Mathematics and Statistics

High School Background Required
Life After Graduation
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Mathematics and statistics open new ways of looking at the world. Whether you find yourself preparing a course project, studying with fellow students for a competition, preparing yourself for actuarial examinations, or working as a summer research assistant for a geometer or number theorist, you will come to see the world with newly found precision and depth.


Mathematicians discover and study structures that are fascinating in their own right, and that have a surprising ability to help us make sense of many facets of the world: physical, biological, artistic, psychological, economic, social, and philosophical. By designing and analyzing mathematical models we increase our understanding of natural processes and human events.

Students are guided by experts in many branches of mathematics as they explore some of the great masterpieces of human thought. Over the years our programs have prepared students with a variety of goals, perspectives, and tastes: for graduate study in mathematics and other disciplines, for teaching, for professional education, and for entry into jobs where technical expertise and problem-solving skills are valued.

A first-year student planning a major or medial in mathematics takes Linear Algebra and Calculus (MATH 110 and MATH 120). After two years in which a solid foundation is established, mathematics majors are guided to select advanced courses that support their future goals. One or both of Linear Algebra (MATH 111 or MATH 112*), and Calculus (MATH 121 or MATH 126) serve as supporting courses in programs including Biology, Chemistry, Computing and Information Science, Economics, Life Sciences, and Physics.


Statistics is the science of designing informative experiments, of displaying and analyzing data, and of drawing valid conclusions from data. Knowledge of statistical methods is useful to scientists, engineers, and workers in all areas of government, research, industry, and medicine, but can also be studied as a subject in its own right. There is currently great demand for those who understand and can apply statistics effectively.

STAT 263* is recommended for all students planning to obtain a degree in science. This course can be taken in first year, although most students wait until second or third year. Alternatively, a student can begin the study of statistics with STAT 268* and 269* (statistics and probability), following a year of calculus (MATH 120). Students intending to obtain a degree in statistics are advised to take MATH 110 and MATH 120 in first year to prepare the necessary mathematical foundation.

High School Background Required

MCV 4U Calculus and Vectors, or equivalent

Note: Subject of Specialization in Mathematical Physics also requires 4U Physics or recognized equivalent

Life After Graduation

  • Teacher/researcher
  • Data analyst in the sciences and engineering
  • Actuary/bankers
  • Financial analyst
  • Statistician/economist
  • Business administrator
  • Operations research/logistics expert
  • Communications/security expert

First Year Requirements


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Further Information

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