Math and Engineering Exploration Group

What is a Major Exploration Group?

With over 100 majors offered here at UConn, it's easy to feel overwhelmed when you're exploring. We suggest you start by choosing a Major Exploration Group. Major Exploration Groups are clusters of majors with related content and disciplinary focus. Having a Major Exploration Group (instead of being undecided) will give you a direction and will greatly simplify the exploration process.

Math and Engineering Exploration Group

Do you enjoy exploring how and why things work? Are you interested in how science is applied to everything in our lives?  Majors within the Math and Engineering Exploration Group can be applied or theoretical.  Majors in these areas often have a strong math and science core, which will require students to take several math and science courses as prerequisites to major coursework.  

All majors within this group are listed below. Click any major to learn more about it. Additional information can be found in the sidebars to the right.

applied mathematical sciences

Provide students with a broad understanding of mathematics encompassing logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proof.

biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering majors learn how to use engineering to solve health and medical problems.

chemical engineering

Chemical engineering majors learn how to put chemicals to work. Classes cover such topics as improving the way factories use chemicals to make products and solving problems such as rust and pollution.

civil engineering

Civil engineering majors learn how to use math and science to design big construction projects. Topics covered include the calculation of how much weight a structure will hold and the environmental issues that surround construction.

computer engineering

Through the study of mathematics, physics, and computer science, computer engineering majors learn to analyze, design, and develop computer hardware and software.

computer science

Computer Science is the formal study of what can be computed and what resources are required for computation, as well as the application of hardware, software, and human resources to solve computational problems.

computer science and engineering

This program produces graduates with a broad perspective in both software and hardware topics pertinent to computing systems. It provides the foundation and specialized knowledge necessary to analyze, design, and evaluate system software, utility programs, and software-hardware architectures.

electrical engineering

Electrical engineering is the study of the laws of electrical energy and the principles of engineering in order to apply them to the generation, transmission, and use of electricity.

engineering physics

“Engineering physics” refers to the use of physics to solve technical problems in manufacturing or similar mechanical systems.

environmental engineering

Students in environmental engineering learn to design, develop, and evaluate structures, equipment, and systems that protect the environment from the effects of human activity and that improve public health and well-being.

individualized major

An individualized major is a self-designed, interdisciplinary major that allows you to create a program of study to fit your own specific interests.

management and engineering for manufacturing

Manufacturing engineers manage the entire production process. In addition, they come up with a time- and cost-effective way of making a product without sacrificing quality.

materials science and engineering

A materials engineer uses analysis of materials in order to try and improve designs of products; for example, one might work to make a golf club lighter but stronger.


Math majors study quantities, forms, and symbolic logic in such subjects as algebra, geometry, calculus, logic, topology, and number theory.

actuarial science

Actuarial science majors learn how to analyze risk using math and statistics. They also learn how to use their findings to solve management problems in insurance and other businesses.

actuarial science

This track combines actuarial skills with finance courses that emphasize security valuation, forecasting, and financial and risk management.


In this track, which is available only for a BS degree, a student can choose a physics emphasis (Track A, with an advisor in the physics department) or a math emphasis (Track B, with an advisor in the math department).


One of the more flexible math majors, as it allows students to explore the Math and Statistics courses they're most interested in.

mechanical engineering

As a mechanical engineering major, you’ll learn the science behind machines and the energy that makes them work. You’ll also apply what you learn by creating your own machines.


Statistics students study probability theory and sampling theory. They also learn to use techniques based on these theories to study the relationships between groups of measurements.