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AOS/Math Major

Major: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/Mathematics B.S. (capstone major)

This major combines courses from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) and Mathematics departments. This program is designed to provide rigorous mathematical training with a comprehensive background in topics relevant to atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences. The program is intended to provide particularly good preparation for graduate studies in a streamlined course of study.

The AOS/Math major is a designated capstone major.  Students acquire experience in conceiving and executing research projects designed to evaluate hypotheses and complete an individual project or thesis selected with the assistance of the program advisers and faculty mentor.  The topic should reflect integrative application of the mathematics to atmospheric and oceanic sciences.  Students are expected to prepare a significant independent piece of work that applies knowledge gained in their coursework in a new and unique way.

The curriculum consists of six upper division courses in Mathematics and six in A&OS, along with their lower division prerequisites and a "capstone" course in which a research project or thesis is produced.

Preparation for the Major

  • Two courses selected from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 1, 2, 3, 5.
  • Calculus sequence for physical scientists and engineers: Math 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B,
  • Engineering Physics sequence lectures: 1A, 1B, 1C
    Physics 4AL and 4BL are recommended but not required.
  • Program in Computing 10A
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A and 14B (or 20A and 20B) may also be required, depending on atmospheric and oceanic sciences upper division course selection.

Each course must be taken for a letter grade and must be passed with a grade of C- or better, and students must have a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0 for the courses.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the AOS/Math major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two years of calculus for majors, physics courses equivalent to Physics 1A, 1B, and 1C, and one C++ programming course.

Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

  • Six mathematics courses, including Mathematics 115A, 131A, 135, and three elective courses selected from 115B, 131B, 134, 136, 142, 151A, 151B, 170A, 170B, one of which must be 115B, 131B, 151B, or 170B;
  • Six atmospheric and oceanic sciences courses, including three core courses selected from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 101, 112, 103, 104, M105, and three elective courses selected from the five listed above (if not taken to satisfy the core requirement) or from C110, C115, M120, 130, 145, C160, C170, C180.
  • One senior projects/thesis course, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 199, taken for a minimum of 4 units, is required. An individual project or thesis to be selected with the assistance of the program advisers and a faculty mentor must be completed.

No more than one course may be applied toward both this major and a major or minor in another department or program.


For the official requirements, please visit the UCLA Registrar website.

Download a brochure describing the curriculum and its motivation (1 MB PDF file).