
Overview
Mathematics and Statistics study patterns underlying diverse phenomena such as the weather, human and animal populations, stock markets, the form of a molecule, or the structure of the space and the time.
Using mathematics we discover subtle and sometimes unexpected features of these phenomena; as well we can predict their behaviour, which is an extremely important component of our understanding of the world and the space that surrounds us.
Statistics can help us make sense of large data sets and complex systems in areas such as astronomy, genomics, social networks, climate simulation, and medicine. Statisticians examine the patterns which arise in data with the goal of distinguishing true patterns from chance effects.
The Mathematics and Statistics I program introduces students to the foundational tools and ideas of mathematics leading into our degree programs.
Why Mathematics & Statistics at McMaster?
Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster emphasizes a studentcentered approach to teaching by offering a curriculum that is rich with opportunities for cooperative education, experiential learning, and undergraduate research. Students who take courses in mathematics and statistics enjoy the following aspects of our curriculum:
 Broadbased, interdisciplinary courses
 Courses covering numerous areas in theoretical and applied mathematics
 Lectures by world’s recognized leaders in research and teaching
 Program flexibility (a minor in any area can be declared with
math degree)  New specialization in Honours Actuarial & Financial Mathematics
 Courses in applied mathematics and statistics including training in industryrecognized software
 A dynamic undergraduate Math & Stats Society
 Opportunities for paid undergraduate summer research with faculty members
 Paid and volunteer teaching opportunities through our Math Help Centre and Outreach program
Students also have the opportunity to conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty member in their final year as part of an Honours thesis.

Admission Details
OUAC Program Code: MZ
Annual Enrollment: 90 Students
Admission Average & Requirements
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First Year Courses
The unit value of a particular course is indicated by the last digit of the course code (e.g. 1A03 = 3 units).
Total: 30 Units
Required: 15 units Mathematics 1B03 – Linear Algebra I
 Mathematics 1C03 – Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
 Mathematics 1X03 – Calculus for Math and Stats I
 Mathematics 1XX3 – Calculus for Math and Stats II
 1 course (3 units) from the Faculty of Science
Electives: 15 units
Students are a responsible to ensure that the necessary prerequisites needed to proceed to Level II are completed in a timely manner.
Note: In 2014/15 we will offer Mathematics 1MP3: Introduction to Mathematical Scientific Computation, for the first time. In subsequent years, this course will become a mandatory course for all Math and Stats students.

Beyond First Year
Through careful course selection in Level I, students can pursue any Level II program in:
 Mathematics & Statistics (see below),
 Chemical & Physical Sciences
 Environmental and Earth Science
 Life Sciences
Below is a list of Level II programs often chosen by Mathematics and Statistics I students.
Honours Bachelor of Science (Hons. B. Sc.) – Four (4) Year Programs:
 Honours Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
 Honours Actuarial and Financial Mathematics (Coop)
 Honours Mathematics & Computer Science
 Honours Mathematics & Physics
 Honours Mathematics & Statistics
— Mathematics Specialization
— Mathematics Specialization (Coop)
— Origins Research Specialization (Coop)
— Statistics Specialization
— Statistics Specialization (Coop)  Honours Mathematics & Statistics (Coop)
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) – Three (3) Year Programs 
Careers or Options Beyond This Program
Employers increasingly appreciate that mathematical training produces graduates with strong analytical and problemsolving skills that are extremely useful and immediately transferable to a wide variety of fields. In addition, with a strategic choice of electives, graduates of the Honours Mathematics & Statistics program are well prepared for entry into medical school, education, law school and other professional programs including Actuarial Science and Master’s of Financial Mathematics.
Our graduates have found careers in:
 Actuarial science
 Banking
 Commerce
 Data mining
 Finance
 Forecasting
 Image processing
 Insurance
 Medical science
 Medicine
 Teaching…and much more!
The specialization options provide excellent preparation for graduate studies in Mathematics and/or Statistics, and our graduates have been accepted and given generous scholarships to some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the world, including Berkeley, Brown, Cambridge, Harvard, McGill, Michigan, Oxford, Toronto and UBC.
Facilities
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics is housed in the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics in Hamilton Hall. A recent renovation of this historic building has resulted in an award winning design which retains the classic exterior with a completely modernized and vertically integrated interior that has been tailored to facilitate dynamic interactions amongst undergraduate students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows and faculty. The Math Café and Math Help Centre are popular meeting and study spaces for students in Mathematics and Statistics. In addition, blackboards and study tables line the walls of Hamilton Hall, creating an inviting environment for group study and collaboration.
Coop / Internship
Coop opportunities are available to students in certain specializations beginning in level III. For a list of coop programs please visit the Science Career and Cooperative Education (SCCE) website. The SCCE offers cooperative education options for students wishing to integrate work experience with their academic program. Cooperative education extends the undergraduate program to five years, and is a great way to gain practical experience and develop a professional network. In addition, during the four, 4month work terms, you will further enhance your technical and nontechnical workplace skills, such as teamwork, effective communication and time management. Interested students are encouraged to apply in the winter term of level II. Admission is based on academic achievement and an interview. Students in coop programs typically spend work terms in a variety of sectors including:
 Bioinformatics
 Experimental design and data analysis
 Imaging
 Information technology
 Mathematical finance
Schedule
Program Statistics
 8 Areas of Research – including Algebra & Number Theory, Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Geometry & Topology, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Logic, Probability & Statistics.
 30+ faculty, 16 postdoctoral fellows, and 90 graduate students.
 Math & Stats postgraduation employment rates: