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Mathematics

A variety of programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science

Minor in Mathematics  

The minor in Mathematics is available to students registered in the BA, BSc and BCS 20 credit major, honours or 15 credit minor programs.

Minor Requirements

  MATH 1000
  MATH 1010
  MATH 1500 X/Y (this replaces the requirement for MATH 1000/1010)
  MATH 2001
  MATH 2030
  MATH 2120
  One and one half additional MATH credit at or above the 2000 level

 

Major or Double Major in Mathematics  

This will provides a broad coverage of the discipline but is slightly less demanding than the Honours programs. You can choose from Bsc or BA Major in Mathematics or  BSc Double Major in Mathematics and another Science subject, Double Major in Mathematics and a BA Subject.

Students completing a double major with Mathematics can fulfil the Mathematics requirements by following one of two programs available. In both cases, students are advised to consult with the department.

Major Requirements

2000 level 

MATH 2001.03 and 2002.03
MATH 2030.03 and 2040.03 (or 2135.03)
At least one of MATH 2112.03, 2051.03 or 2505.03
One additional half credit at or above 2xxx level
One STAT class at or above 2xxx level


3000 level 

Four other mathematics credits at or above the 3000 level. This selection may not include MATH 3700MATH 3800.

Students wishing to concentrate in Applied Mathematics should choose the extra mathematics courses from

MATH 2060.03/MATH 2080.03
MATH 2300.03
MATH 2120.03/MATH 3120.03
MATH 3210.03
MATH 3260.03
MATH 3300.03
MATH 3330.03
MATH 3400.03

Students wishing to concentrate in Pure Mathematics should choose the extra mathematics courses from

MATH 2060.03/MATH 2080.03
MATH 3030X/Y.06
MATH 3070.03
MATH 3080.03
MATH 2120.03/MATH 3120.03
MATH 3045.03

Students contemplating a career in Mathematics Education should choose the extra mathematics courses from

MATH 2051.03
MATH 2060.03/MATH 2080.03
MATH 2112.03/MATH 2113.03
MATH 2300.03
MATH 3030X/Y.06
MATH 3070.03
MATH 3080.03
MATH 3140.03
MATH 3150.03
MATH 3300.03
MATH 3330.03
MATH 3400.03

Double Major Requirements

Pure Mathematics


2000 level 

MATH 2001.03 and MATH 2002.03
MATH 2030.03 and MATH 2040.03 (or MATH 2135.03)
At least one of MATH 2112.03, MATH 2051.03, MATH 2505.03


3000 level 

Two other mathematics credits at or above the 3000 level. This selection may not include MATH 3700MATH 3800.

Applied Mathematics


2000 level 

MATH 2001.03
MATH 2030.03, MATH 2040.03 (or MATH 2135.03)
MATH 2120.03 or Math 2002.03
MATH 2060.03 or MATH 2080.03


3000 and 4000 level 

MATH 3120.03 or Math 3260.03
At least four of MATH 3080.03, MATH 3210.03, MATH 3300.03, MATH 3330.03, MATH 3400.03, MATH 3900.03, MATH 4190.03, MATH 4220.03, MATH 4230.03, MATH 4250.03, MATH 4320.03, MATH 4370.03, MATH 4540.03

 

Honours or Combined Honours in Mathematics

It is normally required for students wishing to do graduate work. BSc Honours in Mathematics provides a rigorous training in the discipline. Students may choose programs with a concentration in Applied Mathematics or Pure Mathematics

A Bsc Combined Honours program may be appropriate for many students wishing to have a broad range of expertise. Students wishing to include Computer Science should consider Combined Honours in Mathematics and Computer Science. Students wishing to include Statistics should consider Combined Honours in Mathematics and Statistics. All Honours programs must be approved by the Honours advisor.

