General Information
Choice of courses
Degree credit exclusions
Study in Europe - Atlantis
Study Groups
Club Infinity
Guidelines for Ethical Research

General Information

Choice of courses

Students should take care to enrol in the
mathematics courses most appropriate to their interests, needs, and background. In many cases, courses with similar titles may be intended for very different audiences. Students should be guided by the information given in this publication and should consult an advisor in case of doubt. When selecting courses, please note the following:

1. A student choosing university-level mathematics courses for
the first time should consider speaking either to a faculty advisor in the Department or to the Department's Undergraduate Office.

2. With the exception of courses which are core requirements
for degrees in the Department, students should in general not expect courses (especially some upper-level courses) offered in a given calendar year to be offered also the following year. This applies to both Fall/Winter and Summer courses.  The Department tries to offer some courses in alternate years, partly to allow variety in choice of topic. In some cases, some information about the year a course is expected next to be offered can be found in the Course Offering entry devoted to it (later in this minicalendar).

3.  Summer Courses:

In Summer 2000, this department is offering
the following MATH courses/sections: 1014, 1025, 1505, 2560 (Sec. B), 3010, 3034.  Questions about these should be directed to N502/503 Ross.  The Mathematics Department in Atkinson College is offering MATH 1090, 1131, 1190, 1300, 1310, 1550, 1710, 2090, 2221, 2222, 2310, 2320, 2560A, 2570, 2580, 3170.  Questions regarding these courses should be directed to
Room 527 Atkinson (tel. 416-736-5232).

4. Note that instructors for some courses may change after publication of this minicalendar.

5. MATH 1510 6.0 is intended for students who
have a weak mathematical background, even those who may have one or more OACs in mathematics (or equivalents).  It can serve as preparation for MATH 1515 3.0 (formerly MATH 1500), which provides an entrance to further calculus

6. Calculus options for first-year students:
(a) BBA (Hons.)
students who wish to take only a minimum amount of mathematics should take \ita{either} both of MATH\\ 1530 3.0 and MATH 1540 3.0, or MATH 1550 6.0. The prerequisite for these courses is MATH 1515 3.0 (formerly MATH 1500) or OAC Calculus or equivalent.
(b) Science students (particularly those majoring in Biology,
Geography, Kinesiology and Health Science, or Psychology) who do not require other specific calculus courses to satisfy degree requirements, or as prerequisites for higher-level courses, may take AS/SC/ MATH 1505 6.0 to satisfy the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science 1000-level mathematics requirement.  Other students should be guided by paragraphs (c) and (d) below.
(c) A student with at least one OAC in mathematics or equivalent,
but without previous calculus, must begin the study of calculus with MATH 1515 3.0.
(d) A student with OAC Calculus or equivalent can begin with
MATH 1000 3.0 or MATH 1013 3.0 or MATH 1300 3.0, and then take MATH 1010 3.0 or MATH 1014 3.0 or MATH 1310 3.0.

Degree credit exclusions.

Specific regulations concerning "degree credit exclusions'' appear in the main York calendar. An exclusion occurs when two courses have overlapping material. As a general rule, you may not take both for degree credit. The concept of "equivalent'' course is different; see the main York calendar for explanations of both these concepts. Department minicalendars do not contain all degree credit exclusions; when in doubt consult a departmental advisor.

Atlantis Exchange Project: Study in Europe

Undergraduate students in mathematics, computer science or physics, and graduate math students,
may earn York credit while studying abroad for one or two terms, through the new program Atlantis: New Avenues in the Teaching of Mathematics. The Project Leader is York mathematics professor Walter Tholen (tel. 736-5250, e-mail: Atlantis is funded by the Government of Canada through the Learning and Literacy Directorate of the Department of Human Resources Development Canada. The program contributes significantly to travel and living expenses during the student's stay at one of these York partner institutions: Coimbra (Portugal), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Trieste, and L'Aquila (Italy).

Visit the project website at One may
also get more information through York International at 108 Vanier College on campus ((416) 736-5177), or by e-mailing Beth Alaksa at

Study Groups

We encourage students, especially those in 1000- and 2000-level courses,
to form study groups early in the term, and to use them as a help in learning their course material. Your study group can help you, as a participant, in all sorts of ways (and you will help the group as well). Many people benefit from working together to solve problems, or just by having people around to help them get motivated to study. Again in 2001-2002, we expect to have a few upper-year students to help with the formation of groups. Visit for more information on this program. 
Please direct enquiries to

Club Infinity

Club Infinity is York University's Mathematics Club. We are a small and informal group of students who have some interest in math. We meet on an irregular basis to work on club events or just party. There is no membership fee.

Each year we organize a number of events of interest to students involved in math, including: talks of a mathematical nature, given by professors, or graduate or undergraduate students; our annual Pi Day celebrations, held on March 14; and our Semi-Annual Past Math Exam Sale, where we sell copies of old math exams. We also produce a magazine, "The radical'', twice annually, to coincide with our exam sales.

The club operates out of N537 Ross, the Math/Stat Student
Common Room. This is a place where students can go to eat, work on assignments, play cards, discuss math problems, or just socialize. You don't have to be a member of the club; the room is open to all.  The club only has control of this room from 11:30 to 2:30 weekdays, but the room is generally open and available when not booked for other

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Guidelines for Ethical Research involving Humans

From the Associate Dean of Arts (Research): "All students who conduct research that involves interviews, or interventions on [sic] human beings, have a duty to comply with the Faculty of Arts and Senate policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans.  (These policies may be obtained from the Department or Division office.) This means, for example, that those conducting interviews normally have a duty to inform the persons being interviewed about the nature and purpose of the research, and about whether the results of the interview will remain confidential. Student research procedures involving human participants must be approved by the student's course director.