# Mathematics (BSc Program)

Lee Keener, Professor Emeritus

Sam Walters, Professor and Acting Chair

Kevin Keen, Professor

Pranesh Kumar, Professor

Dan Ryan, Associate Professor

Alia Hamieh, Assistant Professor

Edward Dobrowolski, Assistant Professor

Andy Wan, 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

Literacy Requirement

One of:

Lower-Division Requirement

100 Level

200 Level

Recommended

General Science Requirement

Two of:

Upper-Division Requirement

300 Level

300 or 400 Level

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

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.

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 170-3 | Writing and Communication Skills | |

ENGL 270-3 | Expository Writing |

Lower-Division Requirement

100 Level

CPSC 100-4 | Computer Programming I | |

CPSC 141-3 | Discrete Computational Mathematics | |

MATH 100-3 | Calculus I | |

MATH 101-3 | Calculus II |

MATH 200-3 | Calculus III | |

MATH 201-3 | Introduction to Complex Analysis | |

MATH 220-3 | Linear Algebra | |

MATH 224-3 | Foundations of Modern Mathematics | |

MATH 230-3 | Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems |

CPSC 101-4 | Computer Programming II | |

CPSC 242-3 | Mathematical Topics for Computer Science |

Two of:

BIOL 103-3 | Introductory Biology I | |

and BIOL 123-1 | Introductory Biology I Laboratory | |

BIOL 104-3 | Introductory Biology II | |

and BIOL 124-1 | Introductory Biology II Laboratory | |

CHEM 100-3 | General Chemistry I | |

and CHEM 120-1 | General Chemistry Lab I | |

CHEM 101-3 | General Chemistry II | |

and CHEM 121-1 | General Chemistry Lab II | |

PHYS 100-4 | Introduction 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 302-3 | Introductory Mathematical Analysis | |

MATH 320-3 | Survey of Algebra | |

MATH 336-3 | Intermediate Differential Equations | |

or MATH 335-3 | Introduction to Numerical Methods | |

STAT 371-3 | Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers | |

STAT 372-3 | Mathematical Statistics |

300 or 400 Level

MATH 326-3 | Advanced Linear Algebra | |

or MATH 405-3 | Topology |

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

- complete 126 credit hours
- satisfy the requirements for a BSc in Mathematics
- within the existing 400-level requirements take
- one of MATH 420-3 Structure of Groups and Rings or MATH 421-3 Field Theory
- one of MATH 402-3 Topological and Normed Linear Spaces or MATH 403-3 Measure Theory and Integration
- one of STAT 471-3 Linear Models, or STAT 472-3 Survey Sampling Design and Analysis, or STAT 473-3 Experimental Design and Analysis

**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

Upper Division Requirement

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

200 Level

Minor in Statistics

Lower Division Requirement

CPSC 100-4 | Computer Programming I | |

MATH 100-3 | Calculus I | |

MATH 101-3 | Calculus II | |

MATH 200-3 | Calculus III | |

MATH 201-3 | Introduction to Complex Analysis | |

MATH 220-3 | Linear Algebra | |

MATH 230-3 | Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems | |

PHYS 110-4 | Introductory Physics I: Mechanics | |

PHYS 111-4 | Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity | |

PHYS 200-3 | Thermal Physics | |

PHYS 202-4 | Electromagnetism and Optics | |

PHYS 205-3 | Modern Physics I | |

PHYS 206-4 | Modern Physics II |

Upper Division Requirement

MATH 320-3 | Survey of Algebra | |

Advanced Linear Algebra | ||

MATH 335-3 | Introduction to Numerical Methods | |

Intermediate Differential Equations | ||

Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers |

PHYS 300-3 | Classical Mechanics | |

PHYS 302-3 | Quantum Mechanics I | |

PHYS 310-3 | Classical Electromagnetism I | |

PHYS 400-3 | Quantum Mechanics II | |

PHYS 407-3 | Statistical 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.

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 141-3 | Discrete Computational Mathematics | |

MATH 100-3 | Calculus I | |

MATH 101-3 | Calculus II |

200 Level

MATH 200-3 | Calculus III | |

MATH 220-3 | Linear 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 100-3 | Calculus I | |

MATH 101-3 | Calculus II |

**Upper Division Requirement**

STAT 371-3 | Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers | |

STAT 372-3 | Mathematical Statistics |

Four of:

Ecological Analyses | ||

Introduction to Econometrics | ||

Geophysical Data Analysis | ||

Geographical Information Systems | ||

Advanced GIS | ||

Remote Sensing | ||

Advanced Remote Sensing | ||

Principles of Epidemiology |

Linear Models | ||

Survey Sampling Design and Analysis | ||

Experimental Design and Analysis | ||

Methods for Multivariate Data |

**Note:**Students are required to complete any additional prerequisite courses.

_{Updated: June 28, 2019}