Lee Keener, Professor Emeritus

Dan Ryan, Associate Professor and Chair

Jennifer Hyndman, Professor

Kevin Keen, Professor

Pranesh Kumar, Professor

Mohammad El Smaily, Associate Professor

Alia Hamieh, Associate Professor

Andy Wan, Associate Professor

Edward Dobrowolski, Assistant Professor

Stanley Xiao, Assistant Professor

Erin Beveridge, Senior Lab Instructor

Brian Schaan, Lecturer

**Website: **www.unbc.ca/math-statistics

Major in Mathematics (BSc)

Major in Mathematics (BSc Honours)

Joint Major in Chemistry and Mathematics (BSc)

Joint Major in Computer Science and Mathematics (BSc)

Joint Major in Mathematics and Physics (BSc)

Joint Major in Economics and Mathematics (BSc)

Minor in Mathematics

Minor in Statistics

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.

## 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.

STAT 240-3 (Basic Statistics) 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- (60%) or better, or have permission to enroll from the Department Chair. If the prerequisite course is a BC high school course, the minimum required grade is a C (60%).

**Literacy Requirement**

One of the following:

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 |

**200 Level**

MATH 202-3 | Multivariable Calculus I |

MATH 204-3 | Multivariable Calculus II |

MATH 220-3 | Linear Algebra |

MATH 224-3 | Foundations of Modern Mathematics |

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

**Recommended**

CPSC 101-4 | Computer Programming II |

CPSC 242-3 | Mathematical Topics for Computer Science |

**General Science Requirement**

Two of the following:

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 | Physics for Life Sciences I |

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

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 301-3 | Introduction to Complex Analysis |

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 |

**400 Level**

Twelve additional credit hours in Mathematics or Statistics at the 400 level.

**Electives and Academic Breadth**

Elective credit hours must be taken as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation on *Academic Breadth*).

## 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 into 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:
- complete 6 credit hours of MATH 530 or STAT 530, with the outcome of one undergraduate thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

**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.

## Joint Major in Chemistry and Mathematics

See Calendar entry under Chemistry.

## Joint Major in Computer Science and Mathematics

See Calendar entry under Computer Science.

## Joint Major in Mathematics and 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.

#### Program Requirements

**Lower-Division Requirement**

CPSC 100-4 | Computer Programming I |

MATH 100-3 | Calculus I |

MATH 101-3 | Calculus II |

MATH 202-3 | Multivariable Calculus I |

MATH 204-3 | Multivariable Calculus II |

MATH 220-3 | Linear Algebra |

MATH 230-3 | Ordinary 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 301-3 | Introduction to Complex Analysis |

MATH 320-3 | Survey of Algebra |

MATH 326-3 | Advanced Linear Algebra |

MATH 335-3 | Introduction to Numerical Methods |

MATH 336-3 | Intermediate Differential Equations |

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 |

PHYS 410-3 | Classical Electromagnetism II |

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

**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 upper-division credit hours of PHYS courses are required, of which at least 3 credit hours must be at the 400 level.

**Electives and Academic Breadth**

Elective credit hours must be taken as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 125 credit hours including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation on *Academic Breadth*).

## Joint Major in Economics and Mathematics

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 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) and also a minor in Mathematics.

#### Requirements

**100 Level**

CPSC 141-3 | Discrete Computational Mathematics |

MATH 100-3 | Calculus I |

MATH 101-3 | Calculus II |

**200 Level**

MATH 202-3 | Multivariable Calculus I |

MATH 220-3 | Linear Algebra |

Twelve additional credit hours in Mathematics or Statistics 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 the following:

BIOL 325-3 | Ecological Analyses |

ECON 312-3 | Introduction to Econometrics |

ENSC 450-3 | Environmental and Geophysical Data Analysis |

GEOG 300-3 | Intermediate GIS |

GEOG 357-3 | Introduction to Remote Sensing |

GEOG 413-3 | Advanced GIS |

GEOG 457-3 | Advanced Remote Sensing |

HHSC 401-3 | Principles of Epidemiology |

STAT 471-3 | Linear Models |

STAT 472-3 | Survey Sampling Design and Analysis |

STAT 473-3 | Experimental Design and Analysis |

STAT 475-3 | Methods for Multivariate Data |

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

**Recommended**

STAT 240-3 Basic Statistics

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