Mathematical Sciences

What is Mathematical Sciences?
The study of mathematics offers students access to virtually all disciplines of a liberal arts education. The study of the mathematical sciences combines the aesthetics of the applied arts with the practicality of science and technology. Students with a lively aesthetic sense will find mathematics to be a subject of austere yet compelling beauty whose scope is limited only by their imagination and ingenuity. Students interested in the natural and physical world will find mathematics to be an essential tool in the biological and physical sciences. Students drawn to the social and behavioral sciences will find mathematics to be an integral part of research in disciplines such as sociology and psychology. Students who are considering the business, law, or medical professions will find that mathematics teaches them to think.

At UCSB, the Department of Mathematics offers a degree in Mathematical Sciences for students interested in computational aspects of mathematics, systems analysis, and decisional sciences. The Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences This is an applied mathematics degree intended for students interested in computational aspects of mathematics, systems analysis, decision sciences, physical sciences, and operations research. It is suitable as preparation for advanced training in applied mathematics, management science, business administration, or operations research.

General Major Information

How Can I Tell If I Would Like Mathematical Sciences?
Mathematicians are people of all ages and from all over the world who enjoy the challenge of a problem, who see the beauty in a pattern, a shape, a proof, a concept. If you enjoy analyzing problems in order to make appropriate decisions, organizing and remembering detailed information, paying close attention to detail and accuracy, and thinking logically and critically, a major in Mathematical Sciences may be for you.

What Are Potential Topics Within This Major?
Although the following list can provide students with topics that may be covered in this major, look at the UCSB catalog and consult with the undergraduate advisor for more detailed information about requirements and course offerings.

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Methods of Analysis
  • Real Analysis
  • Theory of Complex Variables
  • Differential Geometry

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What Can I Do To Make My Major More Marketable?

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  • Develop your computer skills.
  • Learn a foreign language.
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  • Seek out leadership positions.
  • Research specific prerequisites for different positions.
  • Network with others in fields that interest you.

General Career Information

What Are Some Possible Career Options?
Note: On its own, your major does not dictate what your job will be.  The following list provides only a handful of possibilities.  Mathematical Sciences majors with strong liberal arts background may pursue career options in many fields.  Depending on experience, specialized coursework, and possible graduate study options include:

  • Actuarial Scientist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Computer Scientist
  • Market Analyst
  • Operations Researcher
  • Systems Analyst
  • Mathematical Economist
  • Manager

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Additional Resources
American Mathematical Society Career Information
Explore the role mathematics plays in science, technology and human culture.

Cool Math Career Information
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Graduate and Professional Schools

American Mathematical Society Graduate School Information
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Professional Associations

American Mathematical Society
The AMS, founded in 1888 to further the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, serves the national and international community through its publications, meetings, advocacy and other programs.

Mathematical Association of America
MAA is proud to be able to provide the opportunity for students, together with their teachers, to engage in high-quality mathematical problem-solving. The American Mathematics Competition sets the standard for preparing today's students for succeeding in mathematics in postsecondary education and careers.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
SIAM exists to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through membership activities, publication of journals and books, and conferences.

Association for Women in Math
The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

The National Association of Mathematicians
The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), a non-profit professional organization, has always had as its main objectives, the promotion of excellence in the mathematical sciences and the promotion of the mathematical development of African Americans and other underrepresented American minorities.

California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
The California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (CAMTE) promotes and supports excellence in the preparation and professional development of K-12 mathematics teachers throughout California.

UCSB Resources

Mathematics Departmental Web Page

UCSB Library Mathematics Subject Homepage

UCSB Campus Organizations

UCSB General Catalog

UCSB Minors
- Mathematics for High School Teaching
- Mathematics
-Astronomy and Planetary Science
-Spatial Studies
-Statistical Science

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