UC Davis Mathematics


To satisfy the capstone requirement, choose one of the following options:

MAT 180 (Special Topics)

MAT 180 is our special topics class. Topics vary every quarter depending on who is teaching the class. A list of current and past topics can be found on the Special Topics Syllabi page.

MAT 180 is typically offered every quarter during the academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring). 

MAT 189 (Advanced Problem Solving)

MAT 189 is a project-based class. Students develop a project throughout the quarter and present it to peers and faculty throughout the quarter using written and verbal presentations. 

MAT 189 is typically offered in Spring quarter, depending on availability of an instructor.

MAT 192 (Internship in Applied Math)

This option allows students to receive units for internships related to mathematics. To satisfy the capstone requirement, an internship must be approved by a faculty advisor and must be at least 90 hours in a quarter. If you are considering an internship, you must carefully follow the MAT 192 guidelines. You should review these guidelines prior to speaking with a faculty advisor (Prof. Morris) about potential MAT 192 internships. Note that you must receive approval from a faculty advisor prior to your internship beginning.

Past internships have included internships in the areas of data analytics; finance and banking; operations research; software engineering; teaching; and more.

In addition to earning MAT 192 units, we recommend that you also request Transcript Notation through the Internship and Career Center. Transcript notation will highlight your internship on your transcript (beyond simply receiving MAT 192 units), including the internship title, organization and the quarter(s) that you participated.

MAT 194 (Undergraduate Thesis)

Please see the Undergraduate Thesis page for more information. An undergraduate thesis is typically a 2 quarter commitment.

EDU/GEL 183 (Teaching High School Math) - Secondary Teaching Emphasis ONLY

Math majors with an emphasis in Secondary Teaching also have the option of using EDU/GEL 183 to satisfy their capstone requirement. More information about EDU/GEL 183 can be found on the MAST/CalTeach website.

Additional MAT Courses That Serve As Capstone

The following MAT courses can serve as a CAPSTONE course as long as you are not using them as a CORE course or Enrichment. These courses allow individuals to go into depth past the initial "A" course.  Please consult an advisor if you should have questions.

  • MAT 115B
  • MAT 118B
  • MAT 119B
  • MAT 135B
  • MAT 146
  • MAT 150B
  • MAT 150C
  • MAT 185B