Offered as a major (B.A. or B.S.) and a minor

By majoring in mathematics, you’ll develop the strong critical thinking skills that employers actively seek.

The Curriculum
Gain a strong theoretical background

Mathematical theory will be the backbone of your major. You’ll be able to apply your knowledge to a wide variety of fields by mastering:

  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Set theory
  • Recursion
  • Algorithms
  • Graph theory
  • Abstract algebra
  • Number systems
  • Probability and statistics
Discover the practical applications

You’ll learn how to use math in the fields of science, engineering, and business. Applying mathematics in a practical way will sharpen your analytical thinking and help you become a creative problem solver.

Use technology to solve complex problems

Computer simulations and mathematical modeling will be an integral part of your studies. By learning to incorporate technology into your problem-solving process, you’ll be able to take on bigger and more complex challenges.

Extend your experience beyond the classroom

Internships and independent projects will allow you to get hands-on experience applying your mathematical knowledge to the real world. You can also:

  • Enter paid summer research programs across the nation
  • Spend a semester studying mathematics abroad
  • Compete in national mathematics-related contests
  • Give presentations at regional seminars or national conferences
Get specific preparation for your career

Your studies will culminate in a capstone. During this course, you’ll work with a faculty mentor to design and carry out a project tailored to your post-graduation goals — an invaluable experience that will prepare you for a successful career.

Choose between a B.S. or B.A. degree

A Bachelor of Science degree will prepare you for graduate studies in the sciences, as well as more technical fields. You’ll be required to take a computer programming course and enroll in advanced math classes.

A Bachelor of Arts degree will give you more freedom in your course selection so that you can complement your work in mathematics with non-science classes. If you plan to pursue a teaching credential, a graduate business program, or law school, then this is the better degree for you.

The Experience
Mathematics major photo of student or faculty

I started as a math major, but added physics as a second major at the end of my first year. I was able to manage both majors since the lower division requirements for each major were very similar. I've tried to take at least one upper division math class and one upper division physics class each semester since my sophomore year. Having a deeper understanding of math helped me a lot in upper division physics classes.

Su Ji Hong

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The best moment in a math project comes when you finally understand why a technique or line of reasoning works after a long struggle with the idea. Encouraging a student to persevere and then giving them a high-five for resolving the difficulty is one of my highlights of working with student researchers.

Karrolyne Fogel, Associate Professor
Your Future

Your mathematical knowledge will be applicable to a wide variety of careers and situations. You’ll also be well prepared to pursue graduate studies.

With a B.S. degree, you’ll be able to enter graduate programs in mathematics, engineering, physics, and computer science.

With a B.A. degree, you’ll be ready to pursue further study in actuarial science, business, education, finance, and the natural sciences.

Our alumni study at:

  • Sonoma State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Montana State University
  • Concordia University
  • Arizona State University
  • California State University, Pomona
  • University of Washington
  • University of California, Santa Cruz

They work for:

  • 21st Century
  • CRG Marine Laboratories
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • LA Unified School District
  • Summit Wealth Management
  • Thousand Oaks High School
  • Aerospace Corporation
  • Teledyne Scientific Company
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Career paths:

  • Quality Control Manager
  • BioTech Processing Assistant
  • Technical Director
  • Math Teacher
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Financial Representative
  • Aerospace Technical Staff
  • Research Scientist