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.
Mathematics Teaching and Co-registration in Education
There is a growing shortage of qualified teachers of mathematics in Ontario. To be admitted to a faculty of education, you will need to have documentation showing volunteer or paid experience with tutoring, working in a school, etc. as well as appropriate mathematics courses. A number of school boards offer paid positions as "tutors in the classroom'' in mathematics and science, and there are other volunteer opportunities available.
Students seeking a Concurrent B.Ed. degree normally apply to the Faculty of Education for admission in their first or second year.For further information, contact the Faculty of Education in
S835 Ross (736-5001). Students seeking a Consecutive B.Ed. degree
are advised that intermediate / senior certification requires two
teaching subjects -- four full courses or equivalent are recommended
in the second subject. There are Consecutive Education programs
at a number of Ontario universities, including several programs
at York University. Not all programs have the same admission
so students should get a range of advice when preparing their
applications. For further information on the York programs,
contact the Faculty of Education.
York offers several graduate Programs inmathematics and statistics; for details enquire at the Graduate Program Office in N519 Ross. (Dial 736-2100, ext. 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.
Students who are interested in the actuarial professioncan pick up a copy of a pamphlet available in the Undergraduate Office, N502 Ross. It will also be on line at www.math.yorku.ca/ActuarialMath. This pamphlet provides information about the courses at York which prepare students for the examinations of the Society of Actuaries, or the Casualty Actuarial Society. In addition, students can contact Professor S.D. Promislow (N528 Ross, ext. 22594, e-mail: email@example.com) .
This is aProgram 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 and Society Program will be exposed to literature exploring the cultural, intellectual and social context of mathematical ideas and their link to scientific developments. The Program 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 Program should be well equipped for further studies in law, medicine, education, journalism, and environmental policy. For more information please consult the Science and Society minicalendar, available at 205 Bethune College, or contact the Program Secretary, Ms. Nisa Haniff (736-5164, or ext. 55164 if calling from campus).
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 in which OR practitioners are employed are: 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 therequirements 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 (www.cors.ca).
The Faculty Liaison for the CORS Diploma for 2001/2002 will beProfessor N. Madras (N623 Ross, tel. 66097, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 anhonours 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. MATH 3170 and MATH 4170 -- OR courses
4. one of MGTS 4000, MGTS 4200, MGTS 4550, MGTS 4660 -- applications of OR -- these courses are offered by the Schulich School of Business. All these courses require MATH 2131 and MATH 3170 as prerequisites.
Students are strongly encouraged to select additional courses from thefollowing list in preparation for a career in OR:
Note that these courses may require additional prerequisites.