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 develop ways to 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.
Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster emphasizes a student-centered 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:
- Broad-based, 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
- New specialization in Honours Actuarial & Financial Mathematics
- Courses in applied mathematics and statistics including training in industry-recognized software
- A dynamic undergraduate Math & Stats Society
- Opportunities for paid undergraduate summer research with faculty members
- Paid and volunteer teaching opportunities through the 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.
OUAC Program Code: MZ
Annual Enrollment: 200 Students
Department homepage: www.math.mcmaster.ca
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Please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for the most up-to-date information about recommended first year courses for Mathematics and Statistics I.
Before selecting Level I courses, it is very important that students carefully review the admission requirements for each of the Level II programs they are considering. At the end of first year, students apply to a maximum of four Level II Honours programs, and are offered admission to the highest ranked program for which they qualify.
Students from any Level I Science program can (through careful Level I course selection) pursue any Level II program in:
- Mathematics & Statistics (see below)
- Chemical & Physical Sciences
- Environmental and Earth Science
- Life Sciences
Students who complete Mathematics and Statistics I often pursue the following programs:
Honours Bachelor of Science (Hons. B. Sc.) Programs
- Honours Actuarial and Financial Mathematics*
- Honours Mathematics and Computer Science
- Honours Mathematics and Physics
- Honours Mathematics and Statistics*
- Honours Mathematics and Statistics – Mathematics Sub-Plan*
- Honours Mathematics and Statistics – Statistics Sub-Plan*
*Co-op programs are available, beginning in Level III
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Programs
- Mathematical Science
- Minor in Mathematics
- Minor in Statistics
For additional information about these programs please visit the Undergraduate Calendar.
For information about the types of careers graduates from McMaster Science can pursue, assistance with cover letter and resume writing, mock interviews and much more, please visit the Science Career and Cooperative Education Office website
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics is housed in the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics. Located in Hamilton Hall, the Centre has been designed to integrate teaching, research and outreach environments. A recent award-winning renovation of this historic building retained the classic exterior and, at the same time, completely modernized and vertically integrated its interior, to facilitate dynamic interactions between undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty. The Math Café and Math Help Centre provide friendly and active academic and social environments. Numerous blackboards, filled with math calculations and diagrams, line the walls of the generous building. The hallways are set up with study tables to encourage undergraduates to work together with their peers and teaching assistants. The proximity of faculty offices gives students an opportunity to consult with their instructors both during and outside of office hours.
SharcNet, the Department’s high performance computing facility is located in A. N. Bourns Science Building.
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, 4-month work terms, students will further enhance technical and non-technical workplace skills, such as teamwork, effective communication and time management. Students apply to co-op programs in Level II and, if admitted, enter the co-op program in Level III. Admission is based on academic achievement and an interview. Students in co-op programs typically work in government, academic, hospital and industry settings.
For further information about Cooperative Education see HERE or visit by the Science Career and Cooperative Education office in BSB 127.
Experiential Education (EE) provides opportunities for students to gain academically relevant experience in a community, research or professional setting. This combination of academic and real world learning helps students to further develop the necessary qualities and skills that will be transferrable to future career paths. EE courses could be either an Applied Placement Course (SCIENCE 3EP3) or a Research Practicum Course (SCIENCE 3RP3).
For more information about Experiential Education – please visit the Science Career & Cooperative Education office FAQ page HERE.
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