At York your studies in Applied Mathematics will give you a solid base of knowledge in mathematics with an emphasis on the applications of mathematics and computing in the science, engineering, and business fields. Your studies will begin with core courses in calculus and differential equations, problems, conjectures & proofs, linear algebra, computing and computation, probability and statistics, and you may then choose to specialize in areas like numerical analysis, operations research, probability and statistics or combine your studies with other degree programs in Science and Engineering. Your studies in Applied Mathematics will prepare you for success in professional careers in operations research, numerical and computational modeling, industrial and scientific research, actuarial and financial analysis, education, government, and for further professional or postgraduate studies. Your studies in Applied Mathematics at York can also give you access to professional qualifications such as the Diploma in Operations Research or membership in the Society of Actuaries, or they may lead to graduate studies in Applied Math.
Applied & Industrial Mathematics involves the modern and traditional relationship of math to science and engineering. This area will allow you to examine the variety of applications of computers and mathematics to real world needs. Courses include advanced study in symbolic computation and numerical methods. Mathematical modelling and computation are vital tools in many aspects of industrial research and development, including manufacturing design, process control, product testing, environmental assessment, controlling the spread of infectious disease and other biomedical applications, and signal and image processing.
Facilities and Opportunities
Your studies in Mathematics for Commerce at York will take place in energetic classes and tutorials, taught by fifty full-time faculty members, whose teaching and research interests span the spectrum of mathematical studies today. Our strong academic support system includes the Math and Statistics Tutorial Labs and the Peer Study Group program to bolster your mathematical understanding and confidence. Club Infinity, York’s mathematics club, offers social and intellectual exchanges with your peers. The Actuarial Students’ Association at York (ASAYU) organizes study groups, peer advising, networking, and the annual Actuarial Convention. A rich array of academic prizes and awards recognize high achievement in your mathematical studies. The Department of Mathematics & Statistics at York supports its Mathematics for Commerce students who enter and achieve highly in international mathematics contests, such as the PutnamCompetition and the Mathematical Contest in Modelling.
Graduates of Mathematics for Commerce go on to various careers in business, industry, government, schools, colleges and universities. They become actuaries, investment managers, consultants, analysts, or statisticians. Examples of activities in which they may be involved are: solving optimization problems, project management, inventory control, forecasting, analysing data, investigating patterns and trends, creating mathematical models, evaluating pension funds, and determining premiums for life insurance policies. Of course, many of the program’s students also pursue graduate degrees in areas such as Business Administration, Education, Environmental Studies and Law.
Students in Applied Mathematics have the option of pursuing the major as either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc), giving you the option to combine your studies in mathematics with human and social issues or with other science disciplines. The mathematics courses required for the major are the same in the BA and BSc programs. The difference between the BA and BSc lies in the requirements outside your major. BA students take courses from liberal arts areas, such as humanities, social sciences, economics, and languages. BSc students study Applied Mathematics within the context of other sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and earth and atmospheric science.
First Year Courses
• Problems, Conjectures and Proofs
• Computing for Math and Statistics
• One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth & Atmospheric Science (BSc students only)
• General Education course(s)
In second year you will probably take:
• Linear Algebra
• Calculus of Several Variables with Applications
• Elementary Probability
• Real Analysisone of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth & Atmospheric Science
(BSc students only)
• Mathematics electivesgeneral education course(s)
Courses you might take in upper years include:
• Abstract Algebra
• Vector Integral Calculus
• Introduction to Geometries
• Mathematical Analysis
• Number Theory and Theory of Equations
• Discrete Mathematics
• History of Mathematics
• Mathematics of Cryptography