For detailed information about the Math Major Concentrations & Specializations, please see the UCI Catalogue here.

Mathematics Major Concentration/Specialization Application

Directions: Fill out the form above: Arrange for a zoom interview with the respective concentration/specialization advisor, obtain email with advisor's authorization,and forward your email of approval to the Physical Sciences Student
Affairs Office (Rowland Hall 134) at
For the Mathematical Finance Concentration, please fill out the application below. Do not fill out the application survey.

There are six concentrations or specilizations within the Mathematics major:

  • Concentrations in Data Science
  • Concentration Mathematical Finance
  • Concentration in Mathematics for Education / Secondary Teaching Certification
  • Specialization in Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Specialization in Mathematical Biology
  • Specialization in Mathematics for Education



Data Science integrates mathematical, computational and statistical reasoning to extract knowledge and insights from a variety of data. Data scientists develop mathematical models and theories, computational tools and statistical methods for exploring, analyzing and making predictions from data in context. The interdisciplinary concentration in Data Science offers training in theory and applications of the core pillars of data science: mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

Meeting with the faculty advisor is by appointment.  Schedule an appointment using by emailing Bob Pelayo at

Please see the attachments at the bottom of this webpage for the Data Science Conentration Application and Advising Form. 

Faculty Advisor: Bob Pelayo
Office: RH 525



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.  Further information on this can be found here:

Math Finance Concentration advising document

Admission to this concentration requires approval in advance by the Mathematics Department. The admissions process begins with completing this online form sometime between April 1 and April 30 or November 1 and November 30:

Math Finance Concentration Application

The application should be completed sometime between April 1 and April 30 or November 1 and November 30 of the sophomore or junior year.  After completion, the application will be reviewed and the student will be contacted by the faculty advisor for the concentration to arrange a time for a brief interview.  Upon completion of the interview, the application process is complete.

Faculty Advisor: Jeff Ludwig
Office: RH 540H

Mathematical Finance Video



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.

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 Advisor: Bob Pelayo
Office: RH 525




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: Patrick Guidotti
Office: RH 410F




The Specialization in Mathematical Biology is designed for students with an interest in mathematics and computation applied to biological systems. The methods and approaches can be applied to the mathematical modeling of complex adaptive systems including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, ecosystems and evolution.

Faculty advisor: Jun Allard
Office: RH 440F


(last updated: 2/26/2021)