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. 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. For information about courses offered in Summer 1998/99 (except MATH1014, 1025, and 1505), students should enquire at the office of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics of Atkinson College (Room 527 Atkinson, tel. 736-5232). Questions about the summer versions of the above three courses should be directed to N502/503 Ross.
4. Note that instructors for some courses may change after publication of this minicalendar.
5. MATH1510 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 MATH1515 3.0 (formerly MATH1500), which provides an entrance to further calculus courses.
6. Calculus options for first-year students:
Over 400 colleges and universities across North America took part in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, held last December. According to results released just as we go to press, York University had by far its best showing in over a decade, placing three students in the top 500 of over 2500 competitors, and two in the top 200. Only 14 schools in all of North America (including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, and Chicago) placed more than two students in the top 200. Only three Canadian institutions (Toronto, Waterloo, UBC) topped York's total of two in the top 200, and only one (Queen's) matched York's total.
The following York participants in this most recent Putnam Competition should be mentioned:
York's success is due in large measure to the "coach" of its team,
Professor Yuri Medvedev.
Yuri was a star himself in mathematical
competition - he registered an outstanding
third place overall in the 1971 All-Union
Mathematical Olympiad of the then Soviet Union (a competition roughly
comparable to the Putnam in difficulty and prestige).
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.
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 http://www.math.yorku.ca/infinity/. Here is a clip [slightly tampered with by the editor]:
``...the Math/Stat Student Common Room, located in N537 Ross, [is] 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 [Ed.: Presumably eating of pizzas and such, not undergraduates, and socializing by undergraduates.] enrolled in math or stat courses. We've got a couch, plently [sic] of blackboard space, and a stash of undergraduate-accessible journals [presumably this means understandable by people without graduate training, not just obtainable by them] 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.''
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
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:
http://www.math.yorku.ca. 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.
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
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 probability and
(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).
The situation with respect to courses offered by Atkinson which are cross-listed as AS or SC courses (or both) is sufficiently complex that you should consult an advisor (someone whose job it is to advise students about such matters).
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.
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 3.0, MATH4110 3.0, MATH
4120 3.0, MATH4130 3.0, MATH4200 3.0, 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.