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"Choosing to apply to CCS mathematics was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This program was a serious selling point for my choice in attending UCSB. Never in my life have I been so academically challenged or engaged. As a result of this, I'm working harder than I have in my life but I couldn't possibly enjoy it more. All the professors in this program are brilliant, and they truly care that their students LEARN the material and understand the concepts as opposed to regurgitate definitions. I'm very pleased with my choice, and am looking forward to the years to come ." Alex Sheftel and Ian Bloom CCS Mathematics Student


The CCS math program encourages early involvement of students in doing research in mathematics.

In the freshman year, the students participate in two Problem Solving seminars; one of them is a research seminar where they learn how to work on open problems in mathematics, write a research paper in LaTeX, and give a scientific talk.

Later on, the students can participate in Independent Studies courses to explore specific topics they like in more depth. These courses are usually a good opportunity for students to get in contact with faculty in the Math Department and start a research project.

Finally, all the students in the CCS math program need to complete a capstone project.

We also offer opportunities for research during the summer to sophomore and junior CCS students:
and encourage junior students to attend summer research programs  in other US universities. For research opportunities outside UCSB:

Many research programs in US are only for citizens or permanent residents. You can find here a list of summer programs that accept international students.

You can view some of the research done by our CCS students in the following links:

Research fields

The research fields available are:

Also, here are some research groups and centers our faculty is affiliated to: