Mathematics and Statistics Undergraduate Programs
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers Majors and Honours degrees in both Mathematics and Statistics. These degrees can be obtained through either the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Arts, giving Math/Stats students a great deal of flexibility to pursue other areas of interest.
The Mathematics Major and Honours degrees are designed to prepare you with a career in industry, government or education. Mathematics students are urged to obtain some expertise in an area of application such as the physical sciences, computer science, engineering or business.
The Statistics Major and Honours degrees are designed to prepare you for a career in industry or government as well as to provide a background for graduate study. Statistics students are urged to obtain some expertise in an area of application such as the physical sciences, forestry, or computer science.
It is possible for students majoring in other areas to obtain a Mathematics or Statistics Minor. This option may be particularly attractive to students studying quantitative fields like physics or engineering. The specific options for a minor degree offered by our department are:
- Mathematics Minor
- Statistics Minor
- Financial Mathematics Minor
- Computational Mathematics Minor
Mathematics and statistics are transcendental subjects that appear in many branches of the sciences and the humanities. So it is natural for students interested in the application of mathematics or statistics to a specific field to consider an interdepartmental degree program.
- Mathematics/Statistics-Biology Option: Biology is a quantitative discipline with a firm mathematical underpinning. Students with a strong quantitative background are better positioned for graduate research. Biological sub-disciplines in which mathematics and statistics are used extensively include: ecology, evolution, bioinformatics, genomics, and systems biology.
- Mathematics/Statistics-Economics Option: The field of economics relies heavily on mathematical and statistical models. This interdepartmental program will given students the quantitative foundations they need to maximize their understanding and application of these models in business and finance oriented careers.
- Mathematics-Physics Option: Evidence for the deep connection between mathematics and physics was first presented by Isaac Newton hundreds of years ago, and the case has only gotten stronger since then. This demanding program allows students to explore the fascinating interplay between mathematics and the natural world.
Concurrent Degree Programs
A concurrent degree program makes it possible for a student to graduate with two degrees in five years. There are several varieties of concurrent degrees available to Mathematics or Statistics majors (please contact one of our undergraduate advisors for more details):
- Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Computer Science
The actuarial career is consistently one of the top-ranked quantitative professions in terms of salary and job satisfaction. The Actuarial Certificate offered by our department provides the university courses required to become an actuary and begins your preparation for the first three professional exams.