Mathematics / Undergraduate Study

Mathematics/Applied Science BS

The Mathematics/Applied Science major is designed for students with a substantial interest in mathematics and its applications to a particular field. It is an individual major in that students, in consultation with a faculty adviser, design their own program. They may also select one of the established programs: mathematics/history of science plan or medical and life sciences plan. In the past, Mathematics/Applied Science majors have combined the study of mathematics with fields such as atmospheric and oceanic sciences, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, economics, geography, physics, psychology, and statistics.

Students interested in designing an individual program should meet with the undergraduate adviser, 6356 Mathematical Sciences, during their sophomore year. A proposed program is drawn up, then forwarded to the mathematics/applied science curriculum committee for approval. All programs must include the following preparation for the major and major courses.

Learning Outcomes

The Mathematics/Applied Science major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Strong mathematical content knowledge of single and multivariate differential and integral calculus, and differential equations
  • Familiarity with linear algebra, techniques of proof, and foundations of real analysis
  • Ability to synthesize material, solve problems, and think abstractly
  • Ability to perform basic computer programming, especially in C++
  • Familiarity with basic statistical analysis including probability distributions, random variables, survey sampling, testing, data summary, sums of squares principle, testing general linear hypothesis in regression, and inference procedures

Premajor

Students entering UCLA directly from high school or first-term transfer students who want to declare the Mathematics/Applied Science premajor at the time they apply for admission are automatically admitted to the premajor.

Current UCLA students need to file a petition with the Student Services Office in 6356 Mathematical Sciences. All students are identified as Mathematics/Applied Science premajors until they satisfy the following minimum requirements for the major: (1) achieve grades of C or better in all premajor mathematics sequenced courses (Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B), (2) achieve a minimum 2.5 grade-point average in the calculus sequence with no more than two repeats, and (3) file a petition to declare the major before completing 160 quarter units.

Preparation for the Major

Required: Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B, Program in Computing 10A. Additional preparation, varying with the individual program, may be required. Each course must be taken for a letter grade. The mathematics sequenced courses (Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B) are calculated separately from the other preparation for the major courses and must be completed with a minimum overall 2.5 grade-point average and a grade of C or better in each course. The other preparation courses must be completed with a minimum overall 2.0 grade-point average and a grade of C− or better in each course.

Repetition of more than two mathematics sequenced courses or of any mathematics sequenced course more than once results in automatic dismissal from the major.

Freshman Students

To enter the major, students must petition after they have completed the six sequenced courses with a 2.5 minimum overall grade-point average and before completing 160 quarter units.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Mathematics/Applied Science major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two years of calculus for majors and one C++ programming course. Additional courses are required for each concentration plan.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

After satisfying the preparation for the major requirements, students need to petition to enter the major at the Student Services Office.

The Major

Required: Fourteen courses, seven in the Mathematics Department selected from Mathematics 106 through 199 and seven upper-division courses in a related field selected from one or two other departments. Each course must be taken for a letter grade. The seven Mathematics Department courses must be completed with a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0, with grades of C− or better in Mathematics 115A and 131A, as must the seven courses outside mathematics.

Mathematics 115A is required of all majors and is intended to be the first upper-division course taken. It is strongly advised that students take Mathematics 115A as soon as the major is declared, if not earlier.

At least five of the courses from the related discipline must be taken after the program has been approved. Students are not admitted to the major if they have 135 or more units by the end of the term in which they plan to enter the program.

Mathematics/History of Science Plan

Preparation for the Major

Required: Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B, Program in Computing 10A, and three courses from History 2B, 3A through 3D. Each course must be taken for a letter grade. The mathematics sequenced courses (Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B) are calculated separately from the other preparation for the major courses and must be completed with a minimum overall 2.5 grade-point average and a grade of C or better in each course. The other preparation courses must be completed with a minimum overall 2.0 grade-point average and a grade of C− or better in each course.

Repetition of more than two mathematics sequenced courses or of any mathematics sequenced course more than once results in automatic dismissal from the major.

The Major

Required: Eight mathematics courses, including Mathematics 106, 115A, 131A, 134, 170A, and three courses from 110A through 199; six outside courses to be selected from History 179A through 180C, Philosophy 124, and any upper-division Honors Collegium course with history of science/medicine content. Each course must be taken for a letter grade. The eight Mathematics Department courses must be completed with a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0, with grades of C− or better in Mathematics 115A and 131A, as must the six outside courses from history, philosophy, or physiological science.

Mathematics 115A is required of all majors and is intended to be the first upper-division course taken. It is strongly advised that students take Mathematics 115A as soon as the major is declared, if not earlier.

Medical and Life Sciences Plan

Preparation for the Major

Required: Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B, Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, Life Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, Physics 1A, 1B, Program in Computing 10A. Each course must be taken for a letter grade. The mathematics sequenced courses (Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B) are calculated separately from the other preparation for the major courses and must be completed with a minimum overall 2.5 grade-point average and a grade of C or better in each course. The other preparation courses must be completed with a minimum overall 2.0 grade-point average and a grade of C− or better in each course.

Repetition of more than two mathematics sequenced courses or of any mathematics sequenced course more than once results in automatic dismissal from the major.

The Major

Required: Seven mathematics courses, including Mathematics 115A, 131A, 134, 151A, 170A, 170B, and one course from 110A through 199 and Statistics 100B through 101C; six outside courses, including Neuroscience M101A, M101B, and M101C, and three courses from Biomathematics 160, Biostatistics 100A, Chemistry and Biochemistry CM160A, Computer Science CM186, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology C119A, 133, C135, Physiological Science 100, 135, and any additional upper-division course from these fields with consent of the administering department and the Mathematics Department. Each course must be taken for a letter grade. The seven Mathematics Department courses must be completed with a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0, with grades of C− or better in Mathematics 115A and 131A, as must the six outside courses.

Mathematics 115A is required of all majors and is intended to be the first upper-division course taken. It is strongly advised that students take Mathematics 115A as soon as the major is declared, if not earlier.