Mathematics

Students interested in the mathematics profession have a number of resources on campus to learn and explore about the field.    

Mathematics is:

The abstract science of number, quantity, and space. Mathematics may be studied in its own right ( pure mathematics ), or as it is applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering ( applied mathematics ).   -Google definitions.

Mathematics comes in many different forms and has many different opportunities.  This can be a place to start as you see if the mathematics field is for you.

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Mathematics Departments/Majors/Programs

Here are the areas that UC San Diego offers for Mathematics in undergraduate study:

  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics-Scientific Computation
  • Mathematics-Secondary Education
  • Mathematics-Applied Science
  • Mathematics-Computer Science
  • Mathematics/Economics
  • Mathematics-Probability and Statistics
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Mathematics Education Minor
  • Mathematics Honors Program

Get involved with student-run organizations

To see a full list please go to the Student Organization Page.

  • Society for undergraduate Math students
  • UNISEM - United Scientists, Engineering, Math
  • Math Department

Explore the Profession

Discover whether an Mathematics career matches your interests, skills and abilities and meets your lifestyle expectations:
  • Explore your field of interest through relevant classes, majors & minors at UCSD
  • Talk to faculty and graduate students in your field
  • Pursue Research Opportunities on or off campus
  • Get a relevant Job or Internship
  • Consider doing a relevant minor
  • Investigate Internships in mathematics or an Academic Internship
  • Join Student Organizations or Professional Associations in your field
  • Get advice from UCSD alumni who are in the mathematics field

Prepare and Get Experience

Get Experience

To confirm your interest in a field, to develop the skills and knowledge needed for graduate study, and to prove your abilities to graduate schools, you’ll need to prepare academically and obtain relevant practical experience.

  • Explore your field of interest through relevant classes, majors & minors at UCSD
  • Talk to faculty and graduate students in your field
  • Investigate – Is a Ph.D. Right For You?
  • Pursue Research Opportunitiespdf_icon on or off campus
  • Get a relevant Job or Internship
  • Consider doing a relevant minor
  • Investigate Internships or an Academic Internship
  • Join Student Organizations or Professional Associations in your field

Mathematics Companies that UC San Diego works with

Here are some Mathematics companies:

  • Insurance
  • K-12 Schools
  • Higher Education
  • Institute for Social Research
  • Private Research

Mathematics Positions

Here are some positions that can give you an idea the types of careers:

  • Analyst
  • Underwriter
  • Risk Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Research Scientist

Apply to Graduate Programs

Before applying to graduate school, you want to consider whether graduate school is right for you.  You want to ask yourself if you actually need a graduate degree to do your ideal job.  To explore that, try looking at some job descriptions of the types of positions you want and see what they are asking for in an applicant.  Once you've determine if graduate school is necessary then you want to select and apply to the program that best fits your professional goals.

Researching programs

Application Process

Paying for graduate school

Additional Resources

Alumni can provide an important role in your career development:

  • Use the Alumni Advisor Network for professional development, questions, and as a resource
  • LinkedIn can serve as a great tool to help in your journey.  There you can find alumni in many different companies.

For additional help, come into the Career Services Center or schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor via Port Triton. Learn more about your Career Advisors and their specializations at the staff directory page.