Mathematics (BSc Program)


Jennifer Hyndman, Professor and Chair
Iliya Bluskov, Professor
Kevin Keen, Professor
Pranesh Kumar, Professor
Sam Walters, Professor
Dan Ryan, Associate Professor
Edward Dobrowolski, Assistant Professor
Erin Beveridge, Senior Lab Instructor

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics provides undergraduate and postgraduate instruction and training in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. A Bachelor of Science degree is available in Mathematics, as well as joint BSc degrees in Mathematics and Physics, Economics and Mathematics, Chemistry and Mathematics, and Computer Science and Mathematics.
In addition, there is a minor in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics. A graduate degree (MSc—Mathematics) is also supported by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Students interested in graduate studies are advised to consult the UNBC Graduate Calendar for further information.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers Mathematics and Statistics service courses to students in the biological sciences, health sciences, management, economics, social sciences, and other areas.
Some sections of introductory calculus are enhanced through the use of computer software which provides exceptional computational power and high-quality graphical display.  Introductory statistics courses teach the use of statistical analysis software to analyze data.
An important feature of the Mathematics degree program is the early emphasis on the development of abstract reasoning and the relation of the abstract to the concrete. The degree requirements have been chosen so as to provide students with a broad background in Mathematics while still leaving them room to pursue individual interests.
For more information please visit our website at www.unbc.ca/math-statistics.

Major in Mathematics

A major in Mathematics requires 17 MATH or STAT courses (51 credit hours), at least 30 credit hours of which must be upper-division courses; and, of those upper-division credit hours, at least 12 must be taken at the 400 level.

MATH 342-3 (Biostatistics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics major, minor, or joint major.

MATH 150-3 (Finite Mathematics for Business and Economics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics major or joint major.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematics is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Note:  Unless otherwise stated, students enrolling in any MATH or STAT courses with prerequisites are required to have completed all prerequisite courses for that course with a C- or better, or have permission to enrol from the Program Chair.

Literacy Requirement

One of:
ENGL 170-3Writing and Communication Skills
ENGL 270-3Expository Writing

Lower-Division Requirement

100 Level
CPSC 100-4Computer Programming I
CPSC 141-3Discrete Computational Mathematics
MATH 100-3Calculus I
     or MATH 105-3Enriched Calculus
MATH 101-3Calculus II
200 Level
MATH 200-3Calculus III
MATH 201-3Introduction to Complex Analysis
MATH 220-3Linear Algebra
MATH 224-3Foundations of Modern Mathematics
MATH 230-3Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
Recommended
CPSC 101-4Computer Programming II
CPSC 242-3Mathematical Topics for Computer Science
General Science Requirement

Two of:
BIOL 103-3Introductory Biology I
     and BIOL 123-1Introductory Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 104-3Introductory Biology II
     and BIOL 124-1Introductory Biology II Laboratory
CHEM 100-3General Chemistry I
     and CHEM 120-1General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 101-3General Chemistry II
     and CHEM 121-1General Chemistry Lab II
PHYS 100-4Introduction to Physics I
     or PHYS 110-4*Introductory Physics I:
PHYS 111-4*Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity
*Note:  PHYS 110-4 (Introductory Physics I: Mechanics) and PHYS 111-4 ( Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity) are strongly recommended for all majors.

Upper-Division Requirement

300 Level
MATH 302-3Introductory Mathematical Analysis
MATH 320-3Survey of Algebra
MATH 336-3Intermediate Differential Equations
     or MATH 335-3Numerical Analysis I
STAT 371-3Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
STAT 372-3Mathematical Statistics

300 or 400 Level
MATH 326-3Advanced Linear Algebra
     or MATH 405-3
Topology
400 Level

Twelve additional credit hours of 400-level MATH or STAT courses.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulations 15).

BSc Honours - Mathematics

The Honours in Mathematics recognizes undergraduate students who develop a breadth of knowledge through coursework and research. Students considering graduate work or industrial research gain experience and confidence in working in areas where the outcome is unknown.
Entry to the Mathematics Honours Program takes place after completion of 60 credit hours and requires a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33 over the previous 30 credit hours, and the permission of the Department Chair. Candidates are required to consult with their Student Advisor prior to applying for the program. Attaining the minimum requirement does not guarantee entry to the Honours Program, which is at the discretion of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and depends on the availability of a supervisor. Faculty members are under no obligation to supervise Honours students. To remain in the Honours Program requires the maintenance of a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33.

To be awarded the BSc Honours degree students will
Note: Because faculty are under no obligation to supervise undergraduate theses, students are encouraged to find an Undergraduate Thesis supervisor well in advance of completing 90 credit hours.

Chemistry/Mathematics Joint Major

See Calendar entry under Chemistry.

Computer Science/Mathematics Joint Major

See Calendar entry under Computer Science.

Joint Major in Mathematics/Physics

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a Joint Major in Mathematics and Physics is 125 credit hours.

MATH 150-3 (Finite Mathematics for Business and Economics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics major or joint major.
PHYS 307-3 (Selected Topics in Environmental Physics) may not be used as Physics credit toward any Physics major, minor, or joint major.
Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirement
CPSC 100-4Computer Programming I
MATH 100-3Calculus I
     or MATH 105-3Enriched Calculus
MATH 101-3Calculus II
MATH 200-3Calculus III
MATH 201-3Introduction to Complex Analysis
MATH 220-3Linear Algebra
MATH 230-3Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
PHYS 110-4Introductory Physics I: Mechanics
PHYS 111-4Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity
PHYS 200-3Thermal Physics
PHYS 202-4Electromagnetism and Optics
PHYS 205-3Modern Physics I
PHYS 206-4Modern Physics II

Upper Division Requirement

MATH 320-3Survey of Algebra
Advanced Linear Algebra
MATH 335-3Numerical Analysis I
Intermediate Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers 
PHYS 300-3Classical Mechanics
PHYS 302-3Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 310-3Classical Electromagnetism I
PHYS 400-3Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 407-3Statistical Mechanics

Subject Upper-Division Requirements:
9 additional upper-division credit hours are required from MATH or STAT courses, of which at least 6 must be at the 400 level.  An additional 6 credit hours of 300- or 400-level PHYS courses are required.  Of these combined Subject Upper-Division Requirements, at least 9 credit hours must be at the 400 level.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 125 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Economics/Mathematics Joint Major

See Calendar entry under Economics.

Minor in Mathematics

The minor in Mathematics requires students to take 27 credit hours, 12 of which must be upper division credits.

There is no limit to the number of courses that may be used to fulfill program requirements for a major (or another minor) and also a minor in Mathematics.

MATH 342-3 (Biostatistics) may not be used for credit towards the 12 credit hours of upper division Mathematics course requirements for the Mathematics minor.

Requirements

100 Level
CPSC 141-3Discrete Computational Mathematics
MATH 100-3Calculus I
     or MATH 105-3Enriched Calculus
MATH 101-3Calculus II

200 Level
MATH 200-3Calculus III
MATH 220-3Linear Algebra
Twelve additional credit hours in Mathematics at the 300 or 400 level.

Minor in Statistics

The Minor in Statistics requires students to take 24 credit hours, 18 of which must be upper-division credit hours.
There is no limit to the number of courses that may be used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor with a Minor in Statistics.

Requirements

Lower Division Requirement

MATH 100-3Calculus I
     or MATH 105-3Enriched Calculus
MATH 101-3Calculus II

Upper Division Requirement
STAT 371-3Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
STAT 372-3Mathematical Statistics
Four of:
Ecological Analyses
Introduction to Econometrics
Geophysical Data Analysis
Geographical Information Systems
Advanced GIS
Remote Sensing
Advanced Remote Sensing
Principles of Epidemiology
STAT 441-3Nonparametric Statistics
STAT 471-3Linear Models
Survey Sampling Design and Analysis
Experimental Design and Analysis
Methods for Multivariate Data
Note:  Students are required to complete any additional prerequisite courses.
 
Recommended

STAT 240-3Basic Statistics