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Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research

College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Science

Math is everywhere, offering broad career choices. 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. This major has a big impact on our big data world.

Major Requirements

Freshmen: Coursework in mathematics and computer science form the basis for advanced study of analytical methods, with a number of required and optional courses in statistics and economics.

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 will plan your coursework with the help of a faculty adviser. The major requires coursework in either economics or agricultural and resource economics, and concludes with a capstone research course. 

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Degree Outcomes


  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Financial Quantitative Analyst
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Mathematician
  • Actuary

Graduate Study

  • Mathematics
  • Applied economy and management
  • Business analytics and risk management
  • Marketing communications
  • Economics

Alumni Employers

  • AAA Insurance
  • Google
  • Vision USA, Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • CreatorIQ
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