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University of California, Davis
Mathematical and Scientific Computation B.S.

The mathematical and scientific computation major is the ideal choice for students who are interested in the interplay between mathematical theory and modern computational tools for applications. Students will attain an advanced knowledge of computer science, specifically programming. Moreover, they will gain a solid foundation in mathematics that will enable them to model or analyze complicated systems or problems, such as earthquakes, economic models or biological systems. The major has two emphases. The computational and mathematical biology emphasis is geared for students interested in using mathematics to model biological systems, addressing such questions as how proteins cluster, how populations grow, or how species and ecosystems interact and evolve. Students interested in other sciences, pure mathematics or engineering should choose the computation and mathematics emphasis. One of the benefits of studying mathematics is the wide variety of career paths it provides: students with a degree in mathematics work in finance, computer programming, modeling of biological systems, computer security and cryptography and education. A 2009 study by CareerCast.com showed that the top three best jobs in terms of income and other factors were careers suited for math majors. Another recent survey by Forbes magazine shows that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees have a common element: mathematics. Mathematicians are trained to solve problems, no matter which field.

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