Why Study Math at UC Davis?

With so many colleges and universities to choose from, what makes studying mathematics at UC Davis special?

  • Close interaction with professors.
    Our faculty are extensively involved in teaching lower and upper division mathematics courses. Every declared math major is assigned a faculty adviser who helps guide them through course selections and degree requirements. Nurturing students as future colleagues, professors provide students with opportunities to work side-by-side on research projects. Students gain firsthand knowledge and experience necessary to achieve their goals after graduation.

  • At UC Davis we're friendly.
    We're helpful. We're inclusive. UC Davis is small enough to provide personal attention yet has all the options, opportunities and world-class facilities that come with being part of a large research university. The only UC campus situated in a college town, the city of Davis itself is small and geared towards students. And we're geographically blessed, located halfway between skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the premier cultural attractions of San Francisco.
  • Interests for everyone.
    From the hundreds of student clubs to career advising to academic and social activities, these opportunities are exceedingly diverse. Whether within our department or on the campus, there is an organization or activity for almost any interest you might have.

  • Open computing environment.
    Your computer needs will be well met in a computer lab—just for undergraduates—which is housed in the Mathematical Sciences building. Available for your use are 30 terminals and 4 application servers (which you can access from home), plus a full-time three-person computer support staff to answer questions.

  • New Majors: Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research
    The Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research major 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 financing to entertainment and education.

  • Calculus Room.
    The Calculus Room provides assistance for students in MAT 16, 17, and 21 calculus series courses. It's a place for students to work individually or in study-groups with 2-4 graduate student TA's available to answer questions.

  • Shortened time to degree.
    During the summer, the department enables students to shorten their time to graduation by offering a selection of core upper-division courses, as well as all lower-division courses.

  • A degree with more value.
    Your degree has more value because of the research reputation of the Davis faculty. The faculty and graduate students at UC Davis are working day and night to discover new theorems, new equations, new formula, new concepts, and indeed new mathematics. The increasing international research reputation is demonstrated by the large number of research funding and honors awarded to our faculty, invited addresses delivered by the faculty all over the world, and research publications. The Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Program can provide you one of the most memorable moments of your undergraduate years, participating in the discovery of something totally new in mathematics with your professor.

  • Future prospects.
    A UC Davis graduate with a mathematics or applied mathematics major can compete for a variety of private sector positions, particularly those which demand mathematical and computational skills, e.g., in computer industry, biotechnology, financial services, insurance, and communications. Also available is a variety of government jobs. There is great demand for mathematics teachers on all levels. In addition, our graduates are well-prepared for graduate studies, either in mathematics, applied mathematics, or in a related field.