Pure mathematics involves the study of the core areas of mathematics such as abstract algebra, number theory, geometry, and real and complex analysis. 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 and to mark course assignments. Some of our students qualify for summer research employment funded by the National Science and Engineering Research Council.
We offer major and honours programs leading to either a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (B.Sc.) in pure mathematics. Joint programs are also offered in:
- computer science/pure mathematics (B.Sc. major and honours)
- economics/pure mathematics (B.Sc. major)
- pure mathematics/statistics (B.Sc. honours)
Admission to the major for B.Sc. students
You may apply for admission into the Faculty 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.
You cannot choose pure 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 pure 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.
Admission to the major for BA students
If you're interested in completing pure mathematics as an arts major, apply for admission into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by indicating bachelor of arts as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to you meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.
You cannot choose pure 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 pure math from the program officer in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.
Students are strongly recommended to complete the BA core degree requirements in the 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
A bachelor of science degree, with a major in pure mathematics, prepares students for a variety of careers including:
- investment banker
- personal finance adviser
- risk analyst
- risk management specialist
- software specialist
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.
Faculty of Science
Mathematics and Statistics
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Fall, winter and spring semesters
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:
- March 1 for fall admission
- Oct. 1 for winter admission
- Feb. 1 for spring admission