General Information

Students taking any mathematics course may find the following points helpful.

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.

A student should take care to enrol in the mathematics courses most appropriate to her or his interests, needs, and background. In many cases, courses with similar titles may be intended for widely 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 to either an advisor (either at the Advising Center (Arts), the Office of Student Programmes (Science), or the Department's Undergraduate Office) or a Department faculty member. For students with a grade of about 70\% or higher in OAC calculus can be reasonably confident of success in any of the first year calculus courses (see (a)--(d) below).

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). MATH1520.06 is designed for students who do not have credit in any OACs in mathematics but will not be offered in 1995-96. Both MATH1510.06 and MATH1520.06 can serve as preparation for MATH1500.03 and from there entrance to further calculus courses.

3. Note on calculus courses for first-year students.

a) BBA students who wish to take only a minimum amount of mathematics should take both MATH1530.03 and MATH1540.03, or MATH1550.06. The prerequisite for these courses is MATH1500.03 or OAC Calculus or equivalent.

b) Science students (particularly those majoring in Biology, Geography, Physical Education or Psychology) who do not require other specific calculus courses to satisfy degree requirements or as prerequisites for higher-level courses, may take 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.

c) A student with at least one OAC in mathematics or equivalent, but without previous calculus, must begin the study of calculus with MATH1500.03.

d) 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 governing ``degree credit exclusions" appear in the York calendar. An exclusion occurs when two courses have overlapping material. With a two-way exclusion not both courses can be taken for credit; with a one-way exclusion (usually involving one lower and one upper level course) the lower level may be taken first, but once the upper level has been or is being taken the lower level course may never be taken (for credit). 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 different activities at York which are aimed to help math and stats students in dealing with their studies. Copies of old math exams are also available through the club. The office of Club Infinity is located in S597 Ross. Please come in and get involved!

WWW Department's 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 also available on the web. Our internet WWW address is: ``''. Comments and/or questions can be e-mailed to

Information for Majors

Degrees offered.

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

I. Applied Mathematics (BA or BSc)
II. Mathematics (BA or BSc)
III. Mathematics for Commerce (BA)
IV. Statistics (BA or BSc)

The degree programmes in each major are described in checklists. (See printed Manual under Checklists). A student should choose one of these majors based on interest and employment goals; but it is possible to change major provided the requirements of the desired 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.

"In-department" credits.

A student must complete a minimum number of credits {within the (AS/SC) Department of Mathematics and Statistics}. Those Atkinson courses which are cross-listed as AS/SC/MATH courses will count as In-department. The minimum required in-department credits are: for Ordinary Major or Honours Minor, 18; Honours or Double Honours Major (Arts), 24 (but 30 for Honours Mathematics for Commerce); Combined Honours (Science), 21; Specialized Honours, 30. (In Mathematics for Commerce degrees COSC1520.03/1530.03 is not counted as an ``in-department'' course.)

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, MATH4120.03, 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. In registrations for these courses a letter suffix will indicate the section of the course the student is taking.

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 mini-calendar, available at 261 Vanier College, or contact the programme secretary, Ms. Sue Parsram, 261 Vanier College, 726-5910 ext. 77389.

Career Information

Co-registration in Education.

A student seeking a B.Ed. degree pursues this degree concurrently with her or his Arts or Science degree, beginning normally in the second year at York. For further information contact the Faculty of Education, N801R, phone 726-5001.

Graduate Studies.

York offers several graduate programmes in mathematics and statistics; for details enquire at the Graduate Programme Office (N519 Ross, 736-5250 ext. 33974). 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.

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 will be the best preparation. Further information can be found in a pamphlet available in N501R.

Operations Research (OR)

deals with making the `best' decision when confronted with numerous choices as well as a variety of constraints in a large scale problem. Some examples of typical problems would be minimizing operating costs in a large hospital while maintaining quality service to patients, finding the shortest route for a delivery truck which has a number of 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 almost always needed to execute the algorithm.

To encourage students to study OR and seek employment in this field, the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) offer a Diploma in Operational Research to those students who have completed a prescribed set of courses. See Operations Research under the Programmes section for more details.

Atkinson ``Equivalent'' Courses

The Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at Atkinson College offers mathematics courses at night and during the summer. Certain courses, especially 3000-level and 4000-level, are not offered every year. Many Atkinson courses are considered equivalent (or are exemptions) to Faculty of Arts/Science courses and can be taken in place of the latter vfor degree credit. All Atkinson Math courses which have the same course number as a course offered by the Department are equivalent to the corresponding Arts/Science course. The following is a list of course equivalences where the numbers differ. However there are Atkinson courses which are degree credit exclusions to Faculty of Arts/Science courses. You should consult the Atkinson degree credit exclusion list available from the Office of Student programs in your faculty.

   AK/MATH1409.03C         1500.03  
   AK/MATH1710.06          1510.06
   AK/ECON2560.03/2570.03  1530.03/1540.03 
   AK/MATH2220.06          2221.03/2222.03
   AK/MATH2430.06          2560.03/2570.03
   AK/MATH3530.06          3131.03/3132.03
   AK/COSC3510.06          3241.03/3242.03

All Atkinson courses which are equivalent to an SC course count as Science credits. However until this year those that are equivalend to an Arts course have not counted as AS credit. The information is not available at this time whether some of the Atkinson courses will count as ``In-faculty'' courses in the Faculty of Arts or not. You should assume that they do NOT count as in-faculty and ask at the Undergraduate Office for the most up to date information.