About Program Admission Requirements

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees in Mathematics.

This program is offered by the Faculty of Science on the Keele Campus.

The Mathematics program provides an excellent background for many occupations demanding skills in mathematical reasoning and techniques. The program emphasizes the understanding of concepts, abstraction and reasoning; these then become the tools for problem-solving, as well as the language and environment in which problems are solved.

Pure mathematics focuses attention on basic concepts and then takes those concepts and creates a practical application for them. Finance and cryptography are current examples of areas to which pure mathematics is applied in significant ways.

All Mathematics students (Mathematics, Applied Math, Statistics, Math for Commerce) take common first- and second-year courses. It is in the third and fourth years that the programs begin to differentiate.

  • If you're interested in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) math degree, you will combine your math courses with other Arts courses such as psychology or economics.
  • For a Bachelor of Science (BSc) math degree, you will combine your math courses with other science courses such as physics, earth and atmospheric science, biology or computer science.

Know all your options:

  • Gain international experience! Study one year in Europe and three years at York and earn a European BSc and a York Honours BSc. Contact the program for more information.
  • We encourage you to form study groups early in the term, and to use them as a help in learning your course material. Many people benefit from working together to solve problems, or just by having people around to help them get motivated to study.
  • Club Infinity is York University's Mathematics Club. They are a small and informal group of students who have some interest in math. The Club meets on an irregular basis to work on club events or just party. There is no membership fee. The Club operates out of N537 Ross, the Math/Stat Student Common Room. Visit our Web site for more information.
  • Use the MathLab for help with tutoring first-year math courses.
  • To aid in you mathematics & statistics research — theoretical and practical — you'll have the opportunity to take advantage of York's outstanding computing facilities. We house the Gauss Lab, which features 70 high-performance workstations offering dual boot into Windows or UNIX computing environments; the advanced Multimedia Labs (AML) offers multi-platform computing environments.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Problems, Conjectures and Proofs
  • Computing for Math and Statistics
  • One of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (BSc students)
  • Non-Science Requirement (BSc students)
  • General Education course(s) (BA students)
  • Elective

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • cryptographer
  • mathematical economist
  • financial analyst

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.