Message from the Departmental Chair

This handbook is intended to help you select the programmes and courses which will best suit your needs. You should read it in conjunction with the York Undergraduate Programme Calendar, which contains the ``official'' legally binding University and Faculty regulations. However, there are some programme regulations for which are new for this year and so are not in previous years' Calendars. Therefore I urge you to fill out the updated check list for the programme of your choice before enrolling in courses.


The department offers, in both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, a diversity of degree programmes to meet students' differing interests and career aspirations. These are described in detail on pages 6 to 9. Given the variety of choices it is of utmost importance to study all possibilities very carefully and to obtain advice on the programmes offered.

Where to go for help:

The Department's faculty and staff members will be pleased to offer you their assistance. Any questions concerning your programme or the enrolment in or dropping of courses should be directed first to the staff members in the Departmental Undergraduate Programme Offices. Arts and Science students may contact Ms. Janice Grant or Ms. Angela De Gasperis in N502 Ross (736-5902), Monday - Friday 10:30 am - 12:00 noon and 1:30 - 3:30 pm (but 1:30 - 3:00 pm in July and August); Science students may also contact Ms. Gillian Moore in 227 Petrie (736-5248), Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Should you need further advice on academic matters, please ask for an appointment, through one of the Undergraduate Office staff, with one of the Undergraduate Programme Directors:

Appointments with faculty members may be made through the Department's main office in N520 Ross (736-5250) or the Undergraduate Programme Office in 227 Petrie (736-5248). Please feel free to direct appropriate concerns also to me. Appointments can be made with the Secretary to the Chair in N522 Ross (ext. 22555).

You will find that your course instructors and teaching assistants are eager to help when you encounter a problem in a course. If they can't resolve the problem you can approach one of the Undergraduate Programme Directors.


You may find that a variety of teaching methods are used in your mathematics and statistics courses. But whatever methods may be used, faculty members have some common goals. They want to help you

Prizes and awards

The Department offers several attractive prizes and awards for outstanding achievements in mathematics and statistics courses. Chair's Honour Roll was introduced in 1989-90 and is displayed in the halls of the Department. It shows the names of students with high grade point average over all Departmental courses taken in the year of the award (at least two full-course equivalents need to be taken, exclusive of courses with second digit 5). This year, a g.p.a. of at least 7.5 is required for students who take the equivalent of at least three full courses in the Department, and 8.0 for those who take two or two and a half courses. Students on the Roll received a certificate and a copy of the Roll.

The best student in each of the year-levels 2, 3, and 4 in a Departmental Programme is selected by a Departmental Committee. Their names will be displayed permanently, as winners of the Irvine R. Pounder Award. Professor Pounder was one of the two founding members of the Department, and the award was established by the Department in 1990-91 on the occasion of the hundredth Alice Turner Awards of $400 each, donated by Professor Alice W. Turner, the other founding member, and her friends, are awarded to outstanding Faculty of Arts majors in a Departmental degree programme, one to a third- year ordinary-degree candidate, and one to a fourth-year honours- Moshe Shimrat Prizes are awarded from a fund established in memory of Dr. Moshe Shimrat, a former faculty member, by his family and friends. The fund is used to make awards to students in university and secondary school for interest and demonstrated ability in G.R. Wallace Scholarship is named in honour of the late G.R. Wallace, who was Senior Vice- President and Chief Actuary of the Zurich Life Insurance Company at the time of his death, and is donated by his friends and family. This \$1500 scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in an honours programme in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing an actuarial career. (The Department may decide not to give out all prizes and awards in some years.)

I wish you success in your studies but above all I wish for you that you will share the excitement and enthusiasm that my colleagues feel for their subject.

Georges Monette
Chair of the Department