# Mathematics & Statistics Programs

Programs

Declaring a Major in Mathematics

Declaring a Major in Statistics

## Programs

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics:

- Major in Pure Mathematics
- Major in Applied Mathematics (B.Sc. only)
- Major in Statistics
- Applied Mathematics/Computer Science Joint Major (B.Sc. only)
- Applied Mathematics/Economics Joint Major (B.Sc. only)
- Applied Mathematics/Physics Joint Major (B.Sc. only)
- Pure Mathematics/Computer Science Joint Major (B.Sc. only)
- Pure Mathematics/Economics Joint Major (B.Sc. only)
- Statistics/Computer Science Joint Major (B.Sc. only)
- Statistics/Economics Joint Major (B.Sc. only)
- Statistics/Economics (Co-operative) Joint Major (B.Sc. only)
- Honours in Applied Mathematics (B.Sc. only)
- Honours in Pure Mathematics
- Honours in Statistics
- Pure Mathematics/Statistics Joint Honours
- Pure Mathematics/Computer Science Joint Honours (B.Sc. only)
- Applied Mathematics/Chemistry Joint Honours (B.Sc. only)
- Applied Mathematics/Physics Joint Honours (B.Sc. only)
- Statistics/Computer Science Joint Honours (B.Sc. only)
- Statistics/Biology Joint Honours (B.Sc. only)
- Statistics and Economics, Joint Honours (B.Sc. only)
- Minor in Mathematics
- Minor in Statistics

Please note that from the point of view of degree regulations, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PURE MATHEMATICS, and STATISTICS are considered to be one subject area.

*Keep Your Options Open*: The three principal degree programs offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. Before students commit themselves to any of these subject areas, we strongly recommend the following selection of courses for second year.

If you took MATH 1000 and 1001 in first year, then take these courses in second year:

Fall | Winter |

MATH 2000 | MATH 2051 |

MATH 2050 | MATH 2320 |

COMP 1510 | MATH 2130 |

If you took MATH 1090 and MATH 1000 in first year, then take these courses in second year:

Fall | Winter |

MATH 1001 | MATH 2000 |

MATH 2050 | MATH 2051 |

COMP 1510 | MATH 2320 |

MATH 2130 |

Declaring a Major in Mathematics

Most people who major in mathematics do so within the Faculty of Science (and graduate with a bachelor of science degree). We recommend that potential math students declare their major after completion of 15 credit hours of study. In addition to your major program requirements you must complete core degree requirements. The core requirements for a B.Sc. are:

- one English course, and one other critical reading and writing course
- two courses in mathematics, and
- two courses in each of two sciences (other than mathematics)

Students who are uncertain of their intended major program in science should take chemistry and physics in their first year since these courses open the door to the widest variety of subsequent programs. Computer science is also very useful as all mathematics students will want to complete an introductory course in computer programming before the end of their second year.

It is also possible to obtain the bachelor of arts degree with a major in mathematics. To begin such a program, students should consider courses which will help satisfy the four types of core requirements for a B.A. (defined in the Humanities and Social Sciences section of the University Calendar):

- Breadth of Knowledge Requirement
- Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Requirement
- Language Study (LS) Requirement
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement

To declare a major in mathematics, a student obtains from the Office of the Registrar a *Declaration/Change of Academic Program* form on which the degree being sought -- B.Sc. or BA -- and the major subject of study are specified. Many different programs involving mathematics are possible. See Programs for a complete list of the possibilities. In our department, the Declaration/Change of Academic Program form requires the signature of the undergraduate officer, who is considered the student's faculty adviser. He or she will review the courses a student has taken already and then map out a program for the completion of the degree. We urge all our majors and honours students to consult their faculty adviser at least once a year. Note, however, that **the final and entire responsibility for taking the correct courses for a degree program rests with the student**.

Declaring a Major in Statistics

Most people who major in statistics do so within the Faculty of Science (and graduate with a bachelor of science degree). We recommend that students declare their major after completion of 15 credit hours of study. At the end of the first year, students will have ideally completed 10 first-year courses that include:

- two courses in English,
- two courses in mathematics, and
- two courses in each of two sciences (other than mathematics)

*Many students will find it helpful to take STATS 1510 in the first year and STATS 2560 in the second year before declaring statistics as their major. This provides a nice introduction to the subject and gives students an idea of the importance of understanding statistics, irrespective of the subject matter. Interested students can speak with the Deputy Head (Statistics) for more details on majoring in statistics and career opportunities in statistics.*

We recommend that students contemplating a science degree take chemistry and physics in their first year since these courses open the door to the widest variety of subsequent programs. Computer science is also very useful.

It is also possible to obtain the bachelor of arts degree with a major in statistics. To begin such a program, students should consider courses which will help satisfy the four types of core requirements for a B.A. (defined in the Humanities and Social Sciences section of the University Calendar):

- Breadth of Knowledge Requirement
- Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Requirement
- Language Study (LS) Requirement
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement

To declare a major in statistics, a student obtains from the Office of the Registrar a *Declaration/Change of Academic Program* form on which the degree being sought -- B.Sc. or BA -- and the major subject of study are specific. Many different programs involving statistics are possible. See Programs for a complete list of the possibilities. In our department, the Declaration/Change of Academic Program form requires the signature of the Deputy Head (Statistics), who is considered the student's faculty adviser. He or she will review the courses a student has taken already and then map out a program for the completion of the degree. We urge all our majors and honours students to consult their faculty adviser at least once a year. Note, however, that **the final and entire responsibility for taking the correct courses for a degree program rests with the student**.