MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

“Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.” Joseph Fourier

What is mathematics? Anyone who has taken a science or business course knows one answer: mathematics is a language. In any discipline in which quantity plays a role (such as chemistry, economics, sociology, or engineering) mathematics is used to both communicate and reason. To make oneself understood in any such discipline, and even to comprehend our technological society, one must be able to “speak” mathematics.

Mathematics has also been called a science, the science of reason. Perhaps less familiar is the idea of mathematics as art. Mathematicians often speak of patterns and structure of their discipline as “beautiful” or “subtle”, and even calculus itself has been said to be “... like the full-rigged sailing ship, a classic expression of Western genius.”

UCFV mathematics courses cover the range from pre-college algebraic manipulation skills, through the basic calculus, linear algebra, complex variables and differential equations required to understand physics and engineering, the discrete mathematics required for computer science, to the axiomatic development of algebraic systems and analysis in degree-level mathematics courses.

UCFV statistics courses deal with the mathematical deductions of probability, experimental design, sample surveys, the analysis of real world data, and the application of simple probability models to predicting and forecasting. Courses cover the range from introductory material for students with Grade 11 math to the generalized linear models and survival analysis used in modern biomedical literature.

UCFV offers majors, extended minors, and minors in both Mathematics and Math/Statistics as part of its Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs. For details, students are encouraged to contact the Mathematics and Statistics department,   Faculty of Arts advisor, or Faculty of Science & Technology advisor. Mathematics and Statistics courses taken to satisfy extended minor/minor requirements will be counted as Arts subjects.

Students cannot combine Mathematics with Mathematics (Statistics option) to form a Bachelor of Arts with two extended minors.

Students are encouraged to check the prerequisites for second-year and upper-level courses before enrolling in first-year math courses.

This section specifies the major, extended minor and minor discipline requirements only. Please refer to additional Bachelor of Arts requirements.

Mathematics Extended Minor Requirements

Lower-level requirements: 31–32 credits

Upper-level requirements: 15 credits

Fifteen credits from math courses numbered 308 or above.

Mathematics Minor Requirements

Lower-level requirements: 14–16 credits

Upper-level requirements: 15 credits

Fifteen credits from math courses numbered 308 or above.

Mathematics (Statistics option)
Extended Minor Requirements

Lower-level requirements: 34–35 credits

Upper-level requirements: 18 credits