Mathematics at UC Davis


Major and minor

Mathematics is much more than simple arithmetic and equations; it is the study of abstract structures, space, change and the interrelations of these concepts. Mathematics is the one language in which the meaning of each symbol can be defined precisely; it can be used to describe scientific concepts and processes exactly. Mathematicians work to address some of science and society's most pressing questions. Their work bridges the gaps between scientific disciplines and provides a framework for considering problems in their purest, most theoretical form.

Real World Outcomes

Mathematics graduates from UC Davis have found careers in operations research, systems analysis, computing, actuarial work, insurance, financial services and education. Others have entered graduate study in mathematics or in such other fields as law, engineering and economics.

More examples of what you can do with this major


Freshmen: You will begin your studies with preparatory courses in mathematics, engineering or computer science, physics and statistics.

Transfer Students: The UC Transfer Pathway for this major strongly recommends that all lower-division requirements (equivalent to the first two years of courses) be completed prior to transferring.

At the upper division level, you may choose to focus your studies on one of three areas: preparation for graduate study in mathematics, computational and applied mathematics or mathematics for secondary (middle or high school) teaching. You may choose to earn an A.B. degree, which allows you more flexibility to take courses outside your major, or a B.S. degree, which provides more focused instruction in mathematics.