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Academic Programs


Three-Year General vs. Four-Year Honours Programs

The Faculty of Mathematics offers a variety of four-year Honours programs and a three-year General program. The Honours programs are more demanding than the General program, both with regard to the mathematical content and the number of required courses.

Students are normally admitted into the Honours program in their first year. In subsequent years, students who wish to pursue a less intensive program of studies or who are unable to meet the requirements of the Honours program may transfer to the three-year General program.

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Co-op vs. Regular

Most of the Faculty's programs are available in both the Regular (conventional September to April academic year) and Co-operative (alternating four-month academic and work terms) systems of study. Programs that are offered only for Co-op students are explicitly indicated in the list of programs below.

Students in the Regular program normally take courses during the Fall and Winter terms. Because of resource limitations, Co-op students are given priority for enrolling in courses in the Spring term.

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Departmental Honours Programs

The Faculty offers the following Honours Programs through the five departments:
Actuarial Science
Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics with Engineering Electives (Co-operative only)
Applied Mathematics with Physics Electives
Combinatorics and Optimization
Computer Science
Computer Science with Electrical Engineering Electives
Computer Science/Information Systems Option
Operations Research
Pure Mathematics
Statistics
Applied Statistics with Engineering Electives(Co-operative only)

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Faculty Honours Programs

The following Honours programs are under the jurisdiction of the Faculty Programs Committee:
Mathematics/Business Administration Program
Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy Program (Co-operative only)
Mathematics/Management Accountancy Program (Co-operative only)
Mathematics/Teaching Option (Co-operative only)
Inter-Departmental Program

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Three-year general Program

This program is under the jurisdiction of the Faculty Programs Committee.

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Combination Honours Programs within the faculty of mathematics

Double Honours 'X' and 'Y' Programs

All Honours requirements for both areas 'X' and 'Y' must be satisfied. 'X' and 'Y' refer to any two of Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science, Operations Research, Pure Mathematics, and Statistics (with the exception that the combination Combinatorics and Optimization and Operations Research is not an officially recognized Double Honours Program). For each pairing of 'X' and 'Y,' the names will appear in alphabetical order in the program title. Note that with some 'X' and 'Y' combinations, it may be necessary to complete more than the minimum 40 half-credits to satisfy all of the course requirements.

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Joint Honours 'X' and 'Y' Programs

Joint Honours 'X' and 'Y' programs, in conjunction with the common degree requirements in Table I, require a total of 40 half-credits: the ten mathematics half-credits in the Faculty core (outlined in Table II) plus the joint requirements of the two departments for a minimum of 28 mathematics half-credits, and at least ten non-math half-credits. Joint requirements for each department can be found in the corresponding department description. 'X' and 'Y' refer to any two of Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, and Statistics. For each pairing of 'X' and 'Y,' the names will appear in alphabetical order in the program title.

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Honours 'X' with 'Y' Minor Programs

All Honours requirements for area 'X' and the specific requirements for area 'Y' must be satisfied. Requirements for each department may be found in the corresponding department description. 'X' refers to any one of Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science, Mathematics/Teaching Option, Operations Research, Pure Mathematics, and Statistics. 'Y' is different from 'X' and refers to any one of Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, and Statistics. Students register in the Honours 'X' program and request an official 'Y' Minor designation when they complete an "Intention to Graduate" form.

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Combination Honours Programs With Other Faculties Leading to the BMath Degree

In the descriptions below, 'X' refers to any one of Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science, Mathematics/Teaching Option, Operations Research, Pure Mathematics, Statistics, and the Inter-Departmental program. 'Z' refers to any discipline, in a faculty other than Mathematics, that chooses to make a combination Honours program or a Minor available to Faculty of Mathematics students. Students should consult with the department concerned for specific course requirements.

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Honours 'X' and 'Z' Programs

All Honours requirements for area 'X' and the set of departmental requirements and average requirements prescribed by discipline 'Z' must be satisfied. Note that with some 'X' and 'Z' combinations, it may be necessary to complete more than 40 half-credits to satisfy all of the course requirements.

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Honours 'X' with 'Z' Minor Programs

All Honours requirements for area 'X' and a set of ten half-credits and average requirements prescribed by discipline 'Z' must be satisfied. Students register in the Honours 'X' program and request an official 'Z' Minor designation when they complete an RIntention to GraduateS form.

Note
Combination Honours Programs leading to a degree in another faculty (i.e. not BMath) are described in "Combination Honours Programs Leading to a Degree in Another Faculty: Requirements".

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BMath Transcripts and Diplomas

BMath transcripts and diplomas list at most two areas of study in the academic program section.

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Admission to Specific Honours Programs

At any time prior to their 3A term, Honours students in good standing within the Faculty will be eligible for admission to the program of their choice, subject to limitations 1, 2, and 3 below. It is understood, however, that academic advisors will continue to recommend that students who appear to be inadequately prepared for their choice of program consider an alternative.

  1. Students seeking admission to Computer Science major programs will have to satisfy the CS major average continuation requirement (see "Faculty Policices").
  2. The Math/Accounting and Teaching Option programs are restricted-enrolment programs.
  3. With the exceptions of Applied Math/Engineering, Accounting, and Computer Science programs, students are not admitted to specific Honours programs prior to year two.

In the 3A term and beyond, admission to specific Honours programs is at the discretion of the major Department(s) or Faculty Programs Committee as appropriate.

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