(College of Letters & Science)

Abigail Thompson, Ph.D., Chairperson

**Department Office.** 1130 Mathematical Sciences Bldg.; 530-752-0827; studentservices@math.ucdavis.edu; http://www.math.ucdavis.edu

**Faculty.** https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/

**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 studentservices@math.ucdavis.edu.

**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 studentservices@math.ucdavis.edu.