Mathematics

So all you want to study is mathematics?  That's fine by us: just like you do, we see the beauty in all of mathematics, and we want to give you the opportunity to experience as much of it as possible.   Our programs have plenty of flexibility built into them, so you can steer your studies in the direction you are most passionate about: analysis, coding theory, differential equations, functional analysis, geometry, manifolds, number theory, numerical methods, operator theory, topology, and much more.

Many people refer to these programs as programs in pure mathematics, as distinguished from applied mathematics.  Although pure mathematics often derives its inspiration from physical ideas and its results frequently find extraordinarily important applications in other areas of science and technology (sometimes many, many years later), it is primarily pursued by those who are fascinated by its wealth of wonderful ideas and its perfection of detail.

The division between pure and applied mathematics is not well defined, and many students choose to develop skills in both areas.  Many of the most famous mathematicians were (and are) deeply committed to both aspects.

Most pure mathematicians are employed by universities, colleges, and research institutes, although an increasing number also branch out into the commercial sectors (especially financial/market analysis and computing), where their ability to isolate, abstract, and formulate the essence of a problem is considered an invaluable skill. 

Degree options in Mathematics are as follows:

Honors in Mathematics

  • Most students obtain this degree as a BSc Honors in Mathematics through the Faculty of Science (Calendar section 194.10.1).
  • It is possible to obtain this degree as a BA Honors in Mathematics through the Faculty of Arts (Calendar section 44.18.1).

Honors in Mathematics, Minor in Computing Science (Calendar section 194.10.2)

  • This program allows students to combine and balance their interests in mathematics with studies in computing science.  This combination will be of interest to students wishing to study the mathematical foundations of computing, algorithms, and logic, or the application of modern algebraic theory to error-correcting codes and cryptography.

Honors in Mathematics, Minor in Statistics (Calendar section 194.10.3)

  • This program includes the fundamental principles, philosophy, and historical origins of statistics and probability theory, and allows students to broaden their portfolio of interests and transfer their theoretical skills to the discipline of statistics.

Specialization in Mathematics (Calendar section 194.10.4)

Specialization in Mathematics – Computational Science (Calendar section 194.10.5)

  • This program allows students to balance their interests in mathematics with studies in computing science.  In this program, students combine the analytical and problem-solving skills of mathematical training with the power of modern computing science.
  • Download the program planner for this degree program

Major/Minor in Mathematics

  • A Major/Minor in Mathematics for the BSc General degree is available through the Faculty of Science (Calendar section 193.3; also see the Faculty of Science BSc General page).
  • A Major/Minor in Mathematics for the BA degree is available through the Faculty of Arts (Calendar section 44.18.2; also see the Faculty of Arts Majors and Minors page).