Honours Requirements

2000 level 

MATH 2001.03/2002.03
MATH 2030.03/2135.03 and 2505.03
Two other credits in mathematics at or above the 2000 level - not including courses listed below


3000 level 

MATH 3030X/Y.06
MATH 3500X/Y.06


4000 level 

MATH 4950.03/Honours Research Project
Two other credits at or above the 4000 level

Students may choose programs with a concentration in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics. Students wishing to include Computer Science should consider Combined Honours in Mathematics and Computer Science. Students wishing to include Statistics should consider Combined Honours in Mathematics and Statistics. All Honours programs must be approved by the Honours advisor.

Students interested in applied mathematics are advised to select a program that includes, in addition to the required courses above, courses from among the following:

MATH 2300.03
MATH 2120.03/MATH 3120.03
MATH 3210.03
MATH 3260.03
MATH 3300.03
MATH 3330.03
MATH 3360.03
MATH 3400.03

Students interested in pure mathematics are advised to select a program that includes, in addition to the required courses above, courses from among the following:

MATH 2051.03
MATH 3070.03
MATH 3080.03
MATH 2120.03/3120.03
MATH 3045.03

Honours Comprehensive Examination

The Honours Comprehensive Examination in mathematics consists of a written paper of about 20-30 pages researched and prepared by the student. The topic is decided on in conjunction with the Honours advisor. The paper is also presented to the honours seminar. The work for this paper also constitutes the work for the required class MATH 4950.03.

Combined Honours Requirements

Students interested in taking honours in mathematics and another subject as a combined program should consult the Mathematics Honours advisor. Combined programs in areas such as Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry and Mathematics and Economics are common, but combined programs with Mathematics and any subject in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, and Faculty of Computer Science can be arranged. These programs must satisfy University Regulations, but are designed to satisfy the interests and needs of the student.

Students contemplating a combined honours program in Mathematics and another subject should bear in mind that the work in either subject would probably be insufficient for admission to a regular graduate program. A qualifying year would usually be necessary.

 

Certificates

Students who complete a required set of mathematics and statistics courses as part of a 20-credit degree program will earn professionally-recognized certificates. You can choose Certificate in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics or Certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

To add a certificate program concurrent with a degree, submit the Declare Major/Minor/Certificate form in Dal Online under Admissions. For more information visit Certificates in the Academic Calendar.

Actuarial and Financial Mathematics Requirements

This program addresses many of the learning objectives and fundamental mathematical and statistical skills required to complete the classes (and examinations) of the Society of Actuaries accrediation program.  Students who are interested in a career in actuarial science should consult the Basic Education Catalogue on the Society of Actuaries web page (www.soa.org) or the Syllabus of Basic Education on the Casualty Actuaries web site (www.casact.org).  This program also prepares students for employment in general financial institutions where modeling, quantitative risk analysis, management of investment instruments, asset and liability management, life contingencies and insurance assessment, and other complex financial calculations are required.  you must register your intent to complete the requirements with the department before graduation.  The requirements are :

1. Completion of the 20 Credit Major or Honours program in Mathematics and/or Statistics.
2. Completion of the following mathematics courses: MATH 1000MATH 1010MATH 2001MATH 2002MATH 2030MATH 2600;

3.


4.

Completion of the following four statistics courses: STAT 2060STAT 2080 , STAT 3340 and STAT 3360.

Completion of either:

Financial Option: Math 2120, Math 3300 and Math 3900:

OR

Actuarial Option: Stat 3703, Stat 3720, and Stat 4390 

 

Applied and Computational Mathematics Requirements

This program is concerned with the development of the core mathematical and computational skills required in science, government and industry. Areas of application include everything from mathematical modeling to operations research to cryptography to software development. You must register your intent to complete the requirements with the department before graduation. The requirements are:

1. Completion of the 20 Credit Major or Honours program in Mathematics or an equivalent program;
2. Completion of the following mathematics courses:
MATH 1000MATH 1010MATH 2001MATH 2002MATH 2030MATH 2040, MATH/CSCI 2112MATH 2120;
3. Completion of at least four of:
MATH 3120MATH 3210MATH 3260MATH 3300MATH 3330MATH 3400;
4. Completion of at least two of:
MATH 4116MATH 4220MATH 4230MATH 4250MATH 4320

Additional recommended courses: MATH 2300STAT 2060STAT 2080.