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Math and Statistics at Queen's

Math & Statistics

Location: 
Jeffery Hall
Room number: 
310
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
M.R.Murty
Undergraduate Studies Chair: G. Smith
Graduate Studies Coordinator: J. Mingo


Mathematics

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.

Statistics

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.

Meet one of our Math Profs

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BScH

Specialization in Biology and Mathematics
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline with a combination of courses within Biology.

Specialization in Computing and Mathematics
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline with a combination of courses within Computing.

Specialization in Mathematical Physics
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline.

Major in Mathematics or Statistics
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Minor in Mathematics or Statistics
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Science - BSc or Bachelor of Arts - BA

General in Mathematics or Statistics
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Medial in Mathematics or Statistics
A dual course of study in Mathematics or Statistics and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Mathematics or Statistics
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

Graduate Degree Options

MASc
MSc Pattern I (Thesis)
MSc Pattern II (Project)
PhD

First Year Courses

  • MATH 110/6.0 or MATH 111/6.0 (linear algebra)
  • MATH 120/6.0 or MATH 121.6.0 (calculus)

What you need to study Math and Statistics in second year >

Click here for the complete list of Courses in Arts and Science

Job and Career Opportunities for Math or Stats Grads

The Mathematics and Statistics department at Queen’s is multi-faceted. It has several areas of study with ties to Applied Science, Arts & Science, Apple Math, and notable Mathematics and Engineering. Modern communications, control, electrical, mechanical and mechatronic systems require sophisticated mathematical models and analysis. This unique engineering program meets this challenge – the versatile graduates are not only qualified to pursue careers in engineering, but they possess the mathematical skills and insights needed to succeed in the ever changing workplace.

Some of our Math and Stats grads work in the following industries:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Aerospace
  • Applied Science
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Computer Engineering
  • Credit Management
  • Data Mining and Processing
  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electronics Engineering – Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial Environmental
  • Epidemiology
  • Financial Analysis
  • Information Science
  • International Development
  • Investment
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Planning - strategic
  • Real Estate & Property Development
  • Risk Management
  • Robotics
  • Securities
  • Software Design
  • Statistics
  • Surveying and Cartography
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Career paths for Math and Statistics grads handout from Career Services

High School Requirements for Admission

MCV 4U Calculus and Vectors, or equivalent

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

Math Electives for Non-Math Students

MATH 110/6.0 Linear Algebra
MATH 110/6.0 is an advanced course in linear algebra, primarily designed for those students who intend to pursue a Mathematics or Statistics Plan.  Even if they are not intending to study Mathematics or Statistics at an upper-year level, students with a strong interest or background in mathematics (particularly those planning to study Physics or Computing) are encouraged to consider this course.  Any student intending to pursue a Plan in Mathematics or Statistics should choose this course.   It is also a good elective for any Arts or Science student.

MATH 111/6.0 Linear Algebra
MATH 111/6.0 is a course in linear algebra, primarily designed for students who intend to pursue a science discipline other than Mathematics or Statistics.  Students who are planning to pursue a Plan in Physics or Computing in upper-years should take this course, or MATH 110/6.0.  Students intending to pursue studies in Chemistry may wish to consider this course in lieu of MATH 112/3.0.  It may also be of particular interest to students in Economics who have a strong mathematical background.  It is a good elective for any student in Arts or Science.

MATH 112/3.0 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 112/3.0 is an introductory course in linear algebra.  Students intending to pursue a Plan in Chemistry should take this course, or one of the full-year linear algebra courses noted above.  It may also be of particular interest to students in Economics, Geography, Political Studies, Psychology, or Sociology, as it will help prepare students for the second-year courses in statistics required in these Plans.  It is a good elective for any student in Arts or Science.

MATH 120/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
MATH 120/6.0 is an advanced course in calculus, primarily designed for those students who intend to pursue a Mathematics or Statistics Plan.  Even if they are not intending to study Mathematics or Statistics at an upper-year level, students with a strong interest or background in mathematics (particularly those planning to study Physics, Chemistry, Geology or Computing) are encouraged to consider this course.  It is also a good elective for any Arts or Science student.

MATH 121/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
MATH 121/6.0 is a course in calculus, primarily designed for students who intend to pursue a science discipline other than Mathematics or Statistics.  Students who are planning to pursue a Plan in Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Geology or Environmental Science in upper-years should take this course, or MATH 120/6.0.  It may also be of particular interest to students in Economics who have a strong mathematical background, instead of MATH 126/6.0.  It is a good elective for any student in Arts or Science.

MATH 124/3.0 Differential and Integral Calculus II
This course in Calculus is designed primarily for students who hold advanced standing (IB, AP or GCSE-level) in differential calculus.  The combination of the TRansfer credit you receive (MATH 123/3.0) and this course (MATH 124/3.0) are equivalent to MATH 121/6.0 for all academic purposes.  Students who are eligible will receive transfer credit for MATH 123/3.0 (Differential Calculus, which is only available as a transfer credit) and will register in MATH 124/3.0 (Integral Calculus) for the Winter Term.  They will join the MATH 121/6.0 classroom in January and continue their integral calculus training.

MATH 126/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
This is an introductory course in calculus, primarily designed for students in Arts who have not previously taken calculus at the Grade 12 level.  Science students should not register in this course.  Students who are planning to pursue a Plan in Economics should take this course, or MATH 121/6.0.  It is also a good elective choice for any Arts student.  It may also be of particular interest to students in Geography, Political Studies, Psychology, or Sociology, as it will help prepare students for the second-year courses in statistics required in these Plans. This course is open only to Arts students.

Graduate Studies in Math and Stats

One of our basic principles is that our graduate students acquire both breadth and depth of knowledge. Breadth is achieved by our system of core courses which provides students with the basis of modern mathematics and statistics. Integration into research teams and active participation in seminars leads to depth of knowledge and the opportunity to take part in cutting edge research in mathematics and statistics. Much of the research activity of the Department is centered around our seminars where faculty, grads and visitors develop and report on new research.

“I can’t put a measure on how much I’m enjoying the experience. Queen’s is a fantastic place to be in terms of research opportunities. They have such a large number of well-respected researchers, and they never hesitate to share their expertise with you. Our department is big enough to do meaningful research and small enough to be close-knit. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” Patrick Reynolds, Ph.D., 2010

Graduate Degrees

M.Sc. Pattern I - 18-24 months
M.Sc. Pattern II- 12 months
M.A.Sc.: 18-24 months
Ph.D.: 4 years

Field of Study

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Analysis, Geometry and Topology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics & Engineering
  • Probability and Statistics

Funding

M.Sc, & M.A.Sc.: Up to $21,750 per year

Ph.D.: $21,750 minimum per year.  The funding package can consist of teaching assistantship or teaching fellowship, research assistantships, internal awards and external awards. We encourage all students to apply for additional funding through NSERC, OGS and other sources. Entering graduate students who are awarded federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a top-up from Queen’s in the first year of their program.

Jennifer Read
Graduate Assistant
Phone: (613) 533-2405
E-mail: gradapp@mast.queensu.ca

Have Questions?

Call us at 613-533-2470 or email us.

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