Bachelor of Science (Honours), Major in Applications of Mathematics

Description

In the BSc in Applications of Mathematics program, traditional mathematics courses are combined with specialized courses that enable students to apply their mathematical skills in diverse fields, providing a broad range of options for careers or further education. Students can choose from among three concentrations, Biomathematics, Computational Mathematics and Mathematics Education, that are not readily available at the undergraduate level elsewhere in Canada.

Please note, courses in Years 2, 3, and 4 may not be available on the Richmond campus.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/science

Department's website: kpu.ca/mathematics

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Major in Applications of Mathematics must be admitted to the Faculty of Science & Horticulture.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Science and Horticulture degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits of undergraduate coursework
  • Completion of MATH 1220 with a minimum grade of "C" or MATH 1230 with a minimum grade of "C+"

Curricular Requirements

All students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 120 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher. 
  • 45 credits from a minimum of 15 courses at the 3000 level or higher, including 9 credits at the 4000 level.
  • 18 credits of breadth electives including:
    • at least 12 credits from courses that are offered outside the Faculty of Science & Horticulture; and
    • up to 6 credits from fields of science not prescribed in the Major requirements; and
    • 3 credits from a course at the 3000 level or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • At least 50% of all courses for the BSc, and at least 66% of upper-level courses for the BSc, must be completed at KPU.

The Applications of Mathematics Major requires the completion of the following Core Requirements, as well as the requirements of one of the three concentrations below.

Core Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Differential Calculus
Calculus for Life Sciences I
Calculus I (Business Applications)
MATH 1220Integral Calculus3
or MATH 1230 Calculus for Life Sciences II
Select one of the following:3
Reading and Writing about Selected Topics: An Introduction to Literature
Reading and Writing About Genre: An Introduction to Literature
A course approved to meet the writing-intensive requirement for KPU credentials
PHYS 1101Physics for Life Sciences I4
or PHYS 1120 Physics for Physical and Applied Sciences I
BIOL 1110Introductory Biology I4
or CHEM 1110 The Structure of Matter
CPSC 1103Principles of Program Structure and Design I3
CPSC 1204Principles of Program Structure and Design II3
ENGL 1100Introduction to University Writing3
MATH 2232Linear Algebra3
MATH 2315Probability and Statistics3
MATH 2321Multivariate Calculus (Calculus III)3
MATH 2410Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 3120Introduction to Applied Mathematics3
MATH 3315Applied Inferential Statistics3
MATH 3421Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 4240Mathematical Modelling3
Concentrations
Select one of the following Concentrations:72-80
Total Credits122-130

Biomathematics Concentration Requirements

BIOL 1110Introductory Biology I4
BIOL 1210Introductory Biology II4
BIOL 2322Ecology4
CHEM 1110The Structure of Matter4
Select 21 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher21
Select 3 credits from a course at the 1100 level or higher in any area of study except BIOL, CHEM, MATH or PHYS3
Select 3 credits from a course in BIOL at the 2000 level or higher3
BIOL 2320Genetics4
or BIOL 2321 Cell Biology
MATH 3140Mathematical Computing3
MATH 4210Biomathematics3
Select 9 credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher9
Select 3 credits from a course at the 3000 level or higher in any area of study except BIOL, CHEM, MATH or PHYS3
Select 6 credits from courses in BIOL at the 3000 level or higher 16
Select 3 credits from a course in MATH at the 3000 level or higher 23
Select 6 credits from courses in MATH at the 4000 level 36
Total Credits80

Computational Mathematics Concentration Requirements

CPSC 2302Data Structures and Algorithms3
CPSC 3110Simulation3
MATH 2331Introduction to Analysis3
MATH 3140Mathematical Computing3
MATH 4220Numerical Methods3
Select 21 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher21
Select 9 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher in any area of study except BIOL, CHEM, MATH or PHYS9
Select 9 credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher9
Select 9 credits from courses in MATH at the 3000 level or higher 19
Select 3 credits from a course at the 3000 level or higher in any area of study except BIOL, CHEM, MATH or PHYS3
Select 6 credits from courses in MATH at the 4000 level 26
Total Credits72

It is recommended that students choose sufficient electives from the physical sciences (Physics and Chemistry), computer science, or economics and business to provide expertise in an area of application.

Mathematics Education Concentration Requirements

PHYS 1102Physics for Life Sciences II4
or PHYS 1220 Physics for Physical and Applied Sciences II
EDUC 2220Introduction to Educational Psychology3
MATH 2331Introduction to Analysis3
MATH 3130Introduction to the Mathematics Classroom3
MATH 3150The Structure of Mathematics3
MATH 3250Geometry3
MATH 3322Vector Calculus (Calculus IV)3
MATH 3450History of Mathematics3
MATH 4130Theory of Mathematics Education3
Select 30 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher30
Select 6 credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher6
Select 3 credits from a course at the 3000 level or higher in any area of study except BIOL, CHEM, MATH or PHYS (EDUC recommended)3
Select 3 credits from a course in MATH at the 3000 level or higher3
Select 3 credits from a course in MATH at the 4000 level3
Total Credits73

It is recommended that students wishing to teach secondary level mathematics also prepare in a second teachable area; check the requirements of the institution that offers the desired education program.

Honours

In addition to meeting the requirements listed above for the Major, Honours students will need to complete MATH 4350 as part of a total of 36 credits from courses in MATH numbered 3000 or higher, excluding MATH 3130 and MATH 4130.

Honours students must complete 132 credits overall and maintain a Program Grade Point Average (PGPA) of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B in those MATH courses numbered 3000 or higher used to satisfy the degree requirements.

To qualify for the Applications of Mathematics Honours degree, students must have been admitted to the Honours program prior to earning the Applications of Mathematics degree. Students may receive either the Applications of Mathematics degree or the Applications of Mathematics Honours degree, but not both.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the honours program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science (Honours). Transcripts will indicate Major in Applications of Mathematics.

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