Concentrations and Specializations

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The Concentration in Mathematical Finance

...is designed for students with a strong interest in mathematics who would like to use their mathematical background to obtain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of modern financial mathematics. This program will prepare students for a variety of options after graduation, including direct employment in the business world, entry into an MBA program, or advanced graduate education in either economics or in mathematics.

Admission to this concentration requires approval in advance by the Mathematics Department. The admissions process begins with completing a form at the Department office Rowland Hall 340 and includes an interview with the Department’s advisor for the concentration. This approval should be applied for after the student has completed ECON 20A-ECON 20B and sometime between spring quarter of the sophomore year and the end of the junior year.  Students should email the faculty advisor Matthew Foreman to schedule the interview.

Students interested in the concentration in Mathematical Finance are welcome to contact the academic counselors in the School of Physical Sciences Student Affairs by email at <pssazot@uci.edu> at any time to inquire about degree requirements, so they can start taking the appropriate courses for the concentration even before they are ready to declare it.

Be aware that some of the math and economics courses required for this concentration must be taken before the beginning of your junior year.

Faculty advisor: Matthew D. Foreman
Office: RH 440A
Email: mdforema@uci.edu

For more information about the Math Major Concentrations/Specializations, please see the UCI Catalogue here.

CLICK HERE FOR MATHEMATICAL FINANCE APPLICATION FORM

The Concentration in Mathematics for Education / Secondary Teaching Certification

...allows students pursuing the B.S. in Mathematics to earn a bachelor's degree and to complete the required course work and field experience for a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential at the same time. Also, see the CalTeach website.

Faculty advisors: Alessandra Pantano and Zhiqin Lu
Office: RH 440B and 410D
Email: apantano@math.uci.edu and zlu@uci.edu

The Specialization in Mathematics for Education

...focuses on courses that are especially useful for prospective Mathematics teachers. A CCTC-approved subject matter program (SMP) in Mathematics can be easily satisfied in tandem with this specialization, enabling students to waive a subject matter exam for teachers (see here). Also, see the CalTeach website.

Faculty advisors: Alessandra Pantano and Zhiqin Lu
Office: RH 440B and 410D
Email: apantano@math.uci.edu and zlu@uci.edu

The Specialization in Applied and Computational Mathematics

...is designed for students with a strong interest in mathematics and in mathematical applications to areas of science and engineering. By choosing elective courses carefully, students completing this specialization will be prepared for a career in a variety of computing and/or engineering areas. Students will also be prepared to seek a Master's degree in one of these areas or to continue on to a graduate program in Applied Mathematics.

Faculty advisor: Long Chen
Office: RH 510F
Email: lchen7@uci.edu

 

The Specialization in Mathematical Biology

...is designed for students with an interest in mathematics and computation applied to biological systems. This specialization is designed to prepare students for the many careers involving mathematical and physical modeling of biological systems. Students will also be prepared for graduate work in mathematical and systems biology.

Faculty advisor: German Enciso Ruiz
Office: RH 440E
Email: enciso@uci.edu

For more information about the Math Major Concentrations/Specializations, please see the UCI Catalogue here.

Mathematics Major Concentration/Specialization Application Form  (for Concentration/Specialization other than Mathematical Finance)

Directions: Fill out both sides of the application form. Arrange for an interview with the respective concentration/specialization advisor, obtain advisor’s signature, and return the completed application to School of Physical Sciences Student Affairs Office (Rowland Hall 134).