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Mathematical and Scientific Computation

College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Science

Math is everywhere, offering broad career choices. The mathematical and scientific computation major is the ideal choice for students who are interested in the interplay between mathematical theory and modern computational tools for applications. Students gain advanced knowledge of computer science, specifically programming. They build a solid foundation in mathematics that will enable them to model or analyze complicated systems or problems, such as earthquakes, economic models or biological systems. 

Major Requirements

Freshmen: You will begin your study with basic preparatory mathematics courses such as calculus (if not completed in high school) and abstract math, as well as computer science and engineering courses in programming and software development.

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 choose the Computation and Mathematics or the Computational and Mathematic Biology emphasis and plan your upper division work with the help of a faculty adviser. Both emphases require some coursework outside of the department.

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Degree Outcomes


  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Geneticist
  • Financial Quantitative Analyst

Graduate Study

  • Mathematics
  • Data science
  • Scientific computing
  • Statistics
  • Health care analytics

Alumni Employers

  • Google
  • Naval Air Systems Command
  • California Science and Technology University
  • Fractal
  • Amazon
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