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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Laurier’s Department of Mathematics offers a wide range of courses on mathematics, applied mathematics, financial mathematics and statistics. These topics represent dynamic, evolving areas of study with many fascinating applications. Mathematics and statistics are often used to solve problems from the sciences, arts, finance, economics and business. Once put within a mathematical framework, real-world problems and processes can be studied and solved in an efficient and reliable manner. To understand our modern world, a solid grasp of the fundamental methods of mathematics is essential!

Mathematics Research

With facilities in the Bricker Academic and Science Research Buildings, our faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conduct research on:

  • Mathematical modeling
  • Financial mathematics
  • Mathematics education
  • Lie algebras
  • Game theory
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Optimization and Graph theory
  • Number theory
  • Dynamical systems and Differential equations
  • Mathematical biology and physics
  • Mathematical and applied statistics
  • Environmetrics
  • Monte Carlo methods and Stochastic processes

The department offers an Honours Seminar course, MA489, where undergraduate students have the opportunity to be directly involved in a research project with faculty members.

New Math Building

A new, $103-million building, scheduled to open in 2015, will meet the growing demand of Laurier’s business and math programs, and expand our ability to deliver you integrated and engaged learning opportunities at the local and global levels.

Housing the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics together with the Department of Mathematics will enhance the synergies between Laurier’s business and applied financial math programs, and serve as an iconic representation of the leadership role Laurier plays in Canadian business and Waterloo’s technology industry.

Mathematics Assistance Centre

Our Mathematics Assistance Centre was created to aid in the transition from high school mathematics to university-level mathematics.

The Centre provides two categories of services: diagnostic and review, and course support. The first is an individual program that refreshes your knowledge in fundamental math skills, prerequisite to a university course. The second is supplemental instruction for particular courses, and includes support such as homework sessions, mock tests and exam reviews.

The MS2Discovery Interdisciplinary Research Institute

The Department is an active player in the research program and activities of the MS2Discovery Interdisciplinary Research Institute. Through the Institute, our students have access to a number of interdisciplinary graduate programs, linking mathematics with other disciplines.

Professor Roderick Melnik, who holds a Tier 1 NSERC Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modeling, leads the Institute. He and his colleagues also organize seminar and conference series that provide a forum for academics, students, and business and industry professionals to exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary collaboration. Melnik is head of the Laboratory of Mathematical Modelling, which hosts a number of postdoctoral fellows working in the department.

Business and Financial Mathematics Association

Laurier’s Business and Financial Mathematics Association hosts a number of workshops, seminars and events to engage you in learning from the experience of others. The association’s flagship event is a Financial Careers Night, which features panelists from the financial and insurance sectors.

Calculus Preparation Evaluation

Are you required to take calculus as part of your program at Laurier? Are you thinking of taking a calculus course as an elective?

Our Calculus Preparation Evaluation is compulsory for all students who intend to take an introductory-level calculus course, including MA100, MA103, MA110* and MA129.

The purpose is to maximize your chance for successful completion of your calculus requirement, by:

  • Deciding which course is best suited to both your skills and your future goals.
  • Preparing you for introductory calculus by reviewing key prerequisite material.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Program


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