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

General Information

The main York Calendar will answer many questions that are not addressed in this booklet. Please remember in particular that the main calendar contains the "official", legally binding statements of all university and faculty regulations.

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 booklet 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. MATH1510.06 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 MATH1515.03 (formerly MATH1500), which provides an entrance to further calculus courses.
  3. Calculus options for first-year students:
    1. BBA students who wish to take only a minimum amount of mathematics should take either both of MATH1530.03 and MATH1540.03, or MATH1550.06. The prerequisite for these courses is MATH1515.03 (formerly MATH1500) or OAC Calculus or equivalent.
    2. 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/MATH1505.06 to satisfy the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science 1000-level mathematics requirement.

      Other students should be guided by paragraphs (c) and (d) below.

    3. A student with at least one OAC in mathematics or equivalent, but without previous calculus, must begin the study of calculus with MATH1515.03.
    4. A student with OAC Calculus or equivalent can begin with MATH1000.03 or MATH1013.03 or MATH1300.03, and then take MATH1010.03 or MATH1014.03 or MATH1310.03.

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.

Club Infinity

This club is a student-run organization committed to providing visibility and a voice for mathematics and statistics students. It organizes and sponsors various activities at York which are aimed to help math and stats students in dealing with their studies, as well as socio--intellectual activities. Copies of old math exams are also available through the club. Please come in and get involved!

The club's web page URL is Here is a clip: "In 1996 Club Infinity established the Math/Stat Student Common Room, located in N537 Ross, smack in the middle of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This room is intended for individual or group studying, eating and socializing of undergrads enrolled in math or stat courses. We've got a couch, plently of blackboard space, and a stash of undergraduate-accessible journals for your reading pleasure. There is also bulletin board space set aside for students to advertise used math texts they wish to buy or sell."

Department's WWW Home Page

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has general Undergraduate and Graduate information available on-line on the World Wide Web. In addition, the course descriptions in this minicalendar are available on the web. Our WWW address is: Comments and/or questions can be e-mailed to


The faculty and staff in the Department want to make all students feel comfortable while at York. If students have any problems, they may wish to speak to the undergraduate coordinator, Professor Morton Abramson (736-5250). Of course, students are also encouraged to discuss with their instructors any difficulties they may have.

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