Department of Mathematics and Statistics
York University
Undergraduate Minicalendar
Fall/Winter 1997/98

Career Information

There is, available in the Department, a massive ring binder of information on careers that use mathematics. Inquire at the Main Office, N520 Ross. 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 N801 Ross (726-5001).

The Department places great importance in 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 Education students needing advice connected with their programmes should get in touch with Professor Walter Whiteley (or Professor Rogers).

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 the Department.

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 new 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 261 Vanier College, or contact the Programme Secretary, Ms. Sue Parsram (736-5910, or extn. 77389 if calling from campus).

Operations Research Diploma

Operations Research (OR) deals with making the "best" decision when confronted with many choices as well as 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 algorithm.

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. To get an idea of the employment opportunities for someone with a CORS diploma, one may look through the CORS membership list. The nearly 500 members are from all across Canada as well as from 32 other countries. The CORS members work at 174 companies, institutions, and agencies, of which 64 are colleges or universities. (Some of the larger groups of CORS members in Canada are at various universities.) Outside of academia, some notable groups are at the Department of National Defence (8), CN Rail (7), Air Canada (5), and Ontario Hydro (4). CORS members also work for government agencies (federal, provincial and municipal), international agencies, utility companies, transportation authorities, manufacturing companies, banks and trust companies, and consulting firms.

In the Department of Mathematics and Statistics one can satisfy the requirements for the CORS Diploma while completing an honours degree in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics for Commerce or Statistics. The courses required for the Diploma (which are in addition to the required courses for the degree) are listed below for the various programs. 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 (

Students who complete all courses for the Diploma should arrange to have a transcript sent to Prof. Neal Madras who will notify CORS to grant the diploma. For further information and membership forms for CORS, please contact Prof. Madras in N623 Ross.

Course requirements for the CORS Diploma:

Applied Mathematics:

Specialized Honours or Honours Major students who wish to obtain the CORS Diploma must choose the following courses as part of their degree programme:

Mathematics for Commerce:

Mathematics for Commerce students who wish to obtain the CORS Diploma must satisfy all the requirements for the Operations Research stream in the Honours programme. (Students in the Actuarial stream will satisfy these requirements if they also take MATH4170.06.) They must also choose


Specialized Honours or Honours Major students who wish to obtain the CORS Diploma must choose the following courses as part of their degree program:

*: MATH4501/4502 are not offered this year.
+: Management Science, offered by the Schulich School of Business.

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