Undergraduate Programs

As the cornerstone of many scientific disciplines, a degree in Mathematics from Brock opens many doors in the future.

Why Study Mathematics?

Mathematics plays an integral role in many aspects of our society. It is a cornerstone of such scientific disciplines as physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and computer science, as well as the areas of economics and business. In a degree program in mathematics, you will have the opportunity to develop the quantitative and analytical skills required in a diverse field of employment and educational opportunities.

Many students who obtain an undergraduate degree in mathematics continue on to graduate work, either studying mathematics for enjoyment in its own right, or for its application to a particular field or problem. However, many career options are available for mathematics graduates at all levels.

Why Brock?

  • The Brock Department for Mathematics & Statistics is a research intensive department with one of the highest rates of NSERC grant holding faculty at Brock
  • Brock faculty have experience in teaching talented students in mathematics by running an advanced math camp, being the origin of the international Caribou Mathematics Competition, and through supervision of high achieving mentorship students
  • A relatively small department and the limited number of students in various programs create a very personal and independent learning experience

For a current list of our undergraduate programs, see the Brock admissions website.

The Accelerated Mathematics Studies stream – a personalized program for exceptional students (AMS) at Brock University is a unique mathematics stream that provides advanced students with the opportunity to complete a degree in mathematics in just three years. Students who have invested significant extracurricular time to their mathematics education, in the form of after hours schools, specialized math programs, math camps or math contests, may continue their mathematics studies at an accelerated pace, making the AMS program an exciting alternative to traditional mathematics programs.

Advantages

  • The BSc major program is completed in three years instead of four years and thus allows for a faster start to a student’s career (academic or professional)
  • Up to one year less of university tuition and associated fees and expenses
  • The AMS stream gives the opportunity to study with similarly minded students, in an academically inspiring atmosphere.
  • No need to present credits from a program like IB, AP or CLEP

Criteria for Admission

  • Submission of a Written Personal Statement electronically to ams@brocku.ca describing the motivations to join the accelerated stream and the personal aptitudes and experiences conducive to success in the program.
  • Submission of a Mathematical Activities Portfolio completed in addition to high school studies (e.g., participation in mathematics contests, extra-curricular mathematical training programs, independent studies, home schooling, work or related professional development, math camps, math projects at science fairs, AP level credits in mathematics, etc.). This is to be submitted electronically to ams@brocku.ca
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and minimum six 4U or 4M level credits (or equivalent).
  • Required 4U subjects: exceptional average in Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) (or equivalent), or an equivalent amount of material studied in home schooling courses. Applicants with an average of at least 95% in these two courses automatically qualify for the admission interview and the entrance examination. For applicants with average of at least 90% in the two 4U mathematics courses (or equivalent courses), permission to proceed with the admission interview and the entrance examination shall depend on the quality of the Written Personal Statement and the content of the Mathematical Activities Portfolio.
  • Passing an entrance examination (including written communication skills and mathematical proficiency).
  • Passing an admission interview (face-to-face or by video conferencing) aimed at assessing if the applicant has adequate knowledge and skills as well as the ability to study independently.
  • Strongly recommended subject: English (ENG4U) or equivalent.

How to Apply

Please consult our Application Guidelines prior to applying.

To apply to the Accelerated Mathematics Study stream, you have to apply for undergraduate studies at Brock University. See this page at the Registrar’s Office for further information. When applying via OUAC, make sure you choose:  (OUAC code: BJ) BSc Honours Math & Stats – Accelerated Mathematics Studies

Please then send your AMS Application Form, Written Personal Statement and Mathematical Activities Portfolio in Microsoft Word or PDF format directly to the Department of Mathematics & Statistics via email at: ams@brocku.ca

Deadline for submission of the AMS Application Form, Written Personal Statement and Mathematical Activities Portfolio and guaranteed consideration: February 8. Documents will continue to be accepted after this deadline, however admission consideration will be subject to space availability.

