(College of Letters & Science)
Abigail Thomspon, Ph.D., Chairperson
The Major Programs
Mathematics is the study of abstract structures, space, change, and the interrelations of these concepts. It also is the language of the exact sciences.
The Program. After completing basic introductory courses such as calculus and linear algebra, students plan an upper division program in consultation with a faculty advisor. Upper division courses include real analysis, probability, modern algebra, as well as a variety of other courses that allow students to further mathematical knowledge and skills that feature their research or career interests. This individualized program can lead to graduate study in pure or applied mathematics, elementary or secondary level teaching, or to other professional goals. It can also reflect a special interest such as computational and applied mathematics, computer science, or statistics, or may be combined with a major in some other field.
Career Alternatives. A degree in mathematics provides entry to many careers in industry in addition to teaching. For instance, operations research, data analysis, systems analysis, computing, actuarial work, insurance, and financial services are only a few such careers. Mathematics is also a sound basis for graduate work in a variety of fields, such as law, engineering, and economics.
Recommended Language Preparation. Bachelor of Science degree candidates are advised, but not required, to satisfy the same language requirement as that for a Bachelor of Arts degree candidate, and to fulfill it in French, German, or Russian.
Major Advisors. For a current list of faculty and staff advisors, see https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/undergrad/advising/advisers/ or contact the Student Services office at email@example.com.
Mathematics Placement Requirement. Students who wish to enroll in MAT 012, 016A, 017A, 021A, 021AH, and 021M must satisfy the mathematics placement requirement by taking an online exam. Students who do not satisfy the requirement will be administratively dropped from these courses. For more information, including preparation tips and how to access the online exam, please see the Department of Mathematics' website, at http://www.math.ucdavis.edu/undergrad/math_placement, well in advance of enrolling.
Department Honors. Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement for honors at graduation for the College of Letters & Science and who complete a senior project as part of MAT 194 or 199 units in consultation with their faculty advisor may also be recommended by the department for graduation with High Honors or Highest Honors. Recommendations will be based on evaluations of students' academic achievements in their major and the quality of their senior project. For complete details, see our website at https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/undergrad/honors/.
Graduate Study. The Department offers programs of study and research leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics. Information regarding graduate study may be obtained by consulting our website, and by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.