Data Theory B.S.
College of Letters & Science
Division of Mathematics
About the Major
he Data Theory major has the following learning outcomes:
Understanding of mathematical and statistical bases of most common methods of data science
Ability to explain in writing, with examples, how concepts of statistics and mathematics together solve real-world problems involving data
Skillfully manage data
Development, comparison, and testing of data-driven models to solve problems
Understanding and explanation of variability when fitting and interpreting models of real-world systems
Carrying out of reproducible data analysis using accepted practices of research community
Written and verbal communication of findings of analyses
Identification of areas of active research in data science
Insightfully address problems concerning ethics of data use and storage, including data privacy and security
Demonstrated mastery of concepts and skills of machine learning, modeling and supervised learning, dimension reduction and unsupervised learning, and deep learning
Demonstrated familiarity with numerous software tools used in statistical and data science work and research
Demonstrated knowledge of mathematical foundations, including pure and applied linear algebra, basic analysis, probability, and optimization theory
Study and evaluation of proofs of mathematical and statistical results employed in data theory
Work effectively in a team on a data science problem
Demonstrated eligibility for graduate study in applied mathematical science or statistical science
Choosing Your Course of Study at UCLA
Making the Right Decision
One of the most important decisions you will make in college is your choice of major — the field of study that represents your principal interest and that will likely contribute to your career goals. Some students select their major at the time they fill out the University’s application for admission, although a far greater number are undecided about their major.
Students in the College of Letters and Science do not need to declare their major in their freshman year. In fact, you can be an “undeclared major” until the end of your sophomore year, which is particularly advantageous if you are not certain of your specific academic goals. It is wise to wait and explore the diversity of subject areas offered at UCLA through taking introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. It would not be unusual for you to become enthusiastic about disciplines previously unfamiliar to you. With careful planning, these courses may also apply toward fulfilling your university and college requirements.
To narrow your choice of study, carefully consider the general college requirements, the description of courses offered in the major, and the departmental requirements for completing the program of study. Look at the books required for each course. Sit in on a few classes and talk with professors during their office hours. Discuss interests and plans with a departmental counselor or faculty adviser, a college counselor, or advisers in the UCLA Career Center.
Certain majors, especially in the arts, engineering, the sciences, and theater, film, or television require early declaration. Some have enrollment quotas and allow application by new majors only during a specified term. Students should check with the departmental adviser for the majors that interest them.
In addition, UCLA undergraduate students are limited to between 208 and 216 quarter units, depending on the college or school, to complete the academic program and fulfill all degree requirements. So, if you wait to declare a major, you should not wait too long. In any case, you must declare your major by the beginning of your junior year (90 quarter units).
When you are ready to declare your major, you should obtain a Petition for Change of Major from your college or school office.