Mathematics has been around since humans first began using numbers. It has many faces, from practical uses of its statistical tools to theoretical studies of abstract relationships.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree options: BSc honours or major; BA honours or major; Any degree, minor
Other degree options in the field of mathematics at Mount Allison:
- BA or BSc honours in computer science and mathematics
- BA honours in economics and mathematics
- BSc honours in mathematics and physics
The Mount Allison mathematics program aims to provide an appreciation of the historical, theoretical, and applied nature of mathematics, as well as a full understanding of the beauty of the subject.
Introductory courses may introduce students to the applications to which calculus may be applied or the practical uses of statistics. Upper-year courses deal with topics ranging from geometry to game theory.
You will be introduced to mathematical concepts such as:
- the practical uses of statistical tools
- theoretical studies of abstract relationships
- the applications of calculus
- the use of number theory in modern cryptography
All courses in the curriculum offer a blend of theory and practical applications. The program includes lectures supplemented by weekly labs where you can gain hands-on experience.
Many of the courses offered include a substantial computational component and students are encouraged to use the mathematical software tools available.
You are also encouraged to conduct independent summer research projects or to contribute to faculty research projects as a research assistant.
Find a list of mathematics courses in the academic calendar – mathematics.
Popular career paths for mathematics graduates include:
- market research/data analyst
- quality assurance analyst
- inventory strategist
- budget analyst
- business solutions specialist
- risk management analyst
- statistician/statistical analyst
- efficiency expert
- insurance broker
“It’s good to explore different areas of mathematics. I came to Mount
Allison expecting to dislike pure math since I’m also a physics
student, and physicists like applied math, but I took a course in number
theory and really loved it, which surprised me. So be open to all kinds
of courses! And if you are unsure what you want to study, don’t be too
quick to judge how you feel about math. Undergraduate math courses
aren’t like the math you learned in high school. You quickly learn that
there is a lot more to the subject than you have previously been shown.”
Honours mathematics and physics, minor in computer science (’14)
Corner Brook, NL
“If you love knowing why the things you learn are the way they are and how to prove what you know, math is great for you. And mathematics has been useful in most science disciplines. I call it the fundamental science. Being a math major, I’ve found that I have an edge in other science courses I have taken.
Mathematics, minors in physics and computer science (‘14)
Math Resource Centre
The Math Resource Centre offers a free drop-in service for students who need help in mathematics. The services are available for any student who wishes to improve their mathematical skills. The Math Resource Centre is primarily directed to those in first-year mathematics courses, but students in any course who want help in math-related topics are welcome.
Math Assessment Test (MAT)
The Math Assessment Test is used for a variety of courses to determine your present mathematics ability. You will take this test as a regular part of the first-year course Calculus I (Math 1111) or Applied Calculus (Math 1151). You will also have access to the handbook 'Preparing for University Calculus' prior to taking your first-year calculus courses.
Each summer, faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offer research opportunities for undergraduate students. The students acquire valuable research experience while interacting with professors and other undergraduate students.
Dr. Margaret-Ellen Messinger
Associate professor, math and computer science
Recipient of the President's Research and Creative Activities Award, research program considers dynamic processes occurring on networks with main objectives to determine optimal resource allocation and long-term behaviour of dynamic processes