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

Information for Majors

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers degree programmes in four major subjects:

Applied Mathematics (BA or BSc)
Mathematics (BA or BSc)
Mathematics for Commerce (BA)
Statistics (BA or BSc)

These programmes are described in the next section. Detailed lists of course requirements for each programme appear on pages towards the back of this publication. A student should choose one of these majors based on interest and employment goals; one can change major later, if the requirements of the new major can be met.

Course numbering

MATH courses with second digit 5 cannot be used to satisfy major or minor degree requirements in this Department, except in the Mathematics for Commerce programmes and in other programmes where specifically noted. Second digit 0 usually indicates that a course is required in an Honours programme. With the exception of MATH1530, MATH courses with third digit 3 involve statistics.

"In--department" credits, "In--Faculty" credits

(The topics discussed here are rather technical and complicated; if you are in any doubt in particular cases, consult an advisor. Do not consult the average faculty member; he will probably understand these regulations even less well than you do.)

Course credits come in three types: University, Faculty, and Department. A 3-credit course (say) normally delivers 3 credits in each category, but occasionally may count only for university, or only for university and faculty, credit. The main concern here for MATH majors is to determine which Atkinson College courses count as "in-department" and/or "in-Faculty".

A MATH major must complete a minimum number of credits within the (AS/SC) Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The Faculties of Arts and Science each have "in--Faculty" credit total requirements as well (see the Faculty requirements pages towards the back of this minicalendar, or, better, the main York Calendar).

Those Atkinson courses which ARE cross-listed as AK/AS/SC/MATH courses count as "in-department" and "in-Faculty" for students in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.

The situation is different for students in the Faculty of Arts -- for them, many AK/AS/SC courses are regarded as either "out-of-department" or "out-of-Faculty and out-of-department". There should be a designation in the appropriate current course Lecture Schedule that tells you whether a particular Atkinson course qualifies for credit in your Faculty. You should consult an advisor about whether it counts as in-department.

Atkinson courses that are NOT cross-listed as AS or SC courses you should assume are out-of-Faculty and out-of-department for both Arts and Science unless you specifically read otherwise in a Lecture Schedule. Consult an advisor.

Upper-level courses

In choosing courses, students should bear in mind the prerequisites for courses which they may wish to take in later years. Also, students are cautioned that some courses may be given only in alternate years. The "Special Topics" and "Topics in" courses (MATH4100.03, MATH4110.03, MATH 4120.03, MATH4130.03, MATH4200.03, etc.) may be offered in both terms and may be repeated with different topics. The prerequisites for each course are usually the 3000-level course(s) in the appropriate subject area. When registering for these courses, note any letter immediately following the four digit course number. It indicates the version of the course being given; the same version may not be taken again later for credit.

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