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Mathematics

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Create a mathematical model of a real world system and discover whether the fluttering of a butterfly's wing in the Amazon can cause a tornado in the East Indies! Predict patterns of societal behaviour, understand stock markets and build models of national economies. Research an abstract problem and develop a groundbreaking equation. Discover the aesthetics of pure reasoning, the elegance of a clever argument and the art of conjecture.


Program Options

Bachelor of Science - Mathematics

  • B.Sc. Four-year
  • B.Sc. Three-year
  • B.Sc. Honours
  • B.Sc. Honours - with a Concentration in Pure Mathematics
  • B.Sc. Double Honours - Mathematics - Major 1
  • Double Honours - Mathematics - Major 2
  • B.Sc. Double Honours - Mathematics and Statistics - Major 1 and 2
  • Minor

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What is Mathematics?

Mathematics is the study of numbers, geometrical figures, relations between sets of points, and various other abstract elements. It deals with the size, order, shape and various relationships among these features. Most importantly, our classes teach students how to think critically and apply numerical logic in solving wide-ranging problems.

Mathematics contributes to the formulation and solution of problems in diverse fields such as Medicine, Economics and the Social Sciences in addition to being the foundation of the field of Computer Science and the "language" of Science and Engineering. 

Our graduates are recruited by employers for their logical reasoning and efficient problem solving skills. They are also well-positioned to pursue further studies in various other subjects, including Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology and Medicine.

Mathematics: Is it for you?

  • Students have the opportunity to interact with researchers in Mathematics and Statistics and are introduced to the national and international mathematical science community.
  • The Department participates annually in undergraduate mathematical competitions that develop skills and expose students to situations with no classroom counterpart.
  • Upper year classes have excellent student-professor ratios; this allows for direct interaction and creates an excellent learning environment.
  • The Department of Mathematics & Statistics also offers scholarships and awards for top students
  • Many Honours students, while completing their degree, are able to find summer employment in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics as research assistants or as markers or tutorial assistants.

    Sample Classes

    • MATH 238: Introduction to Differential Equations
      Solutions of first order and second order differential equations, elementary existence results, fundamentals of some operational and transform methods of solution, power series solutions, 2 x 2 systems, elementary numerical methods. An introduction to modelling will arise through the use of examples from the physical and biological sciences, economics and social sciences, engineering. Examples will include: population models, mechanical vibrations, Kepler's problem, predator-prey models.
    • MATH 361: Group Theory
      Introduction to group theory, including: cyclic groups, symmetric groups, subgroups and normal subgroups, Lagrange's theorem, quotient groups and homomorphisms, isomorphism theorems, group actions, Sylow's theorem, simple groups, direct and semidirect products, fundamental theorem on finitely generated Abelian groups.
    • MATH 465: Introduction to Cryptography
      Presents a thorough introduction to the mathematical foundations of cryptography. Results from number theory and algebra and how they are used for the safe transmission of information are studied. Various security protocols, the mathematical principles needed for them, and the mathematical principles used in possible attacks are examined.

    Career Opportunities

    • Actuary
    • Climatologist
    • College or University Professor
    • Computational Biologist
    • Criminologist
    • Economist
    • Epidemiologist
    • Financial Analyst or Consultant at a major financial institution
    • High-School Teacher
    • Hydrologist
    • Mathematician at a hi-tech Company or Research Institute
    • National Security Analyst
    • Operations Research Analyst
    • See http://weusemath.org for multiple other job descriptions

    Skill Sets Gained

    • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
    • Creativity
    • Critical and analytical thinking
    • Organizational/Planning skills
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Research skills and methods
    • Technical skills

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