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 DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS
 AND STATISTICS
1999 - 2000 MINICALENDAR
 Faculty of Arts
 Faculty of Pure and Applied Science

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There are available, in both N537 Ross and S525 Ross, a massive ring binder of information on careers that use mathematics, and another, on how to apply for postgraduate studies. Some of this information is already on the Web, linked to the Department's home page; additional pages are under construction. We mention some of the career categories below.

Co-registration in Education

A student seeking a B.Ed. degree pursues this degree concurrently with her or his B.A. or B.Sc. degree, beginning normally in the second year at York. For further information contact the Faculty of Education in S835 Ross (736-5001). Note that there are Consecutive Education programmes at several Ontario universities.

The Department places great importance on encouraging and helping students interested in Mathematics Education, in both its undergraduate and its graduate programmes. Professor Pat Rogers, who is jointly appointed with the Faculty of Education, has played a very active role in this area for many years. Concurrent or Consecutive Education students considering mathematics as a teaching subject, and needing advice connected with their programmes, should get in touch with Professor Rogers or Professor Walter Whiteley.

Graduate Studies

York offers several graduate programmes in mathematics and statistics; for details enquire at the Graduate Programme Office in N519 Ross. (Dial 736-2100, extn. 33974, or, to leave a message, 736-5250.) Students who may wish to pursue graduate work at York or elsewhere should choose upper-level undergraduate courses with care. Advice on this can be sought from faculty members. A ring binder of information on applying to graduate schools is available in N537 and S525 Ross.

Actuarial Mathematics

For a student seeking a career as an actuary, and/or wishing to pursue the self-study courses administered by the Society of Actuaries, the Honours B.A. Programme in Mathematics for Commerce is the best preparation. Further information can be found in a pamphlet available in the Undergraduate Office, N502 Ross.

Science, Technology, Culture and Society

This is a programme in the Faculty of Arts, which can be one component of an Honours Double Major leading to a B.A. The co-major can be any of several subjects, including Mathematics. Students of mathematics who co-major in the Science, Technology, Culture and Society programme will be exposed to literature exploring the cultural, intellectual and social context of mathematical ideas and their link to scientific developments. The programme offers an interdisciplinary study of science and society through the ages. Some courses treat topics drawn from the history and philosophy of specific sciences, while others address such topics as science and gender, and technology and values. Students are encouraged to draw connections across traditional disciplinary boundaries and to question conventional wisdom about scientific and technological progress. They will also develop a facility in, and appreciation for, the aims and methods of both the arts and sciences. Graduates of this programme should be well equipped for further studies in law, medicine, education, journalism, and environmental policy. For more information please consult the STCS minicalendar, available at 205 Bethune College, or contact the Programme Secretary, Ms. Nisa Haniff (736-5164, or extn. 55164 if calling from campus).


CORS Diploma in Operational Research

Operations Research or Operational Research (OR) deals with making the "best" decision when confronted with many choices plus a variety of constraints in a large scale problem. Examples of typical problems are: minimizing operating costs in a large hospital while maintaining quality service to patients, finding the shortest route for a delivery truck which has many stops, or scheduling jobs on a large construction project to finish in the shortest possible time. The problems are represented by mathematical models and various algorithms are used to find the optimal solution. Because of the magnitude of these problems, computers are usually needed to execute the algorithms.

Employment opportunities usually occur with large organizations with complex operations such as transportation, manufacturing, utilities or government agencies (including the military). Another group of employers are managment consulting firms who offer OR expertise to other companies. Some current areas where OR practitioners are employed are in organizational design, industrial engineering, supply chain management, decision technology, enterprise resource planning and expert systems. To encourage students to study OR and seek employment in this field, the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) offers a Diploma in Operational Research to students who complete a prescribed set of courses.

In the Department of Mathematics and Statistics one can satisfy the requirements for the CORS Diploma while completing an honours degree. This is simplest in Applied Mathematics and Mathematics for Commerce (Operations Research Stream) since many of the courses required for the diploma are part of the degree requirements. In other programs, careful planning in choosing courses may be required. The courses required for the Diploma are listed below. Students are also encouraged to become student members of CORS and participate in their meetings. This is a very good way in which to meet practitioners in the field of OR and find out more about potential job opportunities. A membership in CORS listed on your resume will indicate to future employers your seriousness about a career in this field. You can find out more about CORS through its web page (http://www.cors.ca).

The Faculty Liaison for the CORS Diploma for 1999/2000 will be Professor A.D. Stauffer (223 Petrie, tel. 77742, e-mail: stauffer@yorku.ca). Students who complete all courses for the diploma should arrange to have a transcript and mailing address sent to this individual, who will notify CORS to grant the diploma. Further information and membership forms for CORS will also be available from the Faculty Liaison.

Course Requirements for the CORS Diploma

In order to obtain the CORS Diploma students must have graduated from an honours program and have completed the following courses with at least a B average.  These courses are required of all students wishing to take the diploma regardless of program. These courses may also be used to satisfy degree requirements in the various programs.

1.    MATH3170 and MATH4170 - OR courses
2.    MATH2131 plus one of MATH3033 or MATH3330 - statistics courses
3.    COSC1020/1030 or COSC1520/1530 or COSC1540 - computer languages
4.    one of MGTS4000, MGTS4200, MGTS4550, MGTS4660 - applications of OR - these courses are offered by the Schulich School of Business

Students are strongly encouraged to select additional courses from the following list in preparation for a career in OR:

  • MATH3260 - graph theory
  • MATH4130B, MATH4280, MATH4430, MATH4830, MATH4930A - additional statistics courses
  • MATH3280 - actuarial science
  • ECON3580, ECON3590 - accounting
  • MGTS4710, MGTS4720 - information systems
  • additional MGTS course from item 4 in list of required courses above

Note that these courses may require additional prerequisite

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