Mathematics, Applications of: Bachelor of Science Honours, Major, and Minor
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.
Program Admission Requirements
In addition to KPU's General university admission requirements, including the undergraduate-level English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:
- English 12 with a 'B' (or equivalent)
- Chemistry 11 with a 'C+' (or equivalent)
- Physics 12 with a 'C-' (or equivalent)
- Precalculus 12 with a 'C+' (or equivalent)
Note: a pre-requisite of Chemistry 12 with a 'C+' is required for students pursuing the Biomathematics specialization.
Program Requirements
General Requirements
All students must complete the following general requirements for a Bachelor of Science:
- A minimum of 120 credits and a minimum of 40 courses (at least 3 credits each) at the post-secondary level (numbered 1100 or higher).
- At least 45 of the credits (15 courses) must be at the 3000- or 4000-level; at least 9 of these credits must be at the 4000-level.
- A minimum of 18 credits of breadth electives (see Electives) including:
- at least one 3000- or 4000-level course; and
- at least 12 credits from fields or courses not regarded as science; and
- a maximum of 6 credits may come from fields of science not already included in the Applications of Mathematics Major requirements.
- A minimum of a passing grade (D or better) in all courses counting towards the BSc, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
To meet residency requirements, 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.
Note: The following courses with considerable content overlap may only be counted once:
- (MATH 1120 or MATH 1130 or MATH 1140),
- (MATH 1220 or MATH 1230 or MATH 1240),
- (MATH 2321 or MATH 2821),
- (MATH 2335 or MATH 2341 or BUQU 1230),
- (MATH 1152 or MATH 2721),
- (BIOL 1112 or BIOL 1210),
- (ENVI 1106 or CHEM 1110),
- (ENVI 1206 or CHEM 1154 or CHEM 1210),
- (CHEM 3310 or CHEM 2311 or CHEM 2310),
- (PHYS 1101 or PHYS 1120),
- (PHYS 1102 or PHYS 1220)
Applications of Mathematics Honours
In addition to the requirements listed for Applications of Mathematics Major shown below, Honours students will need to select a total of at least 36 credits from List A (see below).
Students must complete 132 credits overall and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all upper division Mathematics courses.
To qualify for the Applications in Mathematics Honours degree, students must have been admitted to the Honours program prior to earning the Applications in Mathematics degree. Students may receive either the Applications in Mathematics degree or the Applications in Mathematics Honours degree, but not both.
Applications of Mathematics Major
In addition to the Core Requirements, students must complete the requirements of one of the concentrations in order to complete the Major program.
Core Requirements (for all concentrations)
All of: |
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ENGL 1100 | Introduction to University Writing | 3 credits | |
Year 1 and 2 |
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One of: |
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MATH 1120 | Differential Calculus | 3 credits | |
MATH 1130 | Calculus for Life Sciences I | 3 credits | |
MATH 1140 | Calculus I (Business Applications) | 3 credits | |
And one of: |
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MATH 1220 | Integral Calculus | 3 credits | |
MATH 1230 | Calculus for Life Sciences II | 3 credits | |
And all of: |
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CPSC 1103 | Introduction to Computer Programming I | 3 credits | |
MATH 2232 | Linear Algebra | 3 credits | |
MATH 2315 | Probability and Statistics | 3 credits | |
MATH 2321 | Multivariate Calculus (Calculus III) | 3 credits | |
MATH 2410 | Discrete Mathematics | 3 credits | |
Year 3 and 4 |
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All of: |
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MATH 3120 | Introduction to Applied Mathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 3315 | Inferential Statistics | 3 credits | |
MATH 3421 | Ordinary Differential Equations | 3 credits | |
MATH 4240 | Mathematical Modelling | 3 credits |
Notes:
- ASTR 1100, ASTR 1105, ASTR 3110, ASTR 3111, ENVI 3112, ENVI 2405, MATH 1115, MATH 1116, MATH 1117, MATH 1190 and PHYS 1112 cannot be counted as science credits unless included in the concentration requirements; however they may be used as elective credits.
- CHEM 1101 cannot be used either as science or elective credits.
- BIOL 1112, CHEM 1105, MATH 1112, and PHYS 1100 cannot be counted as science or elective credits unless included in the concentration requirements.
Biomathematics concentration
Additional requirements (over and above the core requirements).
Year 1 and 2 |
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All of: |
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BIOL 1110 | Introductory Biology I | 4 credits | |
BIOL 1210 | Introductory Biology II | 4 credits | |
BIOL 2322 | Ecology | 4 credits | |
CHEM 1110 | The Structure of Matter | 4 credits | |
CPSC 1204 | Introduction to Computer Programming II | 3 credits | |
One additional course that meets the writing requirement | 3 credits | ||
And one of: |
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BIOL 2320 | Genetics | 4 credits | |
BIOL 2321 | Cell Biology | 4 credits | |
And one of: |
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PHYS 1101 | Physics for Life Sciences I | 4 credits | |
PHYS 1120 | Physics for Physical and Applied Sciences I | 4 credits | |
Year 3 and 4 |
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All of: |
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MATH 3140 | Mathematical Computing | 3 credits | |
MATH 4210 | Biomathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 4350 | Senior project | 3 credits |
And students must also complete:
- Three additional MATH courses (at least one at the 4000 level) chosen from List A (see below).
- Three more Biology courses numbered 2000 and above, including at least one at the 3000 or 4000 level. Conservation Biology and Molecular Genetics recommended.
Computational Mathematics concentration
Additional requirements (over and above the core requirements).
Year 1 and 2 |
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All of: |
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CPSC 1204 | Introduction to Computer Programming II | 3 credits | |
CPSC 2302 | Data Structures and Program Organization | 3 credits | |
CHEM 1110 | The Structure of Matter | 4 credits | |
One additional course that meets the writing requirement | 3 credits | ||
And one of: |
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MATH 2331 | Introduction to Analysis | 3 credits | |
MATH 3150 | The Structure of Mathematics | 3 credits | |
And one of: |
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PHYS 1101 | Physics for Life Sciences I | 4 credits | |
PHYS 1120 | Physics for Physical and Applied Sciences I | 4 credits | |
Year 3 and 4 |
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All of: |
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CPSC 3110 | Simulation | 3 credits | |
MATH 3140 | Mathematical Computing | 3 credits | |
MATH 4350 | Senior Project | 3 credits |
And students must also complete:
- Three additional MATH courses chosen from List A (see below).
- At least seven more science or mathematics credits, four of which must be a lab-based BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS course.
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
Additional requirements (over and above the core requirements).
Year 1 and 2 |
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All of: |
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BIOL 1110 | Introductory Biology I | 4 credits | |
EDUC 2220 | Introduction to Educational Psychology | 3 credits | |
MATH 2331 | Introduction to Analysis | 3 credits | |
And one of: |
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ENGL 1202 | Reading and Writing about Selected Topics: An Introduction to Literature | 3 credits | |
ENGL 1204 | Reading and Writing about Genre: An Introduction to Literature | 3 credits | |
And one of: |
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PHYS 1101 | Physics for Life Sciences I | 4 credits | |
PHYS 1120 | Physics for Physical and Applied Sciences I | 4 credits | |
And one of: |
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PHYS 1102 | Physics for Life Sciences II | 4 credits | |
PHYS 1220 | Physics for Physical and Applied Sciences II | 4 credits | |
And one of: |
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CHEM 1105 | Introductory Chemistry | 4 credits | |
CHEM 1110 | The Structure of Matter | 4 credits | |
CPSC 1204 | Introduction to Computer Programming II | 3 credits | |
MATH 1116 | Mathematical Explorations | 3 credits | |
Year 3 and 4 |
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All of: |
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MATH 3130 | Introduction to the Mathematics Classroom | 3 credits | |
MATH 3150 | The Structure of Mathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 3250 | Geometry | 3 credits | |
MATH 3322 | Vector Calculus (Calculus IV) | 3 credits | |
MATH 3450 | History of Mathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 4130 | Theory of Mathematics Education | 3 credits | |
And five additional courses (at least two MATH, one of which must be 4th year) chosen from List A (see below) and/or: |
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EDUC 3210 | Supportive Relations in Educational Settings | 3 credits | |
EDUC 3220 | Children's Social and Emotional Development in Educational Settings | 3 credits | |
EDUC 3250 | Assessment Practices in Education | 3 credits | |
EDUC 4210 | Best Practices in Educational Settings | 3 credits | |
PSYC 3303 | Learning: Theory and Practice | 3 credits |
It is recommended that students wishing to teach secondary level mathematics also prepare in a second teachable area. This would consist of 30 credits of coursework, 18 of which should be at the 3rd or 4th year.
Applications of Mathematics Minor
In order to complete the Minor program, students must complete the following requirements:
Year 1 and 2 |
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One of: |
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MATH 1120 | Differential Calculus | 3 credits | |
MATH 1130 | Calculus for Life Sciences I | 3 credits | |
MATH 1140 | Calculus I (Business Applications) | 3 credits | |
And one of: |
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MATH 1220 | Integral Calculus | 3 credits | |
MATH 1230 | Calculus for Life Sciences II | 3 credits | |
And one of: |
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MATH 2315 | Probability and Statistics | 3 credits | |
MATH 2335 | Statistics for Life Sciences | 3 credits | |
MATH 2341 | Introduction to Statistics for Business | 4 credits | |
And all of: |
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MATH 2232 | Linear Algebra | 3 credits | |
MATH 2321 | Multivariate Calculus (Calculus III) | 3 credits | |
Year 3 and 4 |
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15 credits: |
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chosen from List A (see below). | 15 credits |
List A - Selected Mathematics Courses
MATH 3120 | Introduction to Applied Mathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 3140 | Mathematical Computing | 3 credits | |
MATH 3150 | The Structure of Mathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 3160 | Group Theory | 3 credits | |
MATH 3170 | Complex Variables | 3 credits | |
MATH 3250 | Geometry | 3 credits | |
MATH 3315 | Inferential Statistics | 3 credits | |
MATH 3322 | Vector Calculus (Calculus IV) | 3 credits | |
MATH 3421 | Ordinary Differential Equations | 3 credits | |
MATH 3431 | Partial Differential Equations | 3 credits | |
MATH 3450 | History of Mathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 4150 | Number Theory | 3 credits | |
MATH 4190 | Introduction to Point-Set Topology | 3 credits | |
MATH 4210 | Biomathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 4220 | Numerical Methods | 3 credits | |
MATH 4240 | Mathematical Modelling | 3 credits | |
MATH 4250 | Special Topics in Mathematics | 3 credits | |
MATH 4350 | Senior Project | 3 credits |
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.
Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Applications of Mathematics.
Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor of Science program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Applications of Mathematics.