Applied mathematics

Beginning in September 2024 this program will be collapsed with Pure Mathematics into a new mathematics major.

Campus: St. John's Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Mathematics and Statistics Honours available: Yes
Degree(s): Bachelor of science; Joint arts and science degree
Length: Four years
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Applied mathematics uses mathematics together with other fields such as physics, biology, chemistry or economics to make discoveries about the way the world works. It is also a desirable prerequisite for almost any area of learning since it can serve as an extremely effective tool for training in logical reasoning.

Mathematics and statistics at Memorial

We employ undergraduate students in the Math Help Centre to mark course assignments. Some of our students qualify for summer research employment funded by the National Science and Engineering Research Council.

In addition to the major and honours options in applied mathematics, joint programs are offered in:

  • applied mathematics/computer science (B.Sc. major)
  • applied mathematics/economics (B.Sc. major)
  • applied mathematics/physics (B.Sc. major and honours)
  • applied mathematics/chemistry (B.Sc. honours)

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Science by indicating bachelor of science as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission.

Direct entry into the Faculty of Science from high school is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University, including appropriate courses in mathematics and a laboratory science.

Admission to the major

You cannot choose applied mathematics as your major at the time of application. After completion of 15 credit hours of study, you may request permission to declare a major in applied mathematics from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics

B.Sc. students must complete the following core degree requirements:

  • six credit hours in critical reading and writing (CRW) courses, including at least three credit hours in English
  • six credit hours in mathematics
  • six credit hours in courses from each of two sciences other than mathematics

It is recommended that you complete the core degree requirements in your first year of study.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for mathematics students.

Sample courses beyond first year

MATH 2050 - Linear Algebra I
MATH 3000 - Real Analysis I
MATH 4190 - Mathematical Modelling

Career opportunities

A bachelor of science degree, with a major in applied mathematics, prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • actuary
  • air traffic controller
  • epidemiologist
  • investment banker
  • meteorologist
  • personal finance adviser
  • software specialist
  • teacher

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.