Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics!
Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Whether you are majoring in one of our programs, taking a course required by another program, or taking a course for general interest, we want to help you to learn and enjoy mathematics and/or statistics. The faculty members in this Department value both the beauty and the utility of their discipline. They are dedicated to exploring and developing new ideas in mathematics and statistics, and to helping you to explore, understand, appreciate and make use of those ideas. Ideas are much more than facts. They are harder to acquire, but infinitely more valuable.
is intended to help you to choose the programs and courses best suited
to your needs and interests. Much effort has gone into making it accurate,
and it contains much information not available elsewhere. The program
checklists towards the back of this publication lay out our department's
program requirements perhaps more clearly than any other York document.
Please also consult the "official, legally binding" regulations
in the York Undergraduate Programs Calendar, at www.yorku.ca.
The Department is especially happy to welcome students choosing to major in one of our many excellent programs, through either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. I urge you to stay in touch with your professors and to ask about and get involved in student clubs. We offer a diverse set of degree programs, designed to respond to the many differing interests and career aspirations of our students. The current programs are outlined throughout this minicalendar. One new development is that the department is introducing a new Computational Math Program in Fall 2002. We are also now including a computer component in all sections of our regular calculus course (MATH 1310). We would like to hear from you if you are unsure as to which program best suits you, if you are contemplating a change, or simply if you feel some advice would be helpful.
Where to go for
Students are listed
on the Chair's Honour Roll for having achieved a high grade
point average over all Departmental courses (at least two full course
equivalents without second digit 5). An outstanding student in each
of the year-levels 2, 3, and 4 in a Departmental program is chosen
for the Irvine R. Pounder Award. Professor Pounder was one
of the two founding members of the Department, and the award was established
by the Department in 1990-91 on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary
of his birth. The other founder of the Department is commemorated
in the Alice Turner Awards, which are awarded to outstanding
Faculty of Arts graduates of a Departmental degree program, one to
a three year and one to a four year degree graduate. The Moshe
Shimrat Prizes are awarded to students in university or secondary
school for interest and demonstrated ability in mathematical problem-solving.
The G.R. Wallace Scholarship was established by the family
and of G.R. Wallace, the late Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary
of the Zurich Life Insurance Company. It awarded annually to outstanding
Department honours students in Applied Mathematics, and in the Actuarial
or Operations Research streams of the Mathematics for Commerce program.
The George & Frances Denzel Award is awarded for excellence
in Statistics. The Linda Herskowitz Bursary is awarded to a
department major who, through her own achievements, best honours the
memory of a long-time former staff member. The Abe Karrass Bursary
honours the memory of Professor Abe Karrass, and is awarded to an
outstanding student in a Department Honours program. Note that the
Department does not necessarily give out every award each year. In
addition, some awards are partially based on demonstrated financial
need. Students should also inquire in January with their Math/Stat
Instructor about the possibility of summer employment through the
NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Program.