Contact Information

  • Questions related to the content of the Accelerated Mathematics program should be directed to: ams@brocku.ca
  • Questions related to the admission process should be directed to admissions@brocku.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I complete this stream on a part-time basis?
    No, it must be completed full time in an accelerated fashion.
  • What kind of career can I have with a Mathematics degree?
    There are a wide variety of career options for someone with a BSc in Mathematics. The website We Use Math details many different job opportunities that require proficiency in Mathematics. These careers are among the highest paid salaries available to university graduates. Please see recent articles in Time Magazine and The Toronto Star.
  • Do I need AP, CLEP or International Baccalaureate credits to accelerate my studies?
    No. Students are assessed on their mathematical abilities via an interview and their portfolio of extracurricular mathematics activities. The program is designed for very gifted mathematics students who are strong independent learners who have participated in a variety of mathematics enrichment activities.
  • How can I manage to take seven or eight credits each year?
    Students will be individually assessed and a personalized plan to complete the BSc degree program in three years will be created for each student. For their elective and context credits, AMS students will take traditional courses offered by the university. For their math credits, some courses will be taken normally, while others will be taken as reading courses to allow for greater flexibility for students to work on at their own pace, especially if they already possess the skills and knowledge of a particular course from their extracurricular mathematics activities.
  • What happens if I start AMS and decide it’s not for me?
    A student can simply transfer into the standard four year BSc stream at any time if they wish to.
  • What happens if I want to take a term off?
    Students in the AMS are required to complete the coursework in three years. In the event of illness or other extenuating circumstances, they can work closely with their Faculty mentor for a solution to the issue. If a term off is needed, a student will have to transfer into the standard four year BSc stream.
  • Do I need to make a separate application to the Brock Department of Mathematics and Statistics?
    Gaining entry to our program involves multiple steps. Apply via OUAC (www.ouac.on.ca), choose (OUAC code: BH), and select the accelerated option from the Subject of Major Interest drop-down box.Send your AMS application, letter of intent and portfolio of mathematics activities to the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. If you qualify, we’ll arrange an interview and entrance examination time.
  • I live far from St. Catharines, Ontario. Is it possible for me to be interviewed without making an expensive trip to Brock?
    Absolutely. The interview does not have to be done in person and can be done via Skype.
  • What if you decide I am not eligible for the Accelerated Mathematics Studies stream?
    As long as you meet minimum entry requirements for the regular BSc Mathematics (non-accelerated program), and you have not indicated a second choice on your application, we will automatically offer you the non-accelerated option.

Mathematics Integrated with Computers and Applications

Are you looking for an exciting mathematics program that makes full use of computers and information technology? Then MICA: Mathematics Integrated with Computers and Applications is the program for you. MICA is a cutting edge mathematics program, the only program of its kind in Canada, which fuses a traditional mathematics program with innovative computer applications to provide a unique learning experience.

Within the MICA program, you also have the option of declaring a concentration in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, or mathematics education. If you are looking for an up-to-date mathematics program that puts you in the forefront of technology, then the Brock MICA program is made for you.

Other Undergraduate Program Options

  • Co-op Program in MICA: for students who want to gain valuable work experience during their undergraduate career. Available for both MICA and MICA (Concentration: Statisitcs) programs.
  • BSc/BEd Concurrent Programs: for students interested in mathematics education. Concurrent BSc/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) Mathematics and BSc Integrated Studies/BEd (Junior/Intermediate) programs are available.
  • Combined Major Program: for students interested in combining a mathematics major with another major from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, or Physics.
  • Minor Program: for students majoring in another discipline, but who would like to incorporate a minor in Mathematics, or a minor in either Elementary Teaching Mathematics or Secondary Teaching Mathematics (for furture teachers).

Many students who obtain an undergraduate degree in mathematics continue on to graduate work, either studying mathematics for enjoyment in its own right, or for its application to a particular field or problem. However, many career options are available for mathematics graduates at all levels. Some examples of potential careers are:

  • Actuary
  • Biostatistician
  • College or University Professor
  • Mathematician
  • Stockbroker
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Statistician
  • Teacher
  • Mathematical Physicist
  • Engineer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Urban Planner
  • Economist
  • Credit Risk Analyst
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Computational Biologist
  • Architect
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Quantitative Financial Market Analyst
  • Cost Estimator
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Fraud Risk Analyst
  • Epidemiologist

MATH 4F90 is the 4th-year Honours Thesis Project course, in which you will work with a supervisor on a project in the area of pure or applied math, mathematics education, or statistics. This course is open to mathematics or combined mathematics majors who meet the course requirements. Potential supervisors and associated topics are provided below.

PROFESSORTOPIC
Ejaz AhmedHigh dimensional data analysis, model selection, pretest and shrinkage estimation, multivariate and regression analysis, meta-analysis
Stephen AncoSolitons; Nonlinear Waves; General Relativity and Mathematical Physics; Differential Equations.
Chantal ButeauMathematics Education; Mathematical Music Theory
Babak FarzadGraph algorithms; graph colouring; analysis of social networks; sponsored search and mechanism design
Henryk Fuks
Mei Ling HuangOn Heavy Tailed Distributions and their Applications
Omar KihelCryptography; Graph Theory
Yuanlin LiStudy of small squalling property of finite groups, Zero-sum problems, Coding theory, group rings and their applications.
Alexander OdesskiiMathematical Physics
Bill RalphMathematics Education; Financial Mathematics
Jan VrbikStatistics: approximating sampling distributions beyond CLT; Celestial mechanics.
Thomas WolfComputer Algebra, Differential Equations, Discrete Optimization, Computer Go
Xiaojian XuOptimal designs for statistical experiments; robust estimation; Robust designs for Poisson models; Robust experimental plans for accelerated life testing; On determining the parameters used in modified Huber’s functions

For more information, please visit the Brock admissions website.