The Mathematics Undergraduate Program

How to Apply

You can apply for undergraduate admission for a Mathematics degree through the UC Davis website. It will answer all your questions to get your application filed, when to apply, and where to go from there.

Visit the UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions web page.


Students majoring in mathematics may follow a program leading to either the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. After completing basic introductory courses such as calculus and linear algebra, students plan an upper division program in consultation with a faculty adviser. The upper division course offering is grouped into entry level, core, and enrichment courses. Entry level courses are designed to serve as a bridge between the concrete mathematics of the lower division and the more abstract concepts taught in upper division courses. The core classes are intended to provide the basic mathematical techniques, whereas the enrichment choices allow students to further their mathematical knowledge and skills that feature their research or career interests. This individualized program can lead to graduate study in pure or applied mathematics, to 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. An undergraduate degree in mathematics provides entry to many careers in addition to teaching. For instance, operations research, 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, medicine, engineering, and economics. For more information regarding mathematical careers, consult our Careers in Mathematics web page.


Mathematics. This major is most suitable for students who like to learn the abstract way of thinking that mathematics offers. There are two plans within this major, each with a different selection of courses. The General Mathematics option is for students who intend to continue to study mathematics in graduate school or plan to pursue a career that utilizes mathematics. The Secondary Teaching option is for those who are interested in primary or secondary teaching. To see the required courses for each major, you can download the forms from the Degree Requirements area of our web page.

Mathematical and Scientific Computation. This major is intended for students who like the interaction between mathematics and computers. There are two different emphases in this major. The Computational and Mathematical Emphasis is for students who prefer connections to computer science, and the Computational and Mathematical Biology Emphasis is for those with interests in mathematical and computational biology. Both emphases require some courses outside the Department of Mathematics.

Applied Mathematics. Students who are interested in applications of mathematics to engineering and other applied sciences should consider this major. It requires one upper division course outside the Department of Mathematics.

Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research.  Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research addresses a critical need in business for scientifically-trained analysts who can use mathematical models to interpret big data, analyze markets and forecast trends—this major is ideally suited to students with an interest in business or economics. Students will develop the skills to perform data analysis and develop reliable models for forecasting, decision-making and long-term planning in fields ranging from finance to entertainment and education.

For more information about each of these majors, consult the Degree Requirements page on our website, as well as the UC Davis Online Catalog section for the Department of Mathematics (to see Math courses, use the link at the TOP of this page), which includes course descriptions and other general degree requirements. The 2006-2008 Catalog will be available online and in the Bookstore on June 21, 2006. For current information on our courses, consult the Courses page of our web site.


A minor in the Department of Mathematics consists of completing 20 units in upper division mathematics courses exclusive of MAT 192, 197TC, 198, and 199. To request certification of a minor, you must have a grade point average of 2.0 in all courses required for the minor. View the Minor Requirements page for more complete information.