Providing a solid foundation in pure mathematics, the Mathematics program is an excellent choice for students wishing to pursue advanced degrees in the sciences, as well as for students who enjoy abstract reasoning and aspire to intellectual rigour. The program guides students through subject areas that underpin the most powerful methods in abstract and quantitative reasoning: linear algebra, group theory, number theory, calculus and analysis, and computing.
Specialized Honours Major (BA or BSc)
Honours Major (BA or BSc)
Honours Minor (BA or BSc)
Bachelor Program (BA or BSc)
An Honours program takes 4 years, while a bachelor takes 3 years. The Honours degrees differ in the number of courses required in the discipline (with Specialized Honours requiring the most). A Major can be combined with another Major or a Minor degree, but it doesn't have to be. A Minor degree must be combined with a Major degree. If you're interested in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, you will combine your courses with arts courses such as psychology or economics. For a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, you will combine your courses with science courses such as physics, earth and atmospheric science, biology or computer science.
Outlook: An Honours BA or BSc in Mathematics is highly valued by employers in a range of industries, including finance, data management and analysis, communications, computing and the tech sector, environmental science, and scientific research generally. In 2014 CareerCast and the Wall Street Journal ranked mathematician as the single best job among 200 alternatives. As various scientific disciplines---such as physics, biology and climate science---become progressively more mathematical and quantitative, a degree in Mathematics provides a clear advantage to students wishing to pursue advance degrees in these disciplines. Moreover, mathematics is essential to an understanding of the information and communication technology that has an ever increasing presence in our daily lives.
Courses: For a detailed list of courses required for your degree of choice (degree requirements), please see the undergraduate supplemental calendar. Keep in mind that the courses in the first year are the same for all our programs, so you will have time to shop around! For course schedules, please see York's course listings.
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