Mathematics and Statistics (BSc Program)
Lee Keener, Professor Emeritus
Sam Walters, Professor and Acting Chair
Jennifer Hyndman, Professor
Kevin Keen, Professor
Pranesh Kumar, Professor
Mohammad El Smaily, Associate Professor
Dan Ryan, Associate Professor
Edward Dobrowolski, Assistant Professor
Alia Hamieh, Assistant Professor
Andy Wan, Assistant Professor
Erin Beveridge, Senior Lab Instructor
Sam Walters, Professor and Acting Chair
Jennifer Hyndman, Professor
Kevin Keen, Professor
Pranesh Kumar, Professor
Mohammad El Smaily, Associate Professor
Dan Ryan, Associate Professor
Edward Dobrowolski, Assistant Professor
Alia Hamieh, Assistant Professor
Andy Wan, Assistant Professor
Erin Beveridge, Senior Lab Instructor
Website: http://www.unbc.ca/mathstatistics
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 highquality 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/mathstatistics.
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 upperdivision courses; and, of those upperdivision credit hours, at least 12 must be taken at the 400 level.
STAT 2403 (Basic Statistics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics major, minor, or joint major.
MATH 1503 (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:
ENGL 1703  Writing and Communication Skills  
ENGL 2703  Expository Writing 
LowerDivision Requirement
100 Level
CPSC 1004  Computer Programming I  
CPSC 1413  Discrete Computational Mathematics  
MATH 1003  Calculus I  
MATH 1013  Calculus II 
MATH 2003  Calculus III  
MATH 2013  Introduction to Complex Analysis  
MATH 2203  Linear Algebra  
MATH 2243  Foundations of Modern Mathematics  
MATH 2303  Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems 
CPSC 1014  Computer Programming II  
CPSC 2423  Mathematical Topics for Computer Science 
Two of the following:
BIOL 1033  Introductory Biology I  
and BIOL 1231  Introductory Biology I Laboratory  
BIOL 1043  Introductory Biology II  
and BIOL 1241  Introductory Biology II Laboratory  
CHEM 1003  General Chemistry I  
and CHEM 1201  General Chemistry Lab I  
CHEM 1013  General Chemistry II  
and CHEM 1211  General Chemistry Lab II  
PHYS 1004  Introduction to Physics I  
or PHYS 1104*  Introductory Physics I:  
PHYS 1114*  Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity 
UpperDivision Requirement
300 Level
MATH 3023  Introductory Mathematical Analysis  
MATH 3203  Survey of Algebra  
MATH 3363  Intermediate Differential Equations  
or MATH 3353  Introduction to Numerical Methods  
STAT 3713  Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers  
STAT 3723  Mathematical Statistics 
300 or 400 Level
MATH 3263  Advanced Linear Algebra  
or MATH 4053

Topology

Twelve additional credit hours of 400level 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 400level requirements take
 one of MATH 4203 Structure of Groups and Rings or MATH 4213 Field Theory
 one of MATH 4023 Topological and Normed Linear Spaces or MATH 4033 Measure Theory and Integration
 one of STAT 4713 Linear Models, or STAT 4723 Survey Sampling Design and Analysis, or STAT 4733 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 1503 (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 1004  Computer Programming I  
MATH 1003  Calculus I  
MATH 1013  Calculus II  
MATH 2003  Calculus III  
MATH 2013  Introduction to Complex Analysis  
MATH 2203  Linear Algebra  
MATH 2303  Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems  
PHYS 1104  Introductory Physics I: Mechanics  
PHYS 1114  Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity  
PHYS 2003  Thermal Physics  
PHYS 2024  Electromagnetism and Optics  
PHYS 2053  Modern Physics I  
PHYS 2064  Modern Physics II 
Upper Division Requirement
MATH 3203  Survey of Algebra  
Advanced Linear Algebra


MATH 3353  Introduction to Numerical Methods  
Intermediate Differential Equations  
Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

PHYS 3003  Classical Mechanics  
PHYS 3023  Quantum Mechanics I  
PHYS 3103  Classical Electromagnetism I  
PHYS 4003  Quantum Mechanics II  
PHYS 4073  Statistical Mechanics 
Subject UpperDivision Requirements:
9 additional upperdivision 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 400level PHYS courses are required. Of these combined Subject UpperDivision Requirements, at least 9 credit hours must be at the 400 level.
9 additional upperdivision 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 400level PHYS courses are required. Of these combined Subject UpperDivision 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.
STAT 2403 (Basic Statistics) 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 1413  Discrete Computational Mathematics  
MATH 1003  Calculus I  
MATH 1013  Calculus II 
200 Level
MATH 2003  Calculus III  
MATH 2203  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 upperdivision 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 1003  Calculus I  
MATH 1013  Calculus II 
Upper Division Requirement
STAT 3713  Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers  
STAT 3723  Mathematical Statistics 
Four of the following:
Ecological Analyses


Introduction to Econometrics


Geophysical Data Analysis


Intermediate GIS


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.
Recommended
STAT 2403  Basic Statistics 
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