Program in Mathematics are available in the Student Services Office, 6356 Math Sciences.  If you have any questions about the program, or special requests, you are welcome to consult any members of the Mathematics Honors Committee, or see an Undergraduate Mathematics Counselor in 6356 Math Sciences. December 2007

Honors Program in Financial Actuarial Mathematics
Admission to the Program: To be considered for admission to the Honors Program in Financial Actuarial Mathematics, a student must:
  • be officially enrolled in the Financial Actuarial Mathematics major;
  • have completed all of the “Preparation for the Major” courses;
  • have at least a 3.5 GPA in the Mathematics “Preparation for the Major” courses;
  • have at least a 3.5 GPA in the Economics “Preparation for the Major” courses
Requirements For Honors At Graduation:
  1. Complete Mathematics 115AH, 131AH and 131BH;
  2. Complete Mathematics 170AB and 171;
  3. Complete Mathematics 172ABC and 173AB. (Other appropriate courses may be substituted for this requirement upon approval of the Honors Committee.)
  4. The student must either:
  • submit an original project as described below; or
  • take, as an approved active participant, any upper division or graduate seminar offered by the Department of Mathematics.  Such participation is described below.
5.  The student must have a GPA of at least 3.6 in upper division mathematics and economics/statistics courses (calculated separately) taken for the major. Original Project:
  • The project should involve some aspects of mathematical theory.
  • The project is to be carried out under the sponsorship of a faculty advisor.
  • The project may be done as part of a regular course, a special course (Mathematics 199), Summer REU project or by a special arrangement.
  • The project may be done by enrolling in Economics 198A for preparation for Economics 198B (the thesis process requires enrollment in a two-quarter sequence of Economics courses).
    • Present thesis in Economics 198B.
  • No later than one quarter prior to graduation, the student must submit a project proposal to the Honors Committee for approval.  The project itself must be submitted not later than the fifth week of the last quarter before graduation.
  • The Honors Committee will evaluate the project in consultation with the faculty sponsor, and may at its discretion, require a personal presentation by the student.
Seminars:   Approval as an active participant requires all of the following:
  1. two lectures;
  2. a written statement, signed by the instructor, describing the nature of the participation.  This statement must be submitted to the Honors Committee no later than the end of the quarter in which the seminar is given or the fifth week of the last quarter before graduation, whichever is sooner;
  3. approval of the Honors Committee.
Requirements For Highest Honors At Graduation:   In addition to the above:
  • Students who demonstrate exceptional achievement will be awarded Highest Honors.
  • Decisions regarding projects, seminar participation, and Highest Honors will be made by the Honors Committee.
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.  Applications for the Honors Program in Mathematics are available in the Student Services Office, 6356 Math Sciences.  If you have any questions about the program, or special requests, you are welcome to consult any members of the Mathematics Honors Committee, or see an Undergraduate Mathematics Counselor in 6356 Math Sciences. September 2013

Honors Program in Mathematics of Computation
Admission to the Program: To be considered for admission to the Honors Program in Mathematics of Computation, a student must:
  • be officially enrolled in the Mathematics of Computation major;
  • have completed at least four courses at UCLA in the Mathematics Department from those required in the “Preparation for the Major” or Major; and
  • have at least a 3.6 GPA in such mathematics courses taken at UCLA.
Requirements For Honors At Graduation: 1. The student must have completed: Mathematics 115AH, 131AH, 131BH and 132H; and
  • Mathematics 151AB and any one course from 152-159 and
  • Mathematics 134, 135, and any one course from 133, 136 or 146.
2. The student must either:
  • submit an original project as described below; or
  • take, as an approved active participant, any upper division or graduate seminar offered by the Department of Mathematics.  Such participation is described below.
3. The student must have a GPA of at least 3.6 in upper division mathematics and statistics courses taken for the major. Original Project:
  • The project should involve some aspects of mathematical theory.
  • The project is to be carried out under the sponsorship of a faculty advisor.
  • The project may be done as part of a regular course, a special course (Mathematics 199), Summer REU project or by a special arrangement.
  • No later than one quarter prior to graduation, the student must submit a project proposal to the Honors Committee for approval.  The project itself must be submitted not later than the fifth week of the last quarter before graduation.
  • The Honors Committee will evaluate the project in consultation with the faculty sponsor, and may at it’s discretion, require a personal presentation by the student.
Seminars:
  • Upper division seminars in Mathematics automatically count as mathematics electives for the major.
Requirements For Highest Honors At Graduation: In addition to the above, the student must:
  • earn a 3.8 GPA or higher in approved upper division and graduate mathematics courses.
  • Decisions regarding projects, seminar participation, and Highest Honors will be made by the Honors Committee.
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.  Applications for the Honors Program in Mathematics are available in the Student Services Office, 6356 Math Sciences.  If you have any questions about the program, or special requests, you are welcome to consult any members of the Mathematics Honors Committee, or see an Undergraduate Mathematics Counselor in 6356 Math Sciences. December 2007

Honors Program in Mathematics/Economics
Admission to the Program: To be considered for admission to the Honors Program in Mathematics/Economics, a student must:
  • be officially enrolled in the Mathematics/Economics major;
  • have completed all of the “Preparation for the Major” courses;
  • have at least a 3.5 GPA in the Mathematics “Preparation for the Major” courses;
  • have at least a 3.5 GPA in the Economics “Preparation for the Major” courses; and
  • have completed Econ 11, Econ 101 and Econ 102 with an overall GPA of 3.5.
Requirements For Honors At Graduation:
  • Complete Mathematics 115AH;
  • Complete Mathematics 131AH and 131BH;
  • Enroll in Economics 198A for preparation for Economics 198B (the thesis process requires enrollment in a two-quarter sequence of Economics courses).
  • Present thesis in Economics 198B.
  • Complete major requirements with at least a 3.5 GPA in the upper division Mathematics courses.
  • Complete major requirements with at least a 3.5 GPA in the upper division Economics courses.
Requirements For Highest Honors At Graduation: In addition to the above:
  • Highest honors, awarded at the discretion of the Mathematics Departmental Honors Committee and the Mathematics-Economics IDP Committee, in consultation with the Economics Department, and are based on grade-point average and quality of the senior thesis.
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.  Applications for the Honors Program in Mathematics/Economics are available in the Student Services Office, 6356 Math Sciences.  If you have any questions about the program, or special requests, you are welcome to consult any members of the Mathematics Honors Committee, or see an Undergraduate Mathematics Counselor in 6356 Math Sciences. January 2011 For more information, contact student services, ugrad [at] math [dot] ucla [dot] edu.